Black Hat Month

I lied, work is insane at the moment and will be until June. With great regrets, blog posts will be almost non existent until then. There goes real life interfering with my online existence. Even with weekends, I can’t really stay abreast of current events to the point of writing something that is better that “Hey, check out this link!”. Stupid pontificating and the time it takes to do it :(

So as a cop-out till I get back, “Hey check out this link!”

Catch Up with DEFCON

Hey Kids, I’m back from catching up with my work load in the wake of Rock Beyond Belief and the recent 4 day holiday. The feeling of a clean inbox is a satisfying one indeed. Regular updates will resume tomorrow but, I wanted to highlight an interesting speech from DEFCON 19. My current obsession is learning about the latest and greatest stuff happening in the computer security world, especially after I recently realized how much my script kiddie skills have degraded over the past year. So I present to you Richard Thieme.

The Worst Company in America

The Consumerist awards the 2012 Golden Poo.

Oh Internet, I love you and your rampant hate speech, terabytes of malware, and your silly little polls.

What company is the worst in America, dear reader? Is it oil companies and their nasty habits of employing PMCs to inflict violence in the third world or their less than stellar environmental record? Is it the banks and financial products markets that pushed consumers towards houses they could not afford and then delivered robo signed foreclosure notices (sometime to people who actually paid their loans)? What about the general government contractors who continue to rip off the taxpayer? [Read more...]

“God” Loved/Hated Rock Beyond Belief

The first Atheist event in a military context ever.

Rain poured from the sky as I ran from a Wallmart to my rental car, my new raincoat in hand in preparation for Rock Beyond Belief.  When I arrived on post, Justin Griffith, Richard Dawkins, and a full bird colonel were engaged in a press conference while volunteers prepared the stage and did all that was humanly possible to keep the electronics from being soaked from the rain.

When the internet heard about the rain, I sadly was not IN B4 GOD HATES ATHEISTS. But, the rain didn’t last, although it did (presumably) impact attendance. RBB ended up kicking off about an hour and a half late yet as soon as the event started, the sky cleared and blissful sunshine rained down upon us.

IN B4 god loves atheists. [Read more...]

The Conversation I Never Thought I Would Have at Rock Beyond Belief

The Conversation I Never Thought I Would Have at Rock Beyond Belief

A friend reveals his thoughts on God.

Yesterday I had an absolute blast at Rock Beyond Belief, I got to hang out with my fellow bloggers Ed and Justin, rocked out to Aiden, and got one of my unit t-shirts signed by many of the performers and speakers at event. It was a beautiful day and a welcome change of scenery from the normal deserts that define my life.

The after-party was also a fun and positive experience; at least it started out that way.

So, no shit, there I was. It was 2 am and the party was still going strong. The weakest of the pack had been culled; an inebriated Ed Brayton was transported to his room via one of those wheeled baggage cart things. I really didn’t know a man could projectile vomit such a large amount of fluid and I think he might still be hung over well into May. But the largest shock of the party was still to come. [Read more...]