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Valhalla Weekly #001 - Web Scraper Book Community Edition and the Weekly Research Roundup

Valhalla Weekly - Security, Software, and All Things Research
Valhalla Weekly - Security, Software, and All Things Research
The first issue of Valhalla Weekly? Now I’ve committed!

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So, it has begun. My weekly newsletter gets its first issue. If you’re reading this, you’re one of… two people who have subscribed to the newsletter on the faith it’s going to be good, with nothing to go off of but blogs I’ve written and Tweets I’ve sent out.
Welcome!
I’m a security analyst, software developer and right wing extremism researcher. This newsletter is going to contain pieces from all of those worlds, as well as ramblings that are relatively unrelated. You’ll get a more raw look at my life and interests from this newsletter, so I hope it’s something you enjoy.
First, what you've been waiting for...
I’ve been working hard on my book “Building Web Scrapers in Python for Beginners.” ThisI’m a security analyst, software developer and right wing extremism researcher. This newsletter is going to contain pieces from all of those worlds, as well as ramblings that are relatively unrelated. You’ll get a more raw look at my life and interests from this newsletter, so I hope it’s something you enjoy. week I hit a pretty big milestone: I’ve formally monetized the product and released a free community version.
Now, I accidentally made $20 in the first week of writing this thing. I say accidentally because I fully intended it to be free and stay free for a while, but people opted to toss some cash my way and I’m not going to turn that down. The platform I’m using to publish, LeanPub, allows the maker to set a minimum price for their book while it’s in progress, and in the beginning I had mine set to free, but people could still opt to pay you for it.
Now that I’ve hit 5,000 words, I’m upping the minimum price ($7.99, for now) but I’m releasing a community version for free that just contains what I’ve written thus far. If you want the community version, you can get it for free right here on my GitHub.
Now, a couple of things. First, even as the community edition, it’s unfinished. I’m going to add images and do a bit of editing to it over time to polish it. That being said, the true version of the book that will keep getting new content and polish is the one you can buy on LeanPub here. I write roughly 500 words per day during the week, so it’s getting updated fast and it won’t be at the $7.99 price point for too long.
Research Roundup
In this section, I’ll chat about all of the research I did this week, from publications to stuff I’ve just been working on.
“5 Best Books to Learn Malware Development” was a labor of love to talk about some reading that really did help me learn how to write malware. This blog was really well-received, which makes me happy, so I hope you can get some knowledge out of it too.
“Building a Malware C2 with Python Flask” was a fun one to write. I really enjoyed learning how to apply my knowledge in building normal, non-malicious API’s to creating a malware C2. There are loads of similarities and quite a few differences that I’m excited to get into as the research continues.
Python Notebooks are absolutely incredible for doing anything from basic to extremely advanced data science research. My application is super simple: visualize my income and social media following growth. In this blog, I talked about how to do simple visualizations with Jupyter Notebooks.
Researching Obsidian Publish
Outside of my normal research, I started down the rabbit hole of researching Obsidian Publish.
Obsidian is my personal knowledge management (PKM) solution that manages all of my notes on pretty much all of my research, as well as project management, daily to-do lists, journals and ideas. Frankly, Obsidian rocks. It has a slick interface and the graph layout is wicked cool for looking at connections between notes and ideas. Here’s a picture of what my notes look like in graph form.
Obsidian allows you to link notes into a huge graph
Obsidian allows you to link notes into a huge graph
So, Obsidian has a feature called Publish which allows you to publish your notes publicly for the world to see. Now, I wouldn’t do that with my personal notes, because there’s a lot of proprietary stuff from work in there I don’t want to risk exposing, but I have thought about using Publish to put my research on right wing extremism (RWE) out there.
It looks like a really great solution for publishing notes on things like RWE since the interconnections of notes (think people, groups, ideas) are so important in that study. I’m going to flesh out how it’ll look and what I want to do over the next week or so and I might be publishing on it fairly soon.
That's all for the week!
There is more I could write, but most people tend to dislike lengthy newsletters, so until I get a format settled, I’ll leave it there.
If you could, I’d really appreciate it if you would take the time to share this newsletter out there far and wide. It’s a labor of love and it’s a community I want to grow over the next year or two into something really awesome, a collection of researchers and developers and entrepreneurs and activists.
So, if you’re reading this, please consider sharing this newsletter with someone you think would enjoy it and let’s grow this community into something rad!
If you have feedback, send it my way on Twitter and let me know what I did wrong.
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