I told my daughter when she was only three that I try not to reward negative actions/words with attention. I firmly believe that, so usually when someone has said or written something negative about me I try to ignore it. I just don't have the time to constantly respond to people who will never see any good in me at all. Even if I save a bus full of orphans carrying a box full of squirrels that was about to crash into a ravine, I am sure there would be a way to cast me in a negative light.
Well, so be it. So instead of trying to reason and make excuses I have listed here things I have said in my own words for everyone to judge, pick a part, and cast judgement upon. Feel free to read, watch, and form your OWN opinion of me.
Here is part 2 from DEFCON 19 talking about what happens after I get in.
Besides different podcast (Securabit, Security Justice, Exotic Liability, etc...) that I have been a guest on, I have also been the co-host for over a year now for Aluc.tv
. Feel free to listen to my rants, questions, and input on the show. Archive of shows listed here: http://aluc.tv/?page_id=11 Interviews discussing the topic of me:
Here is an interview about me from the Ethical Hacker Network website. http://www.ethicalhacker.net/content/view/336/24/
Here is an interview about me from the website of Andrew Hay. http://www.andrewhay.ca/archives/1598 News and blog postings discussing my opinions on certain subjects:
I travel all over the world giving talks, but most importantly I like just hanging out with anybody who wants to. I go to conferences because when I was young I never in my wildest dreams thought I would actually travel to the places I have been.
I also LOVE not just sharing what I know, but learning from some really awesome & smart people. Guess what else - not all of those people I have learned from were fellow speakers. There are a lot of people smarter than me who show up to these conferences, and I love talking and discussing topics with them. The last and most important thing is these conferences are where I get to see my friends and make new ones. I only get to see some of my closest friends in person at conferences at different places around the world or on skype.
So there you go. That's only a small fraction of who I am (and just like anyone else, I focused on the parts I like - but at least I'm straight about it)! This does not fully describe who I am or what I know. To do that you would have to meet me, and talk with me. Hopefully BEFORE you judge me. After doing this, guess what? You may not like me. I am not always as funny as I think I am. I can be annoying when just trying to do or say something I think is hilarious in my head. I am not a major expert in a field so I can't go into deep discussions with you on the really cool leet hacking methods. Though I think I can hold my own in a few areas mostly from the defenders/blue team stand point.
Guess what else - I'm OK with that! I tried years ago when I first got into this field to try to please everyone and it just isn't going to happen. It took a lot of disappointment and feelings of being crushed to finally understand that NO MATTER what I do or say, people are not always going to like or just agree with what I say and do.
I have to come to that realization a little late in life but the truth is summed up in the other lesson I learned which was from Katt Williams the comedian and it's simply. "Haters gonna hate!" NSFW at all video in his own words http://www.pp2g.tv/vZH9wY3M_.aspx (I may not totally agree with the delivery but I fully support the message) ;-)
So when you meet me in person, get to know me, or avoid me - whichever - I'm OK with that. Though I will always be willing to talk and try to be friends with anybody. It is just another small part of who I am.