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

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  08:07 AM

My propensity for[1] agreeing to interesting-sounding projects has sucked up all sorts of time in the last couple of weeks. On the plus side, they are in fact interesting projects.

Indexed. This is actually all over the place right now, so you've probably seen it. Graphs meet social commentary:




Just a burger. The 21st annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest: "This year's task was to assemble a hamburger consisting of no less than one precooked meat patty, two vegetables and two condiments, sandwiched between two bun halves. More than 1,500 people attended the event." I link to Hanan's post because he includes a video.

Magic 8 Ball Fortune Generator. A customizable version of the classic management advisor.



[via Kim]

Lace Your Shoes. "Before you tie 'em, you have to lace 'em -- and you can choose from among 43,200 perfectly legitimate ways to do it. A smart stringing strategy can actually improve your game." I haven't investigated fully, but I don't spot one for swimming.


[1] Which route would you take: propensity for or propensity to?

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