I like mastodon more than the other places because y'all actually reply to stuff and engage in interesting conversations.

If I were better at social media, I'd participate a lot more than one or two Saturday's a month 😂.

I program for over 20 years. I just closed some tabs from yesterday:

"how to create directory in python"
"concat lists python"
"load 2 models tensorflow"
"how set pythonpath"

and some others.

And yes. I have a masters degree in informatics.

You don't need to learn things that you rarely need & are just 1 duckduckgo away by heart. Knowing that they exist and what to search for is sufficient.

Important are the thing you cannot search. Concentrate on those.

#ImposterSyndrome #elitism

If you have the opportunity to make something beautiful, but it will influence a subset of those who consume it into doing horrible things, is it wrong to create it?

Every time I turn around, the world becomes more interesting.

I meet a UXO - a person who travels the world finding bombs so they can be avoided and disarmed.

Didn't even know this was a thing! It's crazy how many hidden worlds there are if I just look for them.

Soooooo, who's going to be at Black Hat? Because I'll be there for the first time and I'd love to meet some InfoSec folks!

For those on here a lot, what it is it that encourages you to get on here an post?

I just don't have that thing inside me that pushes me to post something. Or I want to be too wordy (like right now!).

So, I'm genuinely curious, for the tooters out there, what is it that encourages you to post so regularly? I enjoy reading them a lot, but have trouble participating.

For the record, I'm still alive. Thanks for being charitable to my sad ramblings the other week. I promise, I'll have more InfoSec stuff in the future :)

Been a surreal couple of weeks

I'm sad, I can definitely tell, but I don't think I'm sad in the way other people are sad. I don't know how to describe it.

More likely than crying now, I'll watch a sad vid in 3 months and ball my eyes out for "no reason". The dam finally bursting forth. But I won't feel better, not really.

Anyway, sorry to bring down the fediverse. I just needed to write this out somewhere it can be read and I didn't want to do it on Twitter or Facebook.

It really just doesn't even feel real. They're gone. They're just suddenly gone.

My analytical, problem solving brain immediately goes to what needs to happen next. "Is there a will? What are they planning for the house? Who is responsible for the bodies as we plan the funeral?" and a million, million more.

For whatever reason, I don't want to put this somewhere that people really know me. So, I'll put it here.

This week, my Uncle died suddenly. The next day, my Aunt (his wife) died after finally succumbing to her terminal illness. The next day (yes, seriously) another uncle of mine died in rehab (physical, not drug) after he suddenly went into shock - he was relatively healthy.

Three people I know and love died in three days. Two live close by but one lives in FL. Not sure what I'm going to do.

I’m still alive. Life is on fast forward right now. I hope you’re all doing well.

From a career perspective, there is nothing in my life that has been more valuable to me than relationships.

Every job worth having has come because of a friendship somewhere. Sometimes it's an opp from a mentor. Sometime it's a friend I know. Sometimes it's someone I've mentored reaching out from their place of success. But in every case, serving and training others, treating them with respect, and being their real friend has paid the most dividends for me.

I can't recommend it enough.

I guess I'll add to that just a little more. 6 years ago I was barely making minimum wage, very depressed, and on the brink of divorce.

Today I've got a very lucrative career, I'm happy, and my marriage is in a great place.

That's not all because of work (obviously), but I definitely could not have imagined my current life 6 years ago. If you're stuck in life or afraid today is your forever, you're wrong. Things change - usually for the better. Keep growing and learning. It's wroth it.

So I turned in my notice last week. Friday is my last day. It's sort of a weird feeling, leaving a job not because I'm dissatisfied or scared for the future but because I have such an amazing opportunity somewhere else.

My life is so different from where it was 6 years ago. I couldn't have imagined this then. I am sure there are dark days/months/years in my future, but today it's mind boggling to me that I'm part of an industry where it is possible to be so successful.

Being drunk at a party means I've got 2-to-3 hours left at the party as I sober up.

Not ideal, but at least I'm having a good time.

Always do your best. Your best will change from day to day.

So Marcus Hutchins, of fame and who had been arrested in the US has pleaded guilty to writing banking software. Over on the birdsite there's lots of strong opinions. I blogged my opinion that it's a big world out there and trying to dismiss him as a criminal or pardon him because he's a hero are fundamentally misguided. blog.paco.to/2019/marcus-hutch

I finally watched "The Greatest Showman"

That was much, much better than I expected. Solid B+ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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