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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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  04:41 PM

On the main campus at Microsoft, buildings are numbered. Building 1 was the first one built; Building 2 the second one, etc. (I'm in Building 42.) Much company lore surrounded the fact that there was no Building 7, and a "meeting in Building 7" has been the campus equivalent of going on a snipe hunt.[1]

But the construction boom at MS has by no means ended, and among the plans for new construction was a building that tentatively named Building 7. Ah, the end of the era.

But! Today in the corporate newsletter they had an interview with the chief of facilities. They asked him about the decision to build Building 7. He said that they'd gotten "a lot of feedback saying 'please don't use Building 7,' so we aren't going to use Building 7 as the official name. [...] Interns need not worry; they will still have their missions to go on."

Who says corporations don't have a sense of humor?


[1] One possible explanation here about why there was no Building 7. ScottGu explains further, and also explains why buildings across the street from one another are of such different heights.

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