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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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If there is a bedrock principle of the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.

Justice William J. Brennan, Texas vs. Johnson, 1989



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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 7/23/2014

Totals
Posts - 2304
Comments - 2489
Hits - 1,649,628

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Entries/day - 0.57
Comments/entry - 1.08
Hits/day - 407

Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 12:23 AM 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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