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Bubiko Update!

Bubiko, a little chef from Thailand, looking at a sign and thinking.
Bubiko Foodtour is looking up!

2019 is moving forward for Bubiko and her team! Huge thanks to Ken at UARExplorer and Julia at Novaby, the makers of amazing 3D models.

Image from game demo by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey.

Presenting at ARIA at MIT

...and soon, thanks to VIKRANT MUTHUSAMY

and ALEXANDRA SMITH.....Bubiko will be able to sing!

Vikrant is a very talented musician. Alex is a gift: so perfect for this project, it seems like destiny. Alex is classically trained in opera and she often works as a Disney Princess, singing children's songs!

Stayed tuned for more Bubiko excitement!

onwARd!

SB

Rochester, New York: the ARphabet Tour

 What I hope to do in Rochester. Thanks in advance for any ideas on where I can make presentations. If your company is looking for grassroots level exposure in North America, get in touch, especially if your product involves AR.

The ARphabet Tour is described here.

My startup ideas are here.

TO DO LIST

Make presentations about the art, science and business of AR. Venues I must contact: RIT, U of R, Visual Studies Workshop, House of Guitars... art spaces and galleries.

Do readings from my books.
Bookshops, libraries, galleries?

Conduct writing workshops Privately and in schools

Russ Lunn: Video collaboration,  check the No Se No tapes

Vuzix/Waking App research

 Kodak's position on the Reflex, a 35mm film camera?

See if Marcel is in town regarding: Speak-see.com and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Stroll past what used to be Scorgies.

See what is up with Margaret Explosion and the art of Paul Dodd

The ARphabet Tour idea is new, but  already I have to thank the following for their support:

T40GROUP provides services that allow their clients to confidently source and purchase wholesale goods from China. In addition to working with their proven partners, T40GROUP conducts product testing, 
background checks, on-site checking of factories/production areas and provides logistics. T40GROUP.com Thank you John and MJ!

If you want to get products made in China, or need a workspace/technical support when you are in Shenzhen.. get in touch with Troublemaker!

Book Merah: publishers of Stephen Black's books.

10 Trial Balloon Sentences

A project is forming; for now...

  1. The musical similarities between Love Me Tender and O Tannenbaum. 
  2. Maybe I should have been nicer to him.
  3. 9:30: rats, great champagne and a column on the stage.
  4. Money Changes Everything. A million hugs and all that.
  5. A painting of Daniel Webster was in the blast; his face became papery fragments that were later picked from the rubble with tweezers.
  6. No millionaires in the front row, no video screens anywhere.
  7. Thursday Afternoon, computer keyboard noises, and doors that bang shut; the elements composing the musical theme of this subterranean, very air-conditioned concrete room.
  8. The Dragon Cafe is surprisingly expensive: the raisin roll was $HK11, compared to the nearby Pie and Tart shop, which charges $HK18 for a huge lemon raisin roll and a cup of yuangyang.
  9. A perfect note, ten seconds long, and sung from a garbage can. 
  10. Woodstock.
Money Changes Everything
zashi no namae? writer wa?

STORE grand opening HK Poly U part 2

STORE grand opening HK Poly U part 2

Event information here.     More photos here. 

Penang Christmas 24 hour food documentation part 3

Part 1 is here.

19 Crimes AR: the artwork of the millennium (Viva la ARPOP!)

19 Crimes has created the most relevant artwork of the millenium. With it, ARPOP is born. Ponder its relationship with:

- Rembrandt, Dodd, Warhol, and Anderson

- the legacy of black and white photography

- the world becoming MOMA

- the innovations of VR artists

- the act of viewing. AR can become a form of performance art on a private, intimate level

- cinema!

- a companion piece: Duchamp's urinal.

- the "lighthouses"(galleries, theatres and museums) that are no longer the dominant guides for social and cultural navigation. AR, GPS and social media, viewed on glowing phones and tablets, are replacing ivory towers. Decentralization is the future. 19 Crimes exemplifies the future of art.

-ARPOP is born.

I will be discussing ARPOP at ECHA this weekend:

Check Stephen Black on Facebook for details on live broadcasts.

The ARt School Project

The ARt School (an example for discussion and learning)

An art school sets up a web based app. The school is not concerned with showing up in search or reaching anyone besides its students. The school and its students are happy that there are no downloads. The app allows one jpeg of a painting to be shown in AR.

One day, a teacher records a 10 minute video of herself talking about the painting's technical aspects and history. The app is capable of showing this video and the jpeg at the same time. A student creates a sculpture inspired by the painting. A Unity version of the sculpture is created, and the app shows this sculpture, the video and the original jpeg.

Choreographers, working with musicians and students specializing in Unity and 3D motion, create a short AR dance piece full of leaps and spinning. The app can handle the performance of the eight CG models...

The app can do all of these things and information is shared and everyone lives happily ever after.

I am planning an AR startup. The file size issue is a huge challenge. In the story about the school, the line about "no downloads" is probably incorrect.... or is it? We can watch movies on youtube without downloading them...

Is there any way to avoid heavy downloads for AR? I know technology will improve, but for now it seems like what I want to do could easily be 100 megs, likely much, much more. I have been researching how to "eliminate" file size, but have not yet found anything directly related to AR and progressive web apps... Finally, although I am extremely interested in programming and computer languages, I have only superficial knowledge about them.

Yes, I know about ARKit and ARCore, but have no experience with them yet. It would seem that they automatically must utilize the Apple/Google platforms. Plus, I am researching Vuforia, Wikitude and anything else that I discover.

Thank you for your time and comments.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

Here are some excellent posts related to Progresssive Web Apps:

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-Progressive-Web-Apps-over-Native-Apps by Alex Russel, Google employee

https://whatwebcando.today/

https://medium.com/javascript-scene/native-apps-are-doomed-ac397148a2c0

https://hackernoon.com/the-wisdom-of-the-crowd-c7aff954bd5f

IPOH SING: New works by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

Visual art, video art, haiku and photographs of Tiong Bahru Singapore and Ipoh, Malaysia. Stephen Black: artist, producer, author of the bestselling book, i ate tiong bahru. Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first indie superstar! Aroi mak mak!

Tiong Bahru Mouth by Stephen Black

Ipoh in August by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

This post is a response to the Singapore/Ipoh Causeway Exchange Project

https://www.facebook.com/tiongbahrumouthhaiku/

i ate tiong bahru

Support:

KooKee

Abby Hotel

22 Hale Street Heritage Museum

Stephen Black is now completing an ebook of visual imagery called iPoh, iPhone. If you would like a free copy, send a reason why to bubikofoodtour atmark gmail.com. Bubiko is on Facebook.

The Tiong Bahru Poster

Hi... Info about the Tiong Bahru-themed poster that I am crowdfunding. The crowdfunding campaign is on Zingohub, here. Zingohub is where I successfully launched the i ate tiong bahru glassware campaign. (i ate tiong bahru is the name of a book I wrote.) The poster will also urge people to look at a Facebook page, a twitter account and my blog.
  • the size, layout, colors and number of photos in the final version will be different than the sample above.
  • if you would like your selfie or photo of Tiong Bahru  to be in the poster, get in touch now!
  • This campaign is for the design of the poster.Posters will be printed for particiapants, but unless there is a large amount of money received, this campaign does not include printing a large number of posters. I do plan to print many posters, but for the moment, there are too many unknowns to plan accurately
If you would like to see the mockup in person, I will be at MAAD on Friday, and in the Tiong Bahru Market from 7AM to 2PM on Saturday. I will be in the Tiong Bahru Flea Market on Sunday morning and after that will be in the market, near the escalators. Thanks for checking this out! See you in Tiong Bahru! Onward! Stephen Black PS I do a lot of things like art, VR, photography and video. This link takes you to info about my books. I have lived in Singapore since 2002 and lived in Tiong Bahru for three years. I come back as often as I can and am doing a number of projects about my experiences in the "mouth" of Tiong Bahru. Follow this blog if you would like to be updated. Also, if you like haikus, you may be interested in this. This is a placeholder...to be filled in soon.  
The photo about black and white carrot cake is from Kampung Carrot Cake. Stall number 02-53
 https://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.com/.../best-carrot-cake.../
http://www.sgfoodonfoot.com/2015/11/kampong-carrot-cake-tiong-bahru-market.html

the Tiong Bahru Poster Adventure (your selfie here…)

Hi. My name is Stephen Black and I am crowdfunding a campaign to make a poster about Tiong Bahru. A brief bio of me can be found at the bottom of this post. This is an adventure, because I know where I want to go, but I do not know who will come with me nor do I know exactly how we will get there. For example, many people may send in photos or selfies and some of their images may be large on the final poster, some may be small. The poster adventure begins with this "protodesign". tiongbahruposter_fa-2 Again, this is only a starting point. The squares you see are (presently) 3 x 3 centimeters and the poster is A2, which is 42 x 60 cm. Other points to be aware of are:
  • the images are NOT color corrected. Color correcting takes time and not all of these images may continue to the final version. Very likely, the final version will include some photos that are black and white, though they were originally in color.
  • the final design will be unique, but will reference Art Deco, Chinese calligraphy, food magazines, contemporary design and "retro" TB. Aiming for a "visual kampung" where all of these styles can be independent yet part of a community.
  • Monkey God and Hungry Ghost images will appear!
  • Next mock-up will include food porn!
  • Next mock-up will include a few selfies-hopefully yours!
The crowdfunding campaign is on Zingo, here. Zingohub is where I successfully launched the i ate tiong bahru glassware campaign. (i ate tiong bahru is the name of a book I wrote.) So that's all for now. To review:
  • the size, layout, colors and number of photos in the final version will be different than the sample above.
  • if you would like your selfie or photo of Tiong Bahru  to be in the poster, get in touch now!
  • This campaign is for the design of the poster.Posters will be printed for particiapants, but unless there is a large amount of money received, this campaign does not include printing a large number of posters. I do plan to print many posters, but for the moment, there are too many unknowns to plan accurately
If you would like to see the mockup in person, I will be at MAAD on Friday, and in the Tiong Bahru Market from 7AM to 2PM on Saturday. I will be in the Tiong Bahru Flea Market on Sunday morning and after that will be in the market, near the escalators. Thanks for checking this out! See you in Tiong Bahru! Onward! Stephen Black PS I do a lot of things like art, VR, photography and video. This link takes you to info about my books. I have lived in Singapore since 2002 and lived in Tiong Bahru for three years. I come back as often as I can and am doing a number of projects about my experiences in the "mouth" of Tiong Bahru. Follow this blog if you would like to be updated. Also, if you like haikus, you may be interested in this.
  • PSS  Are you a designer? This campaign includes a budget for design! If you would like to be considered as a designer for the final version, get in touch. If you are selected, it would work like this: I would give you a very well-prepared brief. We discuss. Then, off you go.
I am extremely grateful to Phillipp Aldrup for participating in the adventure, in the "proto-design" part of this project. (We became almost completely naked on the day we made the mock-up, but that is another story.)