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Cupping Steve’s Wild Coffee (part 2)

part 1 is here..

Boss: "Fruit. Westerners eat different fruit than Thai people. So when a coffee description in English mentions the name of a fruit, it doesn't always immediately register."

This is the second statement Boss said after he took his first sip of medium roasted SWC. "Apricot" was the first.

female barista

Neung, from Once Cafe in Chiang Rai, cupping Steve's Wild Coffee.

Then, with Neung, we began a discussion on the many variables related to describing the taste of coffee. The individual's sensitivity, cultural background and coffee-tasting experience for example. How do different machines affect the taste? The water? The weather? The soil, weather and growing conditions are constantly changing; how does a plant respond? It was only after Boss mentioned the word "apricot' that I became aware of the trace of tangy sweetness that he was referring to. And, after some thought, I think a young chiku fruit, not yet sweet, would be a solid comparison.
Coffee beans on a plate

Beans on a plate on a blue and white patterned cloth.

The bottom line for the SWC Medium roasted, for this cupping, is that the texture is smooth and there is a slightly tannin taste as well as a hint of apricot. It is a flavorful drink by itself. Adding milk would likely mask this coffee's subtleties. We discovered peaberry beans among the flatbeans and this was a nice surprise! Peaberry, especially from northern Thailand is recognized as a quality bean.

The SWC dark roast was very similar to the medium roast, but with an additional taste resulting from a longer roasting time. The taste sensation, like so many, is difficult to describe."Burnt" strikes me as being too strong of a word. The flavor is not really "smoky", either. Well-roasted is a phrase that could be used, but it does not contain any specific description of taste. The beans look like smooth glossy stones, and this is because the roasting process brought some of the oil to the surface. An excellent post about roasting is here, on The National Coffee Association USA website.

The last version of SWC we cupped was a mix of 80% dark with 20 percent of an extended roast. The beans were dark and oily, as more oil was brought out because of the longer roasting time.

It tasted energetic to me, a little bit "burnt", a little bit fruity, a smooth but "buzzy taste"; energetic. This latte was made from the 80/20 blend and it was pretty gosh darn good.

Latte Art

Created by Neung, at Once Cafe, Chiang Rai

I will need sometime to think about the short description for SWC. Having no experience, I can't really judge things like Dry Fragrance, Wet Aroma,Flavor, Finish, Acidity, and Body.Let alone the procedures scoring methods found here. SWC is wild, and I am still researching exactly what that means. Overgrown estate? Birds or animals ate the coffee cherries from the government-affiliated plantations and then deposited the seeds throughout the hillsides? The "wild" part of this experience is what interests me. I briefly worked on a permaculture farm, and it seemed that the intent was to simulate an "uncivilized" growing environment, ie the wild". The main reasons for growing in the permaculture style are taste and environmental respect. Now, I do not have the time to see for myself what wild means in terms of SWC, meaning I cannot go to the growing areas.

I will just have to make another cup and sit and write a description.

A photograph of a photograph

A photograph of a Pa O woman in the Coffee Traveler magazine displayed on the counter

2018

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3how

AR (Augmented Reality)

Beach Road 360 “VR” movie (+ screening at Singapore National Museum)

360 films

Stephen Black in Beach Road, the film he co-produced with Hiverlab

Stephen Black’s Book and ebooks

Bubiko Foodtour

David Severn

The Doughbots

The Dundercats

The Fierce Aunty’s No-nonsense Guide to the Perfect Laksa by Nazlina Hussin

Hotel Abby 72 hour Facebook Live Event

i ate tiong bahru

I ate where Orwell ate

Instagram Bubiko Foodtour

Ipoh’s Branding as a Tourist Destination

IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour AR app on Google Play and Apple’s App Store

IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour ebook on Amazon

SPOKEN virtual gallery

Symphony Suites 60 hour Facebook Live event

Thumb-shaped kueh artwork

Toyo photo and video art and book project

TT5!

Notes on David Ryan Polgar/IBM/ AR brand storytelling

It is recommended to read the entire article, entitled Is Augmented Reality the Future of Brand Storytelling. David Ryan Polgar wrote it for thinkleaders, a series of articles appearing on the IBM website.

AR, having long promised to be an effective way for brands to engage their audiences, may finally be having its moment. But standing in its way are a number of considerations, such as the technology to use (headset versus mobile) and the type of AR (marker-based versus markerless).

The bold sections indicate what I see is a serious issue: labeling. A very common challenge at present is the confusion among the general public between AR, MR, VR and 360.As Mr. Polgar indicates, there are even more categories: headset, mobile, marker and markerless. What a challenge!

On a positive note, successful content(and its distribution channel/technology) will cut through the clutter. People know what experience they want and can afford.Pokemon Go exemplifies this; it became a huge hit because it attracted an existing fan base to a new, accessible technology.That, in turn created excitement among the general public, which created more fans. Related: Pokemon Go is GPS-based, arguably a category unto itself, in addition to 'marker" and 'markerless'.

A major appeal of AR for brand campaigns has been its immersive nature, playful capabilities, and gateway to greater product information. Glen Glenday, the Chief revenue Officer at Shazam—a company that recently released its own AR platform—calls AR a “stickier piece of creative” for brands.

Immersive? My immediate association with the word "immersive " is VR. Perhaps "interactive" is more accurate? Until I have my own demo, I use these videos as examples of AR: and Both are great uses of AR, but are they immersive?

... AR is like many trends that depend on a confluence of factors to align for mainstream adoption. It relies on advancing smartphones (i.e. Depth-sensing cameras) and the eventual move towards headsets, along with an increasing level of quality AR content that creates a virtuous cycle of adoption.

"advancing smartphones"... Apple's ARKit is a very large and solid tool kit for developers that works with iPhones two years old as well as upcoming models for probably the next five years, at least. Android's ARCore is much the same. Sure processors will become faster, but the present toolbox has enough in it to build impressive apps for quite a while.

"Eventual move to headsets" General public? Not for a while. Industry, medical, education? Yes:

November 2016:https://www.engadget.com/.../why-snapchats-spectacles-will-succeed-where-google-gl...

October, 2017: https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/28/why-snapchat-spectacles-failed/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-07-19/google-glass-gets-it-right-the-second-time

along with an increasing level of quality AR content that creates a virtuous cycle of adoption. YES.

Closing remarks: The goal of a brand campaign using AR, says Cheben, should be “to add value and not just being new and cool.”

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IPOH: 38 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour

oppARtunity… now!

My background, as related to the possibilities of AR, the new cinema/theatre/text-artform/communication business:

- Beach Road, the 360 movie I produced with Hiverlab, was nominated for Best Experimental film at the 2016 VR Fest Las Vegas, and featured at the 2015 Brisbane Film Festival.

-established Book Merah, and have written, published/epublished eight books including one bestseller, i ate tiong bahru.

-worked as creative director for Compudia/Walker Asia, a company doing ahead-of-its-time CG VR (gaming), as well as a platform like Youtube-3 years before Youtube began.

Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore

- Curated an international assortment of very well known, and unknown artists for a critically well-received virtual gallery called SPOKEN. This was a co-production with Eugene Soh.

-directed and co-produced Kiss, a short film featuring legendary Japanese actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. The four minute film was divided into three segments and shown at a very small size due to the technical limitations of the internet at the time.It received over 3 million views inits first three months of being online.

-Firsts in Singapore: first Singapore-made ebook on Amazon, first Singapore-based Kickstarter project, first piece of edible food art in Singapore, first 360 movie.

-In SPP, an artspace co-produced with Barae, held the Japanese premiere of Wax, a movie by David Blair, which, according to the New York Times, was the first full length movie to be transmitted on the internet.

All of the above situations and projects were "ävante garde",or "cutting edge" or "at the forefront of technology and creativity". Some were opportunities for art-creation, some were economic opportunities.

Now, of course, it is 2017. Augmented Reality is soon to be making an impact on our lives, just as social media and GPS have.

I am excited and prepared to use my experiences to create in AR.

If anyone is interested in doing something with AR, get in touch. It doesn't matter if your interest is in art or business related. At this moment, the most important thing is to get first-hand experience in the creation of an AR experience. For businesses, this means the international marketing and promotional advantages that come with being a first mover. For those on the creative side, this is the opportunity to work with a new art form.

I have been researching and preparing for a long time and now I want to make something, goshdarnit!

Bubiko Foodtour Scrapbook

Bubiko Foodtour is introducing the world to Augmented Reality, starting with Southeast Asia.This is in anticipation of 2018, when hundreds of millions of mobile phones and tablets will be able to create AR experiences. However, the 3D model of Bubiko Foodtour is not yet available in 3D. There are several reasons for this, the primary one being that we are testing/refining what motions Bubiko will be performing in AR. These have to be carefully considered. Here are some of the Bubiko related ideas we have been thinking of, learning from, and experimenting with.
a doll from Thailand

This doll, a gift from a Thai friend, has been our "stunt double"for Bubiko.

colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful in trying to visualize the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

previsualizing AR experiences

Bubiko Foodtour (trial version) in front of sign featuring two drinks. Imagining the possibilities of AR.

doll with colorful drink

How will Bubiko interact with her environment? Can she speak?

I have been working with 3D models and computer game software since 2002, although much more on the creative side than the technical side. Having said that, to fully realize a creation in AR/computer -generated 3D, one must be fully aware of the the theory, possibilities and limitations of the softwares.

digital sculpture

Running Mamuang A collaborative design of the famous cartoon character 'Mamuang' between Thai cartoonist Wisut Ponnimit and digital sculptor Sebastian Schoellhammer. https://www.rinkak.com/jp/item/mokumake/5739477064482816?hl=jp

3D printing! In researching this, I was thrilled to discover the work of Wisut Ponnimit, especially Mamuang, his well-known character. The use of mascots by the prefectures in Japan has also been inspirational.
mascots

screen shots of Japanese prefecture mascots

Photoshop screenshot

Testing various elements to get the perfect look for Bubiko Foodtour.

This first stage of research is very open and more about capturing character. The next stage involves wireframes and 3D modeling and is more technical.
Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progress

Bubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes,undergoing Photoshop

Aroi mak mak!

Stephen Black: 72 hour Facebook Live Broadcast

THE BROADCAST IS HERE.

HELLO

Augmented Reality,art, Southeast Asian food, Bubiko Foodtour, VR, music, haikus, photographs, videos, unusualness... and discussions, readings from, and free downloads of, EBOOKS! The broadcast starts at 3PM September 30, Malaysia time, ends on Monday, October 2 at 3PM Malaysia time.

Until October 2, these ebooks are free downloads on Amazon:

Obama Search Words

Furikake

Fires by Cyril Wong

i ate tiong bahru (a paper copy is available at naiise)

Bali Wave Ghost

Flame Magnet

red dot SAD

Ipoh

Contact With Shadow is not a free download, but if you are interested in the future of book distribution, you should know about Unglue.

There is an audiobook version of i ate tiong bahru, narrated by Mirai Booth-Ong. And, this is 3how's debut album.

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.

Base of operations: the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Thank you: Hock Moon Hiong BBQ meat and Jewellery Design and Management International School

If you are here because you are interested in my AR-related startup ideas, this post gives you an overview.

FWIW, I will soon have stories on Popularium and ElevenAsia

I am writing this 30 hours after the marathon went live.On one hand my blog views are double what they usually are. On the other hand, there haven't been many viewers. That is OK. I didn't do any pre-publicity, I am not paying Facebook to blast the event and there are no costs, other than my time. I hope that towards the end of the 72 hours there are more viewers. For now, I can only say if you visit the FB live page, say hi.

Here is an email I've sent out to friends and associates:

Hello everyone... I hope the weekend is a good one for you.

Just to short note to say that I am doing a live FB broadcast from Ipoh-for 72 hours. I started Friday at 3, will finish at 3 on Monday. The camera I am using isn't very good, the audio is so-so, the internet is slow and I am silhouetted during the daytime. Perfect!

Actually I am learning a lot, and my blog is seeing a nice amount of action. The free ebooks are trickling out of Amazon. I can see clicks on my blog posts about my AR startup plans. Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter from the Malay Mail.

Anyhoo...stop by and chat with the silhouette... and meet Secret Donut World, the Doughbots and steamboatbubikofoodtourwillie. http://www.blacksteps.tv/stephen-black-72-hour-facebook-live-broadcast/

onwARd,

Steve

This was the schedule for Friday...

FRIDAY

3pm Ipoh (3AM NYC)8AM London

Son Mn Chinese Lantern Exhibition

4:30-5:30 Ipoh(4:30-5:30AM NYC)9:30-10:30 AM London

reading from Obama Search Words

5:30-6:15 Ipoh

Ipoh food adventures

6:15-7PM Ipoh

Ipoh evening tour

7pm(7AM NYC)12PM London

Bubiko: Adventures in Photoshop at Thanas Wedding Photography

9pm(9am NYC)2pm London

Ipoh Evening food adventures

9-10 Ipoh

Free ebooks introduction

10pm(10am NYC)3pm London

Stephen Black and VR

11pm(11am NYC)4pm London

Stephen Black startup ideas

12am(12pm NYC)5pm Lon

Stephen Black and AR

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 (in Ipoh)

coming soon!

Notes on AR Startup Business Model

The startup will generate revenue in the following ways:

- Software (original IP, and possible synergies with Unity, Google and Apple)

- Digital Products, AR and 2D (direct download to individuals, bundling and through online stores)

- Character Goods, Advertising and Licensing (SDW, TD, Bubiko Foodtour)

- Character and AR Content Creation for Third Parties

"the Pixar of AR"

AR is a new medium. There are countless opportunities for entertainment, business and self-expression.

The following are now being reviewed:

Startup Growth Calculator by Trevor Blackwell

https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/the-complete-quantitative-guide-to-judging-your-startup/

The 10 Most Important Metrics In A Startup's Financial Statements by Tomas Tunguz http://tomtunguz.com/ten-financial-metrics/

A (VR/AR/Haptics+)-based book proposal for agents-like-Lauren-Appleton

Hello literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

I hope all is well on your side of the interwebtubes! My name is Stephen Black and I have a book proposal that I believe will be of interest to you, one of the publishing companies whom you represent and millions of people interested in visual art, gaming and film-making.

Cinema 8.0 will be a timeless bestselling classic like Towards an Architecture

Towards an Architecture was written during a transitional period in which concrete, preformed materials and Modernism were replacing past paradigms and materials. Cinema 8.0 is being written during a transitional period in which VR, AR, social media and haptics are exploding the concept of "motion pictures".

An artist/producer/writer, I believe my finished text will be factual, inspirational and light-hearted. Just as Corbusier's book is evergreen, so will be mine. (A valuable resource has been this post by Ryan Holiday about the making of Perennial Seller)

Beach Road 360VR film featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

SPOKEN Unity-based virtual exhibition, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh.

Captioned virtual reality scene with two real men in it

Eugene Soh and Stephen Black

i ate tiong bahru A bestseller in Singapore. With. No. Marketing.

I've long lived in Asia, have worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV: writer, director, cameraman, producer. Collected as an artist, published as a photographer.

Here are blog posts that exemplify some of the research that I have done. The theoretical/inspirational components, as well as a chapter outline, can be viewed upon request.

Thank you for your time and consideration literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

onwARd,

Stephen Black

public section of Engadget Experience 100K grant proposal

Bubiko Foodtour: the world's first AR superstar

I discovered information about Lauren Appleton, and her request for manuscripts, here. I wrote the above with a great deal of respect and, hopefully, in a way that prevents internet search complications or misrepresentations.

Oh yeah...a book cover about immersive environments A working title, now scrapped.

Stelarc: the sound of three hands clapping (#3 in the Haptics series)

Three hands clapping. Maybe the phrase is a cyborg Zen riddle. Maybe it’s not. I can only imagine Stelarc’s reaction upon seeing the phrase. He'll either ignore it and plunge into the heart of the text, or laugh his Aussie-mad-scientist laugh..

This post is casual, a pleasant way to continue my haptics series. So much of writing, art and AR/VR is done in isolation and it is refreshing and important to remember the human side of things. I’m reminded of how unusual the “facts” of my life can be: In Singapore’s Little India, I once had dinner with a man with an ear on his arm.

When I lived in Japan, I was fortunate to document a few of Stelarc’s performances that featured The Third Hand, including his monorail suspension, his "last". Years before that event, I was working in lower Manhattan, not far from where Stelarc suspended himself over 11th Street. Two of my friends rushed in and told me about the “guy who was hanging by fish hooks”. The information caused me to become became pale and deeply confused.

Photo by Toyo Tsuchiya used with permission.

Now, when I meet Stelarc, it is like seeing a dear friend, one who is always stimulating.

Stephen Black as lab rat

effect of low voltage electricity on muscles demonstration

Stelarc ear on arm

LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. With Urich Lau and Steve Dixon. My first and only photobomb.

http://www.blacksteps.tv/unlocking-with-ears-stelarc/
man, hat, smartphone and dragonfly

Stelarc recording winged body, by Stephen Black

Stelarc has a piece in SPOKEN, a co-production between myself and Eugene Soh, The Dude. The first part of this series is here.

A Few Notes on the Legal World and IT

This is part meditation/part reportage of a fact-finding mission. I am not involved with the legal world in any manner, and these notes are simply that: notes.

I try to be open to other perspectives. And, as I am finalizing plans for an AR/VR startup, it doesn’t hurt to learn about the state of the legal industry, even if I‘ve no immediate use for the interesting information shared below.

The jpeg sign I made for my friend may result in something, maybe not. He is a successful IP lawyer presently with a MNC, and a keynote speaker. I’m not his agent. I am sure he will find what he wants. His situation made me think...

The legal world and IT… Finance now has bitcoins and blockchains, Fintech has invaded Wall Street. TV and movies can fit in your hand. VR and AR will take image making forward with a magic leap. Society is being restructured by Uber, ebooks, Facebook and Whattsup. Perhaps my friend can find what he wants simply, by writing a post on Facebook, LinkedIn or a website catering to lawyers and teachers. Maybe he could throw his net wider with Workable . Perhaps there is a matchmaking service specializing in law. Over sixteen million results showed up when I searched using the words: "job agency for legal profession".

example of first page results

First page of search for the words "legal profession job agency"

We live at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. A term which is now heard frequently is Gig Economy. In the UK, judges wear black robes...and some still wear horsehair wigs, a tradition originating at the end of the 17th century.

Guest Post: Why Legal Engineering + Why Now?

This is a Guest Post by Dr Ben Gardner, Chief Scientific Officer, of UK-based Wavelength Law, which is a hybrid law firm that offers both legal advice and legal engineering solutions. https://www.artificiallawyer.com/2017/06/02/guest-post-why-legal-engineering-why-now/

Find a Lawyer, a service based in the state of Indiana http://www.inbar.org/news/news.asp?id=350199

Artificial intelligence disrupting the business of law https://www.ft.com/content/5d96dd72-83eb-11e6-8897-2359a58ac7a5?mhq5j=e1

http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/how_artificial_intelligence_is_transforming_the_legal_profession

Law schools increase fees. The most lucrative jobs are given to schools in great disproportion. A lot of jobs go to graduates from a only a few schools.

US$100,000 debt because of grad school. http://nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/March-2016/Law-school-on-trial-Obiter-Dicta-s-student-survey.aspx?lang=FR

A COLLECTION OF STARTUPS FOR THE LEGAL BUSINESS IN CANADA

Law360, New York (April 8, 2016, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Lawyers have long believed they are special. Until recently...

AS an "algorithmic artist", I wonder how AI programs and filters would reflect or not reflect this article: Why We Do Not Hire Law School Graduates from the Ivy League Schools

I should make it clear that I have no relationships with any of the companies and sites mentioned above and will notify them that I have linked to them.

Stephen Blackdigital law