[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell Logo write-in candidate

Brent Yorgey byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Sat Mar 21 08:39:58 EDT 2009

On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 12:52:49PM +0100, Achim Schneider wrote:
> Jon Fairbairn <jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> > That's where that particular design falls down. >>= is an
> > ugly symbol in the first place, and while the pun with a
> > lambda in the middle provides some intellectual
> > satisfaction, it doesn't outweigh the fussiness of its shape
> > or the irrelevant associations. I hadn't thought of Amtrak,
> > but it made me think of the flags of Mozambique and South
> > Africa.
> >
> I had to google for Amtrak, I didn't know they even existed. I did know
> that Mozambique and South Africa exist, and googling up their flags I
> discovered that there are as many resemblances to lambda-bind as there
> are to the Logo to the Deutsche Bank. Amtrak looks wholly different to
> me: It doesn't even have straight lines, and it's 3d.

Amtrak changed their logo in 2000; the old logo looked like >>=.  See
the wikipedia article.  Amusingly, I also learned from the wikipedia
article that critics dubbed this logo the "pointless arrow".  =)


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