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.
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Stephen Black: This post is a breakdown of my experiences with AR/VR/Spatial Computing. It starts with 2002, though I received a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology well before that.
Before 2002, I lived in Tokyo, Manhattan, Paris and Hong Kong, and worked in network TV, fine arts, photography and music. A fuller biography can be found here. But AR is the topic of this post...
2002-2007. In Singapore I worked as a creative director for a 3D game making company that was also doing something like Youtube,-- but three years before Youtube. Although I was not a developer, I learned a great deal about spatial computing, and taught 3D gamemaking in Singapore, including classes at the Singapore Science Center. It was during this time, that David Severn and I developed the Secret Donut World characters.
2007- 2014 Singapore/Bali: wrote novels, including a bestseller, was involved with 3how and researched VR and AR.
2014 SPOKEN, with Eugene Soh; a curation of a wide range of artists.
2014 The Oculus signaled the emergence of VR, and I began notes for a book about VR cinematography.
2015 In Singapore, a chance meeting with Ender Jiang, the founder of Hiverlab, resulted in the opportunity to make my first 360 film. Ender provided me with technical support and creative freedom and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. The resulting film, Beach Road, featured a soundtrack by Bani Haykal and Chen Yi Qi, and was selected as a demo VR film in the Hybrid Arcade session of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival in November 2015, and was nominated as the Best Experimental VR Film in the VR Fest Las Vegas 2016. It was also fetured in a VR film festival at the Singapore national Museum. Beach Road was receiving a healthy number of views and comments before a technical change in Google Play took it off. At the time of this writing, Beach Road is on Veer and has received almost 5000 views.
2016 The year began with discussing a VR startup idea with VCs in Singapore. Though the discussions went well, the lack of a prototype slowed things down. Shortly after, the release of ARCore and ARKit resulted in a halt to VR the possibilities of AR were assessed.
By April, AR had become the focus and the decision was made to become the "Pixar of AR": original characters, stories and software. With Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour was originated.
2018 A presentation about AR was given at Sasin School of Business in Bangkok, later followed by two presentations and two workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, all at 80% capacity or higher.
2018Lotus Mountain, a 360 film was shot and post production began including VR art contributions from Scobot and a soundtrack by Rei Shimizu. The film is at least 80% done and finishing funds are now being searched for. Lotus Mountain was supported by Kando, and 8K Obsidians were used for most of the shooting. Noted Chinese VR filmmaker Leo Wei co-directed and produced.
Bubiko at the Rise festival in HK
Hong Kong Comicon
2018 Cross-promotional and development partnership with Six Cats Studios (HK), focusing on their original IPs, Ollie and Charlie.
2018 Presentations in Shenzhen, including Le Wagon and Tech Crunch Shenzhen.
"a truly enjoyable reading, between a memoir and a travel diary in which one can easily recognize fragments of oneself.
- Carla Bonollo, whose Italian language blog can be found here.
Furikake is the Japanese word for the spices and ingredients sprinkled upon rice. It is one of my favorite foods, and in Clementi, i ate it often. I wrote this while I was living in the Clementi is an area of Singapore, and, for about two years, my three room apartment there was extremely cheap. More importantly, I became very good friends with a group who represented the diversity and tolerance of Singapore. In i ate tiong bahru, there is a short story about the day we met at an Indian temple for the memorial service of one of our group.
Clementi was close to the water and a park. There were great places to eat. Clementi is where I met Joe the Diver, who not only became a great friend, but also joined 3how on stage several times. Here is a story about one of those times.
At the i ate tiong bahru launch party, Joe sang a song...
Furikake was a challenge to write, for a few reasons. Ebooks were very new at the time. Amazon had just released the Kindle, but the take up in Singapore was very slow; if I remember correctly it was not possible to buy ebooks in Singapore at the time. And, of course, my writing style and topics are not exactly mainstream. Unkown writer, unknown publisher. Furikake was a commitment to the art and craft of writing; despite the odds against success.
PS There is a blog post with more excepts from Furikake. the formatting is strange, so I am not linking to it, but it can easily be found. The post also explains why Furikake once had the ugliest cover on Amazon.
From Wikipedia: In Practical English Usage, Michael Swan defines a discourse marker as "a word or expression which shows the connection between what is being said and the wider context". For him, a discourse marker is something that either connects a sentence to what comes before or after, or indicates a speaker's attitude to what he is saying. He gives three examples: on the other hand; frankly; as a matter of fact. Ian McCormick's The Art of Connection outlines nine classes of connectives based on their purpose:
to provide a sense of where something is in relation to something else;
to supply a sense of when something is happening;
to compare two ideas and express similarities;
to contrast ideas English provides many examples to signal the notion of difference;
to present additional or supplementary ideas;
to indicate that a point in a discussion has been conceded or already taken into account;
to demonstrate a sense of logical sequence;
to offer an illustration or an example;
to deliver a summary of the ideas discussed.
McCormick points out that "FANBOYS" is mnemonic to recall co-ordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
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The squawking stopped when the door opened. The biggest crow stared with its mouth open, then hopped in. It saw a grain of rice on the floor; it ate it. Two males walked closer, then flapped their wings to get inside.
Seven loud crows are now in the car. There are no more grains of rice. The door closes. The car’s voice sounds like a smiling British actress, "Good morning! Where shall we go today?” Beaks become fast yellow scissors, cutting the air into shrill shreds of anger, hunger and fear. The car drives off.
At the border, the scanners, scales and sensors work perfectly: the car is determined to be empty. The car heads towards Kallang.
Fortississimo: Caw! Caw! Caw!
The crows' fury, the driver's perfection: Singapore.
red dot SAD is a collection of stories, essays and images created during Stephen Black's fifteen years in Southeast Asia, mainly in Singapore. An American who has also lived in Tokyo, Manhattan, Hong Kong and Paris, the book documents a creative life that knows no boundaries.
Topics include virtual reality, performance art, network television, food, music, photography, and art projects of all kinds. Physical locations range from an abandoned "haunted" hotel to facilities stacked with IT machinery, from wet markets and beaches to construction sites, the Singapore Biennale, and government built housing complexes. For those interested in Singapore and anyone who enjoys visual arts and well-researched, dynamic writing.
red dot SAD is also an experiment. Presently the book is about 150 pages. Eventually the book will be printed on paper. Those who buy the earlier editions of the ebook receive the updated versions free of charge. For more information on how red dot SAD is re-inventing Amazon and crowdfunding, click here.