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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Brain Training For Fun and Profit
Posted by dav at 2008 February 7 11:15 AM
File under: News

I've started a new gig working with Lumos Labs. They have a web site Lumosity which provides Brain Training (aka Brain Exercises or Brain Games) that keeps your thinking muscles in shape. I worked with them earlier as a consultant but it looks like I'll be switching to full time Director of Engineering in April when Mie, Tesla and I get back from South America (I've alread arranged great apartments in Lima and Buenos Aires). The vacation is a last blast before descending back into the regular full time employee world that I haven't been in since quiting my startup company in 2004.

Anyhow, the brain games are pretty fun, and there's a lot of science behind their efficacy. You should check them out. My favorites are Raindrops, Word Bubbles and Memory Match. The games are designed to improve four cognitive areas: Memory, Attention, Processing Speed and Cognitive Control. It's nice to know that there's some healthy stuff going on, but they are also fun to play and enough of a challenge to give you real satisfaction as you improve.

This is my new desktop image on my workstation: Brain storming.

Comments:

I am not going near your work screen. Bleh! I guess it inspires you to make those games work...

Posted by: Mie on February 7, 2008 02:44 PM

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