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.

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Next events

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  • September 26 2019 to September 27 2019

    Heapcon to hear about your ideas and projects

  • October 08 2019 to October 11 2019

    DevCon to deliver a workshop about Getting started with Solidity development

  • October 22 2019 to October 24 2019

    ApacheCon to hear about your ideas and projects

  • November 12 2019 to November 14 2019

    tcworld conference 2019 Running meetups at Automating and testing documentation

Latest posts

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Stories from KubeCon - Carmine Rimi of Canonical

We’re bringing you more from KubeCon with the Product Manager of Kubernetes and AI from Canonical.

FlureeDB is a database purpose-built to fit the requirements of modern enterprise applications while providing blockchain capabilities for data security, workflow efficiency, and industry interoperability.

Stories From KubeCon- IBM announces Razee, a Multi-Cluster Continuous...

Stop pushing and start pulling with this new continuous delivery tool for Kubernetes, straight from IBM at KubeCon.

Stories From KubeCon With Jason McGee, CTO, IBM Cloud Platform

Get it first from IBM Cloud Platform CTO Jason McGee about what IBM Cloud is about, who it’s for, and what it offers.

ETHBerlin 2019 - Decentralized Heatathon

I wasn’t at Berlin Blockchain week in 2018, so can’t directly compare the two events, but this year seemed busy to me, others mentioned they thought it was quieter. However, the venues used for the events were large and sprawling, so it was hard to get a complete picture of how many attendees there were, but the crowd felt enthusiastic to me. Especially considering the sweltering heat for most of the week.

Latest podcasts

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Xinshu Dong of RockX, Unix, the history of commuting and words

In this episode I speak with Xinshu Dong of RockX about his new blockchain-based digital assets platform. Also features stories on the impact of our cities on commuting, products for the elderly, the power of words, the history of Unix and more.

Sky Guo of Cypherium, loss in the age of the cloud and fantasy islands

In this episode I speak with Sky Guo of Cypherium, cover data loss in the era of digital memories, fantasy islands, the history of JQuery, and when crowdfunding goes wrong.

WTD Episode 23 - How to write inclusive tech documentation, by Lucie Le Naour

In this episode, rather than the usual roundtable discussion, we provide a recording of a WTD Berlin presentation by Lucie Le Naour on how to write inclusive tech documentation. Inclusive documentation takes into account all users, regardless of their gender, culture, or abilities. It uses language that treats different types of people fairly and equally, acknowledging that the words you choose matter in the connotations and attitudes they convey. This presentation was recorded on August 19, 2019 in Berlin.

Product Hunt award winner Krisp.ai, Ctrl+Alt+Del and HarmonyOS

In this episode I speak with Davit Baghdasaryan of Krisp.ai about their small Windows, macOS and (soon) iOS application that removes background noise from online conversations. Also features news on Huawei’s new OS, the history of Ctrl+Alt+del, moderating hacker news and more.

Putting Blockchain in hotel rooms with Réda Berrehili of the Ki Foundation

In this episode I speak with Réda Berrehili of the Ki Foundation about their plans to put blockchain-powered assistants into hotel rooms. I also cover the Linux desktop wars are over, the Nintendo power glove, and those pesky under water cables giving us all the internet we need (most of the time).

Recommendations and Newsletters

I currently curate 4 newsletters on Ethics (mostly 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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Newsletter coming soon, for now enjoy the posts below.

AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we really want to know? By We learn to lie as children, between the ages of two and five. By adulthood, we are prolific.
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The accusations figure in court documents in an age-discrimination case that IBM is facing, brought by Jonathan Langley, a former world program director and sales lead for IBM Bluemix, who filed a lawsuit last year after being laid off in 2017 when he was aged 59 years.  
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Tech companies are known for their generous employee perks: free snacks, nap pods, the now-obligatory office ping-pong table.
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How a small group of right-wing tech employees built a back channel straight to the nation’s capital. On Jan. 16, Republican lawmakers turned on one of the world’s biggest tech companies.
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The $47 billion Australian software company, which was founded in Sydney in 2002 and floated on the US stock market in 2015, says two-thirds of every performance review will now have nothing to do with job skills.
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Latest language posts

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AI and brain-scanning technology could soon make it possible to reliably detect when people are lying. But do we really want to know? By We learn to lie as children, between the ages of two and five. By adulthood, we are prolific.
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Chatbots and conversational computing present many contextual user experience challenges: humor, for example. And that’s before even considering if the content was funny to begin with. Luckily, we still have humans with interests in dramatic arts still around. For now.
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MIT student uses machine-learning to teach a machine how to compose sonnets. Machine learning was recently named as the force behind a potential cure for HIV, but now it’s a process that is also capable of more artistic endeavours. MIT PhD student J.
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Suggested Readings: Joakim Nivre. 2004. Incrementality in Deterministic Dependency Parsing. Workshop on Incremental Parsing. Danqi Chen and Christopher D. Manning. 2014. A Fast and Accurate Dependency Parser using Neural Networks. EMNLP 2014. Sandra Kübler, Ryan McDonald, Joakim Nivre. 2009.
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There’s something magical about Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs). I still remember when I trained my first recurrent network for Image Captioning.
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Latest blockchain posts

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Explaining crypto is hard, explaining crypto in simple words is harder. Explaining Zero Knowledge Proof to a child? Easy! So here you go — ZKP explained with some Halloween candy.
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During the next two to three years, all major ERP and CRM vendors will offer blockchain capabilities as an add-on feature for their software and SaaS products, according to a new report from Gartner.
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In the previous article, we began exploring the technique of building an Ethereum smart contract DApp using Angular NgRx. In this post series, we will dive into a more complicated and interesting case of a Solidity smart contract named FleaMarket.
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This is the first part of many (we hope) articles about Ethereum 2.0 as we get closer to its release. Serenity or Ethereum 2.
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This text was produced by Zero Knowledge, a podcast hosted by Anna Rose and Fredrik Harryson, which explores the decentralised technology that will power the emerging Web3 and the community building it.
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