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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

Alas Poor Houseplant, We Knew Him

My wife has had a houseplant for the past ten years. It's one of those plants with huge leaves that...

Author: johnmont Date: 07/17/2008

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

"To Truly Understand What It Is to Be an American You Must Eat Wonder Bread"

Earlier this week, two engineers from Microsoft in Germany (Sebastien Peray and Marcel Tilly) joined...

Author: johnmont Date: 06/27/2008

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

What People Do with the Game Creator

In two weeks we've gotten a bunch of interesting, fun games built with the Popfly Game Creator. Some...

Author: johnmont Date: 05/16/2008

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

Popfly in the News

You probably already know that Mark Frydenberg at Bentley College used Popfly in some of his...

Author: johnmont Date: 04/01/2008

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

A Note on Knives

Earlier this week someone asked me about which knife to buy. I launched into an exegesis that would...

Author: johnmont Date: 01/04/2008

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

Getting Square, Part 2

I just spent two quality hours with my table saw. I'd known for a while that the saw needed tuning,...

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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