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I am a technical communicator with a love of explaining technical concepts in documentation, blog posts, videos, books and more.

I currently work for Chronosphere and have a small technical writing agency.

I am a podcaster, video maker, writer of interactive fiction, and games. This website is a home for all my blog posts, podcasts, newsletters and creative projects.

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The Solo Adventurer - San Sibilia wrap up and review

A solo journaling game in a far off land that seems familiar, or does it? Join me and my callous engineer as we experience elicit midnight liaisons and funerals at dawn. This video is edited highlights of my playthrough and thoughts on the game.

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The Solo Adventurer - San Sibilia playthrough

A solo journaling game in a far off land that seems familiar, or does it? Join me and my callous engineer as we experience elicit midnight liaisons and funerals at dawn.

Maximising content with Christopher Willis of Acrolinx

Maximising content with Christopher Willis of Acrolinx

Acrolinx is an AI-powered platform/framework/tool/🤷‍♂️ for content optimisation. I have always wanted to know more about the product, and for this episode I speak with their CMO, Christopher Willis to finally find out more.

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Hands on - Creating interactive fiction with Twine

Twine is a classic tool for creating non-linear and interactive fiction. I have created work with it before, but in this session I introduce it to newcomers and learn some new features myself too.

Reach out and Touch Bar

Reach out and Touch Bar

This episode… The browser wars, developer tools you should now about, how could the Touch Bar have succeeded and much more!

Devx5 - Workflow automation with HashiCorp (pt2)

We take a couple of episodes to deep dive into the suite of infrastructure automation tools from HashiCorp. Starting with classics like Vagrant up to newer tools like Waypoint. We look for patterns in developer experience and what we can learn from this infamous company.

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Hands on - Managing your content with Ghost

Ghost is an open source blogging platform moving into the enterprise market with paid plans and other features. How does it compare to using a static site generator or hosted CMS? I take a look!

An eye on observability for November 2021

As conference season slowly draws to a close, and we fill that few months between the end of summer and the start of the seemingly never-ending holiday season (hemisphere and region-dependent naturally), there has been a flurry of activity in the observability ecosystem, so it’s time to, err, cast an eye over it 😬.

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Hands on - AI pair programming with GitHub Copilot

GPT-3 is impressing and scaring everyone with it’s AI-powered smarts. I get my hands on GitHub copilot to see if it spells the end of programmers, or if it’s just another assistive tool.

Dial M1 for Monterey

Dial M1 for Monterey

In this episode I discuss the latest releases from Apple, the tribulations of Clubhouse, 20 years of the iPod, what to do with files you find on old computers, and much more!

Continuous Delivery With the Humanitec Postman Collection

Continuous Delivery With the Humanitec Postman Collection

Humanitec provides an API-first way to build your Internal Developer Platform to enable developer environment self-service. This post shows how to use that API with Postman collections to make creating environments even easier.

Devx5 - Workflow automation with HashiCorp

We take a couple of episodes to deep dive into the suite of infrastructure automation tools from HashiCorp. Starting with classics like Vagrant up to newer tools like Waypoint. We look for patterns in developer experience and what we can learn from this infamous company.

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Hands on - Automating tasks with Shortcuts

With the Shortcuts app finally making it to macOS with Monterey I thought it was high time I figured out how to get to work and how it can accompany Zapier, AppleScript, Hammerspoon etc.

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Hands on - Automating tasks with macOS Shortcuts

With the Shortcuts app finally making it to macOS with Monterey I thought it was high time I figured out how to get to work and how it can accompany Zapier, AppleScript, Hammerspoon etc.

WTD Episode 35 - Docs for Developers book, with Jared Bhatti and Zachary Sarah Corleissen

WTD Episode 35 - Docs for Developers book, with Jared Bhatti and Zachary Sarah Corleissen

In this podcast, we discuss the newly released book Docs for Developers: An Engineer’s Field Guide to Technical Writing with Jared Bhatti, staff technical writer at Google, and Zachary Sarah Corleissen, staff technical writer at Stripe (two of the co-authors). This book on writing documentation focuses on the end-to-end writing process (from audience analysis to drafting, editing, publishing, and more) and is written specifically with developers in mind. The authors use the scenario of documenting Corg.ly, an API that translates barks, as a common thread through each of the chapters.