While Sony just launched it's playstation VR recently, Oculus isn’t backing down. Facebook’s virtual reality subsidiary Oculus hosts its third annual developer conference this week entitled Oculus Connect 3.
Connect is where engineers, designers, and creatives from around the world come together to push the virtual reality community forward and explore the latest VR content. The main event is a 2-hr presentation where the company’s leaders will lay out the future of their VR technology and the next steps for Oculus.
Some of the highlights include Mark Zuckerberg playing cards with Lucy and Michael, fought with swords, visited a live 360 view of his office and even took a VR selfie! Another exciting news is finally we can get our hands on the motion controllers on December 6th. The controllers cost $199, and include an extra camera sensor for tracking. You can also add a third sensor for $79 to get Oculus's version of "room-scale" VR.
Ending the keynote on a nerdy and optimistic note, Oculus head scientist Michael Abrash talked for half an hour about how VR tech will progress in the next five years. It was technical and inspiring! We are excited for the future of VR!
If you have missed it, no worries, you can watch the whole keynote here.
Few weeks ago, we had debut the Women Skinny in 3 shades of Grey.
Today, let's talk more about the perennial raw version of the Charcoal Grey.
Its constructed with 13.50oz. Japanese rope-dyed redline selvedge denim from the legendary Kaihara Mill. The Skinny tailoring is as svelte as our indigo version, but you would feel the fabric weight difference right away when pulling this on the first time.
This denim would feel denser, more rigid w/ slightly less stretch. Riveted w/ matte black metallic burr and a flip-lock Swiss made premium RIRI zipper. The double-felled inseam is accent w/ a batch-specific carrot color thread to draw a sharp contrast w/ the grey tone.
Think of it as raw canvas; add your own personal touch to it by wearing the pair thru nights and days.
Like our regular collection, #165 pairs were made and hand stamped individually. Available now in our webshop and at our brick & mortar stockists.
Its Friday and its Oktoberfest!! Cheers and drink up everyone, 'til next week.
A perfect pair of jeans can be a pretty serious investment- yet when it comes to taking care of these precious commodities, there seems to be a great deal of mystery. Use the machine, don’t use the machine, wash by hand, don’t ever wash—it can get really really confusing.
We’ve 8 truly useful tips including how to wash them, when you should wash them, and how to fold like ’em like a pro.
1. Serious denim heads know that raw denim (super-stiff jeans with no washes, fading, etc.) can take up to six months to break in and shouldn’t be washed until then. Why? Jeans really do conform to your body, and when you wash them, most of the shape is lost.
2. I understand 6 months is a long time, if your denim starts to smell, you can hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower (the steam will freshen them up) or freezing them in a plastic bag for two days (yup, this one really works).
3. To prevent fading/ create fading, wash jeans inside out in cold water on the delicate cycle or by hand with Woolite. If you actually want denim to fade quickly, wash once in hot water.
4. Keep the denim color, add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse cycle while doing laundry to maintain the wash of your favorite pair of dark jeans.
5. Air-dry denim pieces. If you have to use a machine, turn it to the lowest possible heat setting, and remove the jeans before they’re completely dry. Lay flat or hang upside down to dry.
6. How to fold jeans like a pro: Lay a pair on a flat surface, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked jean legs and fold them in half so the hems of the legs line up with the waistband. Fold the legs in half one more time.
7. Denim fibers need to breathe, so don’t pack folded pairs too tightly together on a shelf or hang denim jackets or vests in a crowded closet.
8. Jeans a bit too tight? Let them air dry, and tug the damp waistband by hand. For extra stretching, tug the damp band while blasting it with a hairdryer or going over it with a super-hot, steam-filled iron. It WORKS every time!!!
In the last few years, there has been a noticeable increase in the preference and consumption of higher priced, ultra premium grade Sake in the US market. Last week, we are fortunate to have a taste of one of them, namely "Dassai Beyond".
"Dassai Beyond" is brewed from the ultra popular brewery Asahishuzo in Japan. Their aim is to create sake for tasting - to brew sake that is truly delicious and enjoyable for all. Their Dassai 50 and 39 and 23 are extremely well made sakes that drink velvety with layers of flavor, and so it is no surprise that their super secret “Beyond” project is even better then the others.
The concept behind this sake is "To make something Beyond the limit of 23%". This concept came to them about 10 years ago, and for the past 4 years went through 8 tanks until the last brought them to a breakthrough. They do not want people to think that because the rice polishing ratio is high it is good sake, and hope that drinkers can concentrate on the flavor.
So how does it taste? It is "Beyond" great - smooth, clean, layered & elegant! There are certain sakes that one should not miss in their sake drinking lifetimes and this is one of them. At the moment the sake meets the mouth, the umami of the sake spreads throughout you, with richness, depth.
Last but not least, for all the sake fan in bay area, don't miss out the Sake Day event on Oct 1st, you can taste over 200 sakes and many of them are not available in US!
While Summer is almost over and school already started, its about time to switch from outdoor exploration to stroll around some artsy exhibitions in the city. Here are some current happenings you shouldn't miss!!
Stanley Kubrick @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
First off, you don't have to be a hardcore Kubrick fans to enjoy this one (although that def. helps). The exhibition showcases the master Auteur filming process: spanning from his insanely extensive subject research to stage design. Kubrick's filming methodology is undeniably ahead of his time (chk out the camera lens assemblage, its simply breathtaking). Props from various Kubrick flicks were loaned for this exhibition from University of the Arts London. On view till end of Oct.
Best part: you get to see Jack's typewriter split out: 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.'
Emperors' Treasure @ Asian Art Museum
You should hurry to see this one since its ending in 2 weeks. Over 150 pieces of ancient Chinese Art on display, dated back from the 12th century. This prestige exhibition traveled all the way to SF Bay Area from National Palace Museum, Taipei. This reason alone should justify the relatively reasonable admission fee (cough, SF MOMA).
Best part: focus on the calligraphy collection instead. The fetish about the 'pork belly stone' (or whatever stone that resemble some type of food) is quite beyond sensible rationale..
Architecture and the City Festival
You may have already missed the opening party @ Heath Ceramics, but there are still multiple programs during September. The theme for this yr is 'Resilient City: Strength by Design'. With the urgency of gentrification in Bay Area, its more critical than ever to utilize good design as a driving tool for equality for all races and incomes.
Best part: Free!!! (Least for the majority of the programs ;). RSVP for that documentary on German architect, Gottfried Böhm. Böhm could be lesser known in this side of the World, but his architecture are absolutely outstanding. Go watch this for a peek into this creative and diligent Pritzker-Prized mastermind.
Time to get some culture, our fellow philistines =)
Cheers and till next week!