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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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If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.

Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.



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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/6/2021

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Updated every 30 minutes. Last: 9:49 PM Pacific


  07:48 AM

Happy Wednesday the 13th.

How Harvard students perceive rednecks: The neural basis for prejudice. "Them" and "us" apparently trigger different neurological reactions. As Jason Kottke says about the implications, "The secret to getting along with someone that you perceive as an outsider is to find some common ground so that your brain will accept them as someone with similar circumstances." I find this kind of mind-boggling, because it explains at a stroke such thing as bonding ("team building") exercises, partisan politics, the seemingly inconsequential discussions about weather and (especially) sports, and maybe the secret to long, happy marriages. Dang.

Make your own Error Message. From the fine folks who brought you the Candy Heart Maker.



Symptoms: Metabolic Syndrome Is Tied to Diet Soda. "Researchers have found a correlation between drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome —- the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure." I am so not surprised. [via Sarah]

Stop being walked. Start walking. Dog walking as a metaphor for life.

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