Goals, Reading, and Projects

This year I want to use this website for a couple of specific things:

  1. To use as a weekly writing platform.
  2. To generate some passive income.
  3. To use a portfolio of projects I have worked on.

In order for me to see some real progress on these goals I’m working on narrowing down how I focus my time. Speaking of time, I now have the most time available that I’ve had in the past five years as I’m done with school for time time being. I’ve been taking this month to develop a plan for how to use my time this year.

One of my goals this year is to 12 different 30 day challenges. Currently, I’m doing a 30 day meditation challenge. I’ve missed a few days, but I pick up where I missed a day and am 9 days into this challenge. 

I’ve also taken the month to make some lifestyle changes. I think the most important one’s being getting off of social media platforms. I still have one Twitter account for cyber security purposes, but I don’t use it to engage in politics or anything else that’s a waste of my time.

For my goal of becoming proficient in the cyber security field, I’m practicing the challenge boxes on HackTheBox. Each box I work on, I’m working on doing a write up. I’ll probably make that a separate and dedicated category on here.

I’m also working my way through a Python Fundamentals course  at Udemy. The goal of working through this is two-fold. 1 being a means to learn the language and 2 as a way to build a web scraper dashboard that constantly checks the health of services like Slack, Office365, Adobe, etc.

On the non-tech side of things, I am working my way through two books at the moment. I’m listening to the audiobook version of War and Peace narrated by Neville Jason and am reading through The Count of Monte Cristo. 

That’s it for now. I’ll be back next week!

Experimenting With A Web Scraper

I’ve been curious about building a web scraper for some time now and I decided to look into building one for alerting me on new jobs for companies I am interested in.

For the uninitiated (Including myself in that category.) here’s a brief explanation of a web scraper:

Per the good people of Techopedia, webscraping is defined as “Web scraping is a term for various methods used to collect information from across the Internet. Generally, this is done with software that simulates human Web surfing to collect specified bits of information from different websites. Those who use web scraping programs may be looking to collect certain data to sell to other users, or to to use for promotional purposes on a website.” – https://www.techopedia.com/definition/5212/web-scraping.

Here’s the guide I am going off of for this – https://realpython.com/beautiful-soup-web-scraper-python/

I’m planning on building a scraper that will look for two particular items for me. A Hobie kayak and a stand up paddle board. I don’t know the specific models at the moment. Once I’ve got the models dialed in, I’ll use the scraper to target sites like Craig’s List, REI, Ebay, Amazon, etc to look for the specific models. 

This is my current project. I’ll post more on it as time permits.