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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retro futuristics
Posted by dav at 2004 July 23 10:24 AM
File under: Art

The Institute of Transportation Studies is hosting an exhibit at UC Berkeley's Brown Gallery (in the Main Library) entitled Transportation Futuristics (link is to the online version). It's a fantastic collection of illustrations and photos of futuristic concept vehicles (and other transportation necessities) from a time when powered windows were a newfangled invention in the automobile.


I particularly like the Ground Effect Machines (hovercrafts) and the Standing Seats (designed for short-haul flights to fit more people into coach without the leg room issue).

(via bafuture).

Comments:

[yikes.. I've got to say, I don't like having to register and authenticate with a centralized third party in order to comment on your site, and being explicitly tracked by that authority whenever I comment. This gives me the creeps and is naughty. Damned blogspammers..]

Now what was I here to say? Oh yeah: the aircar reminds me of those little desert runabout hovercraft from Star Wars.

Posted by: cheesebikini on July 23, 2004 02:34 PM

That aircar reminds me of the "Walking City" from the design group Archigram: "a self-contained mobile pod of urban elements"

http://www.archigram.net/projects_pages/walking_city.html

Posted by: mikel_maron on July 24, 2004 02:44 AM

That is SO COOL!

But yeah, this forced registration just to be allowed to post comments is super duper annoying.

Posted by: Eva on August 13, 2004 03:12 AM

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