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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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[I]f once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. Once begin upon this downward path, you never know where you are to stop. Many a man has dated his ruin from some murder or other that perhaps he thought little of at the time.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 8/25/2022

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  09:58 PM

Normally I am interested in product instructions that are of dubious utility, let's say. (Previous) Today, tho, I ran across more of a wtf moment. My wife bought a new iron over the weekend. The cover of the instruction manual makes this interesting offer:


In case you can't see it clearly, the manual for a steam iron is suggesting that we visit the manufacturer's site for "delicious recipes." I mean, I've heard of a flat iron steak, but I didn't realize that this is what they meant. Iron chef?



More dubious guidance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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