Visit to Disneyland after a decade!

Disneyland Adventure - be3n

I was once an annual passholder to Disneyland. Before that, my family made regular visits.  From the stroller to my own legs, Disneyland is present in a large proportion of my memories and memorabilia.  It has changed and yet it has stayed the same.  Here are some of the things i noticed on my last visit.

Disneyland Adventure - Single RiderI started in California Adventure alone.  Out of habit, i started early, i was meeting friends later.  It turns out that being alone has its advantages.  The single rider program is an awesome way to zip through many of the lines.  In truth, Disneyland has made many innovations to waiting in line since the original FastPass.

California Adventure’s changes went mostly unnoticed by me.  I am less familiar with the park and as a much newer park there is less to remove. I did noticed the Pixar rebranding and enjoyed some of the additions to the coaster.  The new lighting elements were very impressive.  The World of Color show was something I’d never seen.  I remember watching the building of it, but my pass expired before the debut and life distracted me for a while.  That was going to change.

it was in California Adventure where i saw some of the famous Disneyland cats.  that was exciting. (helps to show up early). Disney was celebrating the Chinese year of the mouse.  Funny, I’ve always heard it referred to as the year of the rat, but that doesn’t match up with branding.


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Defcam 2.0 Preparation and more from Defcon 27!

DC27 Defcam2 - link UP

So I did not “complete” my hat until very late Friday when i finally got it to announce its link status on its new set of 14 segment displays.  It performed admirably all weekend.  Thanks to Paul for safely transporting it to and from Vegas. I must also thank Stephen for his late night help on Wednesday. (tacos are not enough)  Without his amazing soldering, i’d still be trying to figure out what i had done wrong.  Here are some pictures from that night and the con to follow. . .

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Status update:

I’m back in Vegas for Defcon and it’s going swimmingly. so much so that i might get some actual swimming in.

Patrick Wardle Speaking at Defcon 27Thanks to the late night help of Professor Franklin i have improved and redeployed the Defcam!be3n at defcon 27 with defcam streaming hat?

Comic Con 2019 wraps up!

Matt Groening signing at 2019 Comic Con

It was an incredible surprise visit to Comic Con!  Exhausting and exhilarating!  I finally made it to a Simpsons panel thanks to a very special fan of my own who provided me with a most coveted invite. I saw some incredible costumes, amazing artwork, and talented performers.  I bought too many t-shirts and not enough comics and artwork. I went to an awesome panel on building communities in Sci-Fi and it turned into just an insightful talk on all manner of writing topics by some incredible writers (only some of which i have already read).  Let’s just say that i have a pile of new books to read now.  Until next year!


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Chinese New Year celebrated in Los Angeles!

Chinese New Year LA

We missed the parade, and even worried that the celebration might be winding down.  Luckily it turned out that the celebration was not even slowing.  Confetti cannons continued to fire, gathering so much on the ground that children were playing in it like snow.  Confetti angles, confetti ball fights, there were even some industrious youths that managed to relaunch a massive pile back into the air and onto the heads of celebrants.  Amazing food, performers, music and art.  Not to mention the typical chinatown fair. I watched performances by dragon dancers, contortionists, martial artists, traditional chinese music as well as contemporary chinese pop music.  It was a great way to bring in the year of the Boar!

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Back to reality after another amazing DEFCON!

I met a pile of incredible people.  Bought some amazing toys (for science), some i’ve even got working.  Saw some talks and demos.  Talked to some of my heroes and listened to even more.  I saw Ladar Levison talk about epoxying your ports and adding thermite to your hard drives.  I played with the ECU of a fake car!  now i just have finish building the DarkNet Badge!  enjoy my pictures. The hat data is still being analyzed.  I’ll try to build something out of it eventually.


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