Pictures from Astros Spring Training and BSides Nashville

I am currently in cruise control for the final two weeks at the University of South Carolina. At the end of the two weeks I will have my bachelors degree in Media Arts. What that means for me is that I can now check the box, "Yes" for applications that ask the question, "Do you have a degree." It also means that I have more time to focus on media and technology related projects. 

One of those projects is updating my website. To kick off that initative, I've uploaded the pictures from my trips to Astros Spring Training, in March, and BSides Nashville, in April to the photography section of my website.

Impressions from Bsides Nashville 2015

For the second year in a row, I traveled to Nashville this past weekend for it's local BSides security conference and like last year it was a wonderful conference to be apart of.


I took my camera again this year and I will have pictures from the conference before the end of the month is out. I've got school to wrap-up and several other things going on the next couple weeks. Time is very much at a premium for me right now, but I wanted to take a quick moment to highlight a couple of good things that happened at the conference.

First, I met several wonderful people this year, including: Amanda, Tim, Brett, Shelby, Frank, esSOBi, Adrian, and many many others. I also got to interact a little more with Lauren and Geoff and the rest of the BSides Nashville organizers this year, which was a treat. Putting together a security conference is a lot of work and they did a very good job again this year. I am already looking forward to next year.

The talks were again fantastic, though I didn't get to sit in as many as I did last year. A green track was added to the conference this year and it was completely packed for all the talks. There is a lot of interest in information security right now and there was proof in that track. I hope more security conferences, and in particular BSides, take note and start catering talks and content to people just starting out in security.

The one talk that stuck out to me the most was Johnny Xmas' "That's NOT my RJ45 Jack!: IRL Networking for Humans." The description is in the link and the talk is embedded below so I won't get into what makes the talk great. You'll just have to watch it. The one thing I will say is that this talk isn't just for security professionals. It's for professionals in general.

Watch it!

Almost forgot, the food was amazing again this year!

BSides Nashville video project


I will be traveling to Nashville, TN, to attend BSides this weekend. For the second year in a row I will be running around the conference taking pictures. I'll also be shooting video this year, as part of my final project for a cinematography course I'm doing.

The idea is that I want to show hackers in a more positive light via a documentary style. The project is only required to be a few minutes long, so I won't need a ton of footage. I would like to setup some interviews before hand with some people to ask them what the term, "hacker" means to them. I also want to setup some interactions to shoot highlight some of the words people use in their interview. For example, words like family or community, I can use shots of people hugging, high-fiving, etc. Curiosity and a desire to learn I can use lock picking and shots of people in talks.

This is going to be a very fluid thing so I'd love to get the interviews done, then move onto getting shots of the conference. If anyone would be willing to help me with either item, I would very much appreciate it. Email me at timothy.deblock[at]gmail[dot]com.

Media arts internship April 3 - 5, 2015

April 3

Started my podcast prep for this weekend. We’re planning on doing a longer show, so I put out a call for listener questions and topic ideas. I also began research on topic and question ideas. Our March Madness tournament bracket needed to be updated for the final matchup, so I did that as well.

April 4

Continued preparing for the 2015 season preview podcast by researching topics and gathering listener questions. Also update the Spring Training roster infographic for the final time.

April 5

Finalized the notes for the podcast recording, prepped the new show music, and recorded the podcast. Edited the last bit of audio I had from recording in Florida. Created the Spring Training roster infographic post.

Media arts internship March 28 - April 2, 2015

Hasn't really been anything exciting to make a single post out of what I'm doing for my internship, but I am very close to the end. I should finish my hours this weekend, which is very exciting.

March 28, 2015

Prepared for the podcast by reading articles and researching topic ideas, while refining the notes for the show.

March 29, 2015

Researched several topic ideas and finalized the podcast notes. Recorded the podcast and then created a post for the updated Astros Spring Training Roster infographic.

March 30, 2015

Edited the podcast and began preparing for the new music we’ll be using in the show. Updated the Spring Training roster infographic and started working on the second soundscape I plan to release.

March 31, 2015

Updated the March Madness tournament bracket and created an impromptu post about one of the Astros prospects that we got the pleasure of seeing in Florida that featured a picture and some sound.

I finished putting the soundscape together, now I just need to go back through and edit.

April 2, 2015

I finished the soundscape and created the post for it.