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Lammas celebration... [Aug. 1st, 2007|09:35 pm]
I try to exercise on all of the holy days, and this day, I tried to do some journeying while working the elliptical. It worked; the spirit of the world tree had a lesson for me. (Nothing exciting, so I won't go into it.)

Then I came home for the real ritual... getting Apache working on my system with at least two virtual hosts.

I can't pretend I'm anywhere near any deep understanding of Unix right now... but I feel as if I've gained all the understanding one reasonably can without actually being a real-live admin.

I now know where to look for system log messages, and understand a bit about how to set that up.

I can set up Samba, BIND and Apache to the point that they're useful on a secure (firewalled!) local network. I don't know what security issues I'm facing... I haven't gone too deep into them.

I can set up basic security Samba and Apache - I can now access my Unix docs (/usr/share/doc) via Apache, and so can you, if you're on my 192.168.1/24 subnet.

There is a huge, huge, huge amount that I don't know.

But getting Apache set up first time through convinced me that I'm getting there. If I get a job that's mostly Windows, but willing to train on Unix, I feel comfortable saying I'll pick stuff up *fast*... because I'm now getting to the point that I'm a lot more aware of what I don't know.

I do have to confess to one thing, though... I'm not nearly as proud of my accomplishments as I thought I'd be. Linux has come a long way towards increasing ease of use and administration. I'm content to realize that I understand a lot of what's going on behind the scenes, but I don't think I could have learned nearly this much from scratch even 2-3 years ago.

So, my Lammas ritual was finding comfort that I could stand my ground in a new world. Now it's time for feasting. It's not bread made from the first harvested wheat, but it is bread dough... covered in tomato sauce, meat, cheese, and veggies :-). Hey, if they'd had pizza in ancient times, they'd have thought of this too!

[User Picture]From: droops
2007-08-02 01:23 pm (UTC)
The idea of learning Linux and setting up Apache and stuff still scares me, so I don't even try. Bleh. Kudos to you for getting it done!
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From: sagittaria
2007-08-09 09:05 pm (UTC)
Have you written about "journeying" before? I'm intrigued to learn more about what you mean here.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2007-08-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
I have, but I may have to dig more than I'd like to find it. I might do some digging, though.

I'm a shaman, and that means I'm tied into the spirit world a bit more tightly than an ordinary person... that also means I'm tied in a bit more tightly than is healthy.

Journeying is traveling into the spirit world to see what it has to tell me. It's a bit like guided meditation... in fact, a skeptic could easily say I'm just having a lucid dream (or the semi-conscious equivalent), or just looking at subconscious images. And that skeptic could well be right; what does it matter? If the messages I see, the information I gather, is helpful to me or others, what else matters, if I pretend it's a message from the spirit world?

(On the other hand, if it is from the spirit world, and I'm not trying to contact the spirit world, I'll miss something. So tossing aside skepticism is important.)

I'll see if I can find some of my older posts about it later.
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