Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How a Techno-Geek Names a Baby

For all you technology geeks/parents to be...

As if the slog of baby name blogs (WNTNYB not withstanding), mommy message boards, twitter, facebook and ubiquitous baby namer sites were not bad enough, back in February a new iPhone application was developed called "Name Shake"

I watched the demo video (available on the link above). Apparently, how Name Shake works is, a screen which resembles a casino slot machine randomly spins and comes up with a name by sex, country of origin and letter of the alphabet. You can lock any or all of these categories so that for instance you only see French girls' names that start with the letter Q. There are something like 19,000 names in the database that powers the app. It allows you to save your favorites, gives you the meaning of the name and a pronounciation key and you can email your list of favs to your friends and family.

I don't know about you guys, but I don't know how much I want to leave the naming of my children to an iPhone. Um...yeah, call me old fashioned. Especially when I was watching the demo and saw names like:


Yeah well it was a good idea... in theory. Where does it end people? Where does it end? Oh the humanity! Smh

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