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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 have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/24/2014

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  08:46 PM

Been working on the house instead of reading blogs.

Watch a saxophone be built. Links to (long! like, 50MB+) videos showing how they make saxophones at Selmer, Keilwerth, and Yamaha. [via Gandalfe]

Oxford word of the Year. OUP whips up some of their annual lexicographic excitement!

Space: The Curse of the Ancient Computers. "The web, and sites like eBay, have been a salvation for the [Space] Shuttle. That's because these auction sites make available a lot of ancient (1980s) computer technology, to provide spares for Shuttle gear that is no longer manufactured."

How long did it take? Edmund Blair Bolles digests two positions on the current thinking about how old language is. [via The Tensor]

Oh, the emails you'll get .... Joel Spolsky: "Most management consultants, the stunningly good-looking, bright, earnest chipmunks with 4.0s in Russian Lit from Harvard who work for these companies [...] haven't done a goddamn thing about productivity, all they've done is caused a fairly pointless transfer of wealth from ExxonMobilConoco to BainMcKinseyGartner's senior partners. And it's a lot of fun! First class flights to Houston and Oslo! Helping the world be more productive! Rock on, young stunningly-good-looking Management Consultant." It's meant as an indictment of measuring productivity in software, but dang, first-class flights and stuff? Hmm. :-)

Downpaging. "I’m used to having a newly released hardcover on the dash of my vehicle, another in the back seat for the kids. At home, we’ve got a novel in each bedroom, two in the family room, one in the laundry room for my wife when she’s down there, and a novella in the john. We go through a couple of dozen novels in a year without even noticing. I hate to say it, but this can’t go on.”

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