It's been a while

It's been a while since my last post. I've been working as an application pentester for a new company. It's been great, but the imposter syndrome is getting the best of me.

What have I been up to?

I've been focusing a lot on learning some new skills. Trying to improve my scripting abilities has been a big one. I picked up Black Hat Python 2nd Edition, and it's been good so far. I'm really interested in the lessons on building Burp Extensions, but I'm probably a long way from being able to do that on my own.

I've also been learning a bit of JavaScript. Not so much because it interests me, but because I've been working through Code Academy's React course, and it requires at least some familiarity with JavaScript.

React really doesn't make any sense for me yet, but being that I am still in the learning JavaScript phase, and haven't taken a deep dive into React, it seems that it may take a while.

I've also been going through Port Swigger Academy's courses. It's been really good stuff. The learning doesn't stop, but I really need to slow down a bit. Sometimes I feel like I am barely keeping up.

Also been watching a lot of boxing

Fights I've watched recently:

  • Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk - This fight went the distance. AJ didn't really pick up the pace. Maybe he thought he was winning. Maybe he ran out of ideas. Either way, Usyk moved up from cruiserweight to take on one of the current top heavyweights, and showed that he's got the skills, chin and power to rock at heavyweight.
  • Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder - This is likely going down as one of the fights of the year (Along with Canelo vs Saunders). Both showed lots of heart. Fury got knocked down twice, but got back up and didn't let that stop him. Wilder, however, took horrible some punishment after round 4 and into 11 when Fury closed the show. Dude was clearly exhausted, but gave it everything he had.
  • Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin - Mikey is one of my current favorites, but the dude didn't show up for this fight. Perhaps that's a testament to how good Martin is, but Mikey just never turned it up through the 10 rounds. He's usually one of those boxers who gives away the first three rounds as he figures out his opponent. That didn't happen this time. Every time I thought Mikey was going to start throwing, he'd tag Martin with a jab. Maybe a double-jab, then retreat or get countered. Maybe 147 isn't for him, but he really didn't seem in it to win. Even in his loss against Spence, he looked like he wanted to fight. This time, he looked like he was just coasting and didn't have much of a plan.