Update to Florida's Unemployment Fiasco

I woke up to a text message this morning from my friend in Florida telling me that his status has been changed from "Pending" to "Eligible."   He filed on 3/21.  He was approved on 4/27.  Thirty-Seven (37) days.   I had him write letters to his Florida State Representatives…

Stress, Uncertainty, Pandemics, and Me

Broken, but together...Let's be honest – 2020 is a year that nobody really expected would happen.  What appears to be a global biological crisis is not the future that we expected, hoped, nor prepared for.  My 40th birthday was going to be a hell of a time – Black Hat, DEFCON,…

The Payroll Protection Program

As many of you know, I have a small business (in fact, I have two of them, but, that's another topic for another day).  The minute the PPP was announced, I went to my friendly bank, US Bank, and applied for the PPP.   The process itself took about 90 minutes…

Florida's Unemployment Debacle

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic started in early March, there have been about 1.8 million unemployment claims processed (source).  Transversely, only about 116,830 claimants have been paid.  This means that only about 6.65% of those who have applied for unemployment in Florida have gotten anything.   Further, up until…

It's been a while

So, yes, I know.  It's been a hot minute since I've posted something in here.   In the last few months, I've managed to find myself a new job, stay relatively safe from COVID-19 (after a weird couple of days), and managed to find myself in a fair amount of stress.…

Michelin Stars in DC

So, it's my goal to go to as many Michelin starred restaurants as I possibly can.  The new list for Washington DC is out, so, I have updated my list of places that I want to go to: The Inn at Little Washington:  Been there, loved it.  Was hungry on…

My thoughts on the NYT Child Sex Abuse Article

If you haven't read it, I highly encourage you to do so: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/28/us/child-sex-abuse.html? The things that I want to really point out: NCMEC is horribly underfunded, and has issues keeping (and retaining) technical talent.Startups like Thorn (Which is Ashton…

Job Hunt: Update

So, apparently one of my jobs failed to tell me that it was a cleared position. Here's my issue...I haven't held a security clearance in almost 10 years, and I honestly have zero intention of going through that process again. Scratch one job off of my list. Also, the…

Job Hunt: September 2019

Since my contract at my current company is coming up in the end of September, I started looking for a new gig this month.  A few things were really important to me: Finding a job that had some upward mobility. Finding a job that had decent benefits Finding a job…