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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ORA Emerging Technology Conference
Posted by dav at 2004 January 7 05:12 PM
File under: Geek

I just registered for the 2004 ORA Emerging Technology Conference. This will be my third time going, but I almost gave it a miss this year because they moved the location down to San Diego. But then they offered all FOO Camp almuni a special rate which made it more attractive.

The 2002 conference held in Silicon Valley was just fantastic, a massive headrush of smart people and their wild brilliant ideas. The 2003 con was also great, but less so. I was a bit hesitant to make the financial and scheduling commitment to go to this one because the change of location in 2004 could adversely affect attendance, and a lot of the value of the conference is in the other attendees. Extending an offer to the FOO Camp alumni (which was a conference -entirely- about the other attendees) seems like a smart way to get the right people down to San Diego.

Note, I was probably the least interesting person at FOO Camp, so I don't really count myself amongst the valuable attendees. I'm just a leech :)


Sweet! I'll be there too, this year as a student volunteer... I've evolved from überleech to demileech.

Posted by: sean on January 11, 2004 05:45 PM

I will see you there! I am also planning, since I'll be in California for the first time, to rent a car and drive up to L.A. and San Francisco after the conf. Just bum around, you know. ;)

Posted by: Boris on January 14, 2004 04:17 PM

I'm going to be there too - but that's not why I am writing. Just wanted to let you know that for some reason your globe applet crashed my Firebird 0.7 on Windows. Reproducible, too - Twice when I went to http://akuaku.org/ instant hang, then crash. I don't know if this is due to some peculiarity of my setup or not, but thought you would want to know.


P.S. I am staying at the same hostel - I got to your page by clicking the link on the room sharing page.

Posted by: Geodog on January 16, 2004 09:56 PM

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