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Defcon28: Crypto Hunt Clues

Just accumulating what I’ve got from the Defcon 28 badge and such:

This is the cipher on the back of the lanyard. Proper orientation (if there is one) unknown.
This is the outside spine of the cassette’s cover. The color cipher seems to decode to DEF CON SAFE MODE.
These are the three interior ciphers. Orientation for the colors is unknown.

tlstFCOnRFoofFioumYrgureoohrDOuntlon

Transcription of the arced text with the skull

2
Xbaw maek wzme pgty zvxy izwk iwhk lnhy agrl rrlp fsis xadh uflx dsqh rzrg qegu itwb wveq aslo moii xmzx mvea rtil yekd lvks jrbo arvy nmjz wodi gcxe tkrr cyir xbsu rwyf slwr ixyk lrwz sbzr zbpg rrrw hjsi alXX 1o57

Transcription of the text on the maroon background with either an 8 or ∞ symbol.

Here’s my first attempt at recording the cassette:

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Diminish.

Most of y’all may not know, but I’ve been changing myself lately.  Physically, I mean, and a lot more than my recent tendency of dying my hair blue.

For almost a year now, I’ve been using Invisalign to fix my teeth, and tomorrow I go under the knife for a Gastric Sleeve surgery.

To be completely honest, I’m a bit scared.  I know it’s considered a trivial procedure, very low risk, but it’s not nothing.

I’ve tried losing weight for years — both for self-image reasons, but also health.  I have two kids, I’d like to do everything I can to make sure I’m around to see them both grow up.

So now, I’ve been on a liquid diet consisting of less than 1,000 calories per day for the last week, and that’s about to get cut down to practically nothing for a few days as I recover from surgery.  And then I’ll make my way back to food.

The confusing bit is I’m not really hungry.  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m not good at listening to my body’s hunger cues.  Or maybe protein shakes are magical and really do keep you full.

Anyway, tomorrow.

Tomorrow I go in for surgery, and then I’ll get to miss gorging myself at holiday dinners this year.  But egg nog is okay on a liquid diet, right?

Hopefully, as time passes, I’ll become myself again.  Emotionally and physically.