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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 - 11/16/2018

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Posts - 2532
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  10:05 AM

Although I am a late adopter, eventually I get it.[1] These days I am thinking about big TVs and about e-book readers (list here). Ack, the price.

Who’s Mindful of Who’s Apostrophes’?. "It was not the brightest day for the English speaking world when the apostrophe invaded its books." If its/it's bothers you, you might want to read a little history here. As I might have noted before, wouldn't it be easier to just do away with the possessive apostrophe? [via fritinancy]

Goliath - Official IFC Trailer. (video) "Goliath is missing. And that's just the beginning."

Starbucks Closure List: All 600 Stores, searchable. In the comments (couldn't resist): "Oh no! Where will I go for overbrewed, burnt tasting, hyperexpensive coffee?" Sarah comments: "It's a little pathetic how many of these Starbucks I've been to." [via Scott Hanselman]

Butchered Title Requests. From a librarian. Example: "Fire Hydrant 415," "What Color Is My Umbrella?". It might be fun to see if you can guess what the patron intended by looking only at the requests. [via  growabrain]


[1] Nancy Friedman: "That's par for the course with me and new technologies. The cycle usually goes like this: mockery, refusal, adamant refusal, argument, skeptical acceptance, grudging approval, enthusiasm, obnoxious proselytizing."

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