Fine news

I am ecstatic to announce a new Happy Mutant on the scene: Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow. Hatched at home, in a pool, this morning, in London, weighing 9 lbs and 6 oz. All bits correct and accounted for. Already stolen the hearts of all who see her.

Consider me on paternity leave until further notice. Link



  1. Congratulations! Always happy to see such a cute increase in the population. Have fun, and I hope you won’t miss sleeping, lol!

  2. YAY!!! Congratulations Cory.
    This means that not only can you use your e-book generated wuffie in exchange for dinner for two, now three, at Shanghai Cowgirl on any Friday night or Sunday Brunch, but you also use it for up to 10 yours of babysitting when you happen to be in Toronto. I just hope that you’ll still get enough time to write, the birth of my daughter became a total time sink – I procrastinate writing by playing with her.

  3. Oh, Cory. I remember when you were just a highschool kid working at Bakka & now you’re all grown up. Congratulations!

  4. Well, well, well, well, well. Many happy returns, happy birthday to the new owner of such a prodigious array of names, best wishes and all that.

  5. Congratulations on her birth and kudos for having a her at home where mommies and babies belong! Born green, live green!

  6. Oh, congratulations on such a beautiful daughter! Too bad you won’t have any names available for the next child. Kudos all around!

  7. Congrats, Cory–she looks just like you!

    I’m trying to imagine what her teenage rebellion will look like. “No, Dad, I WILL buy DRM’ed music files, and you can’t stop me! I reject your free culture ideals!”

  8. Man, that’s a significantly sized baby to be born at home! Congrats to dad and especially mom. I love that determined expression on her face, like, “I don’t care how many times you click that camera at me, you are NOT going to wake me up, after all I’ve been through!”

  9. Wonderful! Congratulations on your new addition!

    Oh, and 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, 1597, 2584, 4181, 6765, 10946, 17711, 28657, 46368, 75025, 121393!

  10. Congratulations, Cory…my daughter made her appearance Dec 15, and I can tell you unequivocally that the whole world just gets brighter.

    Can’t wait to hear her story.

  11. Congratulations and omedetou gozaimasu! From my Not quite English speaking wife.
    Enjoy the sleep you can get while you can get it!

  12. Congratulations! Better start teaching her how to spell all those names now. I hear it’s pretty competitive at Mutant X Academy Pre-K/Nursery School!

    Doesn’t she smell good? Someone needs to bottle those smells – New Baby, New Car, New Puppy, New Doll, New Shoes.

  13. herzlichen glueckwunsch! i know exacly how you feel. happy hormone-loaded first days (and nights) with your newcomer (and wow, that’s a big girl).

  14. I thought you were gay.

    I also thought you had an MFA, which apparently isn’t true either.

    “Cory Doctorow has no college degree, just a busy Web site and some provocative views on copyright”

    It’s good to be wrong. When you think you know who people are, it’s much easier to judge them.

  15. Congratulations, and Welcome to the World to Poesy!

    Sing to her a lot, hold her a lot, let her know she’s loved – though it’s sometimes heart-wrenching to have to tell my daughter “bye bye” in the morning when I’m off to work (if she’s even awake yet…) she knows who Daddy is and breaks into a huge smile when she hears the door opening at That Time Of The Evening.

    Being a Daddy will change you, mostly in good ways, and you and your wife will become a stronger team than ever. Best of luck to you all!

    I like “Poesy” as a name, too. We gave our daughter first and middle names and call her a nickname put together from them, so she’ll have plenty of names to pick from when she decides who she wants to be known as. Poesy will have even more!

    Spend time with her – she’ll only be small once…

    Take care,

  16. Congratulations, but… pls tll m y r jkng bt ths nms. ‘v nvr ndrstnd th qst t nflct vr mr tlndsh nd, ltmtly, mbrrssng nms n chldrn. Wll, t lst sh wll hv t b wll dctd, f nly t b bl t wrt hr wn nm. Bt gn, congratulations.

  17. Moonbat, you are one sad little creep! Did you not happen to notice Cory just had a baby born?!? You need a life and some joy in it. Stop trying to be the fly in the punchbowl.

  18. to Posey’s mom: hat’s off to you, girl. you have my respect. I had 2 unmedicated births, but I was way too chicken sh** to have them at home. Your baby is beautiful in every single way! Mazeltov!

  19. Mazel!

    *Interesting. For years he manages to keep his private life private. He spawns a happy little mutant and now can’t keep from drooling in public.*

  20. Gorgeous little mutant baby! Wonderful names! Congratulations to you all. You never know how much you can love until you hold your baby.

    And you do realize you have doomed her to a life of “No, my name’s NOT POSY.”

  21. Congratulations to the new parents! Quite a collection of names. I’m particularly fond of Emmeline, though my inner geek is jumping for joy at “Fibonacci Nautilus”.

  22. Congratulations… but hang on, *how many* babies is that name attached to?

    It’s a pretty long set of initials to saddle her with – no form will ever be long enough!

  23. Mazel Tov

    Very cute – (not all babies are cute, you know..)
    Don’t forget to just stand and stare for at least an hour a day.

  24. Congratulations to you and your wife. Another darling Canadian to help steal hearts *giggle* Enjoy the paternity leave, and enjoy!

  25. Congrats! Is she being released under Creative Commons?

    Great set of names, too. I think if I ever have a kid, I might have to give one of them the middle name Steampunk, though.

  26. Truly your best creation yet, and a collaboration, no less.

    P.E.F.N.T.D. is going to be hell to monogram, though.

    Again, congratulations, and again, and again.

  27. Hooray! Congratulations! I wish for you what my daughters have brought me: Daily helpings of jubilation and glee!

  28. Congratulations on your gorgeous little girl.

    As the proud father of an 8 month old I can state that the pride and happiness just keep on rolling in, in waves (tsunami sized). Enjoy it, and don’t let the “sleepless nights” naysayers scare you. Having a little one is tough at times but oh, so worth it.

    And she looks so healthy :)

  29. Our newest is four months old.

    I can’t stop staring into her eyes.

    Enjoy your hiatus, and please do keep track of the hours you spend gazing, eh?

  30. Hey Cory, you left out Katamari Damacy. It’s not too late to re-file the birth certificate.

  31. Hey, congratulations, Cory! I didn’t know you were pregnant.

    Hey, can I borrow your hot air balloon while you’re on leave? You’ll be lighter-than-air on your own for quite a while. Permanently, perhaps.

    I’m so delighted for you!

  32. Congratulations Cory!
    Although I’ve truly loved all your stories, this is your best work yet! Best wishes to you, your co-author, and your new creation. Look out world, Poesy is just getting started!

  33. Congratulations, Cory! She’s beautiful. Such a great round head for that large brain!! I love the name Poesy, but I vote for the nickname “Natch” or “Notch”, depending on how you pronounce Fibbonacci. Enjoy it all and keep a secret diary of it from day one. I started at a year and regret letting the first 12 months go by unrecorded by anything except my faulty memory. Best to all of you.

  34. Congratulations!

    All of love to you, your partner, and to Poesy!

    Have a great time with all the joy you’ve got coming.

  35. Mazal tov, proud father! May she be a blessing to you, and may she grow to a life of learning, of love, and of good deeds.

  36. Gal N Al, be nice to Moonbat — he was saying he’d misjudged. It’s a day for rejoicing.

    Gisburne, it’s a lovely name, it’s only nine letters longer than my own, and it’s hardly outlandish. For some points of comparison, check out the Utah Baby Namer.

  37. Congratulations Cory & Alice :) She’s adorable! I am also offering babysitting services when you’re in town :)

  38. Gloriously awesome news. I love the baby, love the parents… and love that you’ve included a link to every single name.

  39. Congratulations. I bet you now have a glimmer of how much your life is about to change. The only piece of advice I could possible give is not to try to stick too closely to any plans you made before she was born. Entropy knows all our plans have gone out the window immediately after the birth of both our kids.

    Please please please don’t stop writing, though. I really look forward to seeing how your writing changes now you’re a dad.

  40. Mazel tov! What an outstanding name! (My wife looked at the picture and said, “Look! The baby has greater-than and less-than signs for eyes!” Which struck us both as very appropriate for a happy baby mutant.)


    I’m sure everyone’s giving you more advice than you need (or even want.) But just remember… parenthood is a process that’s been in beta test for a long time. Just make sure that everyone in the family is getting _some_ rest, and you’ll be fine. I was always amazed with how little sleep you actually need to change nappies.

    Congrats! There’s nothing more satisfying than taking part in the great chain of life… etc. etc.

    P.S. – There’s nothing wrong with naming your child after famous mathematicians. @miles… hush!

  42. I imagine baby Poesy’s first thoughts: “First they mistake me for a porpoise, then it’s paparazzi time! I’ll keep my eyes shut, nah.”

    He, he ;-)

    Congrat, then, happy parents!

  43. I need an address…there are “Future Imagineer” baby things at work that need to be sent to Posey!

    CONGRATS…and really…where can I send stuff? :)

  44. Congrats! If your wonderful little girl ends up having quite a set of lungs, be sure to podcast a few minutes of it so we can get a taste of the joys of parenting.

  45. Yes.. yes… Now that all the good tidings are out of the way, I need to ask:

    Is your daughter driving yet, Cory?

    I need a ride to a Super Bowl party.

  46. Your baby has the colouring of the ‘longevity peach buns’ resturants serve at Chinese birthday parties! :D :D

  47. Congratulations to you and your family.

    This was a good post to start the day with. Partly because of it’s cute baby nature and partly because it made me happy to see the long stream of positive comments. Little Poesy is starting her life with the good thoughts of a lot of people.

  48. 9lbs???!!! Jeesh! Give your wife a Guiness–and your eternal thanks! Hope all it happy+healthy.


  49. Congratulations, and BTW, big babies usually sleep better than tiny ones. They’re not so desperate for nourishment. You don’t sleep anyway, do you?

  50. Congratulations! This will change your life in so many ways, Cory. Best wishes for all three of you!!! :)


    Thems alot of names for a lil’ kid but fortunately she’s got cute in overload so she can handle them all.

    Congratulations. She is beautiful and you guys are in for the time of your life!

  52. Excellent! Congrats, enjoy parenthood. :)

    As for the name length: the fact that it can be turned into a haiku is just incredibly cool :p

  53. Congratulations, you three!

    ‘Poesy’ always has three syllables, so it’s not quite a haiku. But I think she’s got a surplus of potential nicknames. :-)

  54. Welcome to the world, Poesy, and all the best to your mum and dad!

    They work for you now, lil’ freedom fighter ;)

  55. Congratulations. There’s been quite a run on babies lately in the tech world. I wonder if they’re going to be on backorder for a while now. Merlin Mann, Alex Lindsay, Patrick Norton, and now Cory Doctorow. And those are just the ones off the top of my head who appear on TWiT podcasts.

  56. Crackerbox Palace
    – George Harrison

    I was so young when I was born
    My eyes could not yet see
    And by the time of my first dawn
    Somebody holding me . . . they said

    I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
    We’ve been expecting you
    You bring such joy in Crackerbox Palace
    No matter where you roam know our love is true

    While growing up or trying to
    Not knowing where to start
    I looked around for someone who
    May help reveal my heart – someone said

    While you’re a part of Cracerbox Palace
    Do what the rest all do
    Or face the fact that Crackerbox Palace
    May have no other choice than to deport you

    I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
    We’ve been expecting you
    You bring us joy in Crackerbox Palace
    No matter where you roam know our love is true

    Sometimes are good . . . sometimes are bad
    That’s all a part of life
    And standing in between them all
    I met a Mr. Grief – and he said

    I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace
    Was not expecting you
    Let’s rap and tap at Crackerbox Palace
    Know that the Lord is well and inside of you


  57. Congratulations, Cory and family!

    Aw, what a cute round little Muppet face she’s got!

    I kinda wish my parents had named me “Fibonacci Nautilus”, but I already get enough people misspelling and mispronouncing “Avram”.

  58. Congratulations on a beautiful and healthy baby.

    May Posie bring you all the laughter and happiness only a little girl can.

  59. Congrats Cory.
    Having a child is one of the most amazing things in the world. As a father of three here is my advice (and yes, its worth exactly what you paid for it)

    1. Get your bluff in early. It could save you a lot of trouble.

    2. Keep a journal of everything they do that you find funny. You’ll need the blackmail material later.

    3. Remember. Remember all of the things your parents did that hurt you – dont do those things. Remember all the great things your parents did that you loved and that enabled you to have a great connections with your parents – repeat and expand on those. Finally, remember they are here to replace you – make sure they will make a world a better place.

  60. Bravo! This is the kind of happy thing I needed to see first thing today. Welcome to the world baby BoingBoing.

  61. Worth quoting to every new arrival:

    “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.’ ”

    –Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

  62. Wonderful news, Cory!! It’s a better world already with her in it.

    #105 posted by Miles: You seriously named your child Fibonacci?

    Miles, I think it’s very fitting and fancy. Besides, she’s already in Wikipedia under Fibonacci! Can’t back out of it now! LOL, that’s great!

  63. Awwww!
    sorry,couldn’t help myself :)
    congratulations to the whole,expanded and improved, family…and double congratulations on a happy homebirth!

  64. Today in my on going comments concerning Cory’s photos I can only say:



    Before you know it she’ll be driving!!!

  65. Adding my congratulations to the enormous list…well done to all three of you!

    The only advice I would give is to ignore all advice.

  66. Adorable baby! Congratulations!

    I think if I were her, I’d go with “Emmy”, but then I’m boring.

  67. She is lovely!

    Believe it when they say she will grow up very quickly and enjoy your sweet baby, even when she is hot/cold/lonely/hungry/timeshifted and can’t make you understand her language.

  68. Congrats!

    That being said, I have a serious problem with mutants stealing hearts. I may be out alone here, but people can’t live without hearts.

    One more thing to be paranoid about.

    Gotta go. I think THEY might be monitoring my communications.

  69. Darn it, wouldn’t you know Xeni beat me to the baby overlord line.

    That being said, congratulations!

  70. It’s appropriate for he to be born in London, she looks a little like Winston Churchill!

    Hahahahaha! Just kidding, you big lug! Congratulations.

  71. A most heartfelt congratulations, sir. Speaking as the father of a 3-year-old and two 7-month-olds, you’ve just stepped onto one king hell of a roller coaster ride–hang on. :)

  72. Cory! I’m so happy for all three of you! And let me just say… on behalf of the entire species… thanks for increasing the genetic diversity of the planet.

  73. PEFNTD. Nope, can’t figure out what it’s an acronym for. Something to do with copyfight and LEGO, would be my guess.


  74. Congratulations, Cory! Parenthood is the most worthwhile adventure in life. Don’t let any naysayers get you down; 21 years ago I gave my daughter an unusual name, and she has thrived with it.

  75. Congratulations on the arrival of the latest member of your boingboinging, videogaming, copyfighting, linux-using, high-altitude-balloon-blogging family!


  76. From one proud parent of two giant geeks (9.75 and 9.25) to the proud parents of their first, CONGRATULATIONS.

    (Psst! NOW we know what slows Cory down! We’ll have two days to catch up. A thousand of us will have to post every twelve seconds for 48 hours. HURRY!)

  77. @207 – RIGHT ON! My parents gave me an unusual one 28 years ago and it’s done me very, very well. Poesy’s name’s gonna be one of the great gifts she gets!

    Now, remember, start her on Disney parks early, but she won’t remember anything until age 3 or so, so make sure THAT trip is *really* special. And don’t neglect the East Coast; Epcot at age 3 is one of my favorite memories.

  78. Congratulations! What a gift, a blessing, a miracle! I held onto my copy of Haim Ginott’s Between Parent and Child throughout childrearing and it never let me down.

  79. Many happy felicitations to all three of you!

    Now, when are you bringing her to Penguicon to be properly welcomed into geekdom?

  80. Great name, and congratulations to you both on a beautiful child! She looks an awful lot like you already.


  81. Squee! Joy! Mazel tov! Welcome, Poesy!

    -Sally J, The Practical Archivist

    P.S. Moon (#200), my mom swears that *ALL* newborns look like Winston Churchill…and I’m inclined to agree with her. :)

  82. Congratulations, Cory! I look forward to meeting her. (Probably other people have told you this, but it’s easier to travel with a six month old than with a two year old.)

  83. I didn’t even know that you were building a sprog, and a beautiful one at that.

    Super-well done, and congratulations to the three of you!

    I hope that the world brings you all nothing but happy moments and bagfuls of smiles.


  84. I will pass on the advice given to my parents by a beatnik patron of my grandparents’ restaurant, on seeing me when I was a few weeks old:

    Raise her to be a death-ray repairwoman!


  85. I still believe your becoming a parent is a sign of the apocalypse.

    Nevertheless, she’s adorable, and Rob and I send our love.

  86. Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like there’s a puzzle/code/joke in PoesyEFNTD’s name?

    I worked out that the Fibonacci Sequence can be plotted on a spiral that looks like a nautilus shell. (And Nautilus is also Nemo’s ship in Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.)
    Anyone else?

    (I’d feel like a right fool posting this, but I have a sense of Cory’s fondness for games.)

  87. We’re over the moon this morning, folks. She’s just over 24 hours old today. A million thanks to everyone who posted — especially the poetry and photoshops (I cried at the former, laughed hysterically at the latter). She slept in our room last night, in a bassinet and sometimes on us when she was fussing. I nodded off this morning around 6AM with her chuffing like a railroad engine, nuzzled in my throat.

  88. the best part of being a father is stepping on legoes barefoot at 3a.m. That’s when you KNOW that your kid is truly genius. it the best hellride you’ll ever take. congrats

  89. very fine news indeed. a big Mazel Tov to the three of you. London’s a great place to raise kids. Free museums, good, healthy multi-cultural state schools. One thing I remember about newborns: the first month is the hardest. Just hang in there until you get that first smile, then its happy sailing.


    FoetusNail – “home where mommies and babies belong!” are you sure you meant that like it sounds? I take serious offence here, and say dads! stand up for your rights!

  90. Welcome, P.E.F.N.T.D., welcome! Let’s hope you get lucki(er) in the nickname department. *g*

    Congrats, Cory, Alice. Nicest mutant I’ve seen yet (beyond my own hatched-at-home little brother, that is).

  91. Glad to see you going with the British tradition of naming a child more names than they’ll be able to remember before the age of eight.

    I’m sure she’ll follow Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno in making interesting records, decks of cards, and a soundtrack for Spore.

    mazel tov!

  92. Congratulations! I have to ask – which came first? The names or the background for the names? :-) I’ve never seen such detailed reasons for a baby’s name in my life! :-D

  93. congrats mr Doctorow! Another imbolc baby; my daughter gained a sister on saturday, also in a pool. Jolly good show sir!

  94. All my best wishes, Doc. From a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t go in for such things normally. She’s beautiful.

  95. Congrats from the far thawing north as well, Cory! My bomb’s still ticking at approx. 5196 hours, let u know when it goes off.

  96. mazel tov, what a beautiful baby with a cool name.

    knowing your fondness for rudy rucker, i’ll
    be upset if she’s not called “e to the i
    cutie pi” within a month with those middle

  97. Congrats and all… but I feel compelled to point out that several people attempting to spell the baby’s first name have failed so far. And these are your literate bloggers who have the right spelling right in front of them. Posey/Poesey/Posie will always get misspelled. (So will Fi[b/bb]o[n/nn]a[c/cc]i, but I guess that’s less important).

    Well, I guess geeky e-celebrities are no different from the regular ones, and inflicting vanity names on their innocent kids is some charismatic tribal custom they all share. As someone saddled with a strange-sounding name as a child I’m going to give mine a simple one and just let him or her choose a new one when they can think for themselves. I think a “Peter” voluntarily changing into a “Trout Fishing in America” is cooler than “Trumpet Moon-Unit Zebrahead” telling his friends his name is “just Tom”.

  98. Congratulations!

    Brace yourself. This upgrade to your life comes with a free upgrade to your perspective.

    I don’t expect your pen to follow any radically new paths.

    But I suspect it will have a far sharper point.

    I can’t wait to read the new you.

  99. Congratulations Cory! Thats awesome!

    I’ll have to shake your hand if I catch you at etech this year!

  100. Congratulations! I hope you and she, and momma as well, are healthy and happy.

    I have been through this part twice now, and there’s nothing to compare to it.

  101. Has anyone commenced printing stickers that say “Cory Doctorow has a Poesy”? Image of Cory must include cape and goggles.

  102. Congratulations to all three of you!

    She’s already got matching hair, and I’m sure the cape and goggles will be along shortly.

    That name is sure a mouthful, but I’m sure she’ll grow into it. I can only imagine that if she ever does something that warrants you calling her by her full name you’ll be out of breath by the time you finish.

  103. Beautiful baby, Beautiful name!
    Daughters are indeed a blessing that change their daddies’ lives forever! Much joy to your family and to you, sir!
    Om Ah Hung!

  104. Hooray for Babies!!

    My husband (a long time BB reader) thinks the names are too much. He still enjoys your books, though. On the other hand, I think it’s a lovely series of names, and appropriately fantastic. Congratulations on your new babe-ling!

  105. Cory, brilliant.I had to finally create an account to congratulate you, Alice and the little one. Genuinely makes me happy, this.. Best of luck!

    You’ve given a whole new meaning to the word ‘Boing’ XD

  106. Damn! There’s something wrong with the focus on my monitor. *sniff* It’s gone all blurry.


  107. One day old and already in Wikipedia. Who in their right mind would want that for their kid or them self. Can only hope you’re joking about the names.

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