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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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Sometimes, writing code means you've failed. So much of what we do already exists, and in more mature, complete form. The real challenge in modern programming isn't sitting down and writing a ton of code; it's figuring out what existing code or frameworks you should be hooking together.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/24/2014

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  01:28 AM

Have I ever recounted my Theory of Two Things? The theory is this: there are many things to attend to in one's life, but I can only attend to two things at a time. For example, here are the sorts of things that are part of my life:Click to see original source of image.
  • family
  • work
  • friends
  • reading
  • home improvement
  • guitar
  • blogging
  • exercising
  • taking classes
  • teaching classes
And etc. Per my theory, I can only really be putting serious energy into two of these at a time. So, if work is intense and I'm practicing guitar diligently, I'm ignoring family and blogging. If we're doing family things and I'm working on some house project or other, work and guitar and all the rest get short shrift. I can prep to teach a class and work, or I can work and have a busy social life, or I can work out regularly and do home improvement, or I can blog regularly and read a lot, or ... anyway, you get the idea.

Clearly there are people who can handle three or four or more of these types of things concurrently. (I seem to work with a lot of people like that.) But one has to know oneself, no? And I have to recognize, after long experience, that taking on some attention-sucking task means I have to jettison something else, until the total count of tasks is, like, two.

What's your limit for number of concurrent tasks?

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