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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 designer of a new system must not only be the implementor and the first large-scale user; the designer should also write the first user manual. ... If I had not participated fully in all these activities, literally hundreds of improvements would never have been made, because I would never have thought of them or perceived why they were important.

Donald Knuth



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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/14/2017

Totals
Posts - 2411
Comments - 2548
Hits - 1,916,108

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Entries/day - 0.49
Comments/entry - 1.06
Hits/day - 387

Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 8:27 PM Pacific


  07:38 PM

In a sampling of the population of our house, 75% reported colds or sore throats.

HEMA. "You can't order anything and it's in Dutch but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens. This company has a sense of humor and a great computer programmer." [via Friend Christy]

Talk to the Machine. The Phraselator -- "This is a (large) PDA-size device that emits perfectly pronounced words and phrases when the user picks them from a list on the PDA screen, or speaks the English version into a microphone." My personal favorite part: "The Department of Defense has bought nearly ten thousand so far, and the troops agree that it sure beats sign language or thumbing through a phrase book. The locals like it because it's yet another neat American gadget, and one that won't kill them as well." [via Friend Steve]

And the Greenest Car in America is ... Is it the obvious choice, perhaps?

Idioms in Code (Take a Guess). Fun for those what can read C-style programming language code. Example:

// idiom 9
prey = 'worm';
time = getCurrentTime();
if (time >= 4 && time <= 8) {
bird.catch(prey);
}


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