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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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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/18/2019

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Posts - 2543
Comments - 2592
Hits - 2,112,432

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 372

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  01:28 PM

On my list for Christmas is a magical ability to play blues lead.

Toyota Shows Violin-Playing Robot. Insert joke here about how we have plenty of mechanical musicians already.

'Cat Lady' Conundrum, The. Has Fluffy been eyeing you hungrily? One possible reason: more than 60 million people might be infected with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite of cats. "... Toxo must find its way back to a cat’s stomach to survive. So the parasite has evolved a complicated system for taking over its hosts’ brains to increase the likelihood that they’ll be eaten by cats."

Buy Houses in Detroit For $250, Monthly Pmt = $1. "You can go to Realtor.com and search for homes for sale in any city in the U.S., and you can specify a certain price range. If you search for Detroit homes for sale between $0 and $1,000, you'll find that there are 74 homes for sale in that price range." Not quite so good in Seattle; the cheapest listing I found was for a manufactured home in Seatac that is listed as having a view of Angle Lake. Point being, there are cheaper houses out there than people probably think, as long as you think cheap. [via grow-a-brain]

Offical Home Page. Fast, "Ad-Free Internet Starting Page." Includes a (Google-based) search and links to email and popular sites. I just can't help but wonder what the angle is. (No ads?!)

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