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COVID-19: Why I Am Ashamed to Be a Southerner

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COVID-19: Why I Am Ashamed to Be a Southerner

After standing on the sidelines for nearly two years without putting in my two cents (especially on social media), I have finally decided to give this opinion piece, but it’s on my own personal blog. That means that the only people who will care to read it are people who are interested in my opinion or simply stumble across it somewhere on the Internet and decide to read it. I hope it provides some insight and could potentially help somebody in one way or another.

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades was an amazing book that gives a very in-depth look at racism, classism, and sexual discrimination from a global perspective. The author is not from the U.S., and although I pictured the setting as taking place in the U.S., it just goes to show that these types of discrimination, including racism, are not just limited to our country.

The story follows two protagonists, a black male, and a black female, and each chapter is written from one of their perspectives. Ace of Spades is not some sort of social justice warrior gibberish — it’s a wonderfully-written story that actually inspires the want for social justice in a world where the playing field is uneven from the jump-off.

Right off the bat, this book tells you that it is like Gossip Girl meets Get Out, and I couldn’t describe it more perfectly than that. It has all the right aspects from both of those things, combined into a single masterpiece.

This post is less of a book review and more of a perspective on how I myself have seen and interacted with these issues over the course of my lifetime.

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DEF CON 29 Takeaways (and missing out on a CVE)

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DEF CON 29 Takeaways (and missing out on a CVE)

I started attending DEF CON in Las Vegas a few years ago in 2018, so I guess I could be considered a newb in the eyes of The Con, but because I work in the field of cybersecurity, my work would reimburse all expenses, so it was a sweet deal. I instantly fell in love with everything there, and I met some new friends, who I would later discover to be brothers. I was inducted into The Illuminati Party at DEF CON 26, and upon entering the IP Suite the next year at DEF CON 27, when I was met by the big booming voice of, “Welcome Home,” it truly did feel like home.

Last year, because of the pandemic, DEF CON was actually cancelled, and instead we had the first ever DEF CON Safe Mode, which took place entirely online. I missed being around all my hacker friends in person, but it was still a great year. This year, DEF CON 29 was a hybrid of both on-prem and online events, so it was a bit scattered. My workplace is still on a business travel lockdown, and I wasn’t going to make things difficult, so I opted to stay at home and enjoy the virtual side of things, and The Illuminati Party did the same — conducting all of their private talks and events on a private Discord server.

In this post, I will go over some of the high points (and bittersweet points) of DC29.

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I have always been a sucker for real life puzzles and cryptography. I am also a fan of realistic fiction. Jennifer Lynn Barnes captures both of those qualities in her excellent book, The Inheritance Games. I have heard that this book has lots of aspects of Knives Out, and while I “own” that movie, I haven’t watched it yet, so I can only say that it has some Clue vibes to it, without being tropey.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

What is the difference between a dream and reality? Does our subconscious mind have the ability to alter the physical world around us? If so, then how do your thoughts affect dreams, and what affect does that have on your physical reality? When I read fiction, these are the types of questions I want the author to evoke from my mind, and Maggie Stiefvater has done just that with her four-part series, The Raven Cycle.

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