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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)

Obama in Laos: an open letter to Barry of Speakeasy Recording Studios

Barry, Wow. You asked me to write about your experiences at Souphanouvong University  on September 7, the day that Obama hosted a town hall meeting that you almost attended. Although you have read a couple of my books, I don't think you know that the first book I wrote was about Obama. I started that book well before he was even nominated for the Presidency. When I went to Jakarta to research his childhood years there, no one knew he was. I had no idea he would become President, and to cover my bets, I started out writing a "safe" book, in which I used food as the basis for a biography. With an African father, a childhood in Hawaii, years in Indonesia and Chicago, as well as an awareness of gourmet food, the book would have attracted an audience even if his political  career flopped. The book was to be called Obama Jalan Jalan--I even had a cover made.stephen-black-obama-jalan-jalan-1 But then...Everything Happened. I felt that I had a chance--and an obligation, to use text to respond to one of the biggest, if not the biggest social vents in my lifetime. The food book became: Obama Search Words.osw-cover OSW was, most likely, the first ebook made in Singapore to be uploaded on Kindle. OSW is full of graphs and photos, which were "cutting edge" at the time, as 2008 Kindles were only set up for displaying text in greyscale. I have been lowly updating OSW  myself, meaning reformatting, which is now a pleasure thanks to Reedsy. I had been thinking of adding an afterword, something to conclude the book. I ended the book with an image of his Inauguration. So, to finally get to the point, your request has given me much to think about. Can't say too much more except that I am writing a little and thinking a lot. What is the deadline? Finally, this excerpt from Obama's speech leapt out at me: This is my 11th visit to Asia as President of the United States, but it's my first visit to Laos.  And in fact, I’m the first United States President ever to come here.  And with the kindness that you’ve shown me, I’m sure I will not be the last.  Other Presidents will want to come as well.  And I promise you I will come back when I'm no longer President.  (Applause.)  And the good thing about when I come back and I'm not President I won't have so much security.  (Laughter.)  And I can sit and relax and have some food, and I won't be so busy.    Thanks for asking me to write something Barry. May end up being two pieces, one for your newsletter, one to conclude the updated book.   Onward! SB PS..I do not know why the format of this is like it is... When I preview what I have written on this blog, it looks fine. Once I hit publish, however, all formatting seems to disappear. The photo used as a header for this post is from Reuters and is used without permission for noncommercial purposes. Barry Graham was in Laos doing sound recording for a movie project. The website for his company, Speakeasy, is here. Part of  the reason Barry was in Laos was because he worked on movies like this. And this.   <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x08uLnSryXs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>  

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2016  

DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

  In the morning, the President will tour the Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre, where he will meet with unexploded ordnance clearance teams and survivors of UXO blasts  This tour will be pooled press.   Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at the COPE Visitor Centre.  These remarks will be pooled press.   Afterward, the President will depart Vientiane, Laos and travel to Luang Prabang, Laos. The departure from Wattay International Airport and the arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport will be open to pre-credentialed media.   In the afternoon, the President will tour Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist Temple.  This tour will be pooled press.   Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall at the Souphanouvong University Auditorium in Luang Prabang, Laos. This town hall is open to pre-credentialed media.   Afterward, the President will depart Luang Prabang, Laos and travel to Vientiane, Laos. The departure from Luang Prabang International Airport and the arrival at Wattay International Airport will be open to pre-credentialed media.   In the evening, the President will participate in an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gala dinner hosted by Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos.  There will be a pool spray at the top of this dinner.   The President will remain overnight in Laos.   Out-of-Town Travel Pool Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP TV Corr & Crew: NBC Print: Wall Street Journal   ICT   10:20AM        THE PRESIDENT tours the COPE Visitor Centre Vientiane, Laos Pooled Press   10:50AM        THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks COPE Visitor Centre, Vientiane, Laos Pooled Press   11:20AM        THE PRESIDENT departs Vientiane, Laos en route Luang Prabang, Laos Wattay International Airport Open to Pre-Credentialed Media   12:05PM         THE PRESIDENT arrives Luang Prabang, Laos Luang Prabang International Airport Open to Pre-Credentialed Media   12:30PM         THE PRESIDENT tours Wat Xieng Thong Buddhist Temple Luang Prabang, Laos Pooled Press   2:35PM           THE PRESIDENT holds a YSEALI town hall Souphanouvong University, Luang Prabang, Laos Open to Pre-Credentialed Media   4:25PM           THE PRESIDENT departs Luang Prabang, Laos en route Vientiane, Laos Luang Prabang International Airport Open to Pre-Credentialed Media   5:10PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives Vientiane, Laos Wattay International Airport Open to Pre-Credentialed Media   8:00PM           THE PRESIDENT participates in an ASEAN gala dinner hosted by Prime Minister Sisoulith of Laos National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos Pool Spray at the Top  

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For Biblioklept’s 10th Blogiversary, Ten Sets of Ten Somethings — Discover

No, I didn't write this. Wish I did. First time to share, using a new WordPress upgrade...  
In 2016, Biblioklept — one of the best book blogs out there — celebrates ten years of quality reviews, interviews, and features.
via For Biblioklept’s 10th Blogiversary, Ten Sets of Ten Somethings — Discover

What Should The New York Times Sound Like?

N Y T I M E S A U D I O   (the image was found on imgur and I am trying to determine who is the owner in order to properly give credit and receive permission to use it)

Bali Wave Ghost Bike Karma Crowdfunding

SHORT VERSION: Because of some very good comments and feedback, I am thinking of crowdfunding Bali Wave Ghost, my novel. The proceeds would go to replace a bike that was stolen while in my possession. I, um...am not now in a position to replace it. Crowdfunding can save the day! LONG VERSION: OK, I messed up.No excuse; I was simply not thinking... Because of that that there was unease, friction and the possibility of a lot of negativity. Despite being in a situation which was negative on many levels, I remained positive. Quiet, but positive. In my darkness, a light appeared, first on the computer screen, then in a coffee shop. A wave of calm hope appeared and a sense of determination manifested itself.. In other words, I spaced out and left the keys in a motorbike the day of the Ubud market fire. The bike is gone.I am worse than broke because I only have been working on my book called Bali Wave Ghost. A bridge of hope and understanding was built by a guy who drank a Bintang! Like I told him,I just launched the ebook version and was preparing to now find work as a photographer, videomaker or writer. I'm finally ready to at least partially reverse my financial situation. But the bike needs to be replaced asap. Back to Bali Wave Ghost: Today, on Facebook,I posted the news about the free ebook giveaway and the response has been unbelievably good. I set a record number of views and Amazon says about 100 people have downloaded my books... SO everything is on track. EXCEPT... the books are free and the bike needs to be replaced. BOTTOM LINE: because of the positive response on Facebook, I am thinking of crowdfunding. Bike gets replaced, people get a great book at a discount. The situation would set up so that the cost of a new bike is covered. If the crowdfunding goal is exceeded, the full amount of that excess goes to charity.Thoughts? Please leave your name in the comments section if you would like to get a copy of Bali Wave Ghost by crowdfunding. If I feel that there is enough support, I will try my hardest to make the project a success.