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Jon 2.0

A computer engineer in Holland, Michigan, has named his newborn son after himself — but rather than the suffix “Jr.”, he’s calling it “2.0”. As CNN reports:

Jon Blake Cusack talked his wife, Jamie, into naming their son Jon Blake Cusack 2.0.

Version 2.0 was born Tuesday at Holland Community Hospital, and the proud parents took him home Friday.

“I wanted to find something different to name him besides Jon Blake,” Cusack, who is self-employed with Westshore Design and Cusack Music, told The Holland Sentinel.

I, too, have an alphanumeric name: Officially, I’m “Thomas Clive Thompson III”. However, since it looks poncy beyond description to use the digits, I tend to leave ‘em out. I suppose if I ever have a son I could name him Thomas Clive Thompson v. 4.0, but that strikes me as really ill-advised: It’s almost always in the later versions that the code becomes complex and bloated, the bugs creep in, and everything crashes.

(Thanks to Boing Boing for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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