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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Hands on - Text-based diagrams with Mermaid

Mermaid is a Javascript based diagramming tool that renders Markdown-inspired text definitions to create and modify diagrams dynamically that helps Documentation catch up with Development.

Why Development Teams Should Play Roleplaying Games

Why Development Teams Should Play Roleplaying Games

How can playing roleplaying games help development teams work together better? Chris speaks with Karthik Nagataja to find out.

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The Solo Adventurer - Saving the world with Alone against the darkness (pt 2)

Set in 1931, my goal is to solve strange disappearances and to forestall a calamity about to beset the world.

The Weekly Squeak - The Jamstack Book with Raymond Camden and Brian Rinaldi

The Weekly Squeak - The Jamstack Book with Raymond Camden and Brian Rinaldi

I speak with Raymond Camden and Brian Rinaldi about the book they are working on for Manning publications covering everything Jamstack. I also cover Vivaldi, dependency hell, crazy laptops, and more.

Hands on - Kubernetes productivity with Tilt

Tilt offers productivity for teams building Kubernetes apps with smart Rebuilds, Continuous Feedback, Live Updates, Snapshots, and more.

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The Solo Adventurer - Saving the world with Alone against the darkness (pt 1)

Set in 1931, my goal is to solve strange disappearances and to forestall a calamity about to beset the world.

The Weekly Squeak - eBPF Cloud Native computing with Neela Jacques of Isovalant

The Weekly Squeak - eBPF Cloud Native computing with Neela Jacques of Isovalant

I speak with Neela Jacque about eBPF and what does Cilium and Isovalent offer to cloud-native networking and security.

Hands on - One-stop static sites with Zola

Another static site generator this week, and it’s the turn of Zola, a dependency free binary written in Rust.

Stories about people episode 4

Stories about people episode 4

This episode has the following 2 stories:

Hands on - Simple static sites with 11ty (Cohost with Rachel Black)

Rachel Black of Twilio and myself take a look at 11ty and see what all the fuss about this new static site generator is about.

The Weekly Squaek - Cloud Native automation with Jon Edvald of Garden

The Weekly Squaek - Cloud Native automation with Jon Edvald of Garden

This episode I speak with Jon Edvald of Garden about their cloud native automation platform. I also cover Linux on the M1, Google Chrome, Web extensions on Safari, and more!

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The Solo Adventurer - A letter writing RPG with Quill

Join me as a write a letter in an attempt to get the best response I can. Intrigued? https://trollish-delver-games.itch.io/quill-a-letter-writing The letter… My sincereness mister Winsborough, I take great displeasure and heaviness of heart, I found your boy beneath my kitchen window. (2) I did discover his peaceful corpse beneath the window while I was cooling a pie in the evening air. (3) I did immediately make haste to the honourable guard of my local Ward, who came with haste to inspect the corpse. (2) The guard did report that the death was grimly brutal, but he died swiftly and defending himself fiercely. (-1) I offer my heartfelt infinite condolences to you and your whole family, and humbly request you make haste to my abode to take care of your dear boys corpse. (2) Yours, Sir Reginald Farquath

Scaling your team alongside Kubernetes

Scaling your team alongside Kubernetes

Many of you have probably read countless technical articles about scaling application infrastructure and capacity with Kubernetes. This is not one of those posts. Rather, it looks at how and when to implement Kubernetes when your team or the demands on your team grow rapidly.

The Weekly Squeak - Apollo GraphQL with Geoff Schmidt

The Weekly Squeak - Apollo GraphQL with Geoff Schmidt

This issue I speak with Geoff Schmidt of Apollo about their GraphQL offerings. I also cover general AI, decades old technology bets, is it wise to remove WhatsApp, and much more.

Episode 104 - Romans, painting, Egyptian detectives, and hitchhiking space journalists

Episode 104 - Romans, painting, Egyptian detectives, and hitchhiking space journalists

Rebecca, Chris, and Jason are joined by Michael Hopwood to consider Romans painting swords, Egyptian detectives, and far flung journalists trying to find a story. Will the games we create be total nonsense, or race to the top of the hotness lists?

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Latest ethics posts

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I’m at home playing a video game on my computer. My job is to pump up one balloon at a time and earn as much money as possible. Every time I click “Pump,” the balloon expands and I receive five virtual cents.
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In 2021, organisations of all kinds will realise that they have to make racial justice a core part of their mission, not just an add-on.
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Wednesday, Re, who is a Stanford University associate professor of computer science, gave a talk for the University's Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence institute.
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The battle inside Signal

from The Verge
On January 6th, WhatsApp users around the world began seeing a pop-up message notifying them of upcoming changes to the service’s privacy policy.
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Conceived in the research labs of the Silicon Valley, artificial intelligence is deeply rooted in secular ideals of progress. Yet – as AI goes global – advocates of different ethical traditions are weighing in, often calling for greater regulation of the technology.
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Latest language posts

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The Guardian’s style guide was originally published in 1928 as a physical book, and is available to everyone on our website. Over time, it’s grown bigger and more complex, containing guidelines on important topics that we want to get right.
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In my article Home Automation with Alexa, we learned how to emulate IoT devices and control them remotely using a Voice Assistant device. There, we used an Echo-Dot that “wake-up” every time that the word Alexa is spotted. But, how a voice assistant works?
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2020 was quite the year for science fiction, but it wasn’t all about escaping to other worlds.
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Garbage Language

from Vulture
This article was featured in One Great Story, New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. I worked at various start-ups for eight years beginning in 2010, when I was in my early 20s. Then I quit and went freelance for a while.
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Latest gaming posts

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Dungeons & Dragons is such a behemoth in the tabletop roleplaying game scene that it’s become a synecdoche for the hobby itself; to many, “D&D” and “tabletop RPG” are one and the same. The game is massively popular.
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When Allana turned fourteen, the limits of her world shrank to the four corners of her bed. A heart condition kept her between hospital and home. She could not attend school or make friends. She was lonely. She could not live like a normal fourteen-year-old.
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Almost everyone has played a game in their life. Maybe it's Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders as a kid, Spit or card games in grade school—or perhaps you're royalty of D&D.
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The Best Tabletop RPGs Of 2020

from Game Informer
Many tabletop role-playing enthusiasts had to make big changes to their playstyles in 2020. Whether it meant suspending long-running games, moving to virtual play sessions, or playing more with those they lived with, it’s been a challenging time to get a fix of that dice-rolling goodness.
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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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