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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yosemite vrml fly-through
Posted by dav at 2003 February 2 05:12 PM
File under: Travel


All this work on location systems reminded me of this VRML representation of Yosemite National Park I found after my trip there in July of 1998. It let's you "fly through" the valley, with the trails marked in red, streams in blue and roads in black. There is a way to attach markers to points in the VRML map, and I always meant to put some in and connect them to photographs I took during my trip there. I can supposedly also create a tour track that will trace the steps of the hike I took.

I never got around to doing any of that, but I figured I'd blog the VRML system itself now that I remembered it. Of course you'll need a VRML viewer to play with this. The U.S. Gub'ment has a good site for getting you into all that: VRML Plugin and Browser Detector. I have the full valley set installed on my server, if you have a VRML viewer you can just load this link, but be warned it is over 2MB in size.
[[[latitude=37.1882248]]] [[[longitude=-119.7700958]]]

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