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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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Modern English is the Wal-Mart of languages: convenient, huge, hard to avoid, superficially friendly, and devouring all rivals in its eagerness to expand.

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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 7/13/2018

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Posts - 2508
Comments - 2574
Hits - 2,063,324

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Entries/day - 0.46
Comments/entry - 1.03
Hits/day - 375

Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 5:18 AM Pacific


  11:46 AM

Meteorologically, Seattle still can't decide what season it's in. A particularly sunny say made me complacent enough to leave the sunroof open on my car. Oops.

Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry. Like eBay, sort of, with the added twist that everything for offer on the site has a (bitter) backstory. Their motto: "You don't want it. He can't have it back."[1] [via how to split an atom]

Stuff White People Like. Just in case you haven't seen this. (That seems unlikely, but ya never know.) Very clever, mostly subtle set of essays. A particular favorite, of course, is #99 Grammar:
Another important thing to know is that when white people read magazines and books they are always looking for grammar and spelling mistakes. In fact, one of the greatest joys a white person can experience is to catch a grammar mistake in a major publication. Finding one allows a white person to believe that they are better than the writer and the publication since they would have caught the mistake.
The 3000-mile myth. For those who actually think about oil changes in their cars: how often should you change the oil? The premise is that the 3000-mile recommendation that most of us (old guys) have imprinted on our brains is way too often, resulting in environmental unfriendliness. You can look up the manufacturer's actual recommendation here. [via GOOD Magazine]

Want your ex-boyfriend back? [Unfortunately] I can help. People occasionally wax rhapsodical (or comedical) on craigslist. The editors collect the best of these for general amusement and edification. Always worth a browse. [via ...forget]


[1] An exercise for the reader is to contemplate the opposite: a site where dumped boyfriends can express their vengeful feelings. I believe that one such outlet involves posting NSFW photos.

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