Hi! My name is Dave. I also go by x0darkpadr3 (darkpadre) online.

This is my personal blog called Neon Soup.

I am a husband and a dad. We live in prairie country near the beautiful Canadian Rockies. I'm a proud Australian who ironically became a Canadian citizen on Australia Day a few years back. I'm a fan of alt rock, some good grub (especially curries and soups), the occasional whisky, a good theology book, open source technology & sports.

I am also a believer in Jesus Christ. More than anything else in my life, this defines who I am.

I studied Hebrew and archaeology at university, was a youth pastor in a couple of churches, and worked as a youth worker/food services manager for a Christian social non-profit that helps at-risk kids.

Most recently, I have been a stay at home dad while trying to career transition into Information Security (Infosec). Earlier in 2020, I finished a 10 month university program in that field. To compliment that program, I have been working on gaining skills (and certs) in SysAdmin, Kubernetes, Python and Databases. I'm also aiming to take my CIPT and CCSP in 2021.

About My Writing:

This blog is going to be a bit of an eclectic mix. Posts will include a collection of faith based topics along with my thoughts on books (reading list), politics, family, health as well as my adventures in the kitchen and learning the different facets of information security.

The following hashtags represent the main topics of this blog and will serve as a kind of table of contents:

#SpiritualFormation | #LitQuotes | #KitchenHacks | #AHealthyLife | #NeonSoup | #InfosecPrivacy | #BlueTeamLearning

Along with this blog, I have started a small podcast – by the same name Neon Soup; because I'm unoriginal.

If you like what you read, please consider helping this blog by keeping me caffeinated

Finally this blog and podcast (Neon Soup) are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

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