a logo for Humanists (76)

Tue, 28 Feb 89 19:44:31 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 662. Tuesday, 28 Feb 1989.

(1) Date: Mon, 27 Feb 89 20:47:22 PST (8 lines)
From: Jody Gilbert <USERDOG1@SFU.BITNET>

(2) Date: Tue, 28 Feb 89 17:10 EDT (48 lines)
Subject: HUMANIST logo

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Date: Mon, 27 Feb 89 20:47:22 PST
From: Jody Gilbert <USERDOG1@SFU.BITNET>

Why a mallard for our logo? As a duck, a mallard is a little stereotypical.
How about the BUFFLE HEAD--nice little black & white duck, unassuming,
cute name.
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Date: Tue, 28 Feb 89 17:10 EDT
Subject: HUMANIST logo

I'm tempted by Sebastian's idea of a HUMANSIT symbol/logo. A mallard
seems very preppie, however, unless there is some totemic
siginificance I'm missing. Let's see. Hmmmm. How about Zippy the
Pinhead? I always think of Zippy as androgynous and epicene (to
resurrect Jack Paar's old phrase), so that might take care of sex bias
objections. Zippy's mode of thought and commentary in many ways
reminds me of the eclectic and non-linear thought processes we often
see on HUMANIST! And Zippy is interested in computers! Tell me,
doesn't this dialog from the recent Zippy strip dated 2/24 capture the
nature of many HUMANIST dialogs????!!!

[panel 1]
Zippy's friend: "Computer generated graphics will never match th'
line quality of pen & ink drawing!" Zippy: "No way." (Zippy's
image has been stretched horizontally)

[panel 2]
Zippy's friend: "Even at its most advanced, computer art is cold &
unfeeling .." Zippy: "I'm in complete agreement!" (Zippy now is
stretched vertically)

[panel 3]
Zippy's friend: "No laser-equipped digitized hunk of steel &
silicon can ever replicate th' sensitivity of th' human hand!"
Zippy: "Your point is indeed well-taken!" (a large screw is
piercing Zippy's head)

[panel 4]
Zippy's friend: "Zippy, I want you to promise me you'll never
allow your likeness to be scanned and printed by any hi-tech
philistine!" Zippy: "Am I clip art yet?" (the background is filled
with copies of Zippy's image)

Well, I guess there is the problem that Zippy's image is owned by his
creator Bill Griffith (and perhaps some syndicate). Back to reality.
Let me mention something that deals with recognition of each other and
that is more far-reaching than face-to-face meetings. When Willard
last circulated info on the state of HUMANIST biographies, I suggested
optional inclusion of scanned images. I may never meet Willard or
Sebastian or most of you, but I'd really like to be able to download a
file of images ... "Oh, so *that's* what [insert name] looks like!"
:-) <--The best I can do for now!

Jim Cerny, University Computing, University of New Hampshire