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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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I would have to say that most instructions I come across are unimportant and some are harmful. Most instructions I get about software development process, I would say, would be harmful if I believed them and followed them. Most software process instructions I encounter are fairy tales, both in the sense of being made up and in the sense of being cartoonish. Some things that look like instructions, such as "do not try this at home" or "take out the safety card and follow along," are not properly instructions at all, they are really just ritual phrases uttered to dispel the evil spirits of legal liability.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/30/2016

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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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