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Gooey is the WebGUI mascot. He is a purple octopus.

Gooey is a creation of the WebGUI community. He was created by Darci Gibson, an artist from California. She submitted him as part of a community determined contest along with 50 or so other entries. After the WebGUI community chose the octopus as the mascot, they also came up with a list of names for him, and then conducted a poll to see which name was the most popular. The result of all of this community effort is our mascot, Gooey.


"...Couldn't think of anything else that was as flexible and able to get a handle on any task (with eight tentacles no less). A perfect embodiment of WebGUI."
~ Darci Gibson

Feel free to use Gooey in all of your WebGUI promotional activities. The Gooey image and derivative works may be used royalty-free as long as they are used in the promotion of WebGUI or the WebGUI community.

gooey on the go

Gooey and friends

Gooey with Ninja 'don't mess with Perl' Chipmunk and Tux.

Gooey on smallest WebGUI server

Gooey on likely the smalles server hosting WebGUI

Gooey in Romania

Gooey went to inspect the eastern European country Romania

Gooey USA trip

Lisa's and Rory's USA trip 2008. Gooey accompanied us.

YAPC::EU 2009 in Lisbon

No YAPC without Gooey!

EduComm 2009

Plain Black was a Silver Sponsor at the 2009 EduComm Conference in Orlando, Florida. EduComm is the premiere higher education technology conference that focuses on using technology to enhance the classroom. Kristi McCombs and Tavis Parker from Plain Black were on hand to run the exhibitor booth, run product demos, and hand out a few hundred Gooey dolls! Kristi was also a speaker and presented on "Open Source in Education". As always, Gooey won the coolest swag award and we ended up running out several hours before the conference ended. People cannot get enough of Gooey!

ad:tech 2009

This photo gallery contains pictures from ad:tech 2009 in San Francisco, California. The conference was held on April 21-22, 2009. Plain Black was an exhibitor at the event and brought over 2000 Gooey dolls!

Gooey in Namibia

Gooey did a trip to Namibia.

WebGUI License Plate Club

So I'm leaving a restaurant after a nice dinner and I see a Jeep with a license plate of "WebGUI". I think to myself, who the heck does this guy think he is?

Then I realize that it's my Jeep, and that I have the coolest job on the planet because my job at Plain Black is to bring the good news about WebGUI to the masses. While you wouldn't think 'selling' (I use the term loosely) a free software package would be that difficult, but actually it is when you compete in a flooded CMS market of over 2000+ products! Just trying to get the word out above all the other noise is quite an accomplishment.

That's where the WebGUI License Plate Club comes into play! Whenever I'm running errands, offroading, running from cops, or whatever else.... I'm promoting WebGUI at the same time! This is a win-win situation folks and when you think of the cost involved in this marketing campaign, it's practically nothing. Heck, I think those license plates can last like 20 years nowadays.

Get your WebGUI license plate today from your Secretary of State and start spreading the good word about WebGUI. You'll be surprised how many people ask you... "what the crap is that on your license plate..." and that's... when you hit them between the eyes with your favorite CMS.

Good luck, and don't get in my way when I'm driving.  :)

YAPC::NA 2008

The 2008 YAPC::NA conference was held in Chicago this year at the Illinois Institute of Technology. It was a huge success and Plain Black/WebGUI were there to share in the fun. The president of Plain Black Corporation, JT Smith, was the presenter in 2 different sessions this year. The first was a 4 hour lab which walked new developers through installing WebGUI. The room was so packed that the staff had to get up, find chairs for incoming people, and then stand themselves! JT's second session was an hour long and talked about why WebGUI is a great framework to use when developing in Perl. This session had great attendance as well and included the great one, Larry Wall. After the presentation, Larry came over to JT and told him that he recently recommended WebGUI to a friend's church website. Because of this magic moment, we now can say that "WebGUI is Larry Wall approved!". Overall, YAPC:NA 2008 was a great success and Plain Black was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at this year's event.

Voyageurs national park-Minnesota

Some pictures in Minnesota

OSCON 2008, Colin's Pictures

A few pictures that I took at OSCON.

OSCON 2008

Photos of Gooey and other goings on at OSCON 2008.

Gooey Has Wings

WebGUI will give you wings!

As seen in Portland, Oregon

WebGUI staking ground in Portland, Oregon.

Need to see if those folk need a website :) 

These are some pictures of the 600 Gooey's we gave away at our booth at the SCALE 2008 conference. Note that they even invaded the Novell booth next door.
Wasserturm - Mannheim, Germany
Gooey visits the water tower in Mannheim, Germany. Just when  the photo was taken Gooey jumped into the basin! (sorry - no photo)

gooey downloads

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