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Re[0]: New mascot for Perl

by Intrepid (Deacon)
on May 15, 2004 at 08:24 UTC ( #353607=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to New mascot for Perl

To tell the truth, I am not enamored of the notion of any other animal representing Perl. For me it just doesn't feel right. It's not merely that the Camel is so familiar, but rather that no animal suits the topic.

I vote for a new symbolic logo for perl to be the familiar image from the (IINM) Sistine Chapel ceiling, that of God's hand extended (I always assumed that was God, I think there's a typical grand old man with robust curly beard and regal attire attached to the hand) to touch Man's (Adam's?). The greatest strengths of Perl are really things that pertain to the Human realm, not to the animal kingdom. There's the "natural (human) language" quality of Perl, and the great emphasis on the Virtue of Code Reuse (which implies sharing, and thus Community); and there's a strong tradition of "Learn one, teach one" in the (admittedly nebulous if not cantankerous at times ;-) Perl community, as exemplified by what we do here at Perl Monks at our best (when we are not being seduced by fixation on XP and such trivia).

{thinking ...} make a modification to the suggestion: make the hand coming from the superior position be a woman's hand (yes, intimations of this durned pesky Goddess thing), and also, make at the contact point of the fingers a gap filled by a luminous, shiny, really lusciously spherical pearl (of course).

Now THAT's a logo ... says it all. Power, Divine inspiration, connection, illumination. ... We just need an actual artist to emerge now. Or at worst, a really talented GIMP wielder. ;-)

    Regards,


Comment on Re[0]: New mascot for Perl
Re: Re[0]: New mascot for Perl
by pelagic (Curate) on May 17, 2004 at 15:38 UTC
Re: Re[0]: New mascot for Perl
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 08, 2005 at 09:59 UTC
    I vote for a new symbolic logo for perl to be the familiar image from the (IINM) Sistine Chapel ceiling, that of God's hand extended (I always assumed that was God, I think there's a typical grand old man with robust curly beard and regal attire attached to the hand) to touch Man's (Adam's?).
    Ah, you mean the image from the cover of Nigel Chapman's book, Perl: The Programmers Companion? I'd second that, as it's one of the better Perl learning books - unfortunally, it's a bit outdated, being from 1997. But it wouldn't surprise me if the association of the image with Perl was already trademarked....
      Ah yes, Chapman's book's cover -- I didn't know about it until a few months ago, long after posting this proposal. Honestly :-). It does seem like the idea is now more problematical than before a book was published with this subject as its cover. Oh well :-)

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