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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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  01:13 AM

Motley stuff. Haven't been reading so much recently.

The absolute bare minimum every programmer should know about regular expressions. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but the absolute bare minimum required to use regex in any meaningful way is still confusing as hell. Not because the explanations are bad, but because I think that regex syntax was dreamed up by the same guy who designed the spelling system in English. [via Gunderloy]

The Post-Rapture Post, "Postal Service of the Saved". You can send letters to those who are Left Behind after the Rapture. Guaranteed delivery because the site is run by atheists. FAQ for those with questions. [via Colleague Kim]

Live Ink offers better way to read text online. "Live Ink works by analyzing written language for meaning and language structure, and then applies algorithms that reformat the text into a series of short, cascading phrases. It breaks complex syntax into simpler syntax, which makes it easier for the brain to absorb the material." I suspect there will be scoffing, but I think there might be something there. [via the editors' alias at work]

Requirements. Erik Sink with another in his occasional series on running a software business, this time on the care and feeding (or despair and bleeding) of requirements/specifications. He's one of those writers you read no matter what he's writing about. What's not to like about this? "Dad, where do products come from? Well, son, when a company and a market segment really love each other, they..." [via the daily grind]

Typical Econ 101 management. Joel Spolsky links to Yet Another Tale About Corporate Weasels. You can click his link to read details; here's Joel's thesis: "Instead of having smart people figure out how to train their frontline customer service workers to serve customers well and profitably, they make up metrics that sound good and let the low wage, high-turnover customer service people come up with their own systems, which, inevitably, involve scamming customers and ripping them off."

How to Become a Writer: The Long Though Not Particularly Hard Way. Larry Doyle posts part 1, tune in tomorrow. Sample: "The strip was a failure. It started in more than 300 papers, and we were on The Today Show, but every time a newspaper did a poll, we came in last and were dropped. This was primarily because the writing wasn't very good."

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