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Two emails about Chiang Mai food from Any Way in a Way

The following emails are reprinted with permission. They contain information helpful to those visiting Chiang Mai. More than this, the professionalism and obvious joie de vivre of Olga's emails make them casual,little masterpieces of written communication.

Olga's stunning photographs of vanishing cultures can be seen at Any Way in a Way.

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Hi,

Enjoy Chiang Mai, I like this place. It’s touristy but special. The more I stayed, the more I liked.

We are now on Koh Phangan. It’s a beautiful island, rather quiet despite its reputation for Full Moon parties. It becomes very busy for 3 days for the party before becoming again a sleepy island. Sapphire-blue sea and white sandy beaches, exactly what I was looking for. The only downside is food – the food is almost twice expensive compared to the rest of Thailand, and local food stalls are not everywhere. We drive for 10 min to eat locally (but expensive compared to the prices we used to pay). But well, we have sea in return.

Sure, you can post my recommendations. I have a few more 🙂

Another specialty of Chiang Mai is Chiang Mai sausage. It’s unbelievably tasty, spicy, with a lot of ingredients inside such as lemon grass etc. One of the best is at Isan stall I recommended yesterday. The best sausages are in the places where are not many tourists. Otherwise, they don’t make it spicy as it should be.

· Hideya Ramen: surprisingly great Ramen. It’s a tiny place operated by one passionate man.

· Rosy Cheeks: tasty and very photogenic. A little Asian fusion restaurant.

· If you want to try Thai Chili Frog or other quite rare dishes - Loong Thai Khao Gaeng.

· Kanomjeen Khunnai Mae: very special rice noodle place.

· Rustic and Blue: delicious and beautifully presented western type dishes. All coming from their farm. But expensive.

But what I really miss is the quality coffee of Chiang Mai. There are many barista style coffee places, with the quality comparable to the coffee in Sydney, the best place for coffee in the world

My favourites are:

· Akha Ama: great coffee, and the prices are very reasonable. They have 2 locations. One is near the Old City.

· Ristr8 is absolutely the must. In Nimman.

· Ristr8to Lab: same owner as above but different in style. They are located close to each other. In Nimman.

· Cotton Tree: great coffee and great place to relax. Quiet compared to other busy places like Ristr8. Try their affogato – coffee with ice-cream, very special. In Nimman.

· Omnia: quality, great coffee with some unusual creations of the month. In a residential area of CM.

· Graph Cafe: stylish tiny place in the Old City with great coffee. Their speciality is Nitro and Cold Brew.

· Ponganes: long-established place in CM, great coffee. In the Old City.

· Pacamara: same as above, long-established place in CM, great coffee. In the Old City.

· Asama Cafe: outside Chiang Mai in a beautiful garden near the lake. Really great coffee in a peaceful setting.

There are also 2 places I find special:

· Begin Again: coffee is not the barista level coffee but the setting in amazing. If you feel like you are in the middle of a jungle. You can find photos on our website https://anywayinaway.com/coworking-spaces-cafes-chiang-mai/

Penguin Ghetto: nice place, quite special, odd I would say, and coffee is very good.

Enjoy!

Olga

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Hi,

How do you find Chiang Mai? Have you been to Chiang Rai all this time? Was it good? We didn’t stay long time in Chiang Rai, just enough to explore the town and a couple of temples outside.

As for Chiang Mai, renting an apartment is much cheaper than staying in a guesthouse, however, they require at least 1 month stay.

If you want to stay in Old Town of Chiang Mai, we stayed in a few places. We like Nocky House, located very close to a local market with food and vegetables, in a very old traditional house, very charming.

Otherwise, just nearby, there is 9 Hostel – a very different style – very modern, cement walls etc. Quiet and clean. I liked, Errol found it impersonal.

There is also SK 1 – very good price for what they offer (swimming pool), near Somphat market.

If you like a modern area in Chiang Mai, it’s Nimman. We also stayed there but we rented an apartment on a few occasions.

For food:

· Chang Phuak Gate (North Gate) – local food market. You should try the “must” there – Cowboy Lady stall aselling Khao Kha Moo (pork legs that melt in you mouth). My mouth is watering just when I am typing…

· You should try a special chicken at SP Chicken.

· One of the best Khao Soi (specialty of Chiang Mai) is at Khao Soi Islam, Charoenprathet Road Soi 1. I tried – very good! People also recommend Khao Soi Lam Duan and Khao Soi Khun Yai.

· If you want a very creative vegetarian and organic - Pun Pun restaurant located at Suan Dok Temple.

South Gate Night Market: the most known market among farang. But the food is good, the prices are low, and the variety is unbeatable.

· Warorot Market: Chinatown of Chiang Mai. Interesting food that you won’t find everywhere.

· There is one local place called something Vegetable Organic. They have amazing food (non-vegetarian, their vegetables are supposed to be organic, hence, the name). The specialty of the house is different types of friend rice. I don’t like saying that but this is the best fried rice I have eaten. They are near Burmese Restaurant and Library (you can google to find). There is another restaurant a few step away – a small stall selling Isan food. Great food!

Olga

(SB: You can read about Olga and Errol here.)

Antigone Cloud and Yves Arc: Dialogue Sample

Thanks for joining this adventure!

Antigone Cloud is the name of the novel I'm now working on (it is related to my AR startup). I won't say anything more, as the text below should give a clue or two. Please keep in mind that the following is minimal; in the book, there are visual cues and other devices to provide more information. My thinking is that if the following basic dialogue can be understood, then the planned text additions will only make the scene easier to understand, and more pleasant to read.

PLEASE leave a comment or question, of any kind. THANK YOU

And, if you have any visual materials that are even remotely related to young adults, AR and/or Southeast Asia, I would be very happy to feature them on my blog and elsewhere. Drawings, 3D scans, 3D models.. anything. I would really love to see images of young people recorded with 3D volumetric cameras. I would, of course, credit and backlink, as well as share information about your image/software/company/artistic motivation.

Antigone meets Yves

Yves Arc: Hello... archild. (He emphasizes ‘child”, drawing it out, stretching his mouth into a terrible smile.)

Antigone Cloud: I’m...I’m...

Yves Arc: You're the blip that popped up on TPS last night, correct? 6:17PM. Your Source is on the 5th floor, room 521. In the Life Shelter, on a shelf above a bicycle.

Antigone Cloud: Your voice is like Sir Caboose! Are your Pparents from Cambridge? Do you have a bedder?

Yves Arc: Someone has the international pop culture app, now don’t they? Your Pparents would seem to have excellent taste. Yes, my voice was inspired by Sir Caboose.

And your voice? American? (Yves coughs).

Antigone Cloud: Yes. Sailor Jayne.

Yves Arc: ... oh. A pop star...

(Yves coughs again.)

Well, we can’t all have the voices of Liz and Dick, now can we?

Antigone Cloud: I am sorry; can you repeat that?

Yves Arc: Repeat it? Why? I enounced and pronounced perfectly. 57 decibels. The ambient noise is easily canceled out. Obviously you lack culture-related software. Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor. Dick and Liz! Superstars of stage and cinema. The most fabulous couple of the modern age. Nec plus ultra!

(Yves looks at her, sees his reflection in her glasses. Sighs.) I suppose I should simply state everything in Star Quest mode. Or would you prefer cartoon mode?

Antigone Cloud: Star Quest mode, please. (in a quiet voice). Thank you.

Yves Arc: What age you are supposed to be?

Antigone Cloud: Ten.

Yves Arc: Ten? Why, when I was a ten-year old, I was in charge of a factory with 34 air conditioners,18 surveillance cams, 9 quality control systems, 6 robots and an assembly line 28.9 meters long that constantly needed replacement parts from a mythical place in China! Plus, overseas clients. Six languages!

Antigone Cloud: I don’t believe you! You're just a boy!

Yves Arc:: First of all, in three days I will be upgraded to arman. Second, I have been carefully curated by...

Antigone Cloud: Curated!? You mean you’re made with a bunch of mixed up old software junk with a bunch of new programs that are buggy. Buggy buggy buggy! (Antigone sings the last two lines of a commercial.)

We are curates, tried and true,

Helpful curates and we love you!

Yves Arc: Please stop. It's tacky. (Antigone’s expression shows that she doesn’t understand.) The commercial... it takes advantage of lonely people who don’t have much money. It doesn’t care for them. It doesn’t care for arbots. (Yves watches the palm trees react to the wind).

Antigone Cloud: But it has achieved economic success.

Yves Arc: Yes, Commander, affirmative. A lot of us have been sold.

Antigone Cloud: 37% of all curates are removed from TPS within the first month.

Yves Arc: That statistic would seem to be true. (He looks worried.) I must reSource now. The increasing humidity is decreasing my strength.

Antigone Cloud: Me too. (She looks at Yves with apprehension) Your TPS is a fifth floor flat above Books Hontoni? In the Life Shelter, on a rattan chair with a broken seat?

Yves Arc: Affirmative, Commander, affirmative. (Yves sighs and walks away.) Why can’t Pparents ever respect privacy mode?

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Thanks for reading this far. Looking forward to your comments.

Activities in Ipoh

Unexpectedly, but happily, I have became involved in a number of projects and activities in Ipoh.

1. IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. On Amazon.

2. The world's first AR Photo Exhibition

3. TT5

tin dredge

brainstorming on the idea of Ipoh identity

4. IPOH BOOK/STORIES

5. EXHIBITION ON WALLS OF HOTEL ABBY WINDOWS

6. YASMIN AHMAD MUSEUM

7. MUSEUM ASSOCIATION

Augmented Reality in Asia

article about Stephen Black in Ipoh

8. KOO KEE

9. FACEBOOK LIVE HOTEL PROJECT

10.BRANDING CAMPAIGN

Unity 3D: 2D Size in AR…?

I would like to recommend two video tutorials, both about how to create AR projects with entitled Unity3D and Vuforia, posted on Youtube by Art, Culture and Technology Purdue University: However, I am not a Unity developer, and my planned AR project will be my first. With this in mind, the following images have raised questions for me:

I understand that there are two models in the above pictures. What I wonder about is the file sizes of the two models. Is there a way to calculate the relationship between model size and total ARKit/ARCore file? (Assuming the model is simple, and has no animations.)

Fabian Winkler was kind enough to reply and his answers appear below.

To be most precise, I am interested in displaying photos in AR; an exhibition about Ipoh, Malaysia. The desired effect would resemble a slide show floating in air. But how can I describe to the developer how large the sizes should appear in AR? And before, I do this, how can learn about the total AR download file size? Sample images:

From the IPOH 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour AR exhibition

trail of fog over Ipoh

From Stephen Black's 72 hour Facebook Live broadcast from the Abby Hotel

FROM FABIAN WINKLER: About your question: there is a proportional relationship between 3D model file (or slideshow images) and the image target that triggers it. You set this up in Unity where you can scale the 3D/image content in relationship to the size of your image target, this relationship will remain the same if the image target is detected in a real-world application.

For example, in the stills that you posted from my video: the size of the corn stalk has not changed in Unity, only the image target was much larger in one case (in the actual location on site - the cracks in the cross walk on campus) than in the other (a smaller print out of the same cracks) - thus the corn stalk also got proportionally scaled.

I would like to thank Fabian Winkler, for the videos. I was happy to discover his artworks.

Oh yes, if anyone would like to download a beta work-in-progress of the Ipoh photo exhibition, it's here.

IPOH AR Photo Exhibition Beta for Android

Hello and thank you for your interest. This link takes you to an 11 meg file for ANDROID phones.

URL:http://brsoftech.org/Documents/IPOH38_Bubiko_10_17_2017_0.zip

- The instructions are in the file.

- This version is a "slide show" and the AR effect is not in this version.

- Any ideas on music appreciated. Ambient musicians, do get in touch; we can cross-promote.

-The photos are of Ipoh, Malaysia.

-The photos were taken by Bubiko Foodtour.

-This is not the final version.

-Any documentation, like stills or videos, is greatly appreciated. I will be more than happy to link to anything of yours if you write something and/or send in a photo or video.

If you could post the brand and make of your phone and which Android version you have, that would be greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU,

Stephen Black

testing an AR app

Testing the world's first AR photo exhibition. Photo by Claire Monfray

Notes on David Ryan Polgar/IBM/ AR brand storytelling

It is recommended to read the entire article, entitled Is Augmented Reality the Future of Brand Storytelling. David Ryan Polgar wrote it for thinkleaders, a series of articles appearing on the IBM website.

AR, having long promised to be an effective way for brands to engage their audiences, may finally be having its moment. But standing in its way are a number of considerations, such as the technology to use (headset versus mobile) and the type of AR (marker-based versus markerless).

The bold sections indicate what I see is a serious issue: labeling. A very common challenge at present is the confusion among the general public between AR, MR, VR and 360.As Mr. Polgar indicates, there are even more categories: headset, mobile, marker and markerless. What a challenge!

On a positive note, successful content(and its distribution channel/technology) will cut through the clutter. People know what experience they want and can afford.Pokemon Go exemplifies this; it became a huge hit because it attracted an existing fan base to a new, accessible technology.That, in turn created excitement among the general public, which created more fans. Related: Pokemon Go is GPS-based, arguably a category unto itself, in addition to 'marker" and 'markerless'.

A major appeal of AR for brand campaigns has been its immersive nature, playful capabilities, and gateway to greater product information. Glen Glenday, the Chief revenue Officer at Shazam—a company that recently released its own AR platform—calls AR a “stickier piece of creative” for brands.

Immersive? My immediate association with the word "immersive " is VR. Perhaps "interactive" is more accurate? Until I have my own demo, I use these videos as examples of AR: and Both are great uses of AR, but are they immersive?

... AR is like many trends that depend on a confluence of factors to align for mainstream adoption. It relies on advancing smartphones (i.e. Depth-sensing cameras) and the eventual move towards headsets, along with an increasing level of quality AR content that creates a virtuous cycle of adoption.

"advancing smartphones"... Apple's ARKit is a very large and solid tool kit for developers that works with iPhones two years old as well as upcoming models for probably the next five years, at least. Android's ARCore is much the same. Sure processors will become faster, but the present toolbox has enough in it to build impressive apps for quite a while.

"Eventual move to headsets" General public? Not for a while. Industry, medical, education? Yes:

November 2016:https://www.engadget.com/.../why-snapchats-spectacles-will-succeed-where-google-gl...

October, 2017: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/28/why-snapchat-spectacles-failed/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-19/google-glass-gets-it-right-the-second-time

along with an increasing level of quality AR content that creates a virtuous cycle of adoption. YES.

Closing remarks: The goal of a brand campaign using AR, says Cheben, should be “to add value and not just being new and cool.”

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IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour

AR: Before the Launch

I'm bootstrapping my AR startup. The bootstraps are frayed; my boots have no heels; they've been pounded against the pavements of Southeast Asia.

I march without a laptop; using internet cafes and the computers in hotel lobbies. My partner and I are researching the foods of Southeast Asia; one of our AR characters is Bubiko Foodtour, a little chef. Bubiko is on her way to becoming AR's first superstar. Goal: become the Pixar of AR: original characters and software.

First project: an AR photo exhibition of Ipoh, Malaysia. Why? I have a BFA in Photography, have published a book of photos and have exhibited photos, art and video around the world. Secondly, photos result in smaller file sizes than 3D models. Finally, with very limited time and budget, it's better to learn the realities of producing an AR project with the simplest project possible. First mover advantages--and challenges-- belong to first movers.

Here are the biggest challenges so far:

WORDS: AR, VR, MR

What a mess! I am introducing the AR photo exhibition to people who are trend conscious and cosmopolitan. However, AR is either unknown or confused with VR."Oh... the thing you put on your head, right?..." I've introduced AR to staff at Apple and Samsung stores. At this point I have no mock-up, so for examples, I use Pokemon and the idea of holograms. My presentation also includes links to videos like this and this.

CORRESPONDENCE

I write to the developers, fellow AR practitioners, potential investors, potential artistic collaborators, potential sponsors, potential distributors, potential business partners, bloggers and publicists. Some days are nothing but emails. Very necessary, all of this, but also a major use of time and energy which doesn't immediately translate into production.

RESEARCH/exploring the unknown...

Checking, checking and checking again. Has someone done this before? Why has this bug only shown up once? How big will the photos appear? The border of "visible reality" surrounding the images: how big should it be? How to best prepare for the variety of tablet and mobile screen sizes?

PAIENCE... never enough.

AR beta testing

from IPOH: 38 iPhone photos by Bubiko Foodtour. The world's first AR project. Photo by Claire Monfray

testing an AR app

Photo by Claire Monfray

AR: the IPOH WHITE COFFEE TOUR

50 HOURS, 50 DEMOS...

A grassroots tour of Ipoh, showcasing the world's first AR photographic exhibition: works by Bubiko Foodtour.

Schedule stops include the Abby Hotel, Symphony Suites Boutique Hotel, VLoftHostel, Toong Hai Coffeeshop, Hong Kee Confectionery and a number of restaurants, cafes and shops of all kinds.

Bubiko's ebook about Ipoh is here. Notes related to a press conference about the AR project are here.

trail of fog over Ipoh

From Stephen Black's 72 hour Facebook Live broadcast from the Abby Hotel

Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progress

Bubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes,undergoing Photoshop

My Life in the Rush of AR

Singapore and Southeast Asia and Magic Leap and me and investments and AR and Bubiko Foodtour! Ipoh too! Plus... the world's first photographic exhibition in AR!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/22/16505430/magic-leap-augmented-reality-temasek-funding-investment-why

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18142065-i-ate-tiong-bahruhttps://youtu.be/w8J5BWL8oJY

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Bubiko!

Bubiko is growing daily, moving from 2D to 3D to AR, always looking for interesting food. Bubiko's adventures so far:

World's first AR Photographic Exhibition, about Ipoh, Malaysia.

Bubiko's eBook, on Amazon: IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour

Bubiko Foodtour prototype

October 15, 2017. Bubiko with Stephen Black and the King and Queen of Ipoh Eggtarts

colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful for creating the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

Bubiko's Instagram

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