WSR: #22: June 20th - 26th 2022

Getting back into the swing of things

Published: June 26, 2022

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This Week’s Recap


  • Spent some time planning out my training for the next couple months.
    • My tentative training calendar has the following
    • GCIA: Scheduled for this week and next week. Test is tentatively scheduled for July 16th Depending on how confident I am with the material as that deadline approaches
    • GDSA: I have this scheduled to begin July 18th and hopefully I will be able to get through the material by August 6th which is when I plan on taking the test.
    • GPYC: I have taken the 5 day class on this (and placed 2nd in the PyWars CTF!) but I do need to go back and catch up on some of the material that I had to step out for. I plan on doing this whenever I have free time. This will probably be after GDSA.
    • OSCP: I plan on starting the OSCP labs around the 22nd of august which will give me a few months to work on them before December.
    • PNPT: I need to find a time that I can retake the PNPT exam but I’m not sure when that will be due to previous commitments which is a shame because I hate leaving things unfinished.
  • I really want to start teaching/creating more video content that can reach a wider audience than a blog ever will. I think my biggest reason for doing so is to create content that would have helped me when I was first getting into security but also to provide some more technical content for free.
    • I have a bunch of video topics but I would love to know if there is something you would want me to make a video on


  • Drove home from Vacation.
  • Listened to a bunch of the SANS internet Storm Center episodes. Highly recommend if you don’t listen to these!


  • Worked on setting up some stuff for content creation in the future
    • Set up OBS to be more than a simple screen/webcam rectangle
    • Looked into some video editing solutions. Probably won’t go with Premiere pro even though I know it really well because it doesn’t run on Linux.
    • Still working out how a video creation workflow might look like in reality. I am thinking of writing a blog on each topic and then turning that blog into a rough draft of a script for each video but not every video topic deserves its own blog and vice-versa.
  • Signed up for GDSA through the SANS masters


  • Attended the first day of the 7 day GCIA classes.


  • Technically attended the second day of the GCIA classes but could not pay attention at all with everything going wrong in the world. :(


  • Indexed the GPYC books I got a few weeks ago. Still need to re-watch the videos. I was skeptical as to how useful a python course would be but I was blown away by the amount of content covered in this class. I need to rewatch the rest of the lecture videos and brush up on some regex but it is not my top priority right now.

  • Took the first GPYC Practice test and passed with the minimum score of 67%… I suppose its not too bad considering I have not gone through the books to take notes or gone through much of the video material.

    • I will say that I drastically underestimated the regex portion of exam. I know the basics but I was not ready for the size of the regex expressions I was going to have to be deciphering. This is the first exam I was worried about the time limit on simply because each regex question took me so much time. Still need to put a lot more time in to get some of the nuances. I’m at the point where I don’t really care about the cert, I actually just want to understand the material.


  • Rendered out all the Practical Phishing Assessment videos into a three part video series that I will be uploading to youtube.
    • Recorded intros for each
    • I will be uploading this sometime this week. If you want to be notified, you can subscribe here I plan on releasing a lot of content soon. With everything going on in the world, it is important to give back as much as you possibly can and I feel I have enough experience in a few different domains that I can start sharing some of my knowledge.
  • Spent some time learning about how kdenlive works. Seems to be a great video editor for Linux. There are some quirks but most of that is just from me trying to use Adobe Premiere shortcuts that I learned when I edited call of duty videos in highschool 👀

Have any questions

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