Sign up for my newsletters

Sign up for my Weekly Squeak newsletter, specific topic newsletters directly, and receive a free sticker, or use the minimal form.

Gaming newsletter

Occasional games related stories I notice across the internet, sign up for the newsletter version, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

When game developer Matt Leacock released his best-selling board game Pandemic, he didn't expect that twelve years later people would be using it to help them process an actual pandemic sweeping the world.
Read More
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.
Read More
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.
Read More

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.
Read More
Working through the Fantasy Religion Design Guide, our first step is to decide on the scope of religions on the world we are creating.
Read More
Depending on your campaign setting idea, in the early stages you may only need a bare minimum of details about your religion.
Read More

Ethics newsletter

Occasional ethics related stories I notice across the internet, sign up for the newsletter version, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a director of AI at Facebook, was apologizing to his audience.
Read More

I asked an AI to tell me how beautiful I am

from MIT Technology Review
Qoves started as a studio that would airbrush images for modeling agencies; now it is a “facial aesthetics consultancy” that promises answers to the “age-old question of what makes a face attractive.
Read More
GPT-3 has captured the public’s imagination unlike any AI since DeepMind’s AlphaGo or IBM’s chess-­playing DeepBlue.
Read More
What do Lyft, Facebook, the International Red Cross, the U.N., the government of Nepal and Pokémon Go have in common? They all use the same source of geospatial data: OpenStreetMap, a free, open-source online mapping service akin to Google Maps or Apple Maps.
Read More
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.
Read More
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.
Read More

Language newsletter

My curated recommended articles on linguistics, natural language processing and interactive fiction.

Newsletter coming soon, for now enjoy the posts below, updated regularly .

GPT-3 has captured the public’s imagination unlike any AI since DeepMind’s AlphaGo or IBM’s chess-­playing DeepBlue.
Read More

from
Read More
In his early days of writing, famed fantasy and Appendix N writer Michael Moorcock was a disciple of Lester Dent's Master Plot.
Read More
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.
Read More
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?
Read More