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Interz0ne 4

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I just confirmed that I will be presenting at the Interz0ne 4 conference in Atlanta the weekend of March 11-13. The topic will be "Disposable Email vulnerabilities" and we will officially announce a new DDP project related to that topic.

I will also be doing a lot of other things while I am there. My tentative schedule is as follows:

I will not arrive at the conference until Late Friday night at around 9-10 PM. I have no specific plans Friday night other than checking in and getting some food somewhere!

Saturday, I volunteered and will be working at the registration desk for most of the morning. I will then probably break for lunch and come back and set up in the vendor area with copies of Binary Revolution Magazine 1-3 (sorry, 4 is still not done yet). I will take in as many other presentations as I can on Saturday as well.

Saturday night, I am tentatively scheduled to go on after the keynote speaker. Watch the official Interz0ne schedule for the final speaker schedule. After that, I will watch as many of the presentations as I can and then I will probably be hanging around and maybe filming some HackTV segments if anyone comes up with any ideas.

I will be recovering Sunday, but I still plan to take in some presentations and set up in the vendor area with the magazines again if I can. I will have to leave the con early Sunday evening to catch a flight Sunday night.

If anyone wants to say hello, just look for me at those areas in those times. I will be glad to sign copies of the magazine or anything like that. I am pretty approachable, so don't be afraid to say "Hi". I hope to meet a bunch of you there!

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I just found out today that an article of mine was published in the Winter 2004/2005 Issue of 2600 magazine. The topic is "Hacking Star Search" and shows how vulnerable and poorly designed their online voting system is. It uses the same voting engine that every other poll on the site uses instead of a special secure version for this particular show (which awards a $100,000 cash prize. Luckily, I think the show has been canceled since I originally wrote this article.

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I will put this file up on DocDroppers with the rest of my articles sometime soon.

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

In July 2004, I attended and presented at the 5th HOPE conference in NYC. The subject of my presentation was "AS/400: Lifting the veil of obscurity" which was an introduction to the AS/400, how it works, and where common mistakes are made from an administration standpoint.

While the MP3 audio version has been available for some time, it appears that 2600 magazine (the people who run the conference) have made all of the videos available on their web site now as well.

You can get a copy of my presentation for $5.00 on SVCD at the 2600 store. The entire list of presentations is at this page. I also made a 5-10 minute appearance on sl1pm0de's excellent "hacker radio" presentation as well, so I recommend you pick that up while you are there.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

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I mentioned on Binary Revolution Radio about a month or two ago that I passed the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) exam. Just this past week, I finally got a welcome packet with my printed certificate (which was very unimpressive) along with some other things.

I went from the stereotypical evil hacker to Certified Ethical Hacker and a "security professional" in the matter of a few hours. Does anyone out there really think that I am any different for having this piece of paper?

Also included in the packet was a sticker for the back window of a car that reminds me of those found at universities. I do not foresee myself putting this on the "StankMobile" anytime soon.

I also received a congratulation letter and some little papers repeating the mindwash of what an "ethical hacker" is supposed to be in their minds.

The final thing that was in the packet, and the thing that was most interesting to me, was a small business card sized CD with a linux distro on it. The CD itself said "CEH" on the front along with the word "membership card" and I got a little bit excited wondering if they had developed their own special little security distro. I always like playing with new bootable security distros. I was very disappointed to find out that the disc was nothing more than LNX-BBC with a different label on it. It has not been updated since 2003 and seems to be a dead distro, regardless of what their page says. If it hasn't been updated in 2 years, it is dead.

I really should have expected that, but oh well. I knew what I was getting into with that certification and I am still glad that I got it, just for the factor of knowing that I can pass an exam based on their view of what a hacker is. Of course when they say I'm an "ethical hacker" and I say that I'm an "ethical hacker" we are describing two totally different people.

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StankDawg

NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

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I arrived home from my local 2600 meeting last night to find the Spring 2005 issue of 2600 waiting for me in my mailbox. This confirmed the phone call that I got from Natas earlier in the evening telling me that my article on "disposable email vulnerabilities" was in this issue.

This is the same topic that I presented at the recent Interzone conference and is discussed earlier in this blog.

*** 08/07/2005 UPDATE! *** This file is now up on Docdroppers.org with my other articles! I have also added the presentation itself to this post.

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StankDawg

NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

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The AdWords program is an advertising system used by Google. It is a pay-per-click system like may others but Google doesn't give it the attention to design that it deserves. Not only does Google take some liberties with the Terms of Service and what they allow and don't allow in the program, but also have several flaws in the logical design of the system. There are several loopholes in this system and they will be explained and demonstrated with proof of concepts for every example.

There is also an upcoming article on this topic.

UPDATE!!! I was just informed that my speaking time has been moved to 3 PM Friday, July 29 on track 3 in the Apollo room! These people do not seem to have it all together, so all I can say is to check the schedule and see what other changes they make.

UPDATE!! 09/28/2005 - The mp3 file is floating around in the internet, so I am putting it up here for you to download.

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

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I got home from presenting at Defcon 13 and sometime over the weekend, the new Summer 2005 issue of 2600 magazine came out. It contained the article that I just presented on at Defcon entitled "Hacking Google Adwords" which can be found below if you keep reading.

This was my 9th article to be published by 2600.

The article was submitted to them around 6 months ago (give or take a month) and I continued my research on the topic as I put together my presentation for Defcon and I found a whole lot of other interesting things that were demonstrated in my presentation that I had not found when I wrote the article.

The article is posted on DocDroppers.org and the powerpoint presentation is right here: .

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

2600 magazine printed my article entitled "Stupid Webstat Tricks" in their Autumn 2005 issue.

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There are several Easter eggs relating to this topic scattered around binrev.com that have been up for close to a year that no one has noticed before. Either that or they never brought it to anyone's attention. If you find one of them, post a note in the BR forums.

The article was written after reseaching several web statistic and log analysis packages out there. There is also a lot more to discover with these packages, that you can discuss on the BR forum, or in the "discussion" section on docdroppers. The article is Here in the DD library.

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This is a very short item to announce that I am started a new BinRev meeting in the Orlando area. The local Orlando ORL2600 meeting seems to be non-existent/dead so instead of reviving yet another one, I am starting a meeting in am ore convenient location for me. Go to 407.binrevmeetings.com for more information.

We now return to your regularly scheduled pr0n surfing.

StankDawg

My most recent article, entitles "The Art of Electronic Deduction" is in the current issue of Blacklisted411 magazine.

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This is my second article to be published by Blacklisted411 magazine.

The article is interesting because it started out as a silly little game that I made up for my local (at that time) BR561 meeting. It was surprisingly fun and a huge success at the meeting, prompting me to write it up into a formal article. I have also taken it a step further and put together a presentation on the same topic for my new BR407 meeting.

The article is posted here on DocDroppers.

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StankDawg

The schedule for interz0ne 5 has just been released and my presentation (based on my blacklisted411 article) has been accepted. I will be presenting at 4 PM on the main speaking track.

If you are going to be at interz0ne, please be sure to stop by my presentation and our table in the lobby to say hello and hang out!

There are quite a few additions to the presentation itself as compared to the article...

The original article dealt with the amount of information that could be surmised from simply looking at screen shots or shoulder-surfing a person. A simple glance at a persons screen could generate a wealth of information. The first half of this presentation will give several examples of this. This presentation will be HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!! There will be several examples of questions for the audience. Anyone can play along and you may be surprised at how much information that you can put together as we go along.

The second half of the presentation will branch off of the visible analysis and move onto concepts of metadata. This is a natural transition depending on your visual clues that can continue your detective work with or without physical access to the machine. I think that we all know that with physical access, we can eventually find anything and everything that we want. But physical access is not always necessary to arrive at a conclusion. I hope to demonstrate that through this presentation.

NOTE: Here is a secret about the presentation for anyone who read this post... There will be a special question for the audience at the end of this presentation, so make sure you pay attention from start to finish so that you are prepared for it. ;)

StankDawg

My presentation from interz0ne 5 is now available for download. The Powerpoint file is included below with this post and the article is finally up over on docdroppers.org right here.

The presentation covers a lot more than the article does, but the articles goes into more depth and does a better job of explaining some of the examples used. Feel free to use and/or redistribute these files as explained in our standard creative commons license.

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StankDawg

I confirmed last weekend that I will be presenting at the 6th HOPE conference again this year in New York City. I submitted 2 talks, but they were after the deadline, so only 1 was accepted.

The talk that was accepted is actually not a normal presentation, but more of an event. It will be the first episode of season 4 of Binary Revolution Radio and will have both myself and several others on stage with me including nottheory, zer0db, and others according to availability.

But what will the show contain? That is the question...

The show will be 1.5 hours long and will focus mainly on the conference itself and the experiences of the weekend. It WILL NOT be pre-scripted or planned. It will be impromptu and very light-hearted and will include interviews with several people from the audience, so bring your questions and comments with you. We will probably bring some random people onto the show and some special surprise guests as well.

We will have some free stuff to give out to audience members who participate in the show and we will be getting together directly afterwards to hang out and grab some food as a group activity for BinRev forum members and supporters.

There will be an announcement at the end of the show pertaining to the future of Binary Revolution Radio, so stick around until the end! "The Revolution Will Be Digitized!"

StankDawg

I just finally got settled back in after my recent trips to HOPE #6 in NYC as well as DEFCON in Las Vegas. I spent 9 days at each location and met lots of interesting and intelligent people (and a few a$$holes as well).

I was scheduled to present the first episode of season 4 of Binary Revolution Radio at HOPE in front of a live audience, which was something that I was looking very forward to. We also had a very special guest in attendance for that episode as well in the form of MC Frontalot who even performed live on stage for us (sans band). It was incredible for those in attendance, but thanks to the on-site film crew, I cannot share this memory with everyone since the recording stopped right in the middle of Frontalot performing! Not only that, but the end of the show had the entire crowd participating in our closing catch phrase ("Same Hack Time, Same Hack Channel")in unison. It was a very special moment for me personally, and it is a memory that was not captured on film and lost forever. It really was a crushing feeling to find out that they had screwed up such an important event for me and I am not sure that I want to set myself up for that again by speaking at a place that simply didn't seem to care about its speakers. But let's not dwell on the negative, there were a lot of other great things that happened on my trip!

Speaking of filming, even though I had bad luck with the people who were recording mine, I did a little camera work myself over in track 1 which was surprisingly fun! Our good Friend Rax volunteers every year to do camera work, and after 2 long days of filming, I gave him a short break to grab some food and took the seat behind the camera for one of the presentations. I was a regular Scorsese behind that thing! OK, I exaggerate, but it was fun and I made it a point to really focus on the content of the speech and keep the camera trained on the speaker and the slides when appropriate so that hopefully it came out better than the recording of BRR that I mentioned earlier. If I go to HOPE again, maybe I will simply volunteer to run the cameras instead of speaking.

But the radio show wasn't the only presentation that I gave. I always have presentations on my laptop, usually for my local BR407 meeting, that are ready to give at any time. When one of the speakers was unable to give their talk (airlines all backed up due to weather) I stepped in and presented "The Art of Electronic Deduction" which I had previously given at interz0ne in Atlanta. I originally thought this to only be a small presentation for a small group of people, specifically my local BR561 meeting at the time. Now here I was at a conference of 3000+ people giving this very same presentation and it went over surprisingly well! I had a lot of audience participation, which is what the presentation was designed to elicit, and people seemed to enjoy it! Several people came up after the talk saying that they were glad that they stumbled into the presentation, since they were not expecting this talk. I had run out quickly and placed some cardboard signs up at the last minute to try and let people know about the talk. The best thing was that the volunteer who was working in that area running that speaking room (track 2) came up to me and said some very kind things about it, which meant a lot. He had seen all of the speeches that whole weekend and for him to compliment me was very much appreciated. He was the only volunteer there who made me felt appreciated. Plus he had this 31337 Nigeria soccer jersey with the number 419 on the back and NO ONE SEEMED TO GET THE JOKE! I gotta get me one of those.

Shadowing MC Frontalot every step of his way was a film crew from Vaguely Qualified Productions that was filming a nerdcore documentary. I had to make some accommodations with the conference organizers to get them in, but it worked out well as they got some good footage and probably some really bad footage any time I ended up in the shot. The Frontingest one and I even sat down to do an interview for the documentary and discussed how and why nerdcore music was interesting to hackers and geeks. We also discussed some general tech topics, how and why I host his web site, and of course spent an unusually long amount of time on everyones favorite subject, pr0n. The crew there was not only VERY qualified, but they were extremely nice and fun as well. They were good people, and so was MC Frontalot guitarist/bassist (and friend) Brandon who was super nice and really seemed to be getting into the vibe of the conference itself.

After our radio show presentation ended at around 12:30, we got a group of people together to meet and hang out. Unfortunately, there really isn't anywhere around the hotel that can accommodate a group of 30+ people and not be uber-expensive, so someone made the suggestion (I think it was Black Ratchet, but it wasn't me believe it or not) that I could get sweet iced tea at White Castle (one of my favorite restaurants) so we proceeded to moblog the local white castle at 1 in the morning. We met some interesting people there, had the cops stop by for a visit and ask us to leave, but it was all worth it when I saw the look on the face of the clerk when he watched me lead a line of 30 people right up to the register!

At Defcon, I didn't have the burden of having to speak this year so I was free to hang out and meet people and do the whole Vegas "thing" (I highly recommend anyone to go see La Reve at The Wynn hotel if you find yourself in the area). We organized a group meetup at defcon, just like we did at HOPE, which went wonderfully. Since not everyone was over 21, we avoided bars and since buffets in Vegas are not cheap (that is a myth) we did the traditional food court meeting at a local mall right there on the strip. Even though we got started kind of late, we had probably around 30-40 people or more and I enjoyed meeting everyone. I got to meet up not only with my long-time friends like dual_parallel and Elonka, but also some new friends like verbal, upside-down, and many many friends from our forums. There should be some pictures up in the BinRev Gallery.

The other thing that I planned on doing, and was able to do very successfully, was to meet up with some people to discuss some specific projects that I had in mind. I made some contacts and began the process of collaborative projects with some good people. Some who were already friends, and some who were not. I was doing some similar, or related research on a couple of topics that they were also interested in, so I think we may work together on some things in the future. I will not get into details now, since it would be pointless, but look for announcements here, or on the DDP blawg, when they become a reality.

So it was a great vacation that included sightseeing to the hoover dam in Vegas, the WTC site in NYC, and lots of places in between. It was filled with wonderful people, and I hope to keep in touch with everyone and hopefully get back into some projects again. In fact, it has already begun. No matter how hard people try to stop it...The Revolution Will continue to be Digitized!

StankDawg

As I post this, most of you see the message at the top about how I am cleaning up posts from the linkz section.

The original idea for the linkz section was to handle the large number of posts from members, many of them one time posters to spam their sites, that were simple links to their sites. We also wanted to have a place for people to post links to interesting ebay auctions or craigslist finds. It did a good job and kept the rest pf the forums pretty clean from that type of content in the early years. Now that we have grown larger, the amount of content is sufficient enough to send those type of posts down the post list pretty fast, thus rendering them less annoying.

As we grew, there was actually a minor phenomenon that happened where some people were confused as to what the linkz section was for and where they should post some content. People started posting links to news articles that were hacking or phreaking related in the linkz section thinking that was the correct place for ALL links. Now this was a good thing that people were trying to follow the rules and post in appropriate areas, so obviously we never had any problems with that, but truth be told, a lot of those posts probably should have gone directly into the General Hacking section or the Old Skool Phreaking section instead. As I go through it, I also find some that I am moving into other parts of the forums like the graphics section and a lot of off-topic stuff. Since each thread has to be judged individually, I have to go through them one by one and decide what to do with them.

That forum has around 2800 posts in it before I started. Now that we have an actual links module, I do not see the need anymore for having a linkz forum. But what do we do with all of that content? There are a lot of good links that are still valid and useful and a lot of great discussion on many of them. While there is a "mass move" function that I can use to just dump EVERY post into another forum of my choice, I do not want to use that since the topics are diverse and no single forum is a good place for all of them. Basically, I have to go through them one by one and decide 2 things.

  • Whether the link is worth adding to our new links database.
  • Where to move the thread itself.

How do I decide what to save, you might wonder? Well, admittedly, it is just me using my best judgment, so please don't be offended if I skip a link that you think should have been in our new database. For the most part, I read each thread and decide whether the link is still active and valuable to keep on file. If so, I find the proper section of our links database to put it in and save it. Since the links database is just beginning, I am having to add sections as I see a need, so new categories are popping up all the time. Some I skip intentionally, some I just miss on accident. Many of the links are simply to news stories of some kind and there is not really a need to keep them in a database. They may still have valuable discussion and content however.

This leads to step 2. I then decide what the thread is about and find another place in the forums to move it. If it is about hacking, I move it to GH. If it is about Phreaking, I move it to OSP. We have many forums that cover a lot of different topics and so far, I have found an appropriate place fore everything. If anything is questionable, I move it to off-topic. While I work through this, which may take months, you will see content disappearing from that forum and popping up elsewhere on the site. Since it is older, it will get shuffled in chronologically and you will not see them appearing at the top of any forums, don't worry about that.

If you want to help out, what you can do is just add links to our links database. I am going through the linkz section, but if you have any links that you think deserve to stay in out database because they are good, ongoing, useful or fun sites, by all means submit them. To prevent SPAM, all links must be approved by moderators. Try to post them in the appropriate category, but a moderators may decide to move it if they think it is better served elsewhere. Don't worry, the links database is searchable.

This is just one of many news apps that we are now offering on binrev.com so keep checking back. You can subscribe to my blog to get announcements (and other assorted drama) on all things binrev and StankDawg in nature.

StankDawg

I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago and I recently posted it to the private financiers forum. I submitted it to 2600, so hopefully they will print it. I have not submitted anything to them in quite some time due to a lot of drama in my life. It feels good to be writing again. Even if they do not print it, I will eventually put it up over on DocDroppers.org to share with everyone. For now, it is one of those perks that you get for your $25.00 donation to join the Financiers group.

StankDawg

I learned something a long time ago on this site and in this community. I learned not to mention projects and content early because sometimes, it never materializes. So it is very hard for me to bite my tongue and hold in the excitement that I have for the new features that we have in store for BinRev. I know that makes this posts and any vague references like it a huge cocktease, but trust me when I say that the site will be revitalized. You can already see many of the changes with our new blogs section becoming more and more active by the day. Our gallery is now more tightly integrated with the site which makes the need for off-site image storage unnecessary. We have a new Links Database and the calendar app is easier than ever to use. We also purchased the downloads module which is on the to-do list to populate as soon as possible, so that will make a nice place to store files, source code, and any content that might be of interest to our users.

And notice that I HAVE NOT EVEN MENTIONED THE FORUMS! Everything that I just mentioned above are all NEW features to the site! The forums, besides being upgraded in basic functionality and features also have a lot of new add-ons that make it more fun and interactive with our users. It has really been rebuilt to emphasize the community aspect of our site, which we have always prided ourselves on. You do not just have accounts, you have profiles. You can customize your profile, update your status, add friends, and have a social networking environment just for hackers.

Also enhancing the forums, are great new features and modifications like the reputation system and integrated sidebar apps to make site navigation easier and bring more content together. the "Show new posts" feature that many people used has now been replaced with a "Show new Content" feature that works the same but lets you know about ALL new content including posts, blog posts, links, uploads, and so much more!

And I may be the only statistics junkie that likes these mods, but I have enhanced the forums to include statistics almost EVERYWHERE! Your profile page even has a statistics TAB that breaks down so much information about your posting habits and tendencies. The general forum statistics are awesome, the gallery statistics are much more in-depth, and if you look, you will also find blog and download statistics integrated as well.

All of that and I did not break my rule about discussing new things too early! We have so much more to come! We have rolled out SO MUCH STUFF already, and a lot of it came quickly when we rebuilt the site so that you may not have noticed it all. Look around at all of the great things on the site and all I can say is wait until you see what comes next!

StankDawg

I just got back in town from a business trip to NYC and it was a stressful trip as far as work goes, but a blast from a personal standpoint.

I went up a couple of days early (I went up a day early on the last trip also) and crashed with ntheory and hung out with him and decoder and some other friends in the area. Actually, by total coincidence, it turns out that I was on the same plane with my buddy Greg Conti two weeks ago and didn't even know it! When we arrived at LGA airport and I stood up after we landed and looked around, I see Greg in the back of the plane! I was like WTF? So he gave me a ride from the airport where he had parked his car and we caught up on the ride since I had not seen him since Defcon in July.

ntheory and I talked a lot of tech and went to see an open Fios box that he knew about and it is a good thing that we did. Before we could go back again, it was closed and locked up. We took a few pictures, but it was late at night and I am not sure what kind of quality they were. When I rip them from the camera, I will upload them to the gallery. We looked at a lot of code and bitched a lot about technology. We also discussed some options to being back Phreak Phactor and even got the site back up and running. I also found out that he loves the TV show called "Hell's Kitchen" although he is a bit embarrassed to talk about it.

Anyway, back to this particular trip, after hanging out and hax0ring the planet with ntheory, I went down to Brooklyn Saturday night to hang out with Front. Actually, we met up at a party that he told me about and hung out until about 1 or 2 AM. While there, he invited back down Sunday to drop some beats for him that he might use on the upcoming album. Now I have no delusions about being a famous beat boxer, it is just a fun thing that I have done since I was young, but I figured what the hell and did it just for the fun of it. If he actually got anything useful recorded, then great. It actually was a strange experience for me since I have never actually beat boxed into a microphone before and heard myself ... well, actually I think I might have done that with my mac one time to try out the camera and posted it in the financiers forum, but that wasn't the same. I actually learned a lot about audio engineering...not much of it stuck in my head, but I now understand and appreciate the equipment and audio quality more than I ever thought about before. When you beatbox, you are basically spitting directly into the microphone and we had to really do some adjusting to get the audio levels right, but he knew exactly what he was doing and got it to sound just right. The other weird thing was that I have never used an actually real microphone before. I am more of an old skool beat-box-into-your-hands kind of guy. I like that natural sound. I tried to use a few of my "tricks" as it were and I am not sure if they sounded good recorded or not. I still prefer just freestyling. Anyway, I heard a few of the early beats for the new album that he is just starting on and I can't drop any docs on anything, but they were pretty awesome. The album title is near and dear to my heart as well. Keep watching his site for any official news and join the VSP while you are there. You will get announcements early and access to extra songs and live tracks.

The flight itself was pretty interesting as well because I was on one of the planes that has wifi available. It costs 9.95 per flight to use it or they had other options for all day or all month use I think. I forget, but I started putting together a short article about it. Of course I did not pay. Pssshh... But I did get connected and had a lot of fun trying to chat in IRC from tens of thousands of feet in the air over the East coast. I even took a few pictures and uploaded them. I will try to post them later as well.

Look for the Dawg coming soon to a city near you!

StankDawg

Holiday break

I am finally getting around to posting about my holiday break and the end of my catastrophic 2009. Fittingly, 2009 started in the emergency room and it ended in the emergency room. I guess that is appropriate. Regardless of my 2009 health events both my family and I are perfectly healthy and looking forward to a good 2010.

One of the things I was most excited about was finally getting to see my new 4 month old niece for the first time. This is my sisters first child and while I may be a bit biased, she is a beautiful baby girl and you can't help but smile looking at her. Here she is wondering who is this wolf/dawg creature that is kissing her. It's the beard...chicks dig the beard. ;)

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Here we both are chilling on the couch both with our respective headgear.

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I also didn't waste any time getting her starting on her hacking career by teaching her the basics of phone phreaking.

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Both pictures were taken before the haircut so these were the last photos of a creature that might just belong on an episode of MonsterQuest. Due to the aforementioned emergency room visit, it put me behind on a lot of things including the haircut and the fund raiser (which I will wrap up this week, I promise). I *did* get the hair buzzed after I got back home and I did get it filmed to be released in a future episode of HackTV:PWNED. I also have a few photos that I took with the cameraphone that I will post in the Financiers section of the forum.

I went to visit my grandmother, whom I have spoken of before, but they put them to sleep in the nursing home very early after supper (it was only 5:30 PM) so she was already in bed when I arrived and I wasn't able to spend much time with her this trip which was disappointing (and entirely my fault for not staying an extra few days to see more of her). I regret not making more time for her.

In addition to spending time with my real family, I spent time with my hacking family as well. I got together with long time friends logosx, zer0db, and meaflux. We hung out and caught up on real life drama (thats what friends do) and talked tech and hax (thats what hackers do) and I missed hanging out with them every month at the BR561 meeting. Luckily I stay in touch with them all and pledge to stay even closer to them in 2010.

My rebirth is complete and I am ready for a fresh start on life. I will be posting some big news about my future sometime within the next month so stay tuned for a new direction not only for me personally, but also for the entire binrev family of sites.

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StankDawg

I have been watching Shen Yun for a year or so now, waiting for it to come to Orlando. Orlando usually gets a lot of these type of shows, but for some reason I have not seen it come here. It went down to Broward county where I used to live, but not here. I have seen the muscle musical while in Las Vegas a few years ago (2006 I think) which went by the name Matsuri so look for it if they come back to Vegas at some point. To be clear, these are two entirely different shows. Matsuri is a more athletic show with acrobats, stunts, and similar content. Shen Yun looks to be much more artistic and cultural which is why I want to see it so badly.

If anyone has a chance to see this, make sure that you do. It may be a once in a lifetime type event.

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Waiting at the DMV

The DMV shovels ads to us poor bastards waiting for service via something called the mvn (motor vehicle network). Well they so until the eeepc running vista crashes. I wasn’t fast enough to capture the post screen but it is true that the DMV uses a fucking eeepc. FAIL!

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I saw Elmo just outside of the subway station on 34th street in Manhattan but then again two weeks later in Las Vegas. In both cases he was begging for handouts and scraps of food. I’m pretty sure he offered one guy a “half and half” in exchange for a sandwich. Get a job hippie!

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Notice that he is accompanied in NYC by Spongebob but below, he seems to be joined by a broke-ass Mario and some ghetto Ninja Turtles.  I know that it is hot in Las Vegas but put on the whole costume FFS!  Elmo doesn’t wear jeans and a red t shirt!  You’re not even trying!

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Update by ntheory: Looks like he ended it all… sad.

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Are you kidding me? Like the sign content itself isn’t weird enough (posted at the HOPE hackers conference in NYC in 2010) you put it up without a date and time? Really? How the fuck do I “stay tuned” to a sign?  Do you expect everyone who is interested to come back and hang out by the sign until you figure out where and when you are going to rape them all? Here is a protip for you: DON’T POST THE SIGN UNTIL YOU KNOW WTF YOU ARE DOING!

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