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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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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 1/18/2019

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  02:31 PM

If it's the end of the year, it must be time for end-of-the-year stuff.

The Seven Best Capers of 2008. A roundup (hey, wait ...) of criminal activity this year that showed unusual imagination. With the qualifier that the best capers of all are those that are never detected ...

Motorcycles Finally Go Green. "Motorcycles may deliver 70 mpg or more, but they can be 10 times more polluting per mile than passenger cars." And that's street bikes; traditional two-stroke engines -- still popular on dirt bikes for their power/weight ratios -- are incredibly dirty. (Advanced designs for two-stroke engines ameliorate this considerably.)

The Fargo campus responds to Redmond's December 2008 storm conditions. During our recent snow episode here in the Seattle area, the Microsoft campus was effectively shut down due to, you know, snow and cold. The folks at Microsoft's Fargo (North Dakota) campus were not impressed, and issued their own Real Estate and Facilities announcement.[1]

Saying it wrong on purpose. An article on wordplay via mispronouncinations (<-- haha). Much of the fun is contributed in the comments. (I particularly like refrigulation machine for the fridge.) [via wishydig]


[1] Virtually everyone who moves to Seattle from anywhere that regularly gets snow experiences their first few hours of a Seattle snowstorm and asks "What's the big deal? It's just snow!" Then they discover just how pathetically unprepared we are for weather like that.

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