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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 way to make a million dollars would be to work for the Post Office your whole life, and save every penny of your salary. Imagine the stress of working for the Post Office for fifty years. In a startup you compress all this stress into three or four years. You do tend to get a certain bulk discount if you buy the economy-size pain, but you can't evade the fundamental conservation law. If starting a startup were easy, everyone would do it.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 3/22/2019

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Posts - 2551
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Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 370

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  09:54 AM

The consensus at our house is that Creative is a bunch of weasels, because they won't produce Vista drivers for not-even-very-old hardware. Plus just generally.

The Pop Vs Soda Map. Who calls carbonated soft drinks what, where. [via Seth]

The History of IMG and EMBED Tags. A little technical trivia from the history of the WWW. Sort of odd to think that every one of the HTML elements that we all know and love had to be spec'd and discussed, one at a time.

Large Hadron Collider Watch [http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/]. Keeping tabs on the destructive potential of the Large Hadron Collider. Sent to me by Son Zack, who's a physics major, with the comment "Theoretically they will, you know, update it."

Best TV show ever. Not exactly rigorous, but still interesting, poll of TV shows from the last 50 years. A gratifying result for us; we're currently completely obsessed (well, I am, anyway) with the #1-rated show. PS I did vote, yes I did. [via that kottke fellow]

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