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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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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/16/2018

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Posts - 2532
Comments - 2584
Hits - 2,096,457

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 373

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  07:01 PM

What better way to wait for traffic to die down than to inventory recent findings?

universcale. A beautifully designed, animated, interactive examination of the scale of the universe.

Elizabeth Warren on the Credit Card Industry. Have you ever wondered whether credit card companies are ... weasels? Why, yes! Way more than you think! Terry Gross interviews a Harvard professor who is an expert in the ways of credit.

Dead & Buried. Euphemisms for death and dying. [via John McIntyre]

Joe, this is for you. Geoff Pullum on offering grammar advice to writers: "The bottom line is that you should let your expert writers write, and choose from the full array of presentations that English grammar allows, rather than chasing around trying to eradicate putative errors that actually are not errors at all, and never have been."

Complaints Choirs of the World. Something new to me, anyway[1] -- choirs that sing complaints set to music. The idea originated in Finland and has spread across Europe. There are videos on the site; I found the German song the cleverest, and the children's complaint choir the funniest.

The Science of Lasting Happiness. Can you increase your happiness by exercising it? Maybe, but it's hard work. [via Jason Kottke]

A better automatic translation system -- one that learns. Scott Hanselman thinks that computer translation is getting better. "[Y]ou can pretty much count on this problem being 95% solved in our lifetimes."


[1] I learned about this because some folks at work put together a choir that sang some of the (sillier) comments left on our public Web site.

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