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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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It appears as if partisans twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want, and then they get massively reinforced for it, with the elimination of negative emotional states and activation of positive ones.

Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University, in a study of brain activity and political bias.



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/15/2018

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Stuff I've run across.

Why marketing should make the user manuals!  The Creating Passionate Users blog muses on jazzy marketing vs. boring manuals. (Also previously discussed here on this blog.)

19 pieces of "advice" for entering 1Ls. The Superannuated1L blog proposes how to get through your first year of law school. (Or, I add, through most of life.)

Revenge on Stingrays. "... concerned that the rays, which are usually docile creatures, were being hunted and killed in retaliation for [Steve] Irwin's death."

I like like. Matthew Baldwin aka defective yeti manages, like, the world's most compact disquisition on like. Excerpt (and summary): "Call it the 'Past Approximate.' If someone tells you they once ate fourteen eggs in one sitting, you recognize that is a boast; if someone says they ate, like, fourteen eggs, you know instinctively that the number was probably closer to five."

Why the _______s Hate the _______s. A non-denominational, trans-national guide to ... uh, pretty much most of human history.

Pluto mnemonic device contest. Actually, the results. Jason Kottke ran a contest to come up with a mnemonic for the order of the planets, now that Pluto no longer counts. One of the runners-up: Many Very Earnest Men Just Snubbed Unfortunate Ninth Planet.

How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger. From the eHow Wiki site. Nuff said.

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