I am a technical communicator with a love of explaining technical concepts in documentation, blog posts, videos, books and more. I run a small agency called Gregarious Mammal if you’re interested in hiring me for that kind of thing.

This website is a home for all my blog posts, podcasts, newsletters and creative projects.

It’s also new and very much in development, so watch this space. 👀

Next events

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  • May 20 2019 to May 23 2019

    KubeCon and CloudNativeCon to hear about your ideas and projects

  • May 22 2019 to May 24 2019

    Codegarden to speak about Explain Yourself! A crash course in better documentation

  • June 04 2019 to June 05 2019

    Emerge to hear about your ideas and projects

  • May 22 2019 to May 24 2019

    Soap! Conf to speak about AI, friend or foe for tech writers?

Latest posts

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True Anonymity, Privacy, and SNApps With Simon Harman of Loki

Need to improve privacy and anonymity?

Developer Relations and Tech Evangelism With Rachel Black of Lisk

Chris speaks with Lisk’s new tech evangelist to find out what the developer experience focussed blockchain project has been up to since summer 2018.

Embleema- The Blockchain That Lets You Own Your Health Data

Healthcare generates a lot of data, but most of it isn’t available to those generating the data: patients. Learn how one team is using blockchain to address this issue.

OpenStack Summit Berlin 2018- Running Your Cloud

The latest cloud and DevOps news from Berlin.

A Year in Review - BlockchainOps Entrepreneur

What technologies were the most significant in 2018, and which will go to 2019.

Latest podcasts

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Robocall hyphen king

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In this episode Chris covers the trail of the robocall king, programmer's obsession with efficiency, prisoners training AI, all you wanted to know about hyphenation, and much more.

https://chrischinchilla.com/podcasts

In episode 21, Becky Todd from Atlassian joins us to talk about career growth, leadership, and mentoring. How do you move up to the next level at your company? Does upleveling require a management track, or there other ways to increase your leadership and influence? We also chat about mistakes we’ve made, what we’ve learned, ways to increase our influence and visibility both inside and outside corporate walls, why we sometimes back away from persuasion efforts, the balance between autonomy and micromanagement, mentoring strategies and opportunities, and other career-related topics within technical communication. We also look at the Season of Docs as an opportunity for getting involved in open source projects.

Ranking full stop

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In this episode I cover old technologies and how to preserve them, the death of Childhood musicians and a little more.

https://chrischinchilla.com/podcasts

Chris speaks with Jae Kwon of Tendermint about their Byzantine-fault tolerant state machine replication. Or blockchain, for short.

Also in this episode Chris looks at the history of the Ottoman empire, ageing coders, the psychology of Magic the Gathering and more.

https://chrischinchilla.com/podcasts

In this episode Chris speaks with Alexis of Arkhn about their plans to standardise medical data. Also featured are stories on D&D, the connections between crypto and gambling, the real intentions of Facebook and more.


https://chrischinchilla.com/podcasts

https://arkhn.org/english.html

Recommendations and Newsletters

I currently curate 4 newsletters on Ethics (moslty in technology), Blockchain, Language and Linguistics, see my latest recommendations and join those newsletters below.

The Weekly Squeak Newsletter

My general newsletter "The Weekly Squeak" draws content from all these sources and a couple more, sign up to that below.

Latest ethics posts

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As creators of technology, we need to ask whether our progress is antagonistic to the place that we call home.
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The first time Bill was stopped and searched by police, he was standing outside a friend’s house in south London. “The police pulled up on us, three cars,” he says. “I asked them why they were searching us, and one said, ‘Because I want to’.” Bill was 11. That was nearly a decade ago.
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Plattsburgh, New York, perches on the shores of the vast Lake Champlain on the US-Canada border. It’s a small city – population less than 20,000 – with clapboard houses and an impressive city hall.
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Shelley Chang was working as a business analyst for a computer company in 2010 when she met Jason Ho through some mutual friends. Ho was tall and slender with a sly smile, and they hit it off right away. A computer programmer, Ho ran his own company from San Francisco. He also loved to travel.
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“Prison labor” is usually associated with physical work, but inmates at two prisons in Finland are doing a new type of labor: classifying data to train artificial intelligence algorithms for a startup.
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Latest language posts

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Natural language processing (NLP), the technology that powers all the chatbots, voice assistants, predictive text, and other speech/text applications that permeate our lives, has evolved significantly in the last few years.
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Earlier this month I was invited to give an evening lecture at the Typography Society of Austria (tga) in Vienna.
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Mozilla crowdsources the largest dataset of human voices available for use, including 18 different languages, adding up to almost 1,400 hours of recorded voice data from more than 42,000 contributors.
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A great sentence makes you want to chew it over slowly in your mouth the first time you read it. A great sentence compels you to rehearse it again in your mind’s ear, and then again later on.
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Latest blockchain posts

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Plattsburgh, New York, perches on the shores of the vast Lake Champlain on the US-Canada border. It’s a small city – population less than 20,000 – with clapboard houses and an impressive city hall.
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Nothing brings change like a revolution. If successful, they disrupt the status quo and nothing is ever the same again. If they fail, they fail in catastrophe, with bodies swinging from the gallows.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Some of the world’s biggest internet messaging companies are hoping to succeed where cryptocurrency start-ups have failed by introducing mainstream consumers to the alternative world of digital coins.
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Early last month, the security team at Coinbase noticed something strange going on in Ethereum Classic, one of the cryptocurrencies people can buy and sell using Coinbase’s popular exchange platform. Its blockchain, the history of all its transactions, was under attack.
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During my time as a Guardian journalist, the then Readers’ Editor, Chris Elliott, told me a story. Not long after launching the paper’s website, in 1999, the office began receiving cheques.
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