the naming of "Unicorn"

ghazel at gmail.com ghazel at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 20:38:59 EST 2010


On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 5:29 PM, Eric Wong <normalperson at yhbt.net> wrote:
> In case more people are interested, I originally posted the following to
> ruby-core: http://mid.gmane.org/20101210190448.GA6534@dcvr.yhbt.net
>
> Eric Wong <normalperson at yhbt.net> wrote:
>> zuerrong <zuerrong at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > 2010/12/10 Tony Arcieri <tony.arcieri at medioh.com>:
>> > > And Unicorns are fantastical mythical creatures!
>> > >
>> > yep that indicates it's not prepare for the actual use.
>>
>> There's no shiny website, commercial support, or even a web-based
>> bug tracker, so of course it's not ready for actual use! :>
>>
>>
>> Anyways, in case somebody wanted to know how I named it:
>>
>> I originally wanted to call it "Unicron", in honor of a track posted by
>> a Kiwi[1] many years ago to a Usenet group we frequented:
>>
>>    http://unicorn.bogomips.org/unicron.mp3
>>
>> I swapped the "ro" for "or" because:
>> a) it might be confused as a "cron"-workalike
>> b) I could get sued by whoever owns the rights to the name (Hasbro?)
>>
>> The "Uni" has two meanings:
>> 1) it signifies "one", being single-threaded compared to its ancestor
>> 2) it shares 3 characters with its intended platform: UNIX
>>
>>
>> Of course, unicorns are awesome, too :)  It's also a constant
>> reminder to never take things too seriously ;>
>>
>>
>> [1] - It's been many years, but I could try getting in touch with him
>>       if you guys like it :)
>> --
>> Eric Wong

Hah! I often typo "unicron".

-Greg


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