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 thrives on being ignored. Despite ridiculous underwatering and one notable experience where we left it in the sun for a couple of days and it started to turn brown and crispy, it has done exceptionally…


Pandora and Classical Music

When Pandora launched it garnered a lot of coverage in the mainstream press. I tried it then and found, as with most music sites, that its classical knowledge wasn’t very good. I went back today, propelled by I don’t know what, and found it much, much improved. Just in case you were wondering.


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 classical. Classical music listeners are a minority, and most places have at best one classical station and that will be filled with commercials. One of the reasons I love XM Radio in my car is I get two…


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 made something that I thought was simple — home made marinara sauce with grilled steak, fresh mozzarella cheese, and lightly-dressed arugula. To me this is a simple dish. To my sister, her husband,…


RSS Bandit "Phoenix"

I’m an RSS Bandit user. I have been for years — before I knew it was written by Dare Obasanjo. He and his RSS Bandit team on Sourceforge have been working on it for years. It has one deficiency that I haven’t liked: I read feeds on multiple computers and they would get out of…


"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 the Popfly team to work on adding a feature to Popfly. They invented a clever way to substitute one Popfly block for another a few months ago and were able to come out to Redmond to integrate the code this…


Why Build a Game Creator?

Several people have asked me, "Why would we do this?" They imply that there are so many better things to do. I typically speak about it in terms of increasing the potential universe of people who can create — developers of a sort. And I’ve made the argument in the past that something like Popfly…


Popfly on Moonlight

I’ll be darned. Daniele Muscetta has Popfly running on Moonlight.   Technorati Tags: Popfly, Virtual Earth, Moonlight, Silverlight, Mashups



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The Art of the Demo

A conversation on Twitter got me thinking. That’s kind of rare. Thinking, I mean. At least for me. In my time, I’ve given a lot of demos. I am not a demo god. Don Box is a demo god. Scott Guthrie simply exists on a separate plane. I mostly note what they do from the…