We make an annual trip to Bellingham, WA for Linux Fest NW. It’s a conference about the free and open computer operating system. Himself spends all day Saturday and Sunday there. I usually sketch and visit some interesting shops. I pick and choose what I attend at the conference.
What follows is a bit geeky…feel free to skip.
My mission at Linux Fest is the same: how do I convert to a Linux program the 5 programs and processes that keep me from using Linux full time? I already use several programs that work in the Linux OS: Thunderbird (mail… and eventually, calendar), Firefox (browser), KeePass (secure data wallet), and Libre Office (free and open substitute for Microsoft Office suite). What with Himself finally setting up our own in-house Nextcloud (cloud server), it seems more possible. What he learned more about Nextcloud this weekend may offer further solutions to me in terms of syncing my phone (calendar, contacts, notes) to our own cloud rather than Google’s, which I refuse to do. I use a special app to sync Outlook on my PC by wire to my phone. I also talked with a man on Sunday at a drop-in beginning Linux Q&A. He made some specific suggestions to solve my last 4 or 5 issues, which are photo editing and printing, Quicken substitute, and an MS Publisher substitute.
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During the drive north on Friday, we took a short detour to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This was the last weekend and most of the tulip fields had been harvested. I found one smallish field at Tulip Town.
After dropping Himself at Linux Fest on Saturday morning, I joined the Urban Sketchers Bellingham for their outing at the Farmers Market. I was early so walked around a bit but the wind was chilly. I stopped at Woods Coffee to warm up and sketch.
The B’ham Farmers Market has a lot of good artists and crafters. It was hard not to spend my sketching time looking at their work. I did do so after. My first sketch was of Jesse, a teen aged violinist with a busking permit for the Market.
The sketchers planned to “meet at the goat”. This small statue of a working goat seems to be the easy spot to meet. It was a challenge to sketch because so many people were meeting. And sitting. And climbing. That chilly wind was ever present… note the blowing hair.
We met to share sketches at the side of the Market building, out of the wind.
After sketching, I went straight to Dakota Arts store as one of the sketchers had shared they have a 25% off sale. I would have gone anyway. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, they also had an artist demo event happening. I talked with Ron Stocke, admired his paintings hanging in the gallery and bought his book!
I discovered that Dakota Arts had the illusive new Strathmore Travel Sketch book! It’s the first place I’ve found to get it since I learned of it about a month ago. Even Amazon doesn’t have it. I bought it and used it later in the day. I’ll have my first impressions in my next blog post. Spoiler: I’m less than impressed.
The afternoon was spent in the charming Fairhaven neighborhood. I sketched the Dirty Dan statue again. There was a brief sprinkle but I was able to shelter under a covered lanai to finish the sketch.
On Sunday I spent most of the morning at Linux Fest, as described above in the “geek speak” section.
Then I went to the new Waypoint Park. This area was under construction when we were here last year. The “Acid Ball”, circa 1938 is part of the park build out. The concept creator was Mutuus Studio of Burien. “The Acid Accumulator from the defunct Georgia Pacific mill on Bellingham’s waterfront has been transformed into a new art installation”. The title is “Waypoint”. It is covered in sprayed on, reflective, tiny glass beads.
I added more industrial structures but I don’t know what these are.
And then it was time to pick up Himself and head home.
More photos here.