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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 - Open Source Service Mesh with William and Jason Morgan of Linkerd

How does Linkerd set itself apart from other service meshes such as Istio, and how does it maintain its aims for simplicity in an ecosystem full of complexity? I speak with Jason and William Morgan to find out more.

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The Solo Adventurer - Interactive radio with codename Cygnus

An interactive radio drama that uses speech recognition to cast you as the secret agent in a branching story. Play as a secret agent in an interactive fictional world inspired by old time serial radio dramas. http://www.codenamecygnus.com/

Silicon Valley Mystery explainer video

Welcome to this explainer video introducing Silicon Valley Mystery, a clue collecting roll and write game created by Daniel Ballabás and Chris Ward. In Silicon Valley Mystery you are detectives tasked with solving a mystery quicker than any other player. Whoever scores the most points is declared the winner. You gain more points for gaining clues when they are newer (called “freshness”), as opposed to gaining as many clues as possible.

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Hands on - macOS Automation with Hammerspoon

What is Hammerspoon? Hammerspoon is a desktop automation tool for OS X. It bridges various system level APIs into a Lua scripting engine, allowing you to have powerful effects on your system by writing Lua scripts.

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Hands on - Write videos in React with Remotion

Use your react knowledge to create mp4 videos programmatically and dynamically using server side rendering and code you know. There’s a bit of waffle to begin with, you might want to jump to 07:45.

10 great podcasts for software test engineers

10 great podcasts for software test engineers

Software development practices change fast. Development teams use an endless stream of new tools, frameworks, and practices, and it’s your job as a test engineer to make sure that no matter what your development teams use or create, everything runs and works reliably.

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 - Three Faces of Night Pt 1 (Ep 14)

Episode 14 - Three Faces of Night (Pt 1) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on March 14th. Check us out most Sundays at 6 PM CET for new episodes! You can find this adventure and more by Zeke Gonzalez on DMs Guild at https://bit.ly/2PPAguf He can also be found at @FantasyEcology 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!

CTD - Shadow of Ebondeath Pt1 (Ep 13)

Episode 13 - Shadow of Ebondeath (Pt 1) was streamed live on our Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/crittestdummies on Feb 21st. 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!

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!

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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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Latest ethics posts

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These sort of adverts, almost eerie in how relevant they are to users' interests, are now a common part of our experience of using apps and the web. But with the new release of iOS 14.
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Google is going it alone with its proposed advertising technology to replace third-party cookies. Every major browser that uses the open source Chromium project has declined to use it, and it’s unclear what that will mean for the future of advertising on the web.
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Anyone who joined a video call during the pandemic probably has a global volunteer organization called the Internet Engineering Task Force to thank for making the technology work.
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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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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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Latest gaming posts

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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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