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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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One of the first rules of product design is that where possible, don't try to fight sociology. Moreover, if you are going to wage a war against human psychology, do it elegantly. Most Web 2.0 product design assumes that the world at large behaves in a way that it simply does not.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 7/23/2014

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Posts - 2304
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Entries/day - 0.56
Comments/entry - 1.08
Hits/day - 406

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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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