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I upgraded from Ubuntu 9 point something last night to Ubuntu 10 point whatever. I'm tentatively regretting it, since I actually lost some functionality.

I rode to work yesterday morning at the tail end of a storm, and one of my streets was blocked by a fallen tree. I'd show you a picture, but one of the functions I lost in upgrading my Linux operating system was photo processing.

This morning the sun was out. The Coast Guard had two lovely, semaphore-festooned cutters (ditto photo processing problem) tied up at Waterfront Park for Rose Festival, one of my least favorite things about Portland.

Rose Festival (accent on the second syllable of the phrase, by the way--"Rose Festival"--it's how you tell the natives from the n00bs) is an archaic, century-old city-pride thing with an upper-class garden-club ladies' rose-growing competition at its heart, a beauty pageant and a big parade where its brain should be, and a big ugly carnival in its armpit.

Navy and Coast Guard ships come up the river ("to spawn" as the wags say), and when I was 22 and the streets were filled with sailors, well, hello sailor. Nowadays? Not so much.

So anyway, Rose Festival ruins Waterfront Park, which comprises about half of my bike commute, for the first two weeks of June, and is forcing me onto the streets of downtown Portland, which has actually been kind of fun and routine-busting.

And besides, it's been pouring for weeks, and the park is a mud pit, and hardly anyone's going to the carnival, which, while not very good for the purveyors of carnivality, is a very hopeful sign that maybe they'll just stop coming here. That would be cool.


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Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
How else can you pronounce Rose Festival? (French here, genuinely curious.)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Most people would tend to accent the word Rose--to distinguish this festival from the SausageFestival, or the Beer Festival, or the Snow Festival.

But for completely obscure reasons, in Portland, it's not the Rose Festival, it's Rose Festival. Go figure!
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I haven't really had any troubles on my commutes this week due to the Rose Festival, the rain is another story though, holy bugger biscuits.

It was gorgeous this morning, but at the moment, it's looking like I might get doused again on the way home. Here's hoping not...
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Troubles
*looks out window of World's Tallest Basement*

Oh shit. You're right. And me without so much as a rain jacket. Whoops.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Ack, what happened in your Ubuntu upgrade? I put Lucid Lynx on my new baby and I'm loving it. Though I did have to patch and recompile the kernel because the hardware is so new.

I did notice a lot of customizability has been lost (though you can still get to it if dig deep enough). It's the Appleization of computing and I don't like it.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
F-Spot stopped working properly and though I hear it's widely hated by Real Photographers, I was loving it and had gotten used to it.

Otherwise, little things that I haven't fully assessed yet--this was relatively late last night.

When you say patch and recompile the kernel...is that something I should be doing? It sounds higher than my geek grade!
Jun. 4th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Crap, meant to reply earlier but my comment got eaten by the train's spotty wifi. I'm reading F-Spot is supposed to be Lucid Lynx's default photo editor, so it's weird that it stopped working. :( I've never used that. I used GIMP back when I did any photo editing, which was super basic stuff anyway. Don't need anything fancy for cheap camera photos. :)

Patching and recompiling the kernel is pretty hardcore and shouldn't be needed 99% of the time and is not for the faint of heart. I used to do it all the time with some other distros but I never did for Ubuntu. I only had to this time because of a particular combo of hardware in my new laptop. The necessary fixes probably would have come from official updates eventually, but I didn't want to wait.
Jun. 4th, 2010 06:23 am (UTC)
Oh, okay. I won't worry about it, then. I've added DigiKam and managed to get the photos off my camera and onto Flickr. I don't take my photography real seriously, but I do like the convenience of being able to pull them off the camera, process them a little, and send them to Flickr all in the same app.

I'm still getting used to the Linux world, and it drives me nuts some of the time, but I love not worrying about internet security, and I love the free apps and the whole open source philosophy, so I'll just keep plugging away.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Okay, okay, I'll get off your lawn! Geez! ;)

I feel your pain, though; there's various summer festivals and things going on all over town, and sometimes I just want to have a quiet cuppa coffee, y'know?
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Various summer festivals are great. We get, let's see, Jazz, Blues, Food, and Brewers, I think, in Waterfront Park over the course of the summer, and they're fun and bring all kinds of people downtown who don't normally make the effort.

The difference is, that's it: a festival. For a weekend. In one park. Rose Festival is two long weeks, at least three parades, and this carnival (not to be confused with a festival in itself), fronted by a looming row of Navy and Coast Guard ships along the entire downtown seawall, where a potent mix of alcohol, sailors on shore leave, visitors from outlying areas who don't know how to drive or walk in an urban environment, petty crime...well, it's a potent mix, and not non-toxic, and it's pretty icky and archaic.

I have the "gentrification snob" argument with myself, and it wins.
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Say Unto Us Shibboleth
In Lower Manhattan, the tourists are the ones who want to find HEWston Street when, of course, it's HOWston Street.
Jun. 4th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Say Unto Us Shibboleth
Yes! That's the kind of thing exactly. It was always REALLY fun in Hawaii. You can imagine. "How do I get onto Kalanianaole Highway?"

Here, we've got two oddball street names downtown: Couch, pronounced Kootch, and Glisan, pronounced Gleason.

Funny things, cities and their histories. I shall remember what you say about Houston Street, if I should ever finally get to New York.
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: Say Unto Us Shibboleth
omg icon win forever and ever
Jun. 4th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: Say Unto Us Shibboleth
executrix has, bar none, the best set of crossover and punnish icons on the entire internet.
Jun. 4th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
I wondered how the Festival was affecting your ride. It's cool that you've seen it as an opportunity to change routine a bit. Has riding in more downtown traffic been scary? That's the part that would scare me, I think. str8ontilmornin manages it, obviously, but his commute is in the off-hours -- lunchtime on his way there, and late at night on the way back.

I heard that they shut down the carnival stuff yesterday because of the rain/mud pit effect, and it just made me cringe thinking about what it'll look like once everyone leaves and how long it'll take for the grass and everything to recover.

I love Fleet Week, but only because I love the chance to see ships go by from my front porch. That's never getting old. ;)
Jun. 4th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh, that part would be cool! You live in one of the most view-a-licious locations any city ever offered.

The fleet is fun to see, it's true. Riding downtown in the streets isn't scary, though--far from it. People who drive downtown are very used to bikes, and I've had no problems. Also, there really isn't very much car traffic downtown.

Pedestrians, on the other hand? From the 'burbs and places? Who come for the carnival? With their kids and their unruly dogs and their rented pedal-cars? Terrifyingly dangerous.
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