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Thread poster: Anne Diamantidis
Anne Diamantidis  Identity Verified
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Mar 6, 2009

Dear all,

Attila's post in the other 'creative' contest ( http://www.proz.com/post/1071125#1071125 ) gave us the idea of launching this one and give you the opportunity of meeting our mascot - the Penguin!






Who is the Penguin?
The story of the Penguin is one of fight and success. Once upon a time, the ProZ.com office was the territory of the powerful bald Gremlin. One day, a terrible father and staff member took the Penguin from his son and brought him to the office. The fight was terrible but the Penguin won and became our mascot. Ever since, we take him everywhere we go.

Now we'd like him to virtually travel to you and meet you. Photoshop the penguin and show us your country, your village, your city, your office, your staff... wherever you want him to be!
The winner of the contest will have the privilege of having dinner with the Penguin at the occasion of a Conference !




The Penguin is currently prisoner in Syracuse Office, but he sent us an e-mail, saying he would love to go to the Ohrid Conference and as our mascot, to be there for ProZ.com's 10th Anniversary!

Looking forward to your contributions... !

Anne


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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You name it! Mar 6, 2009

Hi Anne,

You beat me to it, I was just composing this message when your message was posted. I will repeat the core of it:

For those who read this post months or years after March 2009: back in ancient times, the mascot did not appear either on the "ProZ.com team" page or any other prominent place of the site. Even its close friends in the La Plata office did not know its whereabouts. The regular monthly ProZ.com newsletter did not have a regular column about his recent trips simply because he did not travel. Imagine, folks, it was not yet common practice that whenever there is a conference or powwow within reach, the mascot is accompanied by a staff member there, to be taken into picture by translators from all corners of the world. Horribile dictu: it did not even have a name! There were no cartoons about it which would serve for ProZ.com's transcreation contest (which did not exist then, either). It was a completely different world, about which grandfathers tell their grandchildren incredible stories.

But this all changed on a cloudy Friday afternoon (morning, evening, night, Saturday dawn: not easy to put a precise time tag here, as the sun never sets on the ProZ.com community), which marked the start of one of the largest-scale grass-root movements on ProZ.com: to find a name to the mascot. The rest has been duly recorded by historians.


So, let the fun begin! A name for the penguin in each language present at ProZ.com!
Just like agencies sometimes ask you to specify your native language and rate in the subject of your email, may I ask you to do the same: langage and mascot name in the title of your post?

Let the show begin!
Attila


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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
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Hi, Anne Mar 6, 2009

Lovely little penguin!!!

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Er... Mar 6, 2009

We need a higher resolution to photoshop...

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Rebekka Groß  Identity Verified
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Are you sure... Mar 6, 2009

...he's in Syracuse???


His usual habitat:



And a wee trip to the office:




[Edited at 2009-03-06 17:08 GMT]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Herbert (German) Mar 6, 2009

That's how I would like to call this guy. Don't ask me why. Spontaneously.

I'd love to photoshop a pic - can we have a larger picture, otherwise it will look pretty shoddy.



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RNAtranslator  Identity Verified
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Linux Mar 6, 2009

Note that the penguin is also Linux mascot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux No problem with that; I am a Linux fan.

¡Salud!

Ignacio Vicario Esteban


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Imagine if they had picked a lion or an eagle :-))) Mar 6, 2009

RNAtranslator wrote:

Note that the penguin is also Linux mascot



Now, that would be one heck of a list. Unfortunately there are only few toy makers who can produce stuffed animals shaped as Northern Hairy-nosed Wombats, Mole Crickets or Black-faced Spoonbills.



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David Young  Identity Verified
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P.G. (English) Mar 6, 2009

(....as in Wodehouse, a master of words)

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chica nueva
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Ping-Win or Percy/Percival (English) Mar 6, 2009

Very nice!

That little fella's gotta spend some time in Christchurch, Noo-Zeeland:
http://www.iceberg.co.nz/pages/6/nz-penguin-encounter.htm

Maybe not Wellington, or Auckland:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/1998769/Call-for-speed-bumps-after-penguin-flatmate-run-over
http://article.wn.com/view/2009/01/21/Penguin_theft_from_Kelly_Tarltons_A_very_fishy_tale/

Penguins, they're everywhere, even the Arctic:
Here's a comic strip from an Englishwoman DownUnder, Alex Hallatt:
http://moontoon.com/arctic/index.htm

Lesley

[Edited at 2009-03-07 05:53 GMT]


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Vito Smolej
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ProZ Rocks - and so does Tux Mar 7, 2009



courtesy of C't Ubuntu Linux special

[Edited at 2009-03-07 03:55 GMT]


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Mykhailo Voloshko  Identity Verified
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Prozislav (Ukrainian) Mar 7, 2009

Meaning: the one who glorifies PROZ
Affectionate diminutive name: Prozik.

If you decide this is a warrioress:
Then her name can be Prozislava (or Prozia).

Please make them feel welcome

[Edited at 2009-03-07 06:47 GMT]


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Rebekka Groß  Identity Verified
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ProZie (English/International) Mar 7, 2009

But would that make him (?) a girl?

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RNAtranslator  Identity Verified
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The other peguin's face Mar 7, 2009

The mascot is a friendly one, but when it deals with machine translation, non or late payers, scammers or dishonest translators...




http://plf.zarb.org/logo.php

[Edited at 2009-03-07 16:50 GMT]


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Attila Piróth  Identity Verified
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Rambo? Mar 7, 2009

Hi Ignacio,
If that's the real face of the penguin, I hope it won't get the visa to Macedonia...
If it is to register a domain name, it will surely be in the TLD "dot terror". (Apologies to Cathy, Henry, and Patrick - I could not resist.)
Attila


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