v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
I'm at Stanford right now for the Accelerating Change 2003 Conference, which has gathered 300 future-minded thinkers to examine the phenomenon of the accelerating rate of advance in technological capabilities and its effects on the future of human society. Of course technological problems have abounded so far, ranging from sketchy sound system to the utter failure of the 3D telepresence intended to bring keynote speaker Ray Kurzweil to us from Boston, prompting one wag to call out "technology is decelerating!"
Despite this perrenial reality of Murphy's law, the discussions have been worthwhile. The morning session devoted to a three way slugfest between Kurzweil, Michael Denton and Iikka Tuomi centering around whether or not machines are approaching humanity levels of lifelike qualities and a lot of bickering over power point graphs.
I'm keying all this in on my sidekick right now, so I'll have to expand on it later (also, a session on biologically modelled computing is about to start).
Back in San Francisco finally. Now I get to deal with the backlog of stuff that has piled up in both the professional and personal arenas. The most important thing, however, is settling in with Mie.
I've almost got the AkuAku and TokyoTidbits server issues straightened out. Just one more server move needs to happen, and it should be invisible to the outside world.
This weekend I'm attending the Accelerating Change Conference 2003 down at Stanford, something to which I'm really looking forward. I would be going to the opening night reception tonight, but a close friend is making a trip to Tibet in a week and we're having a going away dinner at her place tonight.
At the American Chemical Society conference in NYC, manning the booth for my company for a bit and then wandering around to look at all the whirling, sloshing and stirring of the lab machinery on display. A computer geek lost in a sea of wet chemistry geeks.--Dav via Danger Hiptophttp://AkuAku.org/
Yesterday I got back from nine days at Burning Man and found out that I had to fly to Saint Louis today for work. I get back Friday night and early Saturday morning I have to fly to Manhattan for an American Chemical Society conference. So I'll basically be back in San Francisco in a week (I'm at SFO now waiting for the flight to St Louis to board). I feel a tad harried by all this, escpecially as Mie moved to San Francisco last month and I've only had a handful of days here with her.
Anyhow, flight is boarding, gotta go.
P.S. also having server/DSL problems, so this web site and a few others I host (like TokyoTidbits.com and Campalicious.com) may be unavailable occasionally until I get back and get things fixed.