aku-aku: 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.
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names and bias
Posted by dav at 2003 February 12 09:56 PM
File under: Thoughts

Ben at A.I.A.A.T.A.E. writes in a blog post about a study published in the New York Times:

Resumes submitted with 'black' names were significantly less likely to be invited in for an interview than resumes with 'white' names.

And in a subsequent posting:
Table 2, on page 30 of this paper has a table I just can't stop thinking about. It reports that if Brad submits a hundred resumes he will get 16 calls, while Rasheed can expect to get 3.

The first thought that popped into my head is, wow, I wonder what that means for my friend Jim Holt's son who was given the name Thunder Holt (I am not making this up).


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