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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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If the product is used as a tool, its interface should be as unintelligent as possible. Stupid is predictable; predictable is learnable; learnable is usable.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 3/22/2019

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Posts - 2551
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Comments/entry - 1.02
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  09:07 PM

Recently. Much posting this month around the blogs on writing, coz it's NaNoWriMo. But you knew that.

How to write a novel. Leon sums up the wisdom of his experience(s) e.g. "Always start writing the book before you have determined the plot. A plot will come to you when it's good and ready. It's smarter to work one in later than to waste time on one right at the start."

Tonya and Nancy: the Opera. Everyone's favorite skating melodrama on the musical stage. [via raymond chen]

Things I've Learned in the Last Ten Days. "1. Crossing the road in Hanoi isn’t for the faint-hearted ...".

The Most Obscene Letter. Scott Adams (of Dilbert) explains the use of those f*ck*ng asterisks: "... it should be noted that the asterisk protects you from seeing naked cuss words that would otherwise blind you and put you on the slippery slope to porn addiction."

Value-Added, Outside-the-Box Sea Change--in Just Five Short Weeks! Nancy Friedman nominates her particular set of "Top Ten Wrongheaded Cliches."

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