DEF CON Be The Match

At DEF CON 22, I signed up at the Be The Match booth to be a bone marrow donor.  I didn’t really think much about it.  I noticed the booth while waiting in line for my Vegas 2.0 badge.  I attempted to participate in the Blood Kode, but was still recovering from a cold and was disqualified.  I’d never paid attention to bone marrow donation prior to this.  The sign up for Be The Match was a cheek swab.

Two months later, October, I received a call from Be The Match indicating I was potentially a match and they would like me to have a blood test to further determine my compatibility.  I had the test.  Two months later, December, I received a second call indicating I was a full match and if I was willing to go forward with the donation via hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.  I agreed.

The next step was a physical including more blood tests to make sure I was physically capable of donating.  After the physical results were returned, a donation was scheduled.  It was a 5 day process.  On each of the first 4 days, I had injections of Filgrastim.  On the fifth day is the donation.  During the first 4 days, I encountered joint pain in my hips and back.  That appears to be extremely common.

The fifth day was the donation.  I went to the hospital handling the donation.  It is basically dialysis for a few hours.  They hooked me up to the machine, then I sat there for 6 hours while the process occurred.  I still had joint pain for 24 hours after the donation, but the pain has gone away.

Am I the first DEF CON attendee to donate?  I don’t know.  I tweeted @_defcon_, but they haven’t responded.

Security Summer Camp 2014

This was an interesting Security Summer Camp.

I stayed at the Tuscany the entire week.  I can not stress how awesome the Tuscany is.  You’re right there for BSidesLV and then you have the shuttle that runs during DEF CON.  It is amazing.  The Las Vegas Strip is only a half mile walk as well.  The change of venue for DEF CON next year will make the Tuscany an even more attractive venue.

I really liked the DEF CON badge this year.  It is much nicer than the DEF CON 20 badge.  I don’t care for the Egyptian theme from DEF CON 20.  Of DEF CON badges though, 21 is still my favorite.  The playing card design on a circuit board is just awesome.  The DEF CON 20 badge is my favorite of any conference.

The BSidesLV badge from this year is also pretty cool.  I like the poker chip design.  It is way better than the chunk of metal from 2013.

Of swag, I planned to buy a copy of Adam Shostack’s book on Threat Modeling.  Given that he is being accused of rape, I decided to hold off.  I’d think that if I were accused of a crime, I’d at least offer some sort of response.  The silence is strange.

The BSidesLV pool parties were my favorite evening festivities.  I didn’t bother attending any Black Hat parties this year.  The pool party at the Tuscany was awesome.  theSummit benefit was fun, but BSidesLV beat them.  I wanted to participate in Bloodkode again this year, but I had the sniffles and was disqualified from giving blood.  I did finally participate in Be The Match though.

I enjoyed Jessy Irwin talk on education security at BSidesLV.  I’m use to the issues with manufacturing and patching.  You have to wait for downturns of processes for industrial control equipment.  It’s life.  I never considered that IT professionals in education have similar restrictions.  Patching has to be done during breaks and Apple’s release in September is amazingly inconvenient.

CustoDiet by Quadling and company seems like a nice idea for a tool.  I’d love for a platform for being able to provide security to my family networks.  Hopefully it is a successful project.