[R] How about a mascot for R?
ozric at web.de
Sat Dec 4 18:07:29 CET 2004
some weka guys use "kea" (..with the same intenion to the bird in nz!)
for a automatic keyphrase extraction tool (java).
Martin Maechler wrote:
>>>>>>"DScottNZ" == David Scott <d.scott at auckland.ac.nz>
>>>>>> on Fri, 3 Dec 2004 15:04:52 +1300 (NZDT) writes:
> DScottNZ> As to an animal mascot, I think a New Zealand
> DScottNZ> mascot is a must,
>well, thinking that "must" is bit strong, I agree that
>I have had the same idea (NZ animal) before your post.
>I first thought of the obvious Kiwi, but hoping for something
>more beautiful had been googling around for "New Zealand animals",
>then had been side tracted by the Kakapo which I found nice,
>intriguing, but in his fight against extinction didn't seem to
>fit to my notion of R..
> DScottNZ> and suggestions of Australian
> DScottNZ> ones would not be warmly received by New
> DScottNZ> Zealanders. (To clarify, despite the address, I am
> DScottNZ> Australian.)
> DScottNZ> My suggestion is the Kea: inquisitive and intelligent. See:
> DScottNZ> http://www.doc.govt.nz/Conservation/001~Plants-and-Animals/001~Native-Animals/Kea.asp
>Yesterday, when I posed the question at our group's coffee
>break, someone also immediately mentioned the Kea.
>Given all the "things" I've read in the mean time, I did like
>the "R-madillo" from it's name, but then, from an aesthetic
>point of view, I'd also vote for the Kea. OTOH, before getting
>into more, I'd also like to hear from R & R -- particularly
>about the "must" part...
>Another thought that I think hasn't been raise: The mascot
>should typically also be representable as a monochrome "line
>drawing" (such as the O'Reilly book covers), and also be
>somewhat easily identifiable from a relatively small
>(eg. 32 x 32 ?) icons, since presumably it would eventually
>replace the current R logo, at least in some places.
>Also, is anyone willing to put up a web site collecting the
>proposals and maybe also allowing to collect votes?
>Though, I'm not at all sure we will reach that state.
>Martin Maechler, ETH Zurich
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