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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 35 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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I learned that you cannot follow the entire Bible. It's impossible. You must pick and choose. Everyone does it, whether they admit it or not. Otherwise, we'd end up stoning adulterers on the street. Some call this "cafeteria religion," and it's meant as a disparaging phrase. But I say: There is nothing wrong with cafeterias! I've had some great meals at cafeterias. The key is to choose the right dishes—the ones about compassion and tolerance, and leave the ones about hatred and intolerance on the side.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/2/2024

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  05:57 PM

Son Z and I got some new grips for the motorcycle handlebars. The instructions for the grips came with this helpful caution:


I can't imagine the steps that led to the company deciding to add this cautionary note to the instructions. I keep coming back to this:
Hello? Plastiche Cassano Handgrip company? I crashed my bike, and in spite of having your handgrips on my handlebars, I was injured. You will be hearing from my lawyer!
More dubious guidance: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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