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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 - 1/15/2018

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Posts - 2475
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  10:51 AM



1) This last Sunday the kids and I were at the Alki Bakery for breakfast. When we left, there was a guy outside with a clipboard who asked "Do you want to help get John Kerry elected?" Had I been more awake, I might have asked him this: dude, you're in a blue state in liberal Seattle outside a trendy restaurant in a trendy neighborhood. How hard are you working to get Kerry elected? It's not exactly like being a civil rights activist in Mississippi in 1956.

2) NPR is on their semi-annual pledge drive kick. Here's a question for someone who knows how public radio works from the inside. Every hour they have target revenue goals and they attempt, in their gentle way, to whip their audience into a last-minute pledging frenzy so they can "make their goal!" Ok, I cannot personally remember an instance where they failed to make their goal. Is this just a bunch of hooey, or do they really do this, and when they say they need "just 5 more people to pledge!", is that for real?

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