About Me


Welcome to my blog The NeonSoup House!

My name is Dave Winter, but I also go by x0darkpadr3 online.

I live in prairie country near the beautiful Canadian Rockies with my family. I'm a proud Aussie who ironically became a Canadian citizen on Australia Day many years back.

I studied Hebrew and archaeology at university, was a youth pastor in several churches, and worked as a youth worker/food services manager for a Christian social non-profit that helps at-risk kids.

Most recently, I have been a stay-at-home dad while trying to transition careers into Information Security (InfoSec).

I recently finished a 10-month university program in Cyber Security and have obtained my CompTIA Security+ Certification. I have also been working on furthering my skills in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and Python, plus gaining my Private Investigator's licence.

I guess that's me in a nutshell!


This blog is eclectic, as I like writing about Faith, Books, Mental Health, Fitness, OSINT, Private Investigating, Politics and Travel. I'm also a bit of a hobbyist when it comes to researching the Religious Right, populism and conspiracy theories.

Blog Topics

You can use the tags below to navigate the different topics found on this blog:

OSINT & Investigations: OSINT, Python and Investigating.

Mental Health: Mental Health, Spiritual and Emotional Abuse.

Prairie Life: Family News, Disability and Parenting.

Travel & Adventures: Travel, Day Trips, Sightseeing and Food.

Devotional: Devotional Thoughts, Theological Quotes & Prayers.

Books & Quotes: Book Reviews and Quotes.

Pop Culture: Movies, Music, TV Series and Video Games (Nintendo).

Health & Fitness: Fitness, Health and Weight Loss.

Conspiracy Rodeo: Conspiracy Theories, Online Extremism, Mis/Disinformation, Populism and the Religious Right in AB.

You can find smaller tidbits based on these topics on my Mastodon account: @x0darkpadr3@neonsoup.xyz

I have also written extensively on my journey to recovery from familial spiritual and emotional abuse.

Finally, you can read our latest family newsletter here.

Most of the art has been created using the OpenAI DALL·E 2 system and the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).

Scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), Copyright ©️ 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

The Christian Standard Bible and CSB are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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