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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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Nobody is really smart enough to program computers. The only way you'll ever succeed as a software developer is through humility and the Zen concept of beginner's mind: approaching everything as if you were seeing it for the first time. Most of all, that means not being afraid to ask the stupid questions.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/21/2018

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  12:36 PM

Spent all day yesterday on materials for MIX 2008. The weeks leading up to conferences and tech shows are always, um, exciting times around the office.

Java developers ... . T-shirt slogans for Java nerds. Of a kind with this stuff. Don't miss this one!

Did IPods Cause a Crime Wave? "One widely accepted theory holds that crime happens when three things come together: A motivated offender encounters a suitable victim and perceives a high chance of getting away with it. And the Urban Institute researchers believe the sudden prevalence of iPods increased all three factors."

LOTRO - Jam Session. (video) A virtual music jam, as described to me by Son Zack: "Recently, a Lord of the Rings MMORPG came out, which was just another of these sorts of games until they implemented the ability to buy and play musical instruments. Apparently it has become very popular, and you can find lots of videos on youtube, but this is the best i have seen."

Clive Thompson on How DIYers Just Might Revive American Innovation. "[W]hen we stop working with our hands, we cease to understand how the world really works. [...] It might even screw up our brains. Neuroscientists have shown that working with your hands exercises different parts of your cerebrum than sitting and cogitating." Hey, playing guitar: good for the brain. Note also that this appears to argue against virtual jam sessions. :-)

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