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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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There is an inherent and pervasive bias in pure-text communication which makes statements intended to be good-humoured sound sophomoric, makes statements which were intended to be friendly sound smarmy, makes statements which were intended to be enthusiastic sound brash, makes statements intended to be helpful sound condescending, makes statements which were intended to be precise and accurate sound brusque and pedantic, makes statements which were intended to be positive sound neutral, and makes statements which were intended to be neutral seem downright hostile. [...] Writing is hard.

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First entry - 6/20/2003
Most recent entry - 5/22/2018

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  01:53 PM

Kinda went to town on the pix and quotes today, oh well.

Pizza-Pro 3000tm. No comment.

[v Friend Dennis]

And speaking of tools ...

The Ultimate Dogfooding Story. In the world of software, "dogfooding" refers to testing software by using it yourself. ("Eat your own dogfood.") Jeff links to a post by Erik that references a thingy named Sawstop, which is a safety device for table saws. Here's Erik:
Slide a piece of wood into the spinning blade, and it cuts the board just like it should. Slide a hot dog into the spinning blade, and it stops instantly, leaving the frankfurter with nothing more than a nick.
The interesting part of the story (read Erik's piece) is how this guy tested the device.


Fastidious spelling snobs pushed over the edge. People who get wigged out by spelling errors might be suffering additional stress, given current economic ills.[1] [via Fritinancy]


Lexicon. Facebook has a neat little app that "counts occurrences of words and phrases on Walls over time." (Must have a Facebook account to use, of course.) Here are a few of examples that I found interesting (click to see larger images):

Search term: "Obama" (note spike, which is in November):



Search term: "Mike" (note extremely even distribution -- hey, it's a popular name!)



Search term: "Mariners" (note that the range is essentially baseball season. The uber-observant might note that the graph falls off before the World Series, haha.)

[via Daugher Sabrina]


[1] I notice -- and even mock -- spelling and punctuation errors, but I can assure you that I don't refer to people who commit these mistakes as "infidels" who commit "acts of terror," sheesh. Relax, people.

[categories]   , , [tags] tools, pizza cutter, dogfooding, Facebook, spelling, punctuation

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