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 actually wrote this while Mie and Tesla were in Japan for a week but hadn't posted it yet. When they came back Tesla's ability and/or willingness to repeat new words had increased significantly so there are actually more words now. I'll post it as originally written though.
Tesla isn't really talking in the general sense yet. I've heard that toddlers being raised bilingually take a bit longer to start talking, and it seems to be the case. She has a limited vocabulary though, here's a round up:
word (english meaning): tesla pronunciation
moto (more): toto hana (nose): nana ashi (foot): ashi teh (hand): teh meh (eye): meh kuchi (mouth): kuchi zousan (elephant): zousan uma (horse) uma shu shu (going to the bathroom): shu shu wau wau (doggie) wau wau tori (bird): tori gomi (trash [man]): gomi shu shu (use the bathroom): shu shu arigato (thank you) - gato chodai (give me that) - dodai isu (chair) - isu ringo (apple) - lingo
no: no uh oh: uh oh Sofia: fia banana: nana apple: bapple wash you hands: wash wash water: wawa meow meow (cat): mrau mrau quack quack (duck): quack quack Schnappi: bappi pig: big
book: book flower: fower chair: chehr shirt: shoot shoes: shoooooz diaper: daipah all done: all done! door: door juice: juice thank you (but she uses it when she wants to give you something): tankoo
milk: gotsche blankie: daiki pillow: ba
She understands more words in both Japanese and English, but these are the ones she uses.
I've had a movie in the top ten or so of my queue for about six months now. It's called Russian Ark:
A visually hypnotizing cinematic feat, Russian Ark is Alexsandr
Sokurov's spellbinding ode to St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum.
As the photography floats and careens through the lavish corridors of
the museum, examining its architectural details while following a
dreamlike plot, a cast of 867 actors supplies the action -- including
The Marquis (Sergey Dreiden), an aged European who acts as the film's
Every time it would get to the top two or three I would bump something up and displace it. I expect it's an artsy movie, probably slow paced, and I guess I kept feeling not in the mood for it, but I never had the heart to remove it. It finally made it to the top today and got shipped. I feel like we should have a little party in honor of its tenacity.
When I flew into Portland for RailsConf I walked down to Dante's to get some pizza and beer right after checking into my hotel. When I walked into the mostly empty early evening bar I noticed a spotlight on a mannequin holding a hula hoop. While waiting for my pizza slice I realized it wasn't a mannequin, it was a semi nude model surround by a handful of artists with sketch pads. Turned out that they were selling pads and pencils at the door for $5. Since I had a few hours to kill and had never tried figure drawing before I decided to give it a shot.
The first one is really crappy, but after 90 minutes (and a few beers) I think I showed a lot of improvement. Yes, still not good, but come on, look at that first one! I think that's they key with people who are good sketchers: it's not that there is necessarily some natural talent that one either has or doesn't have, it's that they do it all the time and just get better and better at it.
By the way, those are feathers on her pasties, not tassels (some folks I showed these to were confused by that).
The news has broken that Pivotal Labs has taken on the task of fixing Twitter's notorious performance problems, or as the VentureBeat article described it "Twitter brings in big guns from Pivotal Labs to help rebuild its troubled infrastructure". I think this is a smart move for Twitter. During my two years at Pivotal I was constantly impressed by the level of engineering excellence exhibited there. It was by far the smartest group of software engineers I had ever worked with and the highest quality of code I've ever had a hand in producing. I truly believe they are the best Ruby on Rails shop you can find anywhere. That's why now that I've left Pivotal to lead the engineering effort of a web startup, I'm back at Pivotal as a client. I know where to go for excellence, and apparently so does Twitter. I'm really looking forward to seeing this team crush the Twitter issue.
Note, depiction is not necessarily the actual Twitter team at Pivotal, but they are some of my favorite Big Guns there :)