New standing desk, a Raspberry Pi cluster, and upcoming presentations

I feel like I've been neglecting this blog for too long—the main reason is probably that most of my writing energy is still being diverted into finishing Ansible for DevOps (I'm in the home stretch!).

Some updates, during the interim:

  • I just finished putting together a new standing desk (picture here)—the Uplift 900 desk frame along with the solid top from my existing desk (reclaimed from an office building that was sold recently). The desk is awesome, and much more stable/ergonomic than my old podium-on-a-desk setup (which served me well for a couple years)!
  • Besides writing the book, I've been tinkering with a new 6-node Raspberry Pi 2 cluster, christened the Raspberry Pi Dramble (a 'bramble' cluster of Pis running Drupal). Lots of fun to be had, and I've also been doing a lot of tinkering with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and circuits wired up on breadboards and soldered on perfboards (e.g. RGB LED control).
  • I'll be in Chicago for MidCamp next weekend, presenting Ansible + Drupal: A fortuitous DevOps match, and I hope to present on Ansible and Drupal again at this year's DrupalCon LA in May!

Sooner or later I'll get back to a somewhat regular posting schedule on Life is a Prayer—and I'll also be slowly re-consolidating other sites into one (as I've done in the past). Until next time!

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden is in its second year, and it seems to already be a 'thing to do' in St. Louis over the wintry holiday season.

Missouri Botanical Garden - Garden Glow Ornament
Nikon D7000, 17-55mm @ 55mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/60

I'd rank it almost equal to the great light displays at Our Lady of Snows Shrine, Tilles Park, and the St. Louis Zoo. Along a large portion of the Garden's paths, various light displays take you around some of this historic sites and buildings inside the Garden, and while parts are a bit 'touristy' feeling, the event is nice if the weather cooperates.

I highly recommend going if the temperature is above freezing (unlike last year, when it was like 10°F below!).

#vBrownBag DevOps presentation - Oct 29 [Updated]

In the middle of preparations for next month's Souls & Goals soccer match, I've also been very busy with Ansible-related activities.

I'm still making progress in writing Ansible for DevOps (over 45,000 words, and over 900 people have already bought the book on LeanPub!), and I've been invited by the folks at Professional VMWare to present in their #vBrownBag DevOps Series! I'll be talking about Ansible for an hour or so, and I'll be sure to post the link to the presentation after it's over.

You can join the presentation live (starts at 7:30 p.m. CST tonight, October 29) by registering at http://professionalvmware.com/brownbags/.

Update: You can now view the presentation and slides on ProfessionalVMWare.com: #vBrownBag DevOps Follow-Up Learning Ansible with Jeff Geerling (@geerlingguy).

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