Stuff I Wrote: September 2016

800px-Skrifmaskin,_Blickensderfer-maskin,_Nordisk_familjebokLast month was so busy that I somehow forgot to hit “publish” on this post!  In September, I brushed up on business skills at a bunch of classes at K’e, and then turned around and taught a series of classes on copywriting and social media marketing and storytelling for a handful of local businesses. I cranked out two new podcast episodes with Jimmy Jenkins, about the Clinton email saga continuing, and about the EPA saying that Roundup is not a carcinogen. I also wrote nine posts for five different sites. Check those out below.

Overcoming Gender Bias In Job Hunting (

Women who feel that they aren’t getting job-hunt traction because of their gender might consider the following tips and techniques.

Has Arizona Found a Solution to Gerrymandering? (Yes! Magazine)

Sixteen years ago, Arizona stripped state lawmakers of the right to draw electoral districts. Many lawsuits later, democracy is stronger—in some ways.

Expert Answers: Natural Pain Relief (Experience Life)

Consider these remedies for post-workout pain. (Unfortunately, the edited version of this conflates DOMS with systemic inflammation, but many of the tips are still solid.)

What Happens In The Gym Stays In The Gym Part 2: Technical Tips (Performance Menu, paywall)

In the second part of a series, I shared some nuts and bolts steps you can take to keep your gym private and secure.

Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 9: Rubber Duckie, You’re The One (Forbes)

We discuss the Pwn Phone, whistleblowing, and so much more.

Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 10: The Chickens Come Home To Roost (Forbes)

This week we spoke about cell phone location tracking, antenna extenders, Spokeo, and more.

Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 11: Twin Peaks Edition (Forbes)

Bitcoin, kidnapping, and the DEF CON 22 badge challenge.

Mr. Robot Season 2, Episode 12: The Grand Finale (Forbes)

This week we wrapped up the season finale, and talked about FBI interrogations, revenge strategies, binwalk, Phase 2, shred, Fry’s Electronics, and Mr. Robot cosplay.

What To Do When Facebook Says Your Apple Computer Is Infected With A Virus Or Malware (Forbes)

The anti-virus software link it sends you to won’t help. Here’s what to do instead.

Stuff I Wrote: August 2016

800px-Skrifmaskin,_Blickensderfer-maskin,_Nordisk_familjebokThis month, I spoke at Tales From the Cybercrypt,  a Jewish tech journo panel moderated by Alan Zeichick, alongside Howard Cohen and Esther Schindler, and Arizona Jewish Life wrote a post about me before the event. Monday Morning Dumpster Dive, my new podcast with Jimmy Jenkins, made it to KJZZ’s podcast page! Check out our old episodes on our page there.There’s also an RSS subscription. My husband and I beat the heat with a quick trip to the White Mountains (hiking! cabins! unplugging due to poor WiFi!), and I started training at an amazing gym with an amazing coach. And yet, I somehow managed to get some work done… Here are nine posts of mine from five different sites that went live in August.

  • Building An MVP That Works (Dice Insights) Determining the right time to release a minimum viable product isn’t easy. You have to be careful not to pack in too many features.

[Podcast] Grab Bag Edition: Manafort, Starr, Nilson, Arpaio, Loop 202

Jimmy Jenkins and I started a podcast covering Friday news dumps so they don’t get buried. We almost got buried since there were five (count ’em) news dumps last Friday. In our fifth episode, we looked at Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign, Ken Starr’s resignation from Baylor, Arpaio being recommended for criminal contempt charges, Baltimore terminating its contract with a government lawyer accused of past neo-Nazi ties–and the man who hired him resigning, and the latest on South Mountain Freeway expansion court battle.

Make sure to listen, and please help spread the word.

[Podcast] Brendan Dassey Conviction Overturned

Jimmy Jenkins and I started a podcast covering Friday news dumps so they don’t get buried. In our fourth episode, we spoke with attorney Aaron Williamson about a federal judge overturning the conviction of Brendan Dassey for the murder of Teresa Halbach.

Make sure to listen, and please help spread the word.


[Podcast] Monday Morning Dumpster Dive: Tesla Troubles & Trump’s Change Of Heart

Jimmy Jenkins and I started a podcast covering Friday news dumps so they don’t get buried. In our third episode, we spoke with NPR Business Correspondent Sonari Glinton about Tesla’s Gigafactory woes. We also discussed Trump’s endorsement of Paul Ryan and John McCain.

Make sure to listen, and please help spread the word.

[Podcast] Monday Morning Dumpster Dive: The Latest Clinton Hack You Haven’t Heard Of

In our second episode, we spoke with Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica about  the latest hack targeting the Clinton campaign.

Make sure to listen, and please help spread the word.

Stuff I Wrote: July 2016

800px-Skrifmaskin,_Blickensderfer-maskin,_Nordisk_familjebokThis month I got to take a trip to Minnesota to visit my inlaws, and ventured out to New York City for the HOPE conference. Still, I managed to get some work done… But first, an announcement: if you’re in Phoenix, please consider coming to Tales from the Cybercrypt: The Global Perspective From Jewish Technology Journalists. I’ll be speaking on this panel, moderated by Alan Zeichick, alongside Howard Cohen and Esther Schindler. Tickets are $18 for professionals and $10 for students. See you there? Meanwhile, please find a roundup of the eight posts I wrote that were published somewhere on the interwebs this month.

  • Not All Swastika Tattoos Are The Same (Slate’s Future Tense) I wrote about how algorithmic tattoo identification for law enforcement could have all sorts of scary consequences, drawing on data revealed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Thanks, as always, for reading. Your support means the world to me!



[Podcast] Monday Morning Dumpster Dive: Draft Data Sharing Legislation & Saudi Ties to 9/11

Jimmy Jenkins and I started a podcast covering Friday news dumps so they don’t get buried.

In our first episode, we spoke with Rachael Tackett about draft legislation that could impact how foreign governments gain access to data stored in the U.S. We also looked at recently declassified documents showing links between Saudi officials and 9/11.

Make sure to listen, and please help spread the word.

Stuff I Wrote: June 2016

800px-Skrifmaskin,_Blickensderfer-maskin,_Nordisk_familjebokJune has been a busy month! Below please find a roundup of posts I wrote that were published this month, including my first-ever posts for The Kernel (Daily Dot) and Ars Technica.

  • 3 Tech Jobs That Didn’t Exist Last Decade (Dice Insights) I spoke with Daniel Burrus, an expert on global trends and innovations, about autonomous driving software engineers, augmented reality engineers and designers, and Internet of Things architects.
  • Expert Answers: Safe Rotational Exercises (Experience Life) I spoke with physical therapist Jamie Yang about ways to incorporate rotational exercises in your fitness routine while keeping your movements safe and stable.<(In addition to these two expert answers, the magazine also has a Q+A on blurry vision.)
  • The Workout: Spiral Power Qigong (Experience Life) Technically in the July/August issue of the magazine, this piece is a description and images of a grounding qigong routine that trains your body to move as an integrated unit — increasing mobility, enhancing mental focus, and building strength. It was designed by Mela Carreira and Frank Paolillo.
  • Oh! It’s not really an article, but I put together a quick tipsheet as part of a panel I was on, in which we discussed how journalists and hackers can work together on investigations.

That’s it for now. Catch you next month!

Stuff I Wrote: May 2016

Writing Fountain penThis month, I taught a MidWeek MindTweak at CoHoots on securing small businesses, which was a really fun session with a great audience. I also held my final Phoenix Freelance Spark event, and you can read all about why I stepped down if you’re interested. Next month I’ll be at the IRE conference in New Orleans–drop me a line if you’ll be there, too. Here’s to escaping Phoenix’s summer heat for… other cities’ summer heat!

It’s always hard for me to do a roundup of my posts for the month when I know I have some really good posts on the first of June, but I do have nine posts for you to check out. 

On Lockpicking, Sexism, And Your Tech Conference’s Code of Conduct (Or Lack Thereof) (Forbes)

There are no easy answers for sexism and sexual harassment at hacker conferences or tech events, but there are a few ways to minimize incidents and handle them when they arise. (Oh yeah, and nobody at the lockpicking village wants to hear your creepy handcuff jokes.)

How To Run A Gym Without Being A Classist Asshole (Performance Menu) (paywall, $5.99)

Don’t be that douchebag telling people who literally can’t afford a gym membership that they’re lying and will never get results, and other tips.


Reporter Plays Softball With Hardass (Medium)

This was my recap of the Society for Professional Journalists’ regional conference, in which Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini and the controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in a keynote “interview” that not only more closely resembled amateur comedy hour, but was entirely devoid of substance. SPJ advocates for fearless journalism, believe it or not… I’d be embarrassed.

Complaining to HR Without Blowback (Dice Insights)

Complaining to HR should be your last resort, but if it’s your only option, these are some things to keep in mind.

3 BAD Food Combinations to Avoid and 6 Good Ones (LiveStrong)

I spoke with three nutrition experts to find out which food combining combos you should really avoid and some that can help optimize your health.

Security News You Might Have Missed: Criminal Risk Assessment Software is Racially Biased (Forbes)

Also, a security researcher was raided by FBI after pointing out a vulnerability in a dental database, anti-choice groups use smartphone surveillance to target “abortion-minded women,” an Israeli startup claims its tech can determine whether a person is a terrorist based on facial analysis, Chicago police use secret information to determine shooting perpetrators, Canary Watch sunseted, and more. Oh, and  it’s time to change your Reddit and MySpace passwords.

Security News You Might Have Missed: I Don’t Know Why You Say Allo, I Say Goodbye (Forbes)

Google’s new messaging app will offer end-to-end encryption, but not by default. Apple makes it harder for feds to unlock devices. LinkedIn finally resets passwords for users whose accounts were apparently compromised back in 2012. (Oops!) The Intercept releases the NSA’s juicy, top secret internal newsletters. And a new report takes a look at media use of the whistleblower platform SecureDrop.

Security News You Might Have Missed: If Math Is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Do Math (Forbes)

Alleged British hacker wins court battle over encryption keys, Twitter bars Dataminr from sending alerts to intelligence agencies, federal agents planted hidden mics and videos at a courthouse, Senate contemplates reauthorizing the NSA’s controversial 702 surveillance, a government spy truck poses as a Google Street View car, and more.

Security News You Might Have Missed: Brazil Blocks WhatsApp, Stingray Parallel Construction, More (Forbes)

A roundup of security news this week, including Brazil’s short-lived WhatsApp shutdown, Maryland cops relying on Stingray tech for petty theft, parallel construction in Stingray use in Oklahoma City, Rule 41 changes to increase mass surveillance, and passwords being sold on the dark web.


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