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 in development, so watch this space. 👀

Next events

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May 27 2020 to May 28 2020

JAMStack London to hear about your ideas and projects

August 13 2020 to August 16 2020

KubeCon and CloudNativeCon to hear about your ideas and projects

Latest posts

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Measuring Metrics in Open-Source Projects

As open-source projects grow in use and popularity, many of their maintainers face a challenge to understand how and how many people use their tools.

OpenStack Ussuri - Intelligent Automation

OpenStack has a new release and it’s big. Let’s take a look at what Ussuri, the 21st release, has to offer.

GitHub Satellite 2020- Gone Remote, but Not Forgotten

Another remote event for 2020, but GitHub Satellite still managed to pack some impressive feature announcements, and a good dose of humor in these trying times.

Grafana- The Open Observability Platform

Chris speaks with Raj Dutt, CEO, and co-founder of Grafana Labs, the company behind the Grafana open source project to find out more about the project and their plans.

How to get started with Parent-child pipelines

We introduced improvements to pipelines to help scale applications and their repo structures more effectively. Here’s how they work.

Latest podcasts

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In-memory computing with Dale Kim of Hazelcast

This week I speak about in-memory computing with Dale Kim of Hazelcast. I also look at the changing world of in-person trade shows, offices, and restaurants.

Kubernetes as a Service with Spectro Cloud

This week I speak with Spectro Cloud about their new Kubernetes as a service offering, and also take a look at operating system market share changes, Skype just isn’t cool, Apple’s T2 chip woes, gaming, and Stephen Wolfram’s theory of everything.

Scalable Graph databases with TigerGraph

I speak with Gaurav Deshpande of TigerGraph about their highly scalable graph database. Also features GDPR 2 years later, Flutter, JavaScript, grounded airplanes, cats, and more.

Decentralized entertainment with Breaker.io

In this episode I speak with Troy Murray of breaker.io, a decentralized ecosystem that empowers creators and delivers fans classic and original content. Also features news items on technology in a time of crisis, self-editing, the bans before musicians were famous, and much more!

Augmented AI with Chris Longstaff of Mindtech

This week I speak with Chris Longstaff of Mindtech about their curious plan to help machine learning by augmenting datasets with synthetic data.

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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What springs to mind when you think “Berlin start-up”? Probably not the clichéd ‘old boy’s club’ culture of 1960s ad agencies.
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Roland Barthes was speaking metaphorically when he suggested in 1967 that “the birth of the reader must be ransomed by the death of the author”.
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On conference stages and at campaign rallies, tech executives and politicians warn of a looming automation crisis — one where workers are gradually, then all at once, replaced by intelligent machines. But their warnings mask the fact that an automation crisis has already arrived.
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Perhaps you’ve heard of AI conducting interviews. Or maybe you’ve been interviewed by one yourself. Companies like HireVue claim their software can analyze video interviews to figure out a candidate’s “employability score.
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Summary: How ethically mature are your user-research practices? Assess your current state of ethical maturity by answering these simple questions. Many organizations have flourishing design teams who conduct user research on a regular basis.
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Latest language posts

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Imagine your favourite social media platform does not let you post in English. Now think of a keyboard that won’t allow you to type in your own words. You would have two options: either switch to another language or remain digitally silent.
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How to Edit Your Own Writing

from The New York Times
Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. The secret to good writing is good editing.
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How to Edit Your Own Writing

from The New York Times
Writing is hard, but don’t overlook the difficulty — and the importance — of editing your own work before letting others see it. Here’s how. The secret to good writing is good editing.
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Roland Barthes was speaking metaphorically when he suggested in 1967 that “the birth of the reader must be ransomed by the death of the author”.
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YOU ARE IN THE FRONT YARD OF A LARGE ABANDONED VICTORIAN HOUSE. STONE STEPS LEAD UP TO A WIDE PORCH. If you’re a computer programmer or digital designer over the age of 40, this is probably how the future began for you.
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Latest blockchain posts

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash Here’s the deal: 1. There is a shortage of blockchain developers, this means web developers will need to learn blockchain development.
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Grab the source code for the blogpost here. For the past few months, I've been building a couple of toy dApp projects on Ethereum that ultilize zero knowledge proofs, specifically zk-SNARKs.
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It’s happening. Building smart contracts on Ethereum is slowly distancing itself from being a task better suited for Elon Musk’s friends on Mars, and looking more and more like something maybe doable by human beings.
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When we started out designing the Orchid privacy network, we faced the fundamental decision of which blockchain Layer 1 platform to build on. Deciding on the best solution required us to take a hard look at multiple options in the market, and the tradeoffs involved with each one.
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If you’ve been following the development of Embark you’re probably aware that we regularly put out alpha and beta releases for upcoming major or feature versions of Embark.
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