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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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I would have to say that most instructions I come across are unimportant and some are harmful. Most instructions I get about software development process, I would say, would be harmful if I believed them and followed them. Most software process instructions I encounter are fairy tales, both in the sense of being made up and in the sense of being cartoonish. Some things that look like instructions, such as "do not try this at home" or "take out the safety card and follow along," are not properly instructions at all, they are really just ritual phrases uttered to dispel the evil spirits of legal liability.

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First entry - 6/20/2003
Most recent entry - 5/22/2018

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  01:12 PM

Someone at work just pointed us to the BookMooch site, which is a kind of virtual "leave a book, take a book" system, as they describe it. People indicate what books they'll give away, and other people then request them; the currency is a point system. The only real cost is postage.

Intersting idea. The Inquirer has a description and an interview with the founder.

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