About

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.

Read more ...

Blog Search


(Supports AND)

Google Ads

Feed

Subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog.

See this post for info on full versus truncated feeds.

Quote

We cannot allow engineers to build products for an idealized rational user when real humans are irrational: we must design for the way users actually behave.

Jakob Nielsen, "The Paradox of the Active User"



Navigation





<January 2019>
SMTWTFS
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789

Categories

  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  
  RSS  

Contact

Email me

Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/18/2019

Totals
Posts - 2543
Comments - 2592
Hits - 2,112,437

Averages
Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 372

Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 8:11 AM Pacific


  02:04 PM

Today's selection.

Gumby on the Moon. Nothing says "Childhood in the 60s" like Gumby. A 50th-anniversary celebration of the surreal claymation series. (Dig the theremin sounds -- nothing says "Sci-Fi in the 60s" like the theremin ...) [via Daily Grind].)

How naming works at Microsoft. Leon Bambrick explains how various proposed product names are considered and a final name is decided on.

Daffy “Times” Article on Amazon and Classical Music. Charles Petzold recounts the horrors of Amazon's search engine for classical music. For example, searching for "Schubert Piano Concert" gets a whopping 815 hits, which is odd, since Schubert didn't write a piano concerto ... [via Michael B]

McRidicUlous. Nicole Stockdale comments on an effort by McDonald's Corporation to have the dictionary definition of McJob changed "... to reflect a job that is stimulating, rewarding and offers genuine opportunities for career progression and skills that last a lifetime." Roger Shuy on the Language Log comments in more depth.

[categories]   , , ,

|