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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murphy's law unleashed
Posted by dav at 2004 October 13 12:27 PM
File under: Geek

Scientists working for British Gas have created a mathematical formula describing Murphy's Law: NEWS.com.au | How you can break Murphy's Law (October 8, 2004).

...a panel of experts has provided the statistical rule for predicting the law of "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" - or ((U C I) x (10-S))/20 x A x 1/(1-sin(F/10)).
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In the calculation, five factors have to be assessed: urgency (U), complexity (C), importance (I), skill (S) and frequency (F), and each given a score between one and nine. A sixth, aggravation (A), was set at 0.7 by the experts after their poll.

So if you want to decrease your chance of failure in any given situation, see which of the variables you can adjust.

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