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.

I am also 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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NaNoWriMo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

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DXposé - Kubernetes observability with Pixie

In this DXpose I look at the developer experience behind Pixie, that helps you instantly troubleshoot your applications on Kubernetes.

NaNoWriMo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

Haunting of Owlbear Lodge - Halloween Special

This episode was originally aired on Oct. 25th at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies. In this special one shot episode, we’re playing Haunting of Owlbear Lodge by Jeff C. Stevens. You can find this adventure for your own table at https://www.dmsguild.com/product/320264/Haunting-of-Owlbear-Lodge–Adventure?affiliate_id=2519412 Character art created with the help of HeroForge.com. Thanks as well to our players for this adventures; Anna, Shane, Luke, and Peter, as well as our DM Chris!

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The Solo Adventurer - Lunar romance with Creatures such as we part 2

In this solo adventurer, I play Creatures Such as We, a choice-based game (in a Choose Your Own Adventure style) written in ChoiceScript. It won second place in the 2014 Interactive Fiction Competition by Linea Glasser.

NaNoWriMo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes observability with Pixie

The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes observability with Pixie

This week I speak with the cofounders of Pixie labs, that helps you instantly troubleshoot your applications on Kubernetes.  I also cover immutable operating systems, the ISS, real world quantum computing, the Lord of the Rings that never was, and more…

NaNoWrimo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

NaNoWrimo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

NaNoWrimo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

The Weekly Squeak - Graph and AI with Gaurav Deshpande

The Weekly Squeak - Graph and AI with Gaurav Deshpande

I have Gaurav Deshpande of TigerGraph back to talk about their recent conference covering the intersection of Graph and AI. I also cover Berlin airports, sci-fi recommendations, and bizarre operating systems.

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DXposé - Documentation screenshots with Snagit 2021

A sponsored DXpose special where I look at what’s new with Snagit 2021 for technical writers and documentarians

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DXposé - Build plugins with Netlify

I look at creating a build plugin for Netlify to expand what is possible with the platform. https://www.netlify.com/blog/2020/05/27/netlify-build-plugins-are-here/

NaNoWrimo daily session

I am trying national novel writing month this year, join me every day at 11am CET to watch my progress.

Tournament of Tokens - One-shot special

This episode was originally aired on Oct. 4th at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies. In this special one shot episode, we’re playing Tournament of Tokens by Adam Dewees. You can find this adventure for your own table at https://www.dmsguild.com/product/325661/The-Tournament-of-Tokens?affiliate_id=2519412 You can also find more amazing podcasts and streams run by Adam and his crew over at www.majesticgoose.com! Thanks as well to our players for this adventures; Patrick, Shane, Henrik, and Peter, as well as our DM Chris!

Recommendations and Newsletters

I currently curate 4 newsletters on Ethics (mostly in technology), gaming, 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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In this excerpt from "The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law", Ryan Abbott argues that laws should treat robots more like people. A pandemic is raging with devastating consequences, and long-standing problems with racial bias and political polarization are coming to a head.
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A group of workers have launched the UK’s first union branch dedicated exclusively to the tech sector to tackle issues ranging from working conditions to racial injustice and the climate crisis.
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Google‘s working on a service that would provide ethics consulting for companies building AI solutions. According to a report from Wired, the company is considering launching this ethics consultancy service by the end of the year. Reporter Tom Simonite writes:
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The problem began when the exam regulator lost sight of the ultimate goal—and pushed for standardization above all else. When the UK first set out to find an alternative to school leaving qualifications, the premise seemed perfectly reasonable.
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The AI is the largest language model ever created and can generate amazing human-like text on demand but won't bring us closer to true intelligence. “Playing with GPT-3 feels like seeing the future,” Arram Sabeti, a San Francisco–based developer and artist, tweeted last week.
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Latest language posts

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A program that can automate website development. A bot that writes letters on behalf of nature. An AI-written blog that trended on Hacker News. Those are just some of the recent stories written about GPT-3, the latest contraption of artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI.
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The AI is the largest language model ever created and can generate amazing human-like text on demand but won't bring us closer to true intelligence. “Playing with GPT-3 feels like seeing the future,” Arram Sabeti, a San Francisco–based developer and artist, tweeted last week.
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An insight into the way machines make meaning. A few years ago I used an algorithm to help me write a science fiction story.
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In a nutshell, UX writing is any text that users encounter while interacting with software. Be it button names, menu items, or product categories, you’re dealing with UX copy, often referred to as microcopy.
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Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release.
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Latest gaming posts

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Working through the Fantasy Religion Design Guide, our first step is to decide on the scope of religions on the world we are creating.
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Depending on your campaign setting idea, in the early stages you may only need a bare minimum of details about your religion.
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It’s an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto to Indianapolis. And the route, which takes me through Sarnia, Detroit, Toledo and Fort Wayne, is far from scenic. But Gen Con is the biggest boardgame convention in North America, and there’s no direct flight between the two cities.
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Tabletop RPGs provide some of the most memorable experiences you can have at the table, whether it's cheering at a clutch dice roll, gasping after a dramatic payoff or laughing at the charming antics of Tim the Goblin.
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A lifelong bookworm and a fantasy geek, Sarah Chaffee had for years admired Dungeons & Dragons from afar. “In the culture I grew up in,” she says, “it was very much like, ‘D&D is devil worship.
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