Thursday, September 22, 2016

Derbycon 2016

I'll be at Derbycon 6.0 giving a talk this year.

Come by and see my talk on Body Hacking 101 on Saturday at 5:30 in the Track 4 (The 3-Way) Conference Room.

Talk outline:
Security consulting is a beast of a lifestyle. Travel, airport food, late night report writing...It leads to accumulating a spare tire and unhealthy habits. If you have wondered how to overcome this unspoken issue in our community then this talk is for you. 

I was there. Flying. Eating. Ignoring my health. 

If you are wondering how to get started in a healthier lifestyle without the inundation of pseudo/false information from fitness magazines then this workshop is for you. Every attendee will walk away with the knowledge and ability to control their own body weight and shape their own health goals. This will be a no non-sense, no body shaming, no bullshit approach to helping people achieve what they want out of themselves. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

BSides LA

I recently flew out from the East Coast to warm and sunny Los Angeles, CA to attend and speak at Security BSidesLA.  As a California Native Son, any opportunity to get back to California is more than welcome. Plus the opportunity to participate at BSides is just icing on the cake.

First on my agenda was to get some REAL MEXICAN FOOD.  This is important as nobody on the east coast seems to ever make mexican food "right".  I hit up Zapatecas in nearby Hawthorne on a recommendation from a friend.  3 tacos and a Dos XX Amber later, and I wasn't disappointed.

I then set out to Venice Beach for some people watching.  I watched a lot of people on skateboards and got bummed that I didn't bring mine with me.  I saw several surf/skate shops selling Penny Boards and I had been meaning to buy one for my daughter.  So I scooped one up and test drove it for her.  Everything was going well for the next few hours including a skate to my friend James' house.  However on the way back to get my rental car thing went downhill. The board is so small that my huge feet were too big for it.  My lead foot got in front of the truck and took a hard spill.  Thought it was only a bloody scraped knee but then my ankle started to swell and ache throughout the night.  I ended up breaking my left ankle. :( 

Before the skateboarding accident I ran into an organization called New Life Society on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.  They are dedicated to feeding the hungry of Venice Beach.  I talked to one of the volunteers for a bit and we discussed Hackers For Charity and Hack Hunger.  I made a small cash donation and took some fliers.  

The next morning I couldn't walk on my ankle any longer and went to the nearest UrgentCare center.  I was slated for my first BSidesLA talk at 4PM and thought I had plenty of time to get my ankle checked out.  I was wrong.  I made it out of the doctors just in time to make it to BSidesLA for their beach party and firetalks. (BSidesLA actually has firetalks around a bonfire, how cool is that!?)

I meet up with the organizers who gave me a drive down to the beach since I was on crutches.    They were awesome guys (and gal) and were more than understanding about what happened.  Apparently, my message didn't get relayed that I was indisposed at the hospital and there were a lot of disappointed people that showed up to my DNS talk.  They ended up just opening the walls which gave the other track speaker a huge crowd.  
I spoke with some of the BSidesLA participants and ended up giving everyone a mini-impromptu version of my talk on the beach.  How rad, right?  I still had my other talk bright and early at 9AM the next morning, so I still had the opportunity to do my other talk. 

All in all, my trip to LA was great beside the whole broken ankle business.  BSidesLA was well run and had terrific participation.  Everyone there was super chill and great to talk to too.  Hope to see you guys next year!

Friday, August 2, 2013

"Casino Night" set for the HFC auction!

My friends and I have chipped in to buy this "Casino Night" set and are donating it to the Hackers For Charity auction at DEFCON.

It is engraved and personalized for HFC and DEFCON21.

Hopefully it pulls in a lot of money for HFC!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Let's get the HFC Food For Work program back in action!

This is a video about the "Food for Work" Program that has lost funding due to lack of funds. I would like to kick start it back into action! Each shirt sold can supply a family with a month's worth of food and provide land to harvest food which can last for years!

This is a "food for work" program whereby able-bodied participants be given plots of land and all the materials and skills needed to plant, maintain and harvest a large personal farm. A portion of the harvest is given to AOET Kenya for distribution in the community as well as to “buy” another season to work the farm. The bulk of the harvest goes to the farmer, most of whom have graduated from the food distribution program and are now doing well enough to work and sustain themselves. HFC

Hackers For Charity "Food for Work" Program from Johnny Long on Vimeo.

Donate here:

Or buy a shirt!

Thanks from everyone at HFC!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New Shirt Design

Here is a concept for a new Hack Hunger t-shirt based on the Hunger Games.  It was designed by Johnny Long. 

Tell us your thoughts here or at:

As always, the proceeds are still funding Hackers For Charity's Food for Work program.

Friday, October 26, 2012

New Website Coming Soon

Hello all! is getting a face lift from Hackers For Charity's web dev guru!  Not sure when it will be ready but stayed tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy this recut video from Johnny Long's most recent talk at Derbycon 2012 on the evolution of HFC.  In this short video, Johnny talks about the Food for Work program, and a potential new shirt design.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hackers For Charity "Food For Work" Program Funded by Hack Hunger

In this video, Johnny Long, Founder of Hackers For Charity, talks about the revitalization of the "Food For Work" Program through the sales of Hack Hunger shirts.  This is only a 3 min snippet of his whole 1 hour talk, which was really amazing and inspiring! Check it out on your next lunch break.  (Fast Forward to 36:02)

Thanks for your support!

-Nathan "Dirty" Magniez