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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commonwealth club ad parody
Posted by dav at 2003 July 23 02:17 PM
File under: Funny

The Commonwealth Club has been running a new ad campaign all over San Francisco public transit for the past few months in order to encourage a new, younger membership. I'm actually a member of the club and enjoy it much, but the ad campaign is sort of silly.

The advertisements tout the clubs frequent guest speaker lectures and the ability for members to engage in Q&A with A-list lecturers (such as, famously, then-presidential-candidate Al Gore, or more recently Ted Turner). Each poster features a photo of a hip-but-not-too-hip hipster against a white background with a message along the lines of "I wanted to ask Daniel Ellsberg if he leaked the Pentagon Papers today, would he be tried for terroism? So I did." Another infamous one is "I wondered if success was ruining Larry Harvey's original vision for Burning Man, so I asked him" (I actually was at Mr. Harvey's lecture at the Commonwealth Club, it was a good one).

The ubiquity of the ads (they're simply everywhere if you're a public transit user) has inspired some comment, such as an article in the SF Weekly entitled So I Wrote a Snide Column and, my absolute favorite, a parody referencing San Francisco's perennial protester Frank Chu:

Tonight because I need to stay home and interview potential new housemates, I'm missing a visit to the club by Homeland Security director Tom Ridge. Also missing my chance for my own play on the ad campaign "I wanted to ask Tom Ridge if he was evil or just stupid, so I did!"

Comments:

Tom Ridge reminds me of The Thing from the Fantastic Four. At the conclusion of every one of those ready.gov ads, I expect him to scream, "Terrorists are bad! It's Clobberin' Time!", or the like.

Posted by: Katrus on July 26, 2003 11:21 AM

Talked to Frank today and he said because they are muti-dimesional beings they have a legal responsibility to both Galaxies. So they can be impeached in either dimesion. But unfortunetly I could not understand the reasons for the impeachments.

Posted by: Jason on July 31, 2003 02:58 PM

Ha! Good work Jason.

Yeah Frank has this way of asymptotically approaching complete incomprehensibility the closer you press him towards a logical fallacy.

Posted by: Dav on August 2, 2003 09:24 AM

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