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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.


Thu 27


Max Finlay loves to strangeOne morning recently I climbed the stairs to my study, coffee in hand, and found a pile of books on the top step. There was a Swedish Jennifer Government, a Polish Company, and four or five others. The front panel of my computer case was missing: I eventually found it inside the roofspace, along with my Richmond Tigers scarf.

I went back downstairs and confronted my daughter. “Have you been moving my things around?”

She grinned, one of those ridiculously beautiful ear-to-ear smiles, and said: “I stranged your room.”

Since then, Fin has stranged my study several more times. Once I heard movement up there, called out, “Are you strangeing my study?” and she giggled and admitted yes. She loves to strange.

Today she turns four. Happy birthday, bunny. Thank you for strangeing my life.


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Machine Man subscriber Danni (#357)

Location: England
Quote: "Eagerly awaiting the European Tour."
Posted: 3649 days ago

She's so sweet, and getting so big.

Happy Birthday, Fin :)

Machine Man subscriber Arnab (#3918)

Location: Brisbane
Quote: "Now, I don't know Max, I've never met Max, or know anything about him, but I have it on good authority, that he is, in fact, a werewolf."
Posted: 3649 days ago

I'm pretty sure it's illegal to be that friggin' adorable.

Machine Man subscriber Karen (#2180)

Location: wishing I was at home
Quote: "Question authority, not your mother!"
Posted: 3649 days ago

How can she already be turing four - she was just born!

Brittany O. (#1688)

Location: Montana
Quote: "people are kind of overrated "
Posted: 3649 days ago

Nothing like waking with a case of insomnia to a Max post! Happy birthday Fin. Correct me if I am wrong. This says strange... How cute.

Ajna (#3795)

Location: USA
Quote: "Judge if you want. We are all going to die one day. I intend to deserve it."
Posted: 3649 days ago

Someone else woke up to this post with insomnia? There's a trend! (An aside. If you wake up at 5:15 everyday, the most painful experience ever is to wake up at 4:45.)

And for Fin: Happy Birthday, from an Internet stranger (the best kind)!

I think that when Fin is a teenager and her (or her friends) find your blog pages on her, it will be "entertaining."

Machine Man subscriber Marleen (#2741)

Location: Berlin, Germany
Quote: "I want more expensive shoes in one place than I've ever seen in my whole life."
Posted: 3649 days ago

Oh my God, how cute is that??

Joscelyn (#754)

Location: California,USA
Posted: 3649 days ago

oh goodness, really 4? that means ive been reading this here blog that long because one of the first comments if not the first I made was about naming her. and oh she is just too cute, Happy Birthday

Machine Man subscriber gStein (#585)

Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 3649 days ago

@Joscelyn: i was trying to figure out how long i've been reading max, and it's been easily 5 years (found out about nationstates mid 2004)

Frédéric Meurin (#2820)

Location: France
Posted: 3649 days ago

Shit happens. Happiness does too. Happy birthday Fin.

Emily (#1135)

Quote: "The sky is falling..."
Posted: 3649 days ago

Wow... four already? That means I've been here a long time too, I remember all the posts you made when she was first born.

Machine Man subscriber Katrina (#847)

Location: SF, CA
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Posted: 3649 days ago

omg that's so cute. Yay for little girls o/

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: 3649 days ago

Strangeing? Oh, the things that children come up with. Happy birthday to her! :)

How did the public write go, Max?

Maarten schroders (#4382)

Location: West Terschelling, Netherlands
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Posted: 3649 days ago

shes gonna make some guy (or girl, never know) very happy by stranging their own house, nothing like finding your suitcase buries under the basement to take away the stress of a otherwise hectic morning.

Happy birthday Fin.

I just realised, a whole lot of anoumynous people, mainly geeks and other lowlifes are all being kept up on the life of your daugther, man is she gonna hate you when she grows up :p

Machine Man subscriber Todd (#3429)

Location: New York
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Posted: 3649 days ago

My favorite posts are always about Fin.

Allison Maxted (#327)

Location: Caledonia, Ontario, Canada
Quote: "Why do the mice keep voting for the cats?"
Posted: 3649 days ago

Has she been watching the Edukators?

Aaron the Evil HR Guy (#2252)

Location: Denver
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Posted: 3649 days ago

You know I'm a single guy, never been terribly interested in kids (they're expensive!) but I've always thought Fin was absolutely adorable and your stories and pictures always make me smile! If I ever have a momentary lapse of reason and end up having one of my own, I hope she's just like Fin!
Happy Birthday Fin! I hope you sock dad for lots of presents!

Hugo Edwards (#3925)

Location: Philadelphia
Quote: ""Science!""
Posted: 3649 days ago

How cute/adorable/a million other related adjectives. Happy birthday Fin!

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: 3649 days ago

Ah, kids...the greatest life changing experience that you wouldn't trade for anything.

Machine Man subscriber Katie Ellert (#207)

Location: Calgary AB Canada
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Posted: 3648 days ago

I can't believe she's four already, I remember when you guys were about to have her!

Happy birthday Fin!

Also, I think I have to agree with Todd, that some of my favorite blogs are those about Fin. She's super cute. :)

Elos (#4422)

Location: Poland
Posted: 3648 days ago

Happy Birthday to Fin!
I just had to post a comment, as you mentioned Polish 'Company', which I read last Sunday.It was so great! If you have a gigantic readers' list somewhere, you can add me:))

Machine Man subscriber Morlok8k (#4133)

Location: The Moon
Quote: "I like stuff..."
Posted: 3645 days ago

I assume "stranged" is a made up word, but as an American, I would not be surprised if it was a term used in Australia. Either way, it's cute.

Machine Man subscriber Xavier Desroches (#1840)

Location: Brossard, Qc, Ca
Quote: "Smile, Tomorrow Will Be Worse... - Murphy"
Posted: 3637 days ago

The first thing I taught about when I looked at Fin's picture BEFORE reading was :
- Wow... she was just born yesterday...

The first thing I taught about when I looked at Fin's picture AFTER reading was :
- So annoyingly cute.

Happy birthday miss. I'm sorry four being late ;-)

Michael Ricksand (#2212)

Location: Terra
Quote: "You do not have a right to be stupid."
Posted: 3624 days ago

I'm pretty sure Fin's the textbook definition of So darn ke-yeeewt! (Or as we Swedes say: Så förbaskat söt!)

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