Yes quarantine has produced an outpouring of little, home movie-meets-hi-tech video sketches. This one is about carrot cake, one of my mom's specialties.
Photos of the world's best piece of carrot cake are here.
My mom's recipe began with a prizewinning recipe she saw in the newspaper "a few years ago". Since then she has made a few subtle but magical changes. One of these days we will likely do some kind of recipe project..maybe this will be in it.
In the video I mention that in Southeast Asia, "carrot cake" is a very delicious, but very different thing. The 'carrot' in SE Asian carrot cake is actually a white radish (something like what the Japanese call 'daikon'). It is fried with flavorings. Traditionally it is served on banana leaves,
Here is an interview with Mr. Boo, from Kampong Carrot Cake in Tiong Bahru, Singapore. I have eaten his carrot cake many times, and I have interviewed him for the sequel to i ate tiong bahru.
So, yes there are two very different foods that share the name of "carrot cake", and I am very fortunate to know master chefs of both!
I am reading the first part of a short story called 'Dewali at Galicier'. Dewali is the name of an important celebration in India, one that celebrates Light. Galicier is one of my favorite places in the world, not just because of the incredible pastries. I used to live nearby and have all kinds of pleasant memories of Galicier. Looking forward to getting back soon!
The story is about the time I spent Deepavali at Galicier, from opening to closing.
Gula Malaka is one of the many names for palm sugar. Gula malaka is used in nearly every Peranakan dessert.
Lately, musicians are going on the web to entertain, to give hope and, understandably, to make some money.
With Tenten, I am doing something like that. I would be surprised if I sell any books or music. This is mostly about connecting with old friends and making new ones. My hope is that I can provide twenty minutes of positive thoughts and energy every day.
I will be prepared before every program, and will not waste anyone's time. Stories for programs are always welcome. Planned topics include art, Asia, augmented reality, writing, photography and video.
If this goes well, I would think about how to upgrade the show technically. This would allow me to show photos, videos, links and do interviews. For now, videos and images will be supported by links on this blog.
In this, the first broadcast, I mentioned the following:
Bubiko Foodtour on Instagram. Search for Bubiko on this blog to find out more about her, including her guide to Augmented Reality.
3how was a dynamic improvisational music performance project in Singapore, co-founded by myself and Amith Narayan, whose projects include The Unseen Guest and The Silent State. 3how's CD is here. A blog post+video about 3how is here.
AR technology adds digital information to reality. This digital information can be seen by using a phone, tablet or AR headgear. The Hololens headset, by Microsoft, is used in industrial, medical, educational and military uses.
Here is an example of AR, from an American football game:
Hello. Stephen Black here. This is my personal, self-initiated, self-funded and unofficial project to create accurate and simplified definitions about GeoPose. I am doing this because:
I do (worldwide) presentations about AR, and need to be able to explain GeoPose clearly, and with technical accuracy. Short definitions increase comprehension, work well on Powerpoint, and save speaking time for other topics.
GeoPose and AR are topics for journalists, bloggers and reporters, not all of whom have technical backgrounds. Clear and simple definitions allow for the maximum flow of accurate information.
Although my ultimate goal is to create AR experiences/produce AR apps, I am now an AR educator/evangelist: speaking mainly to general audiences. It is clear that AR is not easily understood. GeoPost will be easy to use, but, for now, the concept will likely be intimidating to many people.
English is not always the first language within the tech community.
I'm a writer: I like using the fewest words to create most results.
So... all comments are welcome, and needed. By the time I give my presentation at ARIA/The MIT Media Lab, I hope to present the following ideas with the input and approval of those who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
Of course , once the following are clear, I hope the information can be shared by anyone, anywhere. I will also include the information in my ebook guide to AR project, which is updated as often as possible.
Thank you for your time and attention to this.
Please comment upon the italicized sentence. Thank you.
stephen black will be giving presentations in Toledo OH, MIT and elsewhere. Details here.
A TEAM OF HACKERS, MINUTES AFTER A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE. Their mission: study car navigation usage to identify surviving roads, and the traffic upon them. Location: Tokyo, immediately after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. The team: members from Toyota, Honda and Nissan; the first time in history the car manufacturers worked together.
This was one of the pieces of information shared by an attendee of my presentation about Autonomous Vehicles and AR. The point of the Japanese automaker story was to illustrate the powerful advantages of interoperable standards. For AR to reach its full potential, AR service providers like Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and others must agree upon standards that are interoperable and respectful of privacy. In other words, a GeoPose standard must be established.
GeoPose is a term given to a 6DoF geospatial reference or link of an object (physical or digital) to the real world. It can be used to anything from visual positioning systems for AR to self driving cars or flying drones. As URL are vital to the internet, GeoPose will be to AR and real-world spatial computing.
GeoPose is a part of a larger vision for an Open Spatial Computing Platform (OSCP) inspired by the web, but for the era of real-world spatial computing.
At the bottom of this post is an update from Jan-Erik Vinje, regarding the recent activities of the OGC GeoPose Standards Working Group.
Imagine an eight story industrial building which houses 20 large workshops, six of which belong to one company and two workshops are shared by all. Question: will each company have an independent AR guidance system? Will visitors have to switch AR apps when going from one workshop to another? Will inventory suppliers have to download apps for the building and for each workshop? Will repair and maintenance crews have access to one AR system that shows wiring, water, conduits, etc? In emergencies, will fire fighters, police and first responders be able to use one system that indicates where all occupants are, where all combustibles are, where the fire escapes are?
There are countless reasons why GeoPose should be standardized, but emergency responses, medical and traffic regulation are the most obvious. On my website are three posts regarding GeoPose, my ”favorite” being one on the difference between GeopPose and GPS. I am very appreciative of the time and thoughtful explanations of the Open Augmented Reality Cloud team, especially Jan-Erik Vinje, OARC’s managing director.
OARC is a volunteer-run dynamic group who are now working on how to create GeoPose standards that are open to all. If you are serious about AR, please consider joining OARC.
The talk popped from topic to topic, driven by audience questions and observations, with videos providing starting points.
There was one thing I forgot to mention in the presentation: Bubiko Foodtour’s Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality. ARPost wrote this about it:
There’s a great ebook out there that’ll introduce you to all the jargon you need. Whether you want to understand an article better, contribute more to a conversation, or start developing with AR technology, this is a good place to start.
The guide will be updated periodically. I have started the second edition, and after the MIT symposium I will update it again. Those who have the first edition will get a free version of the second, as well as all future updates.
Thanks to all those who have bought the first edition (please leave a review :). I am self-funded, have no sponsors and, so far, only one paid speaking engagement. Your purchase really helps.
The kick-off meeting had participants from across the geospatial industry, government, academia, NGO’s and large corporations like Google. It is important to note that the GeoPose standard, although an initiative from Open AR Cloud, is not being primarily going to be developed inside of Open AR Cloud, but rather in a leading standards body of the geospatial sector.
From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.
Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.
Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.
Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:
This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.
Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.
I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.