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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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Sun 06
Feb
2011

She’s a Schoolgirl

Max Someone explain to me how this happened. Didn’t we just do this?

Finlay inspects puzzle

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Machine Man subscriber gStein (#585)

Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 1412 days ago

geez max, Many of us have been reading your books and following your blog for longer than Fin has been alive!

Machine Man subscriber Kevin Collette (#3503)

Location: Somewhere in Missouri
Posted: 1412 days ago

NationStates is a few years older than her... has it been that long?

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: 1412 days ago

I was stunned with this picture. Has it been 5 years already? As a grandmother of 5 young humans I should be prepared for this sort of thing. I never am. Bless her heart - she looks so intent.

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 1412 days ago

So it begins. From now on your lives will be ruled by school holidays, homework, sports carnivals, sleep overs, birthday parties, Parent Teacher nights and report cards. You are now, and for years to come will be, an unpaid cab driver for your kids.

Then they become teenagers and you wonder why your passengers have suddenly become so surly.

Machine Man subscriber Karen (#2180)

Location: wishing I was at home
Quote: "Question authority, not your mother!"
Posted: 1412 days ago

Gosh, I guess time flies even if you're not having fun (although Fin is only fun, right?)

Jeffrey (#2286)

Location: Right here
Quote: "Mathematics is a powerful language. Just look at how mathematicians destroyed the housing market."
Posted: 1412 days ago

She's getting so big!

Machine Man subscriber Todd (#3429)

Location: New York
Quote: "It's fun to have fun but you have to know how."
Posted: 1412 days ago

Sheesh, Max, we're old.

Machine Man subscriber Randy (#2374)

Location: Ravena, NY
Quote: "I could write a book about being lazy. I just don't feel like it."
Posted: 1412 days ago

Finally, you have reached level 15:

www.maxbarry.com/2007/02/22/news.html

Has it gone as you expected it would?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1411 days ago

Heh, I think I passed Level 15 a while ago. Those schools have really long waiting lists.

Hans Miniar (#2600)

Location: Iceland
Quote: "~your love is made of happy, and sometimes exhasperation~"
Posted: 1411 days ago

Don't ask me, I'm still wondering how the hell mine can be turning ten this summer!

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: 1409 days ago

Goodness, I remember posting on your post from August 2005 and it's hard to believe that time has flown by so fast already.

As pointed out, NationStates is a few years older and I still remember playing that on a regular basis back in the day.

Crazy, and congratulations :-)

Tanya (#5309)

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posted: 1367 days ago

I know how you feel Max. We are 8 weeks in to our first school term and every morning my little human stands at his classroom door calling out "see you in a bit Mum" over and over again until I have disappeared behind the bushy screen of wattle trees. I wonder how I will cope when my "big boy" realises it's just not "cool" anymore. Ouch, I can already feel my heart breaking :(

Alex (#4996)

Location: Chicago
Quote: "I am not a number! I am a free man! *is handed a printout* ...Oh, I guess I'm actually #4996. "
Posted: 1339 days ago

Since you said "we" and "do," I thought by "this" you meant... yeah...

Simon (#3192)

Location: Melbourne
Quote: "I'd rather be arrogant than wrong"
Posted: 1332 days ago

Watch out, Preps are being "accessed" by Access Ministries during classes in Victorian schools. Sure you can opt out...if you know it's going on. My 5 year old came home saying a new teacher came to school and told them god made everything. No warning from the school that this was going to happen. Make your you know what your kids are being taught.

Alex (#4996)

Location: Chicago
Quote: "I am not a number! I am a free man! *is handed a printout* ...Oh, I guess I'm actually #4996. "
Posted: 1323 days ago

Yep, fine teachers some schools have. I remember my eighth grade teacher insisting that an apostrophe s after an inanimate object is bad grammar because an inanimate object can't own anything. She literally said, "A rock can't go to a store and buy anything, so it can't own anything." I said what about things that inalienably belong to the rock? Such as its weight, color, things like that? What about other things? Microsoft's stock prices? Can I give my inanimate object something? A baseball's holder? Yeah, from that point on she took off points on my writing papers whenever I wrote inanimate object + 's.

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