[linux-audio-user] [OT] it's so quiet...

Dave Phillips dlphilp at bright.net
Tue Jul 20 08:14:51 EDT 2004

Joe Button wrote:

>>We don't have much in the way of friendly fish
>>icons, unless you count PHP?s porpoise (not a fish)
>AFAIK PHP's logo is a boring bevelled elipse thing. MySQL has a dolphin.
>I would think songbirds were the obvious choice for music apps?

Regarding porpoises, dolphins, and musicians, this from a moment's googling:

# According to one Greek myth, the musician named Arion was the greatest 
singer who ever existed.  He was the court musician for the King of 
Corinth, Periander.  So great was Arion's fame that he made a tour of 

    During his visit to Sicily he was awarded many prizes and given gold 
and much money.  Now the crew of the vessel waiting to take Arion back 
to Corinth knew of his newly acquired wealth.  They plotted to steal it 
from him and then cast him into the sea sometime during the return 
voyage.  In a dream, Arion was informed by Apollo of the plot against 
his life.  When the time came and the murderous crew made their move, 
Arion made one last request--that he be permitted to sing a farewell 
song.  The crew could see no danger in that and agreed.  So he dressed 
in his finest court garments and stood on the bow of the ship and began 
to sing.  So sweet was his song that sea creatures of many kinds 
surrounded the ship to listen.  Among them was a school of dolphins.
    Arion saw that the dolphins seemed very pleased with his song and 
just before he reached the end of it he plunged overboard amid the 
dolphins.  One of the animals caught him before he struck the water and 
raced off with him towards Corinth.  It was with great difficulty that 
Arion hung on, so swift was the dolphin's course through the sea.  The 
startled crew looked on helplessly and believed that surly Arion would 
fall off the dolphin and drown.
    But the dolphin safely carried Arion to Corinth.  Arion told the 
king of the crew's plot and when the vessel docked, Periander was 
waiting for them.  The crew said that Arion had decided to remain in 
Sicily, so great was the wealth he had acquired there.  When Arion 
stepped into view and the crew saw him, they were so terrified they 
confessed their plot.  King Periander crucified them to the last man.  
So pleased was Apollo with the good dolphin's role in rescuing Arion 
that the god gave the dolphin a place among the stars.

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