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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.

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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Reducing negative and biased language in documentation

Reducing negative and biased language in documentation

The discussions on what represents negative, biased, and diverse language continue in many open source communities, often sparking heated and strongly opinionated debate. Setting those discussions aside, say you have decided what language you want to increase, decrease, or change in your community. How do you enforce and track those changes?

A virtual problem

A virtual problem

I am back after a small break… And a spell of COVID 😷.

Our Favorite DevOps Tools for 2022

“DevOps” merges Development and Operations team functions through practices and tooling, all the while making continuous improvements to applications. Teams that adopt DevOps tools, culture and practices perform better and build faster. Let’s walk through each stage of DevOps and the popular DevOps tools you may want to consider in 2022.

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The Solo Adventurer - Creating fantasy maps with Inkarnate

I start exploring fantasy mapping tools for games, fiction, and other uses. First is the turn of Inkarnate that handles everything from worlds to interiors, all online.

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Hands on - SwiftUI with Swift Playgrounds 4

Swift playgrounds 4 brings powerful development tools to macOS and iOS contained within an easier to use application (compared to Xcode). I use this Hacking with Swift post (https://www.hackingwithswift.com/articles/245/build-your-first-swiftui-app-with-swift-playgrounds) to learn what’s possible.

Twenty twenty uh huh

Twenty twenty uh huh

I take a look back on the year that was. What did I accomplish, what did I want to accomplish and what do I have planned for 2022?

Abstract time machine

Abstract time machine

In this episode I look at the abstraction of code, writing rules (and why?), Mac migrations, and historical religions (ooh yeah).

How to use Chronosphere to monitor your GKE Autopilot deployment

As big Kubernetes users ourselves, we know that one of the best ways to run Kubernetes is to use Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Earlier this year, Google Cloud announced a new mode for running GKE called Autopilot. Google Cloud designed Autopilot to reduce the operational cost of managing clusters, optimize clusters for production, and yield higher workload availability. Autopilot takes a lot of the legwork and complexity out of managing Kubernetes clusters, saving you time and money. But, like all critical infrastructure, you still need a plan for monitoring and observability for the cluster. That’s where Chronosphere comes in.

Migrating applications and data to a new Mac without using Time Machine

You want to migrate data to a new Mac but are also interested in using a clean install instead of restoring from a backup to remove any of that unnecessary crud that gathers, especially when you someone like me who constantly installs and uninstalls applications and tools. I have been trialing a handful of tools and processes recently building towards helping with this and now I have a shiny new M1 Pro laptop it seemed a perfect time to see how useful they were. Here’s what I wanted to test and how the process went.

A world of wires

A world of wires

In this episode I look at the (un)intended consequences of tech utopias, why wired is back baby, why (oh why) are 15 minute delivery companies spreading so fast, reflections on Nanowrimo, and much much more.

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Hands on - Bring live video to streams with VDO.ninja

I looked at OBS.ninja before, but they rebranded and added a few new features, so i thought it was time for another try. If you want to bring live video feeds into your livestreams, is it still the best option?

Nanowrimo 2021 wrap up and novel status

For Nanowrimo (national novel writing month) 2021 I continued my novel from last year. To remind anyone who hasn’t followed my sparse updates on the novel, the novel is a speculative fiction set after a global zombie and human conflict where the two (let’s call them) species coexist in a tense harmony. For Nanowrimo this year, I set myself two targets.

Devx5 - Workflow automation with HashiCorp

We take a couple of episodes to deep dive into the suite of infrastructure automation tools from HashiCorp. Starting with classics like Vagrant up to newer tools like Waypoint. We look for patterns in developer experience and what we can learn from this infamous company.

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Hands on - Open source knowledge management with Dendron

There are so many knowledge management and note taking applications available that all claim to redefine the ecosystem. How does Dendron compare? I take a look!

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The Solo Adventurer - San Sibilia wrap up and review

A solo journaling game in a far off land that seems familiar, or does it? Join me and my callous engineer as we experience elicit midnight liaisons and funerals at dawn. This video is edited highlights of my playthrough and thoughts on the game.