What's the Deal with the Fuzzy Red Guys?



  • I'm seeing them all over Vivaldi's stuff. Are they mascots of some kind? What are they called? Vivaldians? Are they the aforementioned "friends" the browser was made for? I apologize if this is common knowledge. I'm new to the community, and I wasn't really sure how to search for this topic. [img]https://help.vivaldi.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/community.png[/img]


  • Moderator

    Yes, that are the Vivaldian mascots. They are a sort of hot lava ghost from Island. The red one is named Antonio ;)



  • Interesting. So they are supposed to be made out of lava? How did a lava ghost named Antonio come to be the mascot of Vivaldi? The name looks like it probably comes from the composer Antonio Vivaldi.


  • Moderator

    That's exactly where the name comes from. And the little lava critters are just something the team cooked up to have a mascot.



  • Also iceland is known for it's volcanic areas and geysers, the word geyser comes from there. Vivaldi breaths also icelandic, an important place for the browser…so the lava dudes (:



  • Vivaldi breaths also icelandic…

    I'm not sure what this part of your sentence means. I get that the founder (Jon) is Icelandic, and several of the team members are from Iceland.


  • Moderator

    And the company was founded in Iceland, its servers are in Iceland, it has offices there, etc.

    I think this was an attempt "Vivaldi breathes Icelandic…" by a person whose native tongue is not English, to express the idea that Vivaldi Technologies inhabits an Icelandic existence.

    There's a yoga studio in Reykjavik called "Breathe Iceland." There's a tourism slogan, "Eat, sleep and breathe Iceland." One gets the impression that Icelanders associate a good deal of the Icelandic experience with what it feels like to breathe there.

    Eh??



  • That sounds plausible. I'm not sure where I'm getting this, but I think Iceland has pretty good air quality. It's a small island with a small population, so it's fairly pristine. Despite the name, it's actually filled with natural beauty.



  • @Ayespy:

    And the company was founded in Iceland, its servers are in Iceland, it has offices there, etc.

    I think this was an attempt "Vivaldi breathes Icelandic…" by a person whose native tongue is not English, to express the idea that Vivaldi Technologies inhabits an Icelandic existence.

    There's a yoga studio in Reykjavik called "Breathe Iceland." There's a tourism slogan, "Eat, sleep and breathe Iceland." One gets the impression that Icelanders associate a good deal of the Icelandic experience with what it feels like to breathe there.

    Eh??

    You are right :silly:

    @Lexinad:

    Vivaldi breaths also icelandic…

    I'm not sure what this part of your sentence means. I get that the founder (Jon) is Icelandic, and several of the team members are from Iceland.

    I just wanted to emphasize the icelandic spirit of Vivaldi ;)


  • Moderator

    OK - absolutely my last word on this. I fear my linguistic bone failed me…

    "Icelandic spirit, "..."breath."

    Latin spiritus=breath. Can't believe I missed that. "breathes Icelandic" is an obvious reference to "Icelandic spirit." Of course.


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