Open Source Intelligence Techniques

For anyone concerned about their privacy, I highly recommend OSINT’s newsletter and tools at https://intel They have some tools to make it easy to see what others can find out about you easily using various search tools for both the web and social media.

This week Michael Bazzell mentioned a new linux distro he released with David Westoff called Buscador. It’s loaded also with a bunch of tools to make it easy to do privacy research while maintaining your privacy as well. It’s like Kali Linux for privacy instead of security. You can learn more at https://intel

Speaking of Kali Linux – they just released a new version this week as well.


So rather than complaining and blaming, start taking responsibility. Be stoical. Spend ten minutes or so every evening and identify the most important things you must work on the next day and make sure this remains your priority. Lower the priority on your email and social media and only look at it when you have finished the things you really wanted to complete that day.


How to read the Internet via brentsimmons and Patrick Rhone.

How to read the Internet via brentsimmons and Patrick Rhone. I don’t know if I’m just old or if I’m wiser. But Facebook and Twitter just don’t work for me anymore. I prefer more control. I do worry that there needs to be some editorial control to avoid harassment, spam, fake news, and propaganda spreading. Laws may need to change — they are all built around for profit companies controlling distribution channels which is obviously not true today.

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

the mind obliquely solves tough problems while daydreaming — an experience many people have had while taking a shower. Epiphanies may seem to come out of nowhere, but they are often the product of unconscious mental activity during downtime

Solutions emerge from the subconscious in this way only when the distracting task is relatively simple, such as solving an anagram or engaging in a routine activity that does not necessitate much deliberate concentration, like brushing one’s teeth or washing dishes.

Psychologists have established that vacations have real benefits. Vacations likely revitalize the body and mind by distancing people from job-related stress; by immersing people in new places, cuisines and social circles, which in turn may lead to original ideas and insights; and by giving people the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep and to let their minds drift from one experience to the next, rather than forcing their brains to concentrate on a single task for hours at a time.

In a four-year study, Leslie Perlow of the Harvard Business School and her colleagues tracked the work habits of employees at the Boston Consulting Group. Each year they insisted that employees take regular time off, even when they did not think they should be away from the office. In one experiment each of five consultants on a team took a break from work one day a week. In a second experiment every member of a team scheduled one weekly night of uninterrupted personal time, even though they were accustomed to working from home in the evenings.

After five months employees experimenting with deliberate periodic rest were more satisfied with their jobs, more likely to envision a long-term future at the company, more content with their work — life balance and prouder of their accomplishments.​

So what should you do?

get seven to eight hours of sleep every night, to use all their vacation days, take power naps and many small breaks during the day, practice meditation, and tackle the most challenging task first thing in the morning so they can give it their full attention