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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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Blog Statistics

Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/21/2018

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Posts - 2522
Comments - 2582
Hits - 2,081,216

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Entries/day - 0.45
Comments/entry - 1.02
Hits/day - 374

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Happy Birthday, Sarah!

The Things He Carried. "Suspicious that the measures put in place after the attacks of September 11 to prevent further such attacks are almost entirely for show -- security theater is the term of art -- I have for some time now been testing, in modest ways, their effectiveness." [via Jeff Atwood]

It's not a compliment. Join wishydig as he hunts for a suitable definition for twittad, a connotative trainwreck of a name that was (apparently) coined in seriousness.

Curiouser and curiouser. Dioramas on a different scale. [via Daughter Sabrina]


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Six Apart CEO: Down Economy Boosts Blogging. Here's the logic: "[...] a bad economy will probably lead to an overall uptick in blogging, Alden says. 'When you don't know where else to invest," he explains, "you invest in yourself.' [...] When you get laid off or your company goes under, it's a good time to build your personal brand by blogging."

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