A Merry Christmas Adam

Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. On Christmas Adam I always write things I appreciate about people I know. This year I am extending it to people I don’t know in person, but have communicated and or worked with remotely. You’ve probably never heard of Christmas Adam due to the fact that I created it several years ago. I never say anything I don’t mean nor do I ever thank anyone that doesn’t deserved to be thanked on Christmas Adam.

The first person I want to thank is a Googler. I don’t have permission to name this Googler, but that’s okay. If I get permission I will put their name. This Googler was one of the people who helped explain Net Neutrality to me when I was confused about it several years ago via Twitter. Now that I understand net neutrality I fight to protect it every chance I get. This Googler has also let me see a unique side of Google. Whenever I find a major privacy problem I report it to this Googler and they always make sure it is fixed. That isn’t normal for most tech companies, so I really appreciate it.

The next person I want to thank is Casey John Ellis the co-founder of Bugcrowd. While his company is great for researchers he has also helped me understand why proper disclosure is important and has proven that it can work. He also helped me improve how I report security bugs. Now he is very busy, but I was one of the early adopters of Bugcrowd, so early that I believe the only people working at Bugcrowd were the founders.

This list would be incomplete without thanking Marisa Fagan. Whenever I had a problem I could not solve I contacted Marisa, because she was always very nice and helped me out or pointed me in the right direction when I was confused about something.

Also, thanks to her help I now see that proper disclosure may be able to work the way it is supposed to on companies that are giants and not part of the tech community. Even if it doesn’t work, I really appreciate all her help on a quest of mine to fix some major security holes in a non-tech industry. I am still working on the giant proof of concept that as far as I know no else has ever attempted to do before.

Jonathan Cran who works at bugcrowd and has always been very polite, nice and has helped me out multiple times, which includes another giant project I am working on.

I also want to thank Professor Bowne for being another person in the security community who has helped me out. I am sure he hadn’t heard of me until I asked him for help with a company. He replied by helping me out and showing me the correct people to contact in companies to try and get anything done. He also helped answer some questions I had about proper disclosure and when it should be broken or if it is even the right choice.

If every community collaborated the way people have shown me the security community collaborates we would have a much, much better world. I will be adding to this list all day and possibly until the end of the year, like I always do.

Why Discrimination, Racism, Sexism, Etc. Should End

I rarely blog over here, but somethings have happened that have compelled me to do so. The death of Eric Garner, an innocent African American man who was killed by a cop choking him to death. This is all on camera, yet the only person in jail is the person who recorded Mr. Garner being killed. I see discrimination against people who are the slightest bit different all the time and it makes me sick in the stomach. If you knew me you would know I don’t stand idly by, I get involved and try to rectify the situation. It isn’t always possible, but I can usually at least get the person who is discriminating against the person to stop while I am around.

I am all for equality. Genders should be viewed as equal by everyone, no one should discriminate against those who are gay. I am not gay. Why am I writing all of this? Because of things happening in the world, because of the way I see people being treated, because how people fear for their jobs and their lives over their race or what gender they love. This is wrong. This is so wrong. I am all about equality. t I want to make it very clear on my personal blog how I personally feel about these topics. I will not stand for the acts I listed above. I fight for equal rights against genders and try to get sexism to stop. I actually destroyed being part of a project I pretty much started, because I told someone to stop being sexist. I haven’t heard from that project for quite awhile, but I would do what I did again. I knew when I stood up against the person that it most likely was the end of the project for me but I always stand up for what I believe in.

Bitcoin Crash 2014

The bitcoin 2014 crash shortly after August was predictable, since I did predict it. Bitcoin fell in August, but was a little slower then my original prediction, even though the $300 mark was only for a few minutes. I then predicted on Twitter that it was going to crash again and keep going lower. Again, I was right. It hit the high $200 mark. Now I am predicting that there will be a small spike in bitcoin during December. Of course, when the stock market pops, bitcoin will have a rocky time as well.

How did you predict the bitcoin crash of 2014?

It is pretty simple. One major factor in the price of bitcoin is the amount of buying and selling transactions occuring on bitcoin exchanges. Bitcoin is also tied to the economy, so since people usually buy more in December, bitcoin should go up. If the stock market pops, bitcoin should go down, because it affects the economy as a whole.

Bitcoin predictions — 1 BTC $300 or below by mid August 2014

A lot of people believe bitcoin is unpredictable, but most people don’t analyze bitcoin. I firmly believe it will be at $300 per bitcoin by mid-august 2014 or below that mark. $300 is a very liberal number, meaning based on the data available, I believe it should be below $300 by mid-august.

What bitcoin data are you using?

I know my prediction sounds crazy, but here is how I’ve come to this conclusion. August 1st, 2013 bitcoin was worth $97 and as of today it is worth $569. That seems like a huge jump and that things should keep going up, but the chart at coinbase begs to differ. Bitcoin hit a peak of $1,113 per bitcoin on December 1st, but ever since then it has been going downhill with occasional small spikes that are to be expected in any market. We are currently on one of those spikes, which is why one bitcoin is worth $569 dollars right now, but you can tell that this spike shouldn’t last long, since it has already dipped from being worth $600 and continues to go downwards. If you look over the entire market, you’ll see this pattern is very common.

Some companies have announced that they plan to accept bitcoin, like Dish, but they have not started accepting bitcoin yet. Also, it is important to ask yourself, how many people will pay their dish bill with bitcoin? Most likely not enough to cause a huge spike in the market, at least not by mid August 2014.

So, if you’re upset that bitcoin didn’t go up like you expected in mid- August 2014, just read my prediction. If I am wrong, then I am wrong. Bitcoin is fickle, but based on the data currently available it should go downwards, not upwards.

The art of screaming– Voice Over dying, being hit, shot, etc

What type of job would require you to need to know the art of screaming? Most people would say that screaming isn’t an art, but they are wrong. A scream can mean so many different things and in Voice Overs if you scream wrong it could cost you a gig or worse your voice. Don’t do the things listed below, they’re just food for thought. When you drop something on your foot you yell, scream or swear, but you do it with a different inflection then you would if you dropped a burning coal on your foot. When you are punched or kicked you scream or yell in a certain way. Well, Voice Over Actors get to have a fun time screaming, yelling, and dying in various ways all the time. Sometimes a session of dying, yelling and screaming can take three hours… that is a short session. Today I was working on an audition and was trying to get the right death scream down. When you scream so much, you shouldn’t scream from your throat, no you need to scream from your gut. These screams are also called guttural screams, yelling, dying, etc. Have the scream come from your stomach or use muscles in your body like your neck to make the scream sound realistic without using much of your throat. Honestly, I can’t think of another career that requires you to scream, yell and “die”.  Here are my five golden rules for Voice Over Screaming

1. Save your throat for talking, scream from your stomach or other muscles, also known as guttural screams, groans, dying, etc.

2. Don’t submit a weak scream or a scream that is totally out of context to what is happening to the character. If you are being hit you need the appropriate scream or yell.

3. Would you scream or yell that way in real life? If not, do it over again. There is an exception to this rule and that is with video games. You have to be way, way, way bigger than life when you die or get hit.

4. Have fun!!

5. Don’t drive your neighbors insane!

I did the Voice Overs for an iPhone game that is coming out sometime this year that was quite fun to record. I got to make the right sounds for my character being hit by cars, and then the right scream when his guts splatter all over the screen.

I hope you find this quick post that wasn’t written from my iPhone, at least somewhat helpful.