Hi! My name is Dave. I also go by x0darkpadr3 (darkpadre) online.

This is my personal blog called NeonSoup.

I live in prairie country near the beautiful Canadian Rockies with my family. I'm a proud Australian who ironically became a Canadian citizen on Australia Day a few years back. I'm a passionate fan of alt rock, some delicious grub (especially curries and soups), a good theology book, sports, Application Security (AppSec), Privacy and Blockchain technologies.

I am also a follower of Jesus Christ. More than anything else in my life, this defines who I am.

I studied Hebrew and archaeology at university, was a youth pastor in a couple of 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 career transition into Information Security (Infosec). In 2020, I finished a 10 month university program in that field. To compliment that program, I have been working on gaining skills (and certs) in Blockchain development, NodeJS, Kotlin, Python and Infosec. I'm also aiming to take my CIPT in 2021.

I am a Fedora user who is a member of the OpenJS Foundation, the OWASP Foundation and Electronic Frontier Foundation.

About My Writing:

As you can probably guess, this blog is an eclectic mix that covers a wide range of topics. The following hashtags represent the main topics of this blog and will serve as a kind of table of contents:

#SpiritualFormation #Books #Food #MentalHealth #Code #AppSec #Privacy #Blockchain #OSINTSocialEng


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