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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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1) Everything that’s already in the world when you're born is just normal; 2) Anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it; 3) Anything that gets invented after you're thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it's been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/15/2018

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Posts - 2502
Comments - 2574
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Entries/day - 0.46
Comments/entry - 1.03
Hits/day - 376

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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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