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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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The fine (and gross) points of literacy -- spelling, punctuation, grammar -- elude the vast majority of the Internet's users. To believe that J. Random Users will suddenly and en masse learn to spell and punctuate -- let alone accurately categorize their information according to whatever hierarchy they're supposed to be using -- is self-delusion of the first water.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 2/11/2015

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Posts - 2323
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  08:29 AM

Golly, is it Wednesday already?

The Surname Study. According to this, if your last name begins with Z, you might as well give up, haha.

I Want a Lucky President. Scott Adams posits that everyone has the same amount of luck, but it's distributed unevenly over a lifetime. If you use this theory to pick a presidential candidate, just think: "[Mitt] Romney scares the hell out of me. That guy was born wealthy, handsome, and brilliant. And he keeps getting smarter, more successful, and better looking. Everything he touches turns to gold. Luckwise, he’s running on fumes. If he gets elected, I expect the moon to fall out of orbit and land in Ohio."

Apocrypha Now II: The Revenge of Samuel Pepys. Suppose you wrote your PhD dissertation on the diarist Samuel Pepys. But suppose you'd never heard his name pronounced ... [via tenser, said the tensor]

19 Eponymous Laws of Software Development. You've heard of Murphy's Law and the Peter Principle. But what about Postel's Law, or the Pareto Principle, or Sturgeon's Revelation? Phil Haacked rounds up a bunch of these. (The comments add more. And argue, of course.) [via Daily Grind]

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