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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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Because novels don't get yanked out of the front of the brain, they can't be bullied into existence by increased focus or a Calvinist work ethic. A lot of what you need is in that great junkshop of memory and experience and emotion that's located in the back of the mind, and it's a place that can't be systematized, made orderly. You can't go in there looking for one thing and hope to find it. All you can do is browse, see what looks interesting, hold it up to the dim light and ask yourself what its relevance might be to the task at hand.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/16/2018

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Posts - 2532
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It's snowing. Sheesh.

Clever Billboard Advertisements. "How do you stand out in the crowd? Here are a few examples."

The only valid measurement of code quality: WTFs/minute. Not just code, methinks. [via grow-a-brain]

Simpsons Brand-o-Rama. Inspired by Heidi Harley's yearly roundup of linguistic gems from The Simpsons, Nancy Friedman surveys the amazingly clever array of brand names that make an appearance on the show.

Judge: Learn English or Go to Jail. Maybe not what it seems at first glance. "A judge known for creative sentencing has ordered three Spanish-speaking men to learn English or go to jail. The men, who faced prison for criminal conspiracy to commit robbery, can remain on parole if they learn to read and write English, earn their GEDs and get full-time jobs."

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