Had a blast hanging out with some Glass Explorers yesterday at the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown SF. It was originally planned to be a photowalk, but we underestimated the amount of crowd during the festival. There wasn't much photo taking happening. Or walking. I'll explain.
Having a bunch of Glass Explorers walking around in a group during a festival really stands out. We ended up getting stopped frequently asking about Glass. Contrary to the popular belief, not everybody in SF know about Glass. Whenever someone stop me asking about Glass, I always try my best answering their questions. If they look curious enough, I asked if they want to try it. I feel the best explanation is to actually try the device yourself. Otherwise you might leave with wrong impressions.
Without even noticing, we basically got stuck in one area. People kept coming in to ask about Glass. Then an overseas TV reporter came in to interview some of us for a documentary.
After some time there were some guys with event uniforms came to talk to us. Originally they just asked about Glass like anybody else. At the end they expressed their concern of what we're doing. They had no idea what it is and thought we're doing promotion to sell Glass (which isn't allowed at the event). Some of them even though we're politicians doing some campaigning! We told them that we don't get paid for doing this, and it's purely voluntary. Glass is not even available for sale yet. They finally understood but still reluctantly (and politely) asked us to disperse. We understand they probably were also concerned about our safety and wanted us to enjoy the festival as well.
There's a general understanding that it's the Glass Explorer's job to educate public about Google Glass. I realized that's not exactly true anymore. It's Google's job to educate public. We only have rights to do so if we want to. So next time someone stopped me asking whether I'm wearing Glass, I know I have the option to just politely smile, nod, and move along.
Don't get me wrong though, we still had a blast at the event. It's great to see some faces that I usually just interact with in Google+. We get to attend a few Japanese traditional performances and ate some delicious Japanese food. A few of us stayed behind to watch an awesome Japanese movie at the Sundance Kabuki Theater in the evening. Definitely great times!
April 21st is shaping up to be an interesting day. And of course that's the same day I will be spending 6 hours in a plane. It's going to be a loooooong flight.
Anyone tried the new camera update yet? I believe it's also available for all phones with Android 4.4. Non Nexus users can download it from the Play Store. I'm digging this Lens Blur feature. Rendering is not really fast, but not slow either. By default the center of focus will be the middle, but you can always change it.
Will not replace my dSLR or Mirrorless camera, but it's definitely quite fun to play around with. Oh, and I think this image is proper considering just went to Android 4.4 a few days ago.
First of all, my apology of the amount of Google I/O related posts lately. You can tell I'm pretty excited about this.
So apparently registration won't begin this morning like what most people assume. We still need to wait until 4 PM PDT to submit our application.
I mean, after a one week delay. what's another few hours eh?
Edit: Aaand they do have WiFi! Good job !
Some of us still at the Kabuki Theater. Please tag yourself.
This event is not restricted for those that own Google Glass, and all are invited. Whether you take photos with high end cameras, point and shoot, or cellphone, all are invited! Or if you just want to hang out with a bunch of cool people.
GPOP (http://gpop.us/) will be at the event and they're doing a giveaways of a few limited edition Cherry Blossom themed skin for Google Glass. Don't miss it!
For those without Google Glass, come find me to get a few exotic flavored Japanese Kit Kats (Wasabi flavor anyone?). While supplies last, or before they melt (please don't let them melt), or before they all end up in my stomach. Whichever goes first.
We have a few activities scheduled for the event, including a movie screening in the evening (event attendees got special discount!). Check out the event page to RSVP and find out the details. Looking forward to see you there!
Whether you take pictures with high end dSLR cameras, point and shoot, phone, or just basically want to have some fun and meet cool people, make sure not to miss this event. This will also be an unofficial collaboration with Google Local SF so be prepared to meet some new, cool people!
1 PM - Group meet at a TBD location somewhere in Japantown. We will then start walking around the venue. Feel free to come earlier and grab some food around the festival. They usually have delicious Japanese delicacies.
3 PM - Take group photos, then it's basically free event. You can stick with the big group, or go with smaller groups to explore the varieties of events happening in the area
6-10 PM - Meet at Kabuki theater for movie
Make sure to RSVP to the event and turn on Party Mode to share all the fun!
Japantown, of course! Our meeting spot will be at intersection of Webster and Sutter, just at the edge of all the food stalls. That way people can grab something to eat while waiting for others http://goo.gl/ljO3Wy
What if I'm late?
Don't worry if you can't come on time. You'll be able to find roughly where people at by checking the event page at the day of the event.
Some of us are going for the movie screening of Seven Souls in The Skull Castle (aka Dokuro-jo no Shichinin) on Saturday evening, and also for the after party on Sunday. You can use the code GoogleGlassSpecial to bring down the price to $8 (for both the movie and after party).
Review of the movie: http://www.cinematsuri.org/Dokurojo_no_Shichinin.html
Link to purchase movie ticket on Saturday 4/19 http://www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-seven-souls-in-the-skull-castle-aka-dokuro-jo-no-shichinin-tickets-8782038313
Link to purchase after party tickets on Sunday 4/20
I will update this event with more information closer to the event. Hope to see you all there!
More info about the event: http://sfcherryblossom.org/WP/
P.S. Banner graphic generously provided by :)
Very sneaky Google.. Very sneaky. Apparently if you go the Google Developers page, you'll see hidden urls directing you to play a text adventure game. If you're lucky enough to find an unused one, you'll get a message that says that a registration code will be sent within 48 hours.
I can relax a bit now.. Until I actually see the code in my mailbox.
There are still codes out there, but they may be a little harder to find--we knew you guys would get clever with your scripts! We're moving as fast as we can to remove the used links. Can you do us a favor and stop finding them so quickly? :)
Who I am
I'm a Field Service Engineer / System Integrator working for a tech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm originally from Indonesia have been living in US for quite a while.
Why I should be in your Circle
I consider myself a power Google+ user with a broad interest in many things. You could put me in the following circles category
- Glass Explorer: Don't worry, you won't find any empty #throughglass posts from me. As an early adopter of Google Glass from June 2013, I've been using the device passionately and challenging every aspects of it. The cool part of being an Explorer is that I get to meet a bunch of other people from different backgrounds.
- Tech Enthusiast: Many people consider me a die hard Google fan. The truth is, I use whatever works for me, and it just happens most of them are Google products. You will see posts regarding tech news if I find it interesting (Google / non-Google)
- Traveling: I travel a quite often around US for my work. Whenever I find something interesting, I'd like to share it on my stream. Sometimes I get to travel overseas, whether for work, vacation or visiting families, so expect a lot of stories from those trips as well.
- Photography: I admit, I rely mostly on Google Glass and my Nexus 5 quite a lot to that photos these days. I used to be pretty serious about photography in the past, even got the pleasure of shooting for a friend's wedding. I don't really do much of those anymore, but I'm starting to get back in the action with the arrival of Fuji X100S and Sony Alpha 7. Paired with some Eye Fi cards, you're guaranteed to see more and more photos shared from these cameras. I'm also a curator for the FisheyeFriday photography theme here in Google+
- Sports: I've become a fan of San Francisco 49ers since moving to the Bay Area, but my true allegiance stays with Indianapolis Colts, where I used to stay for quite a while. I'm also a big tennis fan, and I have attended some Grand Slams tournament like Australian Open and Wimbledon. But in general, I just follow most major sports in general.
- Local City Expert: The title of City Expert is given to those that have written 50 reviews in Google Local and opted from the program, but I like to consider anyone that enjoy finding new, cool spots in the city a City Expert. I'm a City Expert for San Francisco Bay Area, so I like to share some cool places I discover. Mostly restaurants, so expect of plenty of food photos. I'm also a regular contributor to the #FoodFriday theme here in Google+
- Android/Glass Developer: Ever since I got Glass, I've been trying to go back into the programming world. I've tried to develop simple apps for Glass, Android and Wear. I've been trying to talk to as many people as possible, attending workshops, events and such, and I share my experience from time to time.