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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
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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.)

 

 

 

 

Headtalker Notes: i ate tiong bahru glassware project

My HeadTalker i ate tiong bahru glassware campaign is here.

My understanding of how HeadTalker works is this: someone who supports a HeadTalker campaign is agreeing to let HeadTalker, for only one time, post on his or her social media site.

In my case, if someone supports my HeadTalker project, a post will appear on his or her social media site on October 28, 2016 12:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The message, and a screenshot of the glassware project on Zingohub, that will appear is this:

"drinkers, art collectors, T-shirt wearers and book readers:welcome!https://hdtk.co/3DI6A"

That link goes to my crowdfunding campaign. My crowdfunding campaign is for an edition of glasses, "normal" glasses, T-shirts, books, ebooks and more, all related to i ate tiong bahru. My crowdfunding campaign is here.

To say this another way, someone who supports my HeadTalker campaign will automatically, and for one time only, have a post that tells people about my glassware crowdfunding campaign.... for which I will be very, very thankful!

Any questions, please ask...this is a first time for me, and I have researched carefully and I think the above sums it up. But yes, last time..If you support my Headtalker, they will, for one time only, make a post on your social media site for my glassware project. T H A N K S

If you are a writer or considering using HeadTalker, or a similar service called Thunderclap, you should read this great post by Steve Vernon.

Another excellent account of a user's experiences, this one by Paul Towers, on his Project:Startup Blog.

Deepavali at Galicier (the first of a two part excerpt from i ate tiong bahru)

i ate tiong bahru is a self-published book by artist/writer Stephen Black. Despite having received almost no support from governmental or media institutions, it has become a national bestseller and preparations are now underway for a second edition. The success of  i ate tiong bahru has been due to word of mouth and I am very grateful to those who have enjoyed iatb and told others. I apologize that the format of this post does not follow that of the book....

Dewali in Galicier

“Are you sure you want to do this?” she asks.

“Yes.”

The back room of Galicier, the pastry shop on Tiong Bahru Road. Rain taps the tin roof as Pricilia and I stand near the shiny, tube-like contraption.

“Ready?”

“Let’s do it!”

I lower my head slowly; I could be scalded. Pricilia quickly lifts the lid. Flavored steam rushes at me. My open mouth, my nose, my chin, my eyelids, even my forehead; all suddenly become one happy tastebud. I gulp the delicate, narcotic vapor. Immediately I become an angel in a heavenly cloud of butterscotch. I become a warm knife gliding over soft pancake butter and maple syrup. A streetlight in a tropical mist of caramel, a kite in a windy molasses sky. I am steamed gula melakka.

Pricilia smiles. “That is why I like making fuat kueh.”

Gula melakka thrills me. It’s organic – yes! Produced in the countryside, it allows people to develop their own businesses without moving to cities – yes! It’s full of vitamins – yes! It tastes great – double yes! Gula melakka is a traditional “medicinal sugar” in the Ayurvedic tradition and one of the world’s first spices. Long produced throughout Southeast Asia, gula melakka is known by many names, including jaggery, gur and palm sugar. The word ‘sugar’ is derived from the Sanskrit equivalent of gula melakka.

Strictly speaking, gula melakka is made only from the Palmyra palm. However, gula melakka is often made by small independent producers, each likely having a different production method. Some producers, for example, include refined sugar or add sap from other types of palm trees. Interestingly, the pure, fresh sap from the palmyra palm tree is also the basis for the alcoholic drink known as toddy.

The owner of Galicier, Mr. Y.S. Tan, grew up in a kampung where gula melakka was made. He often saw men quickly shimmy up trees to then slice and smash flowering buds with mallets. The men would then affix a “Mongolian pouch” or clay pot to the wounded buds and climb back down. The next morning the sap was collected, boiled and poured into bamboo tubes or glass molds. After the water vapor evaporated, the hard pieces of gula melakka were wrapped in paper and sold.

When Jenny was a child, gula melakka came wrapped in coconut leaves. Over eighty years ago, her grandfather, utilizing the skills he’d learned “from the Europeans,” set up a bakery named Ton Lok Wee. After he returned to Hainan, Jenny’s father took over the bakery. Mr. Tan began working for Jenny’s father in 1969, when he was eleven. Eventually, Tan Lok Wee closed, mainly because of the expansion of Orchard Road. When Mr. Tan decided to set up his own bakery, he had a partner: Jenny. The two were married thirty-three years ago.

Half of the people in Galicier gathered around me, trying to explain its Chinese name. To write something like ‘Ga-li- cier’ in Chinese, three characters are used: ka li jiaKa means something like ‘invitation to an event with the feeling of a wedding or family get-together’. Li could mean ‘power’ or ‘profit’ and jia means ‘family’ or ‘good’. Something like that. Mr. Tan also told me that Galicier is a city in Brazil.

On the wall behind the cash register, are two photos of Ton Lok Wee. The largest, a black and white street scene of Orchard Road, was taken in 1975. Behind the bakery is a wallsized advertisement for the “natural living color” of Setron TV. Also in the photo is the famous parking lot that, at night, became filled with food stalls, strings of lights and people eating and drinking, all surrounded by colonial architecture.

Jenny moves her finger over the photo, remembering the Cold Storage, the bottom of Emerald Hill Road, Centre- point and her father’s bakery. Taped onto the photograph’s white sky is a faded color photograph of Ton Lok Wee. In front of the bakery a young girl smiles at the camera. Her name is Soh Kee Soon and she’s Jenny’s eldest sister.

Soh Kee Soon is now seventy years old and sitting next to me. She is methodically cutting blocks of gula melakka; shaving and crumbling it. The shop uses as much as three kilos a day. The radio plays Madonna and Eighties dance music, but the rhythm of Galicier is the tapping of Soh Kee Soon’s knife against the cutting board.

(i ate tiong bahru on Amazon)