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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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In this day and age, it seems, an injunction against splitting infinitives is one of those shibboleths whose only reason for survival is to give increased meaning to the lives of those who can both identify by name a discrete grammatical, syntactic, or orthographic entity and notice when that entity has been somehow besmirched.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 10/16/2014

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  07:39 AM

Will this be the week that everyone remembers 50 years from now as the week in which the economy's snowball spiral took its final turn downward?

How to Protect Your Email from Hackers. A dude managed pretty easily to hack Sarah Palin's email. The answers to the "security questions" -- what was your high school, what's your mom's maiden name -- are, it turns out, not that hard to find on the Web. (Or guess.[1]) Do something about it.

Driving LED Emoticon. How often have you thought of something neat and then discovered that someone has actually done the work to create and market it? I've thought for years that a sure seller would be an electronic sign that you could stick to your car's rear window and use to flash messages at other drivers. ("Back off, jerk!", like that.) And here it is, sort of:


Large Hadron Rap. In which we learn many things:

The LHC accelerates the protons and the lead
And the things that it discovers
Will rock you in the head

... including that physics techs will probably not be appearing anytime soon as dancers in hip-hop videos. (Neither will I, fwiw.) [via Stepdaughter E]

World's Largest Model R/C Airplane (video). Model of a WWII-era B-29. 9-meter wingspan. The thing weighs 210 kg and can fly 180 km/hr. Here's another one, almost as big; this second one launches a (scale model) X-1, the plane that broke the sound barrier. Plus some other goodies. Noisy, these things. Amazing, tho, innit? [via Friend Steve]

[1] Snarky but funny comment from Jeff Atwood: "Palin's Yahoo mail password hacked? Could be one of her kid's names. Or a random word from the dictionary. Is there any difference?." Haha. For the record, I am neutral about the Palin family names, given some of the other stuff that people come up with. (#, #, #)

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