Nov 19 2017
I guess I should wish everybody out there a happy Thanksgiving that celebrates it.
I haven't been around much lately, certainly not as much as I would like to be. Things have been difficult lately, to say the least.
Around this time of year things go completely berserk at my dayjob. For a while I was pulling 14 hour days, capped off with feverishly working three days straight on one of the biggest projects of my career, which not only wound up going off without more than the expected number of hitches but has garnered quite a few kudos from the community. I'm rather proud of how it turned out. Unfortunately, it also took its toll, namely, on my health. During the final leg of the project I noticed that I was starting to get sick, and by that Tuesday my cow-orkers were telling me to go home and sleep because I looked like death warmed over. Unsurprisingly, I've been battling a nasty cold that's kicked the legs out from under me. I still haven't kicked out of big-project mode yet, because the last few times I've started to feel better I've run myself aground again without realizing I was doing so. This is not good. It also seems that I brought this particular nasty home, and now my family is in various stages of fighting it off.
Mar 18 2017
Slackpathy - noun - The phenomenon where conversations in a Slack channel are carried out using roughly 50% emoji or reaction gifs and 50% written natural language. The term derives from the hypothesized phenomenon of telepaths sending entire thought-complexes to each other rather than streams of speech.
Jan 01 2017
Here's to the sysadmins, who fight to keep everything up and running. And reboot printers along the way.
Here's to tier-1 tech support, who know the answers but are only allowed to recite from their scripts.
Here's to the pen testers, who keep plugging away.
Here's to desktop support, who occasionally see things they can never unsee.
Here's to the red team, who throw everything from Devo costumes to pork chops to ballroom gowns to the kitchen sink at the mission.
Here's to the hacktivists, who toil endlessly to make the world a better place.
Here's to the open source hackers, whose thankless tasks are labors of love.
Here's to the whistleblowers, who lay everything on the line to try to set things right.
Here's to the lawyers, who honestly answer the question "So, how much trouble could I get in if I did this?"
Here's to the reversers, who yank out their hair while asking the question "What the hell does this even mean?" over and over again.
Here's to the hackers who submit talks to DefCon every year but never get accepted. You keep trying, over and over again.
Here's to the people with the honest questions, who uncover horrors never before dreamed.
Here's to the newbies, who spend long hours punching away to learn arcane skills to satisfy their own curiosity.
Here's to you.
Oct 19 2016
I'm still here - haven't forgotten this blog. In the rush to get a bunch of stuff done at work with some alacrity, I seem to have run myself into the ground. More specifically, I seem to be an alpha tester for this year's version of the flu and I've spent the past couple of days sweating, throwing up, and sleeping. There was also a late-night trip to the ER somewhere in there. Oh, and let's not forget the lucid fever dreams - they're quite entertaining when you have control over them. Somewhere in the Dreaming I made the aquaintenance of a tribe of ants deep inside in the BART tunnel system and started cataloguing their graffiti while exploring the tunnel system. Once I'm back on my feet I'll queue up a few posts which are long overdue, and for that I apologize.
Back to bed for me.
Jul 16 2016
Still here. Still going. Getting ready for HOPE XI and trying to get everything buttoned up and bolted down at work before flying to the other coast for same. That all hell appears to still be breaking loose all over the world isn't helping matters any; I'm certainly not sleeping all that well, consequently.
Rehearsal of my talk for HOPE started today. I really suck right now and need to get this one banged out before I present. At least I've finally stopped writing and rewriting the slides and settled on the text.
This appears to be the week that Windbringer's internal power cell decided to only hold an hour of charge at a time. The good news is that I've got a replacement waiting in the wings to install. The bad news is that it's going to require a full teardown; Windbringer currently has a Macbook-like chassis, meaning lots of fiddly little nonstandard screws. Tomorrow afternoon's already been blocked off.
I'm going to take some downtime for myself to get my head screwed on straight; this also means that Windbringer's going to be backing up to external storage.
Be good to each other, everyone.