1. Unicorn for Ruby: http://unicorn.bogomips.org/
2. Green Unicorn for Python: http://gunicorn.org/
The fact that this is an HTTP request library, as opposed to a server, is what pushes this into serious troll territory. The only saving grace here is that Java programmers searching for this library might come upon one of the other two and realize what they are missing.
Edit: A Ruby and a Python library, named unicorn-rest and unicorn respectively, are built into this project. This is madness.
They would have been better off naming it something awful like "Hospice" or something.
Even in the event that he did give permission, doesn't seem like he thought it through that people would automatically associate it with him (or Github). I'm also not going to make assumptions about all of his talents, but he mentions nothing about illustration across any of his accounts. Did he actually make the original? Even if he commissioned it, it seems like it would be up to the artist to decide whether or not it is used for other purposes.
Just found this tweet:
Daniel Shaw @dshaw 20 Sep 11
@bkudria The angry unicorn comes from @github's old 500 page. It was originally left facing as you have it. Don't know the original source.
If I were the guys from this site, I'd really reconsider the name and the logo. Just too many crossed threads.
And still I'm really happy to see some Java friendly open source project hit HN front page (either due to legit reasons or due to naming confusion). I feel I'm not forgotten, and yes, I will use this soon to be renamed library in a real project today, as using Apache Http Client is a real HeadacheFactory sometimes. and this is what I used to revert to most of the time as we java folks simply don't get many new, modern open source libraries developed with Java developers in mind very often these days.