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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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So often we rush through life, never pausing to notice the little things. The taste of a flower. The feel of wet mud against the roof of your mouth. The sound of one foot clapping. But it is these trivial things that make life worth living. Plus money, sex and liquor.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/15/2018

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Posts - 2475
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  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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