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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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Encounters with readers are bracing. They remind us that nobody cares how hard we work, what obstacles we face, how good our intentions are. They don't see that, and they don't want to. They see the product. When the product is defective in some way, they conclude that we are dim-witted, lazy, incompetent or all three.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 8/20/2015

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Posts - 2334
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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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