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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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There is an inherent and pervasive bias in pure-text communication which makes statements intended to be good-humoured sound sophomoric, makes statements which were intended to be friendly sound smarmy, makes statements which were intended to be enthusiastic sound brash, makes statements intended to be helpful sound condescending, makes statements which were intended to be precise and accurate sound brusque and pedantic, makes statements which were intended to be positive sound neutral, and makes statements which were intended to be neutral seem downright hostile. [...] Writing is hard.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 5/17/2019

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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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