Strong isn’t really replacing skinny; being skinny is no longer enough. Now, ladies, you need to be skinny and ripped. It’s an additional layer of self-loathing (perfectly suited for hypergymnasiacs), just in case people had started to get desensitized to the omnipresent and psychologically crippling display of corpse-thin women in the media.
I went to grab a fitspo picture since the ones in the article were too small, and immediately ran into this one, which repurposes the anorexic’s anthem. Ouch.
First, a massive, ginormous Thank You to everyone who came out to see my Suicide Risk Assessment & Intervention Tactics presentation at Defcon. Seeing the room packed eliminated the one thing that made me most nervous about doing the talk - that no one would be interested in the material. Instead, there was so much feedback that we took the Q&A into the hallway for almost an hour. My twitters blew up with commentary and repeated affirmations that this stuff matters to the hacker community and we want to do more (hint: we will). That. Is. Awesome.
As for the “Defcon CD” that I kept referring to, but seemed to elude several people, you can find it in your swag bag (with the program, etc.) and it looks like this:
I was starting to think the CD didn’t even exist this year, what with how this is the first time I didn’t hear a rumor about the disc containing malware…
The CD has an extended / first draft version of the slide deck, which was presented at SOURCE Boston in April (minus some copyrighted content I had to remove) and the intervention / crisis plan forms - all of which is now linked below. If you didn’t already see the talk at Defcon, I recommend skimming the final DC21 version as it’s better organized than what’s on the CD, IMO.
My next step is to pull the deep-dive info from the extended deck, roll it in with the DC21 deck, and then post with my notes fleshed out to full-text commentary in easily digestible mini-modules. There’s also some interesting follow-on projects coalescing from the dialog thus far. Feel free to use the Ask box to drop me your email if you’d like to be notified when these things happen (or get involved).
Finally, I feel compelled to catalog some of the twitter responses I received, should someone else ever need to prove that this sort of content doesn’t distract from a tech/hacker con, but rather is integral to our ongoing success. Indulge me: