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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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Novels could be called thought experiments. You invent people, you put them in hypothetical situations, and you decide how they will react. The 'proof' of the experiment is if their behaviour seems interesting, plausible, revealing about human nature.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  07:58 PM

While casting about for ways to economize, and with Mr. Bollywood now off to college, I was considering unsigning myself up for Netflix. I believe I've fallen below the break-even point for movie rentals vis-a-vis the monthly price.

But those clever folks are a step ahead of me. They offer a deal where you can put your account on hold for up to 90 days, preserving your queue and all that. I can see the thinking -- never let go of a customer once you've got 'em. So I can assess whether the dark days of winter will return me to my usual pattern of consuming movies at a great clip, as is likely to happen. And in the meantime, no bridges burned.

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