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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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Writers like to think that writing is like Arctic exploration or flying the Atlantic solo but really it's more like golf. You've got to go out and do it every day and live by the results. You can brood over it but in the end you've got to take the club out of the bag and take your swing. You hit the ball to where it wants to go, a series of eighteen small steel cups recessed in turf, on a course that others have traversed before you. You are not the first. You accomplish this by practicing an elegant economy you learned from others and thereby overcoming your damn self-consciousness which trips you up every time.

— Garrison Keillor



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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/30/2016

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Posts - 2400
Comments - 2542
Hits - 1,885,150

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Entries/day - 0.50
Comments/entry - 1.06
Hits/day - 389

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  01:19 AM

Eric Lippert, explainer extraordinnaire, has started a series that we might call "Fabulous Adventures in Music." Knowing Eric, we can assume that his descriptions of, say, the physics of music will be as enlightening and entertaining as his exegeses on programming and math and code security. Check it out.

Bonus points for those who get the Jobim reference.

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