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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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I'd always assumed that the people who lived in those fancy houses in the suburbs were financially better off than I was, and only once I'd joined them did I come to understand that it's all just a more sophisticated and elaborate way of being broke.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 3/22/2019

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  06:55 AM

Snow, rain, gale-force winds, flooding, power outages, all in the last 72 hours. I tell ya, it's been some kinda weather up here in our corner. La Niña year, they say.

Ten Mistakes In Education.[1] "I believe that the school system is making a great many mistakes. Here are my ten favorites, favorite not because I like them but because eradicating them would go so far towards helping kids learn." Interesting ideas, not sure how practical. Here's a sample:
Mistake #6: SCHOOLS BELIEVE STUDYING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF LEARNING.
Practice is an important part of learning, not studying. Studying is a complete waste of time. No one ever remembers the stuff they cram into their heads the night before the exam, so why do it? Practice, on the other hand, makes perfect. But, you have to be practicing a skill that you actually want to know how to perform.
One Possible Reason for On-The-Net SQL Servers. Reader follow-up to the recent posting about the 500,000 exposed SQL Server and Oracle databases. See also: Continuing the Exposed Server Debate. (Might be more to come, but I'll leave it at this.)

Gibson Shows New Self-Tuning Guitar. Built-in tuner + motorized tuning pegs. As they say, sounds like it would be handy for quickly moving to a different tuning. ("Computer: get me open D tuning.") I wonder idly and speculatively, however, to what extent tuning has a ritual quality that guitarists kinda like. Now, when they come up with the self-tuning harpsichord, that's a whole 'nother thing ...

Divorce pains the planet. Couples who split up use more resources, generate more greenhouse gases. Reminds me of the ha-ha slogan, first seen (by me) in the 70s, but ever popular: Save Water, Shower Together. Come to think of it, doesn't all of this apply to single people withal?


[1] I know this sounds unbelievably snarky, and sorry about that, but why do so many academics have such awful-looking Web sites?

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