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Detroit Startup Week 2019 (1 of 2)

#DETSW2019 , Detroit Startup Week 2019, was phenomenal; a community that I was honored to be part of. Not only a great collection of professional and enthusiastic DOERS, the event had the coolest background in the world: Motown, 2019 stylee...

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And, if you, or anyone you know, will be in San Francisco on June 28th, there is this: Tech in the Tenderloin. A great bunch of kids will be there. And, it will be the world premiere of Bubiko Foodtour, the flagship character of my AR startup. Oh yes, Novaby, a fantastic 3D model making company will be there, as well as Niantic, who made Pokemon Go and the just-released Harry Potter AR game! #whenharrymetbubi

Phil Kanaby at Altimetrik, as part of Detroit Startup Week 2019. The word on the street is that Altimetrik is soon going to be hosting a talk about augmented reality, a talk that will likely touch upon theoretical AR/AV mashups! (AR= augmented reality, AV =autonomous vehicles)

This is a story about the best musical experience I have ever had.(Even though I only stayed for the first two songs of the concert.)

James Chapman, the CEO and founder of Plain Sight, an app that helps like-minded entrepreneurs to connect. Plain Sight sponsored the extremely pleasant opening night networking event.
John Henry at Detroit Startup Week 2019! John Henry is the Hustler in Chief! Inspirational, personal and challenging, John Henry's talk and presence made strong impressions. The man is a DOER!
Bubiko will definitely watch this video: https://video.vice.com/en_us/video/hustle-mastering-the-art-of-the-viral-food-video/5c5e09b8be40776f07688dd3
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The next post will be going up within the next couple of days. Besides the excitement of Detroit Startup Week, I will share a photo or two from my FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE!

about Stephen Black

Old West End Festival Parade (part 2)

The first part of this post is here.

Lauri and Gary Justen, dressed in Edwardian attire.

More photographs of Toledo: 419ness

About Stephen Black

More information about the Old West End of Toledo

Old West End Festival Parade (part 1)

Photographs by Stephen Black of the 2019 Old West End Parade.

A collaboration between the sculptor Jack Wilson and Stephen Black can be found here. The project is an augmented reality artwork.

419ness is a collection of blog posts of photographs of Toledo.

abstract mobile artwork
Lake Erie Water Safety
large white house on a green lawn

Part 2 is here!
Stephen Black does a lot of things. His books are here.

Memorial Day Weekend

419ness

A collection of blog posts about Toledo, Ohio

The Maumee River

About Stephen Black

Stephen Black's books

Toledo: May 9, 2019

A black and white photograph of branches in spring.
woodgrain pattern
Wet cityscape
white blossoms on a tree

Huaqiangbei electronics market: street photography

Celebration of flowers, the color red and childhood.
A yellow robot
a package going to Peru
Futuristic Shenzhen
image of two men loading boxes
white round objects, black sweater
food scene in Huaqianbei
street life in China
working at night
individuals
red reflections, two men in motion
looking
a vibrant night in China
the design of love

A story about Huaqianbei is here.

Photographic documentation of an international drone competition in Shenzhen.

Stephen Black at SXSW 2019


I'm telling myself that this is a self-portraiture/conceptual art/writing exercise. I do not stand next to celebrities very often; almost never am I photographed with them. SXSW was incredibly brilliant (Cliche police! Arrest that man!), but it was also "very interesting" financially. If this post brings people to my blog and I can sell some books or connect with some funds for my AR startup and/or VR movies (here and here), then I guess this is OK. And if any galleries poke around this blog, that might be good.

OK?

OK.

I am listening to this. I discovered them because of Orions Belte. I knew nothing about OB before they walked onto the stage. The thrill of unexpectedly discovering a great live performance is extremely rare, at least for me. This is a very nice recording of Joe Frazier, but very different from what I experienced that night in Austin.... imagine being dragged to a karaoke night and discovering

Orions Belte with Stephen Black at SXSW 2019. Photo by Bubiko Foodtour.
OB on Bubiko's Instagram account

PS. FWIW: One afternoon at SXSW, I found myself in a nearly empty room with a business partner of Roger McNamee, who wrote a book about Facebook.

I gave McNamee's business partner one of the small goofy pieces of paper I was passing out during SXSW, said "Low tech, high art" and walked away. So there ya go.

Book Merah!
Carlos Trujillo
We met on the train, talked, went to his show that was part of a Columbian music showcase. Lucky, lucky. (His version of a Paul McCartney/Kraftwerk song!) More photos of Pablo and more on this SXSW music blog post.


Guy Kawasaki, hosting an event at the Mercedes Media Lounge. Complete surprise: the decision to attend SXSW was extremely last minute and the first day we had a basic schedule, but discovered many events by chance, like this one. Guy was also releasing a book, Wise Guy.
I thanked him for his work on his APE book, APE meaning Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, which I highly recommend to all independent writers.

Not only was SXSW life-changing, almost across from the Convention Center was the O. Henry Museum!
O. Henry is one of my favorite writers. One example: A Municipal Report.
Another favorite is about a painter who creates portraits that can reveal the soul of the sitter; he sees people in their "true light". I cannot find the name of the story at the moment.
That goofy paper again, this time held by David Mims. David bought a one way ticket: Detroit to Austin. Respect.
An interview in Japanese and in English can be found here.
Yes, I wore the same style Teeshirt all the time. Thanks to Jupmode and Philipp Aldrup and Stuart Rankin/Sixcat Studios! Number 5 on my list of things to do is get some of of these AR Ones tee shirts ready to sell. Message me if you'd like one. Oh yeah... this is Ollie (on the left).


Spontaneity/unpredictability/destiny/Southby synchronicity.. whatever you want to call it... The first night, we're exhausted. But still I am passing out the goofy pieces of paper. I see a guy using a phone on a stick; probably talking to a friend or it's a business call or something. I wait until he's done, then slip him the goofy piece of paper. EXCEPT that he is still talking to someone. I am embarrassed, pull away. Instead he waves me into the camera and asks me to say hi. Suddenly I am talking to two people in Korea-- two students who are studying VR filmmaking! I make VR films!
We talk about screen writing, and I mention my experiences with Robert McKee... and one of the students holds up the book on his desk: Story, by Robert McKee.
I say wow, everyone else says the Korean equivalent of wow. The man next to me,
Chui Shin is involved with a Korean VR festival.He gives me some bread as he is talking to the students and says "wow" a lot. He says I'm an angel; I say no but the students say yes. Anyway, I head toward the bathroom but come back one minute later... with an angel.

So, then, five minutes after the VR/angel incident...who comes by but Leonard Maltin, whom I do not know. But he's in a great mood and there is a friendly little crowd and we end up getting our photos taken with him. Only later did I learn who he is.

MUKASHI MUKASHI NIHON NI SUNDEMASHITA!


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So... for quite a few years, I have wanted to write about the cover of the Soldier album, by Iggy Pop. It is a gem, a stick of dynamite made of stencils and spray paint. He's wearing wild eyeliner and a tee shirt. Every time I searched for information related to that studio shot, the trail led to a video of Dogfood on Youtube. I write about photography; and that cover, shot in 1979, is spectacular on many levels: technique, the times and everything else. I wanted to research and do a blog post about it. I'd research this topic every few years.

So... we're standing on the corner on a beautiful Sunday morning, our plan being to go to the Samsung exhibition again. Mari Goround stops and points to a sign. It is a talk about "screens"(video here), with a collection of VR projects upstairs. The venue is the beautiful hotel right in front of us. We go in. It starts in five minutes. Open bar. We mingle. The speakers are all experts and I am excited that we have discovered this. It starts. One of the speakers, right off the bat, says his name and that he did the art direction for the Soldier album by Iggy Pop. His name is Alex McDowell. A very big deal in Hollywood (Minority Report, Fight Club +++) he is now BUILDING WORLDS. But yeah...Soldier.

Quiet and small in public, a huge force in my life: Sayuri Okayama

Stephen Black with Barry Black, Chief Scientist at Black Ranger Software.
We connected immediately, even before we discovered we share the same last name. Barry told me that he'd traced the history of the Blacks, and got as far back as Belgium. I looked at a basic genealogy map once, and saw that there are/were Blacks on both sides of the Irish Sea.
Regardless of my past, I am very thankful for the present, and excited about the future.

Stephen Black projects.

Recent Bubiko projects, including the MIT talk

I discovered the photographer who shot the cover of Soldier.

Cosplay at SXSW 2019

If you are interested in cosplay, you may like these photos from a Hong Kong event. camera: iPhone 6s.

enchantress
A charming woman whose name and character I did not get. If you happen to know her, or any of teh other cosplayers, kindly share this link with them. or just add the name of the character in the comments section. Thank you!

Information about the winners and judges here, at the SXSW page.

SXSW 2019 impressions: a photo gallery

spiritual angelic karaoke
Austin: a building reflecting clouds
Yawning man, women in kimonos SXSW night scene. Downtown Austin, Texas.
Triceratops mexican style

This photo gallery will soon be supplemented by posts about SXSW music experiences, food experience and tech experiences like AR, VR and gaming. Bubiko has some posts about SXSW on Instagram.

A bearded gentleman in Texas wearing a cowboy hat