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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 called Gregarious Mammal.

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 Weekly Squeak - Hybrid cloud object storage with AB Periasamy of MinIO

The Weekly Squeak - Hybrid cloud object storage with AB Periasamy of MinIO

My next Weekly Squeak topic is Hybrid cloud object storage with AB Periasamy of MinIO, let me know if you have any questions you want asked, or join us live at 2021-04-09T21:30:00+02:00 to ask yourself.

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The Solo Adventurer - card powered magic with Draw nine

Draw Nine puts you in the role of a magician whose powers depend on a pack of magic cards. These can help or harm, but the selection available to you is determined randomly at the start of the game. https://damonwakes.itch.io/draw-nine

CTD - Shadow of Ebondeath Pt 2 (Ep 13)

Episode 13 - Shadow of Ebondeath (Pt 2) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on Feb 28th. Check us out most Sundays at 6 PM CET for new episodes! You can find this adventure and more by James Patrick on DMs Guild at https://bit.ly/3uEnYnj He can also be found at @JamesPatrickDnD on Twitter. Character art made by Lance @20sapodcast on Twitter. Game audio by Tabletop Audio. Thank you to James for letting us use their work, our players Chris, Luke, Patrick and Shane, and our DM Peter!

The Weekly Squeak - Security in the Age of Microservices with Tzury Bar Yochay

The Weekly Squeak - Security in the Age of Microservices with Tzury Bar Yochay

Service mesh is one of the keys to securing bleeding-edge microservices , and how can companies continue to capitalize on the containerization trends, without sacrificing security? Let me know if you have any questions you want asked, or join us live at 2021-04-06T18:30:00+02:00 to ask yourself.

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The Solo Adventurer - Playing at Heartbreak with Sacrilege

I play at the heart stopping drudgery of being heterosexual in a world where heterosexuals are conditioned not to talk to each other, or listen to each other, or really have any idea what they are doing. Join me in this intriguing interactive fiction classic from Cara Ellison

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Hands on - Interconnecting APIs with n8n

n8n helps you to interconnect every app with an API in the world with each other to share and manipulate its data without a single line of code. Hosted on your server and not based in the cloud, it keeps your sensible data very secure in your own trusted database.

Crit Test Dummies Ep 12 (Pt2) - Battle Royale

Episode 12 - Battle Royale (Pt 2) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on Feb 7th. Check us out most Sundays at 6 PM CET for new episodes! You can find this adventure and more by Joseph Reilly on DMs Guild at https://bit.ly/31eXk7B He can also be found at @JosephMReilly on Twitter. Character art made by Lance @20sapodcast on Twitter. Game audio by Tabletop Audio. Thank you to Joseph for letting us use their work, our players Chris, Enya, Patrick and Shane, and our DM Peter!

Crit Test Dummies Ep 12 (Pt1) - Battle Royale

Episode 12 - Battle Royale (Pt 1) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on Jan 31st. Check us out most Sundays at 6 PM CET for new episodes! You can find this adventure and more by Joseph Reilly on DMs Guild at https://bit.ly/31eXk7B He can also be found at @JosephMReilly on Twitter. Character art made by Lance @20sapodcast on Twitter. Game audio by Tabletop Audio. Thank you to Joseph for letting us use their work, our players Chris, Enya, Patrick and Shane, and our DM Peter!

Crit Test Dummies Ep 11 - The Crumbling Stairs Pt 1

Episode 11 - The Crumbling Stairs (Pt 1) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on Jan 10th. Check us out most Sundays at 6 PM CET for new episodes! You can find this adventure and more by Cameron Melka on DMs Guild at https://bit.ly/3fblKY3 He can also be found at @SeenRender on Twitter. Character art made by Lance @20sapodcast on Twitter. Game audio by Tabletop Audio. Thank you to Cameron for letting us use their work, our players Chris, Enya, Patrick and Shane, and our DM Peter!

The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes native GitOps with Cornelia Davis of Flux

The Weekly Squeak - Kubernetes native GitOps with Cornelia Davis of Flux

I speak with Cornelia Davis, CTO of Weaveworks about GitOps, Flux and simplifying the creation of Kubernetes clusters.

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Hands on - Multi-repository docs with Antora

The multi-repository documentation site generator for tech writers who write with AsciiDoc. if you need a documentation tool that supports multiple sources of information, project versions, and other complexities, then Antora may be for you. In this livestream I test Antora and see how far I can get.

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The Solo Adventurer - Mystery roleplaying with Alone in the loop

I play the solo variant of the classic “tales from the loop”, written by Peter Rudin-Burgess

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Hands on - Connecting video with OBS.ninja

OBS.Ninja brings live video from a smartphone, tablet, or remote computer, directly into OBS Studio or other compatible broadcasting software.

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The Solo Adventurer - Nefarious monsters with Wicked One

Wicked Ones is a Forged in the Dark tabletop RPG about a group of fantasy monsters building a dungeon, launching raids on the surface to gather a hoard, and pursuing your nefarious master plan. I play the solo variant, “Wicked One”.

The Weekly Squeak - Grafana with Anthony Woods

The Weekly Squeak - Grafana with Anthony Woods

My guest this week is CTO and co-founder of Grafana Labs. We talk about the history of the company, their new cloud offering, and observability in general. Let me know if you have any questions you want asked, or join us live to ask yourself. Subscribe & listen later - https://anchor.fm/theweeklysqueak

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.

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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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Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a director of AI at Facebook, was apologizing to his audience.
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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.
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GPT-3 has captured the public’s imagination unlike any AI since DeepMind’s AlphaGo or IBM’s chess-­playing DeepBlue.
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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.
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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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Latest language posts

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GPT-3 has captured the public’s imagination unlike any AI since DeepMind’s AlphaGo or IBM’s chess-­playing DeepBlue.
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In his early days of writing, famed fantasy and Appendix N writer Michael Moorcock was a disciple of Lester Dent's Master Plot.
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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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A long, long time ago, back in the first lockdown, you probably told yourself that now – right this moment, in the middle of a pandemic – was the perfect time to conceive, plot, write, revise, rewrite, complete and publish a novel which completely transformed what we thought it was possible to e
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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.
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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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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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