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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alpha66 maps
Posted by dav at 2004 February 25 10:19 AM
File under: Travel

People like to collect things (be the first on your block to collect all seven!). People also like to mark things off lists. I've made lists of things I've already done or obtained, just for the pleasure of crossing them out. A common mix of these two urges is collecting evidence of travel, such as passport stamps; a friend's wife collects kitschy little regional snow globes depicting such plausible scenarios as the Alamo in a snow flurry.

Today a posting at Creative Commons led me to an online site called world66 that lets you check off your travel accomplishements in a web form and obtain an image and the necessary HTML for posting it to your web site. Very nicely executed.



create your own personalized map of the USA



create your own visited country map
or write about it on the open travel guide

The maps are a lead in for an open travel guide, where travlers create and maintain the content themselves. You can add or update any information you like. The site is basically a wiki, like the much acclaimed Wikipedia. All content on the site is under a Creative Commons license which says that anyone can use, redistribute or make derivate works, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, as long as they give attribution and maintain the license terms for their derived works. Bravo.

Comments:

I posted these on my blog on 2/18-I can't believe I posted something before Dav!
xo/k

Posted by: kitten on March 1, 2004 02:47 PM

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