Trends are circular and social engineering is the new vector

Keynote speaker Frank Abagnale at the 2017 HIMSS Conference discusses breaches of data covered by HIPAA regulations.

Protecting yourself means:

  • Not giving out information over the phone (even information that seems innocuous)
  • Not falling victim to email phishing techniques

Chris Hadnagy, Author of Phishing Dark Waters--"The attacker doesn’t want to take the sexiest route. They want to take the easiest route. They don't care if it's a zero day exploit or some really sexy code. Back when software was much more vulnerable we saw a lot more attacks that involved hacking into software. Now software is more hardened, now the network is better protected, we see phone calls as the main vector for getting through,"

The U.S. government has declassified some of the training materials it uses internally to train governmental employees. I would suggest that you take some time to take the CyberAwareness challenge which takes about an hour and is a well-presented overview of common security threats. You paid for these training materials to be created – so I would suggest you claim your benefit.
(ed. note: I think the .mil sites should https, no?)

Gunnar y yo. Letra de Costa Rica.

Abandoned building
Edificio abandonado
Black water
Agua negra


I feel like I have the power
To take down a tower
Siento que tengo el poder
Derribar una torre

i love this song

can, november from "inner space / out of reach"

can always kills me, the drummer and bassist's ruthlessness's like they're always on the hunt for blood.

when i listen to it, i am hearing my personal german prog rock version of duke ellington's "caravan".

another very different but cool version of it live on the John Peele Show in 1975.

and, of course, let's listen to caravan, circa 1937.

The Metal Burns And Cries!!!

I decided to pseudo-scientifically write the most metal song ever based off of the Metalness quotient in the following, well-reasoned and executed analysis. I can't vouch for the results as I have not replicated the experiment but the results appear sound and well-researched.

Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing.

Let's start "The Metal Burns And Cries" by pulling from "Most Metal Words" at Rank 20 by moving all the way down the list and then we'll pop the stack from there. Change some word forms, add a yeeaaahhh!!! because I don't believe any metal is complete without guttural utterances.

As we move up the list, our metal lyrics start to surge with Metalness. Rising up from the besotten metal-less words that have been forced to the bottom of the top 20 list by words that are more HEAVY METAL!!! RaaAAaagghhh!!!

Intensity rising as we reach the creshendo a rollercoaster and dropping weightless through the atmosphere, screaming Hell yeah!!! and flashing the Sign Of The Horns...

For the chorus, we're just going to the top of the list starting with the highest Metalness quotient and BURN the listener with the "Most Metal Word" that exists. We'll prefix it with article "The" just to tame the Capsaicin blow and additionally we'll change the word form to "burnt" in order to prevent physically damaging the listener, who we would like to live long enough to be a fan and buy our recordings and merch.

...but then, they will die.

Unlucky number 13 ends our song...with a Goodbye.

This lyrical maelstrom of future audible death lies below. Handle it with CAUTION!

"The Metal Burns and Cries" (c) 2016 Timothy Lee Russell

Released under the Tag license. Tag your recordings with @hyperubik and share them on Twitter. I really want to hear your metal versions of this, like pronto! Arrangement is yours. If you can work in a couple of the top 20 "Least Metal Words" and have it not suck, you ROCK!!! But, it will probably suck if you try to do that. Once you post your version, I'll link to it and you will be a #MetalHero.

Scream at the flames
Tear at the reigns
Pray the gods dream
Say goodbye to the sword

Sorrow, sorrow my soul
Ashes, Demons, DEMONS, yeeaaahhh!!!
Gonna flame the beast
breathe into eternity

the burnt cries of his veins
eternity breathes the beast

the burnt cries of his veins
eternity breathes the beast


Basic Powershell setup

# Enable Powershell scripts

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

# Set home directory

Test-Path $profile
New-Item -path $profile -type file -force
Notepad $profile

# In profile init script, permaset home folder and any other
# evil AI components that might need to be running

"=                                       ="
"=           Welcome Overlord            ="
"=                                       ="
"=      Awaiting Your Instructions       ="
"=                                       ="

$homeFolder = "C:\Users\***Username***\Documents\WindowsPowershell"
Set-Location $homeFolder 


Powershell to discover IPs and host name bindings in IIS

If you ever need to figure out which IPs and host names are bound to which site…this powershell works pretty good.

# Get binding names

Get-WebBinding | % {
    $name = $_.ItemXPath -replace '(?:.*?)name=''([^'']*)(?:.*)', '$1'
    New-Object psobject -Property @{
        Name = $name
        Binding = $_.bindinginformation.Split(":")[-1]
} | Group-Object -Property Name |
Format-Table Name, @{n="Bindings";e={$_.Group.Binding -join "`n"}} -Wrap
# Get binding IPs

$websites = Get-ChildItem IIS:\Sites


TMK - Recluse Reckless Wolf

Recluse Reckless Wolf
intro G  Bm
D  A  C    Bm  F#  C/Cm   G  Bm  F   C  G  F#

People don't have to kill
other people but they will
I'm not going to kill tonight
but some other people might
You can only do what you
put your mind and soul into
making it alright

Animals through and through
some of us deserve the zoo
maybe if we all had food
everybody'd act less rude

I guess we let the guys up top
mold our minds into a thought

stay on top

Is it that it's really true
your future self is up to you
a recluse reckless wolf
dressed in someone else's wool

was wrong to think that he could stop
the things that human progress brought
he was wrong
we'll go on
without him...

© Copyright - Snoffleware Studios LLC
older posts

throbbing mattress kitten


the drought and draught of hope

"splashed with a sense of place, this set of tunes wafts out of the northwest u.s. of a., leading you on a restless journey while crisscrossing the footsteps of pioneers. in this revolution of time, we all feel the drought and the draught of hope."

archaeology confession 192

"a field recording recovered many years after the crumbling of modern civilization, this document chronicles the experience of one man's journey before, during, and after the fall."

elderly tunes

"10 years of chaos, captured on the first five tmk albums, collected now in a single compilation."

why not listen to this?

falles by fourier's ink was chosen at random from the 185 songs available to you.

more music...

© 1999—2017 Timothy Lee Russell


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