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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 - 1/22/2015

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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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