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I am not sure what prompted me to log back into this thing tonight, but I figured I would totally blog.

I'm still working at the hospital, and things are going pretty well over there. It has been a lot of work lately because we merged with another hospital group. It just wrapped up in the past couple of weeks, but still hasn't tapered off completely. And today we got an email saying that this other hospital merger has gotten additional approval, and is likely to also go through. That would probably start up at the end of this year, but it basically means 3-4 months of a lot of work.

Friend-wise and confidence wise, I feel like I'm in a pretty good spot. I sometimes think back to notions of my younger self, and think of how scared I was just to be myself. I think some of that still lingers, but I have people around me who know me and accept me. I guess maybe I feel like there's less to prove. I really don't know. You'll have to forgive me - I haven't blogged in a while.

One thing that has been going well is our Linux User Group. This one hosting company, Rackspace, donated a crapton of server resources\ to our group, so it makes it really easy to put things up on the web or to run workshops where people can have their own test servers. I put together our website, chicagolug.org, and we recently started using GNU MediaGoblin as a hosting platform for hosting our pictures and other media.

MediaGoblin is really cool because you can host pictures, music, videos, 3D-Printing models, ASCII art, PDF's, presentations, and more stuff all on the same platform - all of it together. They're working on federation, too, so different instances of MediaGoblin will be able to talk to each other. Unlike Flickr and Youtube and such, where everything is centralized - MediaGoblin makes for decentralized media hosting. We've just started using it, but the site is up here: media.chicagolug.org.

We've also set up a chump bot that allows us to share links from IRC, chump.chicagolug.org. I need to set up the page indexing on that so that you can see the different day archives. The pages are being archived, but right now you can only see today's page.

So, yeah, I guess I'm doing a lot with the LUG, and am learning a lot about server administration and things like that. It's a pretty good group.

I'm not sure how much I'll be back around here, but I thought I would peek my head in and say hello.

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