Wanted to tamani update this. And seeing how YEARS have passed, this seemed good as time as any.
So yes. I am now a employee of the University of Illinois. At least for this year. Dunno what I'll do after, whether it be sticking around for more years, or becoming a hermit in the mountains. We'll see, I have a year to think about it!
I've also realized, everything I do is awesome. I think I have too much fun for one person.