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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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Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, "the greatest", but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/24/2016

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Posts - 2387
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Comments/entry - 1.06
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  09:19 AM

In honor of my being on vacation, a frothy confection of brain candy. Some items might be past their freshness date, oh well.

'Llectuals. (video) If PBS did a dramatic series about young urban people. (Notice I didn't say young, hip urban people.)

How to Discuss Popular Music. One in a series of Basic Instructions. Update Just found How To Give Directions. Please also note the disclaimer at the bottom of the page. Just in case.

Cake Wrecks. When professional cake decorating goes wrong.

Impostor. "My Hobby: Sitting down with grad students and timing how long it takes them to figure out that I'm not an expert in their field."

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