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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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A language is never in a state of fixation, but is always changing; we are not looking at a lantern-slide but at a moving picture.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 8/16/2019

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  11:52 AM

My much-anticipated snack cake has arrived, as part of Jason Looney's Snack Cakes for Links program. In fact, it looks like it probably arrived earlier this week sometime, but I don't check my work mailbox very often. However, I'm not concerned about the freshness of the snack cake, since Hostess products (as I believe this is) have legendary staying power, so to speak.

As promised, the snack cake is signed, in this case on the opaque white wrapper favored by Jason for autographing. This puts me in a bit of a bind, because I would like to enjoy the snack cake after all the effort that has gone into getting it here. On the other hand, opening the autographed wrapper and removing the snack cake, to say nothing of actually consuming the snack cake, is apt to considerably lower the cake's value with respect to its eventual price on eBay. It's a dilemma. Well, as noted, it's not one I need to resolve any time soon, given that the snack cake will retain its current freshness (and level of edibility) for some time to come.



(Picture courtesy of my colleague Mark's cool cell phone.)

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