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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Tue 30
Aug
2005

A Brand New Girl

Max Finlay BarryBack from the hospital for a few minutes to do some vital jobs, like announce that I am (at last) Daddy to a heartbreakingly beautiful baby girl, Finlay Jo Barry.

Here are her vital statistics: she is 3.36kg (7lb 7oz), was born at 9:19AM on August 27th, has the sweetest, most intoxicating smell ever, and likes it when you stroke her hair.

I am, genuinely, the luckiest guy in the world. I get to go back to her now.

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Matthew (#16)

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Quote: "Unicorn on mountain top. Wind blowing through mane."
Posted: 3291 days ago

Congratulations and best of luck.

Jonah (#1462)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "That little story your writing... with the developing plot... and the antagonist..."
Posted: 3291 days ago

Good luck with that Max. You're going to be a great father, much better than my own. If things don't work out here, perhaps you can adopt me after things are settled with the new baby.

damselfly (#1548)

Location: Australia
Quote: "I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. (Rainer Maria Rilke)"
Posted: 3291 days ago

Hi Max, I had to sneak out of lurkerdom to say congrats. Finlay Jo is a very pretty name. Good luck and have fun!

Lapse (#86)

Location: Brisbane Australia
Quote: "You're adopted and we hate you."
Posted: 3291 days ago

Congratulations Max!

Hope you have enjoyed your last decent sleep for a few years! ;)

Best of luck with her!

Helen (#362)

Location: UK
Posted: 3291 days ago

Congratulations!!

Machine Man subscriber Danni Brennand (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 3291 days ago

Congratulations Max! She is just sooo adorable. And so much hair, too :) I think she's got more than my daughter, and she's 20 months now :P

Love the name, and I wish the three of you all the luck in the world.

Will Hindmarch (#1549)

Location: The States
Quote: "Word."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Frequent visitor, lazy signer-upper, here. Congratulations to you and your girls! August 27th is my birthday, too, and it's a pretty solid date to choose as a youngster. She shares her birthday with Mother Teresa and Pee-Wee Herman. Also on that date: the Visigoth pillage of Rome ended, Julius Caesar first visited Britain, the first jet plane took flight, and the first oil well was sunk in Titusville, Pennsylvania. August 27th is also the pagan Roman holiday of Volturnalia, honoring Volturnus, god of the waters, of fountains and of the Tiber River.

Aren't you glad you asked.

Crystal EC (#396)

Location: Somewhere South of Bowen, Queesnland.
Quote: "There are 10 kinds of people- Those that understand Binary, and those that have friends."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations, Max. :) May she see this one day as a teenager and groan in embarassment.

Yenzo (#829)

Location: Secret underwater pyramid base in the Pacific
Quote: "In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe (Carl Sagan)"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations Max. Looks a lot like you, too.

Machine Man subscriber Dave (#29)

Location: Seattle
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations.

John (#477)

Location: Seattle
Quote: "Did I do that?"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations, Max. I know, I'm the ninth one to say that, but I bet you'll get used to hearing it soon enough. I wish you the best of luck.

spinne (#427)

Quote: "I'm not here to cock around."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations! May each year bring you and your family bigger and brighter joys!

John Daly (#136)

Location: Canberra, Australia
Quote: "If I could think of something funny this is where I would keep it."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations! Well, more to Jen than you as she did all the hard work. :)

Machine Man subscriber Lucy (#664)

Location: Blue Mountains
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations :D

Gregor (#1182)

Location: Toronto
Quote: "The righteous man is beset on all sides by the tyrannies of evil men."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations to you all
Bring on the champagne!

Ruth (#288)

Location: Bath, United Kingdom
Quote: "Only the insane have strength enough to prosper. Only those who prosper may truly judge what is sane."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Another congratulations!

She's so cute :D

chris barton (#809)

Location: Arkansas
Quote: "I sell Books and put out Fires"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats Jen and Max [I think she deserves top billing for this one:-)]

We don't do sheep (#1497)

Location: 919 miles away fom the Aussies "New Zealand"
Quote: "I'm the Jesus Of Suburbia"
Posted: 3290 days ago

wow,
congratulations is all i can say

Tony Quin (#1310)

Location: Plymouth -urgh
Quote: "Yoga is NAILS"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations. Tell your wife well done!

"Looks a lot like you, too." ? The hair or the nose Yenzo? :P

Andrew (#1279)

Location: Texas
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations and best of luck.

:P

Clarence (#1348)

Location: latitude 42.36 / longitude -71.05
Quote: "..I know the TRUTH and I don't have to be what you want Me to BE. -Muhammed Ali"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Right on big daddy! She's beautiful. Congrats!

GoalVA (#1551)

Quote: "Eek!"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Wow, such a cutey!

Let's hope she doesn't look too much like her daddy :P

Oenone (#151)

Location: Konstanz, Germany
Quote: "I don't want to lie to you, but I will."
Posted: 3290 days ago

coming out of lurkdom to say, congrats :)

Justin Holt (#147)

Location: Rochester, NY
Quote: "www.justinholt.net"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations are certainly in order for all three of you...

And that picture, she looks just like you. Maybe she'll sub on the jacket picture to Company?

Finlay Jo is a beautiful name.

Laurie (#127)

Location: Wadsworth, Ohio
Posted: 3290 days ago

Oh Max, she is so cute!

Congratulations on helping create such a beautiful little girl.

Be sure to let Jen know that she did a great job and everyone on here is SO happy that everything went smoothly and everyone is healthy. Just be sure to take tons of pictures and post them often.

Flemingovia (#1552)

Location: United Kingdom
Posted: 3290 days ago

I can only echo the comments above.

Congratulations and welcome to Finlay Jo.

Smiley faces all round

Machine Man subscriber Bushra (#36)

Location: Fremont, California
Quote: "www.caffeinatedmuslim.com"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations Max!

Leo (#846)

Location: florida
Quote: "Get up you son of a bitch, cause Mickey loves ya."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Seriously, congrats, you must be totally elated. Make sure to archive this entry so that she can read all the comments when she gets older. I'm glad she's healthy. Oh, and let her know I said cootchi-cootchi-coooo. :)

shalini (#717)

Location: http://www.kai-india.com
Posted: 3290 days ago

congratulations to all three of you!

Karen (#561)

Location: Wisconsin
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats! Welcome to the rest of your life, it's a thrill beyond any other.

Aimee (#1345)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: ""Now there's a story behind this nickel...""
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations to you and Jen! And remember the cardinal rule of babies: they can shoot at you from both ends.

Mats (#1057)

Location: Turku, Finland, Europe, Earth
Quote: ""The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it." James Branch Cabell via Robert Oppenheimer"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations!

Ari (#1107)

Location: somewhere around California
Quote: "Can I be a random member of the moment?"
Posted: 3290 days ago

^_^

Djoules (#1553)

Location: Paris, France
Quote: "yes... maybe."
Posted: 3290 days ago

that is a good reason to sign up here :
CONGRATULATIONS ! and best wishes for the whole family.

Fionut (#467)

Location: London, England
Quote: "Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Here's to a happy life together and not many sleepless nights.
Congrats to the whole family.

Machine Man subscriber Barry Mitchell (#1001)

Location: Saukville, Wisconsin
Quote: ""A hamster's like a small camel" - Ben Katz"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations and welcome to Finlay Jo!

Erin (#1296)

Location: Chandler AZ
Posted: 3290 days ago

Woooohooooo! Congrats! She is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy her every second; she'll be toddling around before you know it.

Congrats to your wife, and yes, post many pictures!

Heather (#1477)

Location: Canada
Quote: "All great truths begin as blasphemy."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations to you and Jen! She is beautiful. :D
The name choice is wonderful, as well.

Machine Man subscriber Devin (#100)

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Quote: ""Toast sweat! It's the scourge of our time!""
Posted: 3290 days ago

We're very happy for you, this is a huge moment in your life. It'll be hard but well worth it. Congratulations to you and Jen from California!

Bonnie McDonald (#1138)

Location: Florida
Quote: ""You may be on the B Squad, but you're the B Squad leader""
Posted: 3290 days ago

What a breathtakingly beautiful baby! She looks absolutely perfect! I think she has your nose. I hope that Mom is doing well. Super Congratulations!

James Travers (#1512)

Location: Callander, Scotland
Quote: "To make cheese penguins you need cheese and penguins."
Posted: 3290 days ago

congratulations max, hope you have a long happy parenthood, and just remeber homers words of wisdom, "when you're eighteen you're out the door" :P good luck.

J.R. Floriani (#758)

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Quote: "Did you ever walk into a room and forget why you walked in? I think that's how dogs spend their lives."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations Max, I hope everything turns out for the best. What more could you possibly ask for now?

Zoomy (#1546)

Location: Outside Glasgow
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations! Great choice of name!

Deirdre (#1498)

Quote: "There is no overkill, only "open fire!" and "I need to reload!""
Posted: 3290 days ago

Maternal instincts are going full. Ooooh, she's so CUTE! Say goodbye to your sleep, not to mention your sanity. Give Jen another congrats, and by the way, they're right, she's got your nose.

Sophie (#891)

Location: Devon
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations to Jen and Max! And congratulations to Finlay Jo for having such an awesome cool name :)

Jason Wallwork (#675)

Location: Peterborough, Canada
Quote: "If it ain't broke you're not trying hard enough."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats Max!

Charles J. Brokaw (#1303)

Location: USA, Ohio
Quote: ""America now had one voice. A voice that spoke loud. A voice that spoke for all. A voice that could set free or condemn any. The USA. The United Services Agency. "-Charles J. Brokaw"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Great to hear about the Girl Max. Finlay is a great name by the way. Congratulations.
-Charlie

Kristen (#1157)

Location: Jersey
Quote: "Insert quotation here."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Awww, that's awesome, Max! And what a very cool name... and it ends in Y, even! That's one lucky kid. Best of luck!

Nikki (#720)

Location: Florida
Quote: "Success is living up to your potential. That's all."
Posted: 3290 days ago

She's such a cutie!!! Congradulations MAX and family!!! Great name!!!

Sandy Hemingway (#827)

Location: Ann Arbor
Quote: "I became a real wife today! Wanna know how?"
Posted: 3290 days ago

How gorgeous! Congratulations!

Nora Jean Stone (#1170)

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Quote: "Do Wa Ditty, Life in the CITY, where the Women are Strong and the Men are Pretty... anon"
Posted: 3290 days ago

May she be as strong and bright as your female characters. She's beautiful and I'm not even related to you. Big hugs to both Mommy and Daddy, you done good. Kisses to the new baby girl.

Kat (#299)

Location: My bedroom
Quote: ""The abolition of man is within the reach of science""
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats! She's very beautiful! You both did great. Enjoy taking care of mommy and Finlay!

Emily (#609)

Location: New York
Quote: "When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt, get in doubt!"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Finlay is a LOVELY name! I'm writing that one down! :-D

She looks so sweet and beautiful. Lucky you! I hope your lives together are wonderful!

All the best,

-Em

Jjuulliiaann (#1111)

Location: New York
Quote: "Religion is the Opium of the People --Karl Marx"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Well, it looks like the toaster has popped. Congratulations!
Are you going to call her Fin? Finny? Jo? Finaly? Lay? Neenee? Jofin?

shabooty (#637)

Location: D.C./V.A/M.D.
Quote: "I will shake your foundation. I will shake the f**cking rafters. Nobody'll be the same -Danny Bonaduce ....& go visit my blog @: http://www.shabooty.com"
Posted: 3290 days ago

congrats --bust out the havanas!

btw did I call it or what? knew it was a girl :)
jk
peace

Stuart Lamble (#1321)

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional."
Posted: 3290 days ago

As a two times uncle, all I can say is, enjoy every moment you have with her. She'll grow up quicker than you'll believe possible, and those tender years will never return. Congratulations ... and remember: it's never too early to start practising with the shotgun. ;)

Scott (#354)

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Quote: "Max Barry tastes like awesome"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congratulations Max!

Machine Man subscriber Craig Barron (#1276)

Location: Leeds, UK.
Quote: "“Trust Elizabeth to get upset over a donut.”"
Posted: 3290 days ago

WOW !

At last!

enjoy ever min !

Robert (#413)

Location: Los Angeles
Quote: "A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats, nice name too.

Narain (#824)

Location: Los Angeles, right between civilization and a desert
Quote: "NI!"
Posted: 3290 days ago

Congrats! Now just keep this hidden away for a few years and embarass her at her first sleep over party.

FatRat (#1554)

Location: England
Quote: "Argh."
Posted: 3290 days ago

Major hoorayness to you both. (:

Rod McBride (#688)

Location: Gardner, KS
Quote: "www.MidwestRockLobster.blogspot.com"
Posted: 3290 days ago

It's a great thing. The most terrifying and beautiful thing you can experience (and I'm including skydiving in my experiences of comparison).

Anita Heiney (#292)

Location: Richmond, VA USA
Quote: "I came. I signed up. I got an error."
Posted: 3289 days ago

Wow! Congratulations!! I'm so relieved that her head didn't turn out as large as yours. ;-p

Here's my only warning: When you have a boy, you only have to worry about one penis. But when you have a girl, you have to worry about ALL the penises! (Think about that for the next 18 years.)

She's beautiful and forgot what I just said. I'm sure you'll have nothing to worry about. You live "down under," right? Aren't they more into sheep down here??

Take care and thanks for sharing! Best wishes to you and your (new) family!!

Hobbie (#1359)

Location: Cornwall, England
Quote: "There was a little man in his hair!"
Posted: 3289 days ago

Well poop. Looks like I missed the wagon on this one.

Congrats Max, just a few more months and your wife will let you touch her again. Then the nappies will take their toll and discussions about a certain operation start to come...

Seriously though, good luck.

xk3zofrenik (#1160)

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Quote: "These human ruins."
Posted: 3289 days ago

Congratulations!

The life as you know it has ended. Once you look into those eyes. It's all gone. There is nothing that comes first.

Even now as the baby develops day after day. She will show you what inconditional love means. That's were your new life will be born.

Adam A. (#256)

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Quote: "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." -George Carlin"
Posted: 3289 days ago

Congrats and good work!
She beat mine by a couple of days. We're going in tomorrow morning to get ours out (scheduled C-section). Hope Mila is as beautiful as Finlay. I'm sure she will be, provided that she doesn't look like me; although there's a good chance because our son looks more like my wife.

Erin (#1481)

Location: Seattle
Quote: "Living is easy with eyes closed"
Posted: 3289 days ago

Congratulations, Max! I bet it's a load of your shoulders to finally have her in your arms! She's so beautiful, and I'm really proud for you. You really are a lucky guy. Good luck with everything!

Machine Man subscriber Adam (#24)

Location: Morristown, Indiana
Quote: "Why do I blog? Simple, because Max Barry blogs."
Posted: 3288 days ago

The first of September, 2005

WRITING STYLE = BABY STYLE?

Wow! A baby! I love babies! I would say congratualtions, but that is what the other 67 posts before me said. I think it is a little redundant. So...uh...good work max barry...maybe the baby will be a literary genius just like max...Also, max could read the Panda Story to her to put her to sleep. The story is very childlike and features many happy animals. That's what babies enjoy. Perhaps that sounds a little too creepy. oh well...

I noticed that not too far back that max posted about his feminine writing style. Maybe that was forshadowing the gender of the baby. Just another theory that I have.

In completely unrelated news, the new girl that I like won't even talk to me anymore. Apparently her/my friend told her my plan. The girl who I like was angry and said that if I liked her, I should have just told her. Instead, I developed a devious plan, and she found out. To make the story even worse, I found that she likes...ERIC! I may just have to kill him/not really. This makes me very sad. I think I will have to develope a new plan to make Eric look bad in front of the girl who I like.

Neeways...We may be kicking John out of the band, Circle of Studliness. We're not completely sure though. So don't spread any rumors. John plays the trumpet.

Hmmm...maybe next time I will have to actually reveal the name of the girl who I like instead of just saying,"the girl who I like." And maybe it should be whom instead of who, but I don't really know or care.

Adam

Kalle (#1278)

Quote: "Sex is herital. If your parents never had it, chanses are you'll never have it either."
Posted: 3288 days ago

Adam: Enough with the plans! It didn't work before, did it? Be honest and yourself and hope for the best instead.

Max: Congratulations. (Duh)

Matthew (#16)

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Quote: "Unicorn on mountain top. Wind blowing through mane."
Posted: 3288 days ago

Adam: Stay away from her.

Emma (#1232)

Location: Somervilee
Quote: "Every second of Every Day Everyone does exactly what he wants"
Posted: 3288 days ago

Congratulations to you both.

Now the big question is:

When will she have a nation on NS?

Picto (#64)

Location: United Kingdom
Quote: "Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? - Maurice Freehill"
Posted: 3288 days ago

Wow, well done Max, but give most of my congratulations to Jen. Heh, you've had nine months rest compared to her!

I hope insomnia doesn't hurt you too bad, you're gonna be feeling it for the next two years. :-)

Rob2Kx (#1125)

Location: Canada
Quote: "Anything for laughs even if it kills you"
Posted: 3288 days ago

She has your hair... nyuk nyuk nyuk

Rachel (#1562)

Posted: 3286 days ago

I just signed up on your site so I could tell you that I almost started crying in front of nearly every family member that lives nearby (a lot of family) because I'm so happy for you and your wife!

metalbiteme (#1495)

Location: WALES UK
Quote: "Welcome to nowhere fast. Nothing here ever lasts."
Posted: 3286 days ago

Aww, thats really great. I hope you and Jen have LOTS of fun with her. My daughter is nearly two and it's pretty amazing how much personality she has. Tell me, are you glad you didn't have a boy? I was! Haha.

melly (#1564)

Location: Toronto, Canada
Posted: 3285 days ago

I'm so lucky that my first time here I came across this post.
Congratulations :)

sheenachi (#1486)

Location: MetaVerse
Quote: "Max, publish Syrup & Company on CD!"
Posted: 3285 days ago

Congrats Jen and Max!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas (#1221)

Location: Germany
Quote: "One more, and I'm going to consider you my penpal."
Posted: 3284 days ago

Better late than never: Happy Birthday, Finlay!

P.S.: You're probably confused when Daddy shows you this. Back in the days, 'Happy Birthday' wasn't a mega corp's trademark and everybody could use it.

P.P.S.: We were not 2d-lifeforms, even though all contemporary visual information seems to suggest it.

Christopher IV (#1585)

Location: Cincinnati
Quote: ""And Yet?""
Posted: 3271 days ago

Sweetness...and good luck. Congrats Max and Jen.

Luiz Eduardo (#1601)

Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Quote: "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"
Posted: 3259 days ago

wow, many and many congrats, I think I'm late, but never late to this stuff, right??

so, congraulations Max and his wife...

Karen (#245)

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Quote: "It takes more muscles to frown than to smile, but I like my face to be fit."
Posted: 3254 days ago

Best wishes to all three of you, Max.

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