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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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One of the first rules of product design is that where possible, don't try to fight sociology. Moreover, if you are going to wage a war against human psychology, do it elegantly. Most Web 2.0 product design assumes that the world at large behaves in a way that it simply does not.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  11:19 AM

A somewhat delayed task from my garage cleanout was that I had some old cans of paint to deal with. This is paint left over from the previous owner, for the most part, and no good to me. I'm already on my second color since this paint was last used.

The city is strict about throwing paint and such into the garbage. However, they do offer a household hazardous waste service where you can drop off toxic substances at a facility next to the transfer station aka dump. The problem, and the reason it's taken me so long to get around to this errand, is that the HHW facility is open only from 10-4 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. So basically Saturdays, and holy cow, you don't want to get to the transfer station late on a nice Saturday unless you have a lot of time to stand in line.

We went first thing this morning. One surprise is that although you pay to dump garbage, HHW is free. Odd, but hey, so much the better for me. Perhaps one reason is that they actually reuse some of the substances you drop off. For example, paint. We talked briefly to the guy who took our 10 or so cans. They sort the paint into oil and latex, good latex and bad latex, and then more-or-less by color. Then they blend the paint and filter it into five-gallon buckets. Finally, they deliver it to some separate location where the paint is just given away for free to anyone who wants it. If you want paint and aren't choosy about color, it would be quite a bargain.

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