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How I manage my writing anxiety

There are many reasons someone might be unable to write (blogs, reports, papers, etc) even when they feel the direct motivation to do so. For some, anxiety produces doubts about the writing process which causes a response of inaction to avoid the stress of writing. Other can struggle with the executive dysfunction that comes with ADD/ADHD, stress, depression, and mental health concerns. I'm not really able to speak further on the why your brain just won't let you do stuff, but I can share the coping mechanisms I found that help me write. 
1. Do not strictly hold yourself to content-based goals It's very intimidating to say "I need to write this paper today" or "I need to upload content today". Now, if you don't mange to finish the paper or post, you've automatically failed. There may be many reasons why the quality of your work produces more or less content each day, so this may be an unrealistic goal to try to control for in saying "I will d…
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No, @Init_6_ I'm not using that apk site...

A whileback, Brock and I were impatiently waiting for WiGLE's beta app update. It was was WiGLE just added bluetooth to their platform and it was a big move for us (was that like, 2 years ago?). I went to get the app from WiGLE, but Brock simply google'd the app and downloaded it. I was unsure how this page was already a google result, and he showed me he downloaded it from another apk site. When I objected, he didn't understand. I explained the dangers Rogue Apps present, but also, I then downloaded it anyway to see if my concerns were justified on an old-lab-phone. Rogue applications are those which are not created and published by the developer. In general, rogue apps are an Android centered issues (and FireOS - ketchup; fancy ketchup). Back in 2018, RSA published a white paper in which 28% of online fraud were rogue apps, and has seen a 300% surge in 2019. Before discussing what's wrong with rogue apps, let's use an example:Instagram's legitimate Android ap…

Can you hack a security checkpoint metal detector? Yeah, we already did.

To get straight to the point - walkthrough metal detectors are a security technology to attempt to detect and thus remove weapons and dangerous items from individuals to make a safe space. What if they were much more fallible than expected? 
I'm not here to fear-monger either - these problems are preventable with proper use and changed in guidelines. Like many security controls, their exploitation is commonly due to those who implement and monitor them. However, in order to create these changes, more proof-of-concepts and solutions need to be tested. We already have a few to start. 
The walkthrough metal detector (WTMD) research was not my original idea. It started out of research projects from PHSI and another Garrett 6500i was donated to our lab. This machine was not ours and we did not have permission to modify or conduct digital attacks on the detector. We were supposed to use physical modifications to hide or modify the results of the screening. 
One colleague in particular Pat …

Shipment 1 of 2 - The new WTMD journey.

Hey - here's part of my new metal detector. 
The two top panels and the base for the side arms
The back of the control unit and the front of the control panel

This post is going to be fairly short, as I only have half of the machine. When I receive the uprights and re-assemble the machine, you'll get a much better idea of the WTMD's function. While were are here, notice the gap in the main unit? There's something else I'm going to put there, so stay tuned. Additionally, I'm going to open up the main unit next to check to make sure there isn't anything extra inside. 
Notice the lock on the control panel? The purpose is to have a physical lock to prevent tampering with the controls, and originally when [hacker-dad] received the WTMD it was locked in the disabled position. I remarked how I was hoping he'd find the key, and he picked it open with ease instead. 
He played around with the device for a few days before sending it my way, so it was in working order b…

Sentero - a cyborg orientation smart device

Sentero, my next biohacking device.  Previously I backed the North Sense, a creation by Cyborg Nest. The only difficulty with the North Sense was the mounting system, and thus I could never fully adopt the device. The North Sense was intented to give the owner directional north sense, and did so by using a vibrating device which was held by two surfaces piercings under the collarbone. This mounting system was pretty difficult. While I understand the hesitation to move to something more like a wearable, I'm very glad to not have the painful mounting process. 
Here's what the Sentero's use as a single user (there are dual user features too)

Definitely check out the Indiegogo project. Here you can find all the information about the Sentero and its development process. I've backed the project and hope that more biohackers will do the same and try it out. Once I get the device, I'll make sure to update about my experience and hopefully will gain some kind of new sense. 
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Why I really want a walkthrough metal detector

So if you saw my GrrCon 2019 talk, you know that I've been looking for a walkthrough metal detector. I will be working a summer position that will pay me enough to purchase a walkthrough metal detector. Currently, I have a Twitter poll asking if this was a good idea. 
What are you going to do with the metal detector? I used to have access to a walkthrough metal detector (WTMD) through my research lab. My friend Katie and I nicknamed the metal detector Mr. Den City. I had access to the WTMD but of course, within limits. We made certain agreements with those we borrowed the detector from, and it technically wasn't ours, but our leader's. Still, I have some POCs which demonstrated interference and modification of WTMD results, and I want to recreate, improve, and document these findings. 
Is there a specific walkthrough metal detector that you need? I'm looking for a Garrett 6500i or another model in that family. I'm also looking for the networking modules for the device.…

My biohacking implants (July 2020) with referrals and links

biohacker hands
Throughout this blog, I've discussed my experience as a biohacker. I got the above x-ray done in July 2020. The following post will explain what's in my hands, my next implants, and what my experience has been like with them.
What's Inside
Nov 2016 Orange: (2) N52 sensing magnets by Steve Haworth Modified ~ Aug 2018 Purple: DangerousThings xEM RFID * Aug 2018 Green: DangerousThings  xNT NFC *  June 2019 Blue: VivoKey Spark 2 implant * June 2019 Red: (2) DangerousThings xG3 magnets +*
Installed by: + Pirate, an adored body mod artist at Revolution Tattoo, who also installed my NorthSense * c00per a seasoned implant installer from DEFCON, CircleCityCon, SaintCon, and more.  ~ Steve Haworth, the designer and artist
What's Next
I've backed the Sentero on Indiegogo. It's the successor to the North Sense, a previous implant I had which was not long term. Sentero senses people, magnetic north, places, and heartbeats. Sentero is not an implant, but a wearable. 
A ver…

Can I re-magnetize my sensory magnets?

Magnets.
I've had sensory magnets installed since November 2016. I bought the magnets and had them installed by Steve Haworth. As of July 2020, you can now buy his magnets for installation elsewhere. https://store.stevehaworth.com/collections/magnets
Since then I have been able to notice some key differences, and in 2018 started to notice sensory loss. I have a very large magnet at home, which before was impossible to touch, and now I can rest my right magnet on it. 
While this is a brief post, I am posting my intention to remagnetise the magnets. I've attempted and gave this up previously, because the process is uncomfortable. However, I must do it in order to keep the magnetic sense. 
I'm using different sized magnets to move the sensory magnets in my finger to strengthen them and break down some of the scar tissue in my finger to let them move freely. 
Reps. This is the big magnet I'm using. I found there's two different things I'm trying 1. Running my finger acro…

Can microchips in your body be used to track you?

The short answer: No. 
The long answer: The microchips you're familiar with cannot have a range long enough to track someone. To be close enough to be in range, you'd be in physical up-close range of a few feet. Unless you have noticed strangers invading your personal space to get within less than 3 feet of you and scanning a particular part of your body, I wouldn't worry about it. 
Let's talk about those chips, except now since it's in a body; implants. Typically they are NFC or RFID frequencies. I'd like to reference you to a hobbyist manufacturer Dangerous Things who have summed up nicely why one would want to use these frequencies in body. 
The chips that are used in the human body use the frequencies because they are short range, and do not require any power to be read. The reader which scans the chip powers the chip enough to read it, and it does not require any power itself or any charging. The antennas in the chips cannot send or receive signal unless they…