I've been hlding off mentioning this 'til all my ducks were in a row, but at last it's settled. The job I've been working at part-time for the last six months will be my full-time job starting next Wednesday. w00t!
I've been spending my time at $job_1 making sure the documentation is complete, getting a spare workstation set up and ready to go, and dumping my brain into the sysadmin who will be helping fill in 'til a new person is hired (which might take a while).
I'm really excited about this. First off, I'll get my lunch hours back; I've been walking between the two offices (mornings at one, afternoons at the other, back to the first for the last half hour), and it'll be nice to have an hour to myself again. But the new job is exciting for me: nice big servers used for scientific computation, the chance to build an infrastructure from scratch, and some big projects. The people are friendly. The boss is nice. The place has funding for the next five years or so. It's all good. About the only thing missing is a rocket pack so I can cut down on this 90-minute commute.
And on top of all that, they're open to the idea of sending me to LISA this year. Now that would be nice…have to see if it works with the family, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
In other news:
- Though I'm starting to be a bit frustrated with its organization, the Postfix book has proved its worth again by helping me not only get SASL set up at $job_2, but understanding what it's doing. This is in contrast to the don't-touch-or-you'll-lose-a-finger approach I'd taken to getting this working at my current job.
- I'm growing increasingly comfortable with Fedora Directory Server, thanks in no small measure to being able to play with it in a couple of virtual machines. Man, it makes a difference to have that freedom. (And in other news, water continues to be wet.)
- Got my third batch of home-made beer (Grapefruit Bitter, from my local homebrew shop's recipe) into the fermenter on Saturday. My father-in-law is a retired millwright, and he made me an immersion chiller 'cos he's just that cool. Worked a treat; not so sure about the washed yeast. Here's hoping. My parents are coming for a visit in the summer; I figure my dad and I should be able to do a batch and bottle it before they leave, which'll give him a good souvenir.
- Enjoying the hell out of Anathem, which my wife got me for Xmas.
- Closer to migrating to Chronicle. The only thing I want is to not dump all generated HTML pages into one directory; shouldn't take too long to add. Wouldn't that be a lovely thing?