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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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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/22/2018

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Posts - 2503
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Comments/entry - 1.03
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  11:57 PM

Being Poor. John Scalzi's angry essay on the emotional wretchedness of poverty.

"Boolean or" or "boolean or"? Eric Lippert wonders why some eponyms are capitalized (Dickensian stories) and others are not (diesel engines), and he posits a theory. However: "Expecting that much consistency from English is asking rather too much. "

A natural and familiar style of interaction. I don't actually know what the context is here -- for starters, the page is in Hebrew. But the video shows a prototype (?) of a whiteboard-like display on which you can draw figures and have the computer animate them with (apparently) vectors for gravity, etc. [via my son, who's a physics major]

Getting Water From Thin Air. "In a major logistics breakthrough, a U.S. company, Aqua Sciences, has developed a system that can extract water out of the air, even if the humidity is as low as 14 percent."[1]

Benjamin Franklin's Essay on Daylight Saving. "For the great benefit of this discovery, thus freely communicated and bestowed by me on the public, I demand neither place, pension, exclusive privilege, nor any other reward whatever."


[1] Believe me, I don't spend a lot of time on this site. This is from my friend Steve.

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