Saturday, February 21, 2009

A new Honest Hypocrite - Welcome Linus!

Three weeks ago (on January 30th), Lynn and I welcomed Linus Richard Koehler into our lives. This new honest hypocrite was highly anticipated and we are so glad to meet him.

Readers are welcome to guess the origin of Linus' name. Is he named for...

A.) A relative
B.) Linus Torvalds, a programmer, the creator of the Linux kernel
C.) Pope Linus, the second Pope of the Catholic Church.
D.) Linus Pauling, a chemist, winner of two Nobel Prizes (chemistry and peace)
E.) Linus Yale, Jr., an American mechanical engineer and founder of the Yale Lock Manufacturing company.
F.) Linus (mythology), any of three sons of Apollo
G.) Linus van Pelt, a character in the comic strip Peanuts
H.) Linus Caldwell, a character from the films Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, played by Matt Damon

I will give you a hint. I am a chemical engineering and my parents once got this person's autograph for me at a convention where he discussed the merits of Vitamin C. Any one of these august personages would be a good role model for Linus, but for whom is he named?

To keep up to date on Linus' childhood antics you can follow along at Childhood Antics. Childhood Antics will focus on all things Linus, kids and parenting. Did you ever notice that when you get a new car it seems that when you are out driving, everyone else on the road has that car too. I don't think it is more cars, but a change in focus and attention. I suppose it is the same with babies, once you have one you start noticing all of the baby and parenting topics out on the internet that you might not have noticed before. The birth of Cory Doctorow's daughter and Mark Frauenfelder home life posts have seemingly increased the number of Boing Boing posts related to children, I have also noticed an increase in kids stuff at Neatorama. I will keep the kid stuff to Childhood Antics and the science, science fiction, general commentary, and honest hypocrisy to the Honest Hypocrite. Enjoy!


Paul Smith Jr. said...

Congratulations to you both!

(I'm guessing Pauling based off the hint, but I really hope it's the blanket-carrying philosopher friend of Mr. Charles Brown. That would be really cool.)

Howard said...

(I) Benjamin Linus from Lost?

Ok I stopped reading when I got to D.


Richard said...

Thanks for the good wishes. He is not named after Benjamin Linus from lost! He is not named after Luns Van Pelt either, but that is what many people assume. Being named after the Linus Peanuts would not be so bad as he was always the theologian and philosopher of the bunch.

The Virtual Ranger said...

Well done all of you... the fun starts now! Now you'll have plenty of time for blogging at the dead of night.

Anyway, it must be the great Pauling, famous for eating Vitamin C by the kilo. It's always seemed to be an appalling concept to me. Let's hope he took plenty of roughage with it.

Richard said...

It seems that the dead of night blogging or even the daytime blogging is suffering due to lack of attention right now. The attention goes to Linus or to brute force efforts to cobble together consciousness in the face of sleep deprivation and the low quiet panic of being a new parent.

Linus can pick whomever he wants to be named after depending on the situation and inspiration that person might provide when he gets older. (But we all know that he is named after Pauling).

Shirley Vandever said...

Congratulations ! Cute as a button !

Aunt Bex said...

I love the tiny smile...just like he was sleeping and knew a picture was about to be taken and he said to himself..." All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
Love ya Linus...I'm proud to be your Aunt!

The Dad said...

Wow, I guess I'm behind on your blog. I didn't realize there was a 'lil Richard in the world. congrats to you all, and welcome to the party!