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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 - 9/21/2018

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Posts - 2522
Comments - 2582
Hits - 2,081,219

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 374

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  07:22 PM

I'm not even going to bother to post the spectacular video of the Demolition Derby that was Portland (OR) during a recent freezing spell.

You Say Tomato. Matthew Baldwin recounts a little intergenerational misunderstanding about working with routers.

The Complete Guide to the Guitar for the Beginner to Intermediate to Advanced Player. An early post from the inimitable Leon Bambrick. "The first Riff I am going to teach you is from the Cream classic 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. This riff requires a great deal of patience and you shouldn't expect to master it for at least a few years yet. In the tradition of over six million guitarists world wide this should be the first riff you learn, closely followed by smoke on the water. If however your guitar teacher/guru is born after 1980, then he or she will force you to start with a Kurt Cobaine tune or some Jeff Buckley nonsense." Note that this is followed by "Part 5 - How to Tune Your Guitar."

pork, porcelain, porcupine, porpoise, aardvark. Bradshaw (of the future) occasionally writes posts that explain the etymological relationships of a handful of (now) seemingly unrelated words. A few more: foot and pajamas, grime and Christ, crimson and worm.

Patching OFFLINE Systems with Windows Update. "How can I update a Windows system that's NOT connected to the Internet, given ~70 updates and 6 reboots needed to get an XP SP2 system 'up to date?'" Scott Hanselman, with help from his readers, posts some answers. Mind you, these are not necessarily solutions for, you know, Aunt Doris.

Medium Stupid. "The Medium Stupid idea explains the general state that the mainstream media tries to inculcate in the public. The uneducated American has a general idea that invading other countries is probably a bad idea. The overeducated American can point to dozens of examples of why this is going to be a bad idea. But the 'medium stupid' American, the kind that gullibly reads the New York Times and watches the CBS Evening News, is convinced that Iraq is full of weapons of mass destruction that could blow our country to bits at any minute. A little education can be a dangerous thing."

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