Hopelessly passionate husband, engineer, hacker, gamer, artist, and tea addict.

  1. Coming Soon: Pwn Adventure Z

    For the CSAW 2015 CTF Finals this year, myself and the guys over at Vector 35 have been collaborating on an awesome set of challenges for all the students: A custom, hackable NES game! Before you ask: Yes, we have real cartridges. And yes, they work on a real NES (we're testing builds with my [second] childhood NES, actually).

  2. HITCON 2015 Qualifiers: Risky

    The qualifiers for HITCON's 2015 CTF were held this weekend and featured 36 hours of all the web, crypto, RE, pwnable, and weird BASH/Ruby trivia challenges you could hope for. As an added bonus, the finals were announced as a qualifying event for the DEFCON 24 CTF finals next year! Unfortunately, the announcement came way too late for me. I'd already scheduled something else for this weekend. As a result, I missed the vast majority of what appeared to be a fairly challenging competition.

  3. My Herbal Adventure

    I've always enjoyed the idea of being a "Renaissance Man". In today's hyper-specialized world, it seems the best way to stand out is to be good at a number of things. It's also a great way to be able to relate to people of different professions, cultures, and walks of life. So, every year, I try to pick something I haven't done before and spend the year learning about it. I may never go back to the subject after that year and I may never truly become knowledgeable about or good at it. But, I feel it's important for my own ongoing education. This year, I decided to take up a gardening. Specifically, I wanted to see what it'd be like to grow a bunch of herbs.

  4. Cataclysm Raid Content Cleared

    Fresh from our successes with Herald of the Titans and Wrath of the Lich King content, Blackfathom Deep Dish continued onward toward Cataclysm raid content. Widely heralded as the worst expansion World of WarCraft has had to date (aside from maybe the current one, Warlords of Draenor), we spent as little time here as we could.

  5. CTF is Dead, Long Live CTF

    At DEFCON 23 this weekend, it was announced that next year's DEFCON CTF will feature the winning cyber reasoning system (CRS) from the Cyber Grand Challenge finals playing alongside the human teams. This will be a watershed moment, but I'm not convinced it's a positive one for the CTF scene (and, specifically, the DEFCON CTF).

  6. Wrath of the Lich King Raid Content Cleared

    It's over. After almost 3 months of effort, Blackfathom Deep Dish is moving on from Wrath of the Lich King. We laughed. We cried. We took silly pictures. We reminisced about days long gone. And now, it's time to go.

  7. Herald of the Titans

    As part of our legacy raid content experience, we decided to go for the Herald of the Titans Feat of Strength. Today, we did it!

  8. City Lights Lyrics

    The song is almost a year old now, but I'm still obsessed with City Lights by Submotion Orchestra. I tried to look up lyrics, but couldn't find any. So, here's my best attempt at figuring them out on my own!

  9. A Brand New Car!

    After driving up to New York two weeks ago in our 2012 Honda Fit, we decided to sell it and buy a brand new 2016 Honda HR-V. One day before driving to Vermont for Kestrel's family reunion. Yes, we apparently like to tempt fate.

  10. Burning Crusade Raid Content Cleared

    Blackfathom Deep Dish has done it again! We're officially done with Burning Crusade raiding now and will be pushing to 80 and Wrath of the Lich King content soon.