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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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Luckily language is never in the exclusive control of scholars; it does not belong to them alone, as they are often inclined to believe; it belongs to all who have it as a mother-tongue. It is governed not by elected representatives but by a direct democracy, by the people as a whole assembled in town-meeting.

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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 4/21/2017

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Posts - 2424
Comments - 2551
Hits - 1,942,398

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Entries/day - 0.48
Comments/entry - 1.05
Hits/day - 385

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  01:55 PM

Somehow I ended up with five things today. Guess I'm super-excited about all this stuff.

Procrastination (video). "This morning I got up and got ready quickly because I had to get a lot of stuff done ..." [via (sort of) GOOD blog]

Hurricanes, as seen from orbit. Awesome. [via kottke.org]

Distributed Proofreaders. Help Project Gutenberg by proofreading OCR scans of books, one page at a time. I'm signed up, are you?

Plastic Logic reading device. Wow: "Differentiated by a stunning form factor (the size of 8.5 x 11-inch paper), the Plastic Logic reader features a big readable display. Yet it’s thinner than a pad of paper, lighter than many business periodicals, and offers a high-quality reading experience - better than alternatives of paper or other electronic readers on the market today." Man, I can't wait till e-reader devices are commodified.

How to Find Out Anything: 7 Tips. One (perhaps controversial?) tip: know a lot already. Another excellent tip: mine the "invisible Internet" -- stuff that isn't indexed by search engines.

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