Moving along at Microsoft

After over four years as an Academic Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, I have been blessed with an incredible opportunity to take on a new challenge. Effective June 13, I will be working in Microsoft Game Studios as Community Manager for the Kinect team. I’ll be able to share more later on what that role is…


Imagine Cup: Windows Phone 7 Competition Finalists Announced

This morning, Microsoft announced the finalists for the various competitions in the Imagine Cup. Since I am a co-captain of the Windows Phone 7 competition I will post those results here. Major congratulations to the teams who advanced: Korea HOMERUN Korea Zipi Zigi Singapore Code Instincts United States LifeLens Belgium Digitron-WP7


Digital Audio Resources for Windows Phone 7

I’m at the Imagine Cup US Finals here today in my home base of Bellevue, WA, and I am presenting a session soon on designing musical instruments with Windows Phone 7. First and foremost I want to give a shout out to Grant Kot. Grant is a student at Julliard in New York City as…


My Super Secret Kinect Project

What I’ve Been Working On Between Imagine Cup, writing apps and games, developing tutorials, speaking at Web Camps, doing university visits, and just generally keeping busy, I’ve been working on a real doozy behind the scenes and I will be doing a tutorial series at some point. I present to you: Kinect Fridge. This elegant…


United States Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards: Vote Now, Vote Often!

Students do incredible stuff, especially in the Imagine Cup. To see what I’m talking about, visit this page on Facebook: You can vote every day. Make sure to check out each of the teams, read about their projects and watch their videos. No matter what walk of life you come from, this should be…


ShedTrax – Super Simple Fat Loss & Lean Gain Tracker

I just released a new application which I wrote to help me monitor my progress through P90X, a very very effective workout program that I’ve been doing for the last 6-7 weeks. I started this exercise and diet routine after seeing tons of friends and family go through it with phenomenal results. The application is…


Imagine Cup Windows Phone 7 Competition Round 1 Results

Congratulations to all of our fantastic Round 1 competitors in the Imagine Cup – Windows Phone 7 competition! The submissions were fantastic and the entries were incredibly competitive, to say the least. The teams really brought some great ideas to the table and as judges we were certainly impressed. Unfortunately we could only choose 100…


A preview of what’s next on this blog

I quickly realized that I posted something for another blog to this one by mistake. My apologies if you had to read through my personal P90X stuff. Anyway, I have been working on learning some great new stuff with XNA and Windows Phone 7. I have a 3D orthographic (think Fruit Ninja-esque) port of MonkeyFeeder…


Donate to the Red Cross, UNICEF, Boys & Girls Club and More with Messenger 2011

You may remember a while ago when we had the i’m campaign that would donate money based on causes you were interested in. It’s back with Badges in Messenger 2011! To activate a badge, click your name in Messenger and choose Personalize –> Change Badge. You can then select from an array of badges. Well,…


How I Conceived A Simple WP7 App While Getting High – And Built It in 2 Hours

Boy, if that’s not an attention-grabbing headline, I don’t know what is. Thanks Randy Guthrie, I totally poached your idea for this post title. About a week ago I was driving up to Snoqualmie Pass, elevation 3,022, in the Cascades for a little recreation. I didn’t have a GPS with me, but it occurred to…