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Popfly Game Engine Code on Codeplex

Though we decommissioned Popfly last Monday, Ben Anderson from the (former) Popfly team worked his...

Author: johnmont Date: 08/26/2009

Does Advertising Guide Content?

This post started as a collection of thoughts on the AP’s decisions around how they want their...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/26/2009

Gidget Dead at 15

Gidget, the chihuahua best known for her role as the Taco Bell dog, has died. While sad news (I grew...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/23/2009

Run Popfly Games Locally

When I announced that we were closing down Popfly, one of the biggest questions I got was how users...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/22/2009

On Popfly and What’s Next

A couple of years ago, a group of us decided to try something different: to create an online service...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/18/2009

Enter the Porch

As part of our remodel, considerable work was done on the front porch. Unfortunately, that work...

Author: johnmont Date: 09/01/2008

Popfly Game Creator Beta, or "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges..."

Popfly, which we opened to the public last fall as a web mashup tool, has come a long way. Over the...

Author: johnmont Date: 08/29/2008

Chocolate. Mmmm. Chocolate.

About a month ago my wife and I attended the Seattle Luxury Chocolate Salon. With a name like that,...

Author: johnmont Date: 08/16/2008

"VS 2008 SP1 Doesn't Patch VS Express"

A customer noted yesterday that the patch for "big VS" (that is, Visual Studio 2008...

Author: johnmont Date: 08/14/2008

Time to Brag!

Have you created a really cool Popfly project? If so, we want to hear from you! Click here to send...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/21/2008

Ten Fun Popfly Games

Created by students. AlfredTh has the list. Technorati Tags: Popfly, Casual Games, Students

Author: johnmont Date: 07/21/2008

Adding Your Images to Games

A coworker who is teaching Popfly to his daughter just asked me, I'm working with my daughter who is...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/19/2008

Introduction to Plumbing

Plumbing is my least favorite home improvement task. Today I tried to repair the drain in my mom's...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/08/2008

Running Toilet

The toilet in the bathroom I was using in my mom's house was running. Not a...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/08/2008

Pandora and Classical Music

When Pandora launched it garnered a lot of coverage in the mainstream press. I tried it then and...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/04/2008

Comcast Music Choice vs. XM Radio Web Sites

When traveling, I often like to listen to music. Unfortunately my choice of music tends to be...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/04/2008

Surprising Family with Food

Every time I'm out visiting my mom, I cook a few times. I'm not sure why, I just do. This time I...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/04/2008

RSS Bandit "Phoenix"

I'm an RSS Bandit user. I have been for years -- before I knew it was written by Dare Obasanjo. He...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/01/2008

Art

One of my friends, and a former teammate, is Aaron Brethorst. For the longest time I thought of him...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/30/2008

How to Make a Popfly Application a Full Facebook Application

In this short screencast, I'll show you how to take a Popfly application (in this case, a mashup)...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/17/2008

Popfly: My Favorite Feature This Time

The neat thing about working on a team that updates its product every 4-5 weeks is that every 4-5...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/13/2008

Why Build a Game Creator?

Several people have asked me, "Why would we do this?" They imply that there are so many...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/02/2008

The New Popfly Game Creator

This morning we’re launching an alpha of the Popfly Game Creator (http://www.popfly.com), a...

Author: johnmont Date: 04/30/2008

Popfly on Moonlight

I'll be darned. Daniele Muscetta has Popfly running on Moonlight. Technorati Tags: Popfly, Virtual...

Author: johnmont Date: 04/11/2008

Turing

And this is an interview question how?

Author: johnmont Date: 04/10/2008

The Art of the Demo

A conversation on Twitter got me thinking. That's kind of rare. Thinking, I mean. At least for me....

Author: johnmont Date: 03/28/2008

Popfly Update

Earlier in the week we quietly updated Popfly. Why quietly? Because we really didn't add any new...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/27/2008

It's About the Data

Popfly, a mashup tool, depends on three things: data that is simple to access programmatically,...

Author: johnmont Date: 03/20/2008

What Happened at the Beginning of 2006?

I got hooked on plugging sites into Alexa a couple of nights ago, and started to see some patterns....

Author: johnmont Date: 02/28/2008

Popfly Nominated for CNET Webware 100

Today Popfly was nominated for a Webware 100 award. As you can see on the Popfly team blog, this...

Author: johnmont Date: 02/25/2008

Applying The "Ken Burns" Effect to Your Photos

One of the things that Popfly does well is take photos from one place (e.g. Flickr, Live Image...

Author: johnmont Date: 02/25/2008

My Oven is On Fire

I don't mean this metaphorically, nor do I mean that the food in the oven is on fire. I mean, "The...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/27/2008

Make Any Blog Show Your Most Recent Posts

Adam Nathan created a pretty cool Popfly gadget the other day. You can see it on this very blog if...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/22/2008

Taking Down Christmas Decorations

When is the right time to take down Christmas decorations? Growing up, my parents typically did it...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/15/2008

Popfly's Silverlight Display Blocks

One of the scenarios a lot of Popfly customers have tried is to create a block. Display blocks have...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/14/2008

USB Stick in the Sky

Passing VS projects around is a common-enough task. I don't mean those times when you're trying to...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/14/2008

Flexible Priorities

I start every day with a list of things I need to do. Generally, this lists comprises a collection...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/13/2008

Screencasting the Hard Way

With today's update to Popfly, comes a new Popfly screencast. Or kind of a screencast. It turns out...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/09/2008

2008 Predictions

I predict that 2008 will have between 300 and 400 days. Most if not all will end in the letter "y."...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/03/2008

Right Angles

One of the projects I've taken on for our home remodel was building the downstairs linen cabinet --...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/01/2008

Change of Plans

After many ruminations and a second drive of the Mazda3, I changed my mind, but not for a reason I...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/01/2008

New Car

For years I was a happy Mazda Miata owner. Though I bought it when I lived in California (total days...

Author: johnmont Date: 12/28/2007

Popfly Named to PC World Top 25 Most Innovative List

This morning, PC World posted a story about the top 25 most innovative products of 2007 and Popfly...

Author: johnmont Date: 12/28/2007

Screencast: Encoding, Uploading, and Embedding a Silverlight Streaming Screencast

As a follow-on to the last screencast (about how to do a screencast), I've created a screencast that...

Author: johnmont Date: 10/31/2007

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