From now until November, in a patriotic branding campaign, Budweiser is replacing its own name with “America.” The new label looks almost identical, but yes, the name is changed.
Month: May 2016
The weird, humiliating nicknames George W Bush gave to everyone
“An indispensable Wikipedia list captures the prolific nicknames generated by GW to refer to the people around him.”
Here’s Every Living Or Extinct Creature Named After David Attenborough
Few people have creatures named after them. Even fewer people have multiple creatures named after them. Atlas Obsura reports on all the creatures named naturalist for David Attenborough.
The Hobbit Name Generator
Need a hobbit name? Try this hobbit name generator.
About Names: In the currency of boys’ baby names, bank on Jackson
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. This week’s column discusses that most popular baby names of 2015.
The Names of Musical Groups
How do bands create names? TaxoDiary shows some interesting graphical band name classifications.
Parents are paying “experts” a lot of money to name their babies
As modern parents because increasingly concerned over what to name their babies, more of them are hiring expensive experts to help.
Czech Republic to be known as ‘Czechia’
Just as The French Republic is known as France, The Czech Republic wants to be known as Czechia. It’s a marketing decision.
Baby names generated by a neural network
Andrej Karpath, a Stanford computer science PhD candidate, designed a plausible baby name generator, while working on recurrent neural networks (a type of artificial neural network).
According to Wikipedia, “in machine learning and cognitive science, artificial neural networks (ANNs) are a family of models inspired by biological neural networks (the central nervous systems of animals, in particular the brain) which are used to estimate or approximate functions that can depend on a large number of inputs and are generally unknown.”
In this case, Karpath fed the neural network 8000 real baby names as input and generated plausible baby names not in the original data set.
Examples: Antley, Nerille, Chelon, Walmor, Evena, Jeryly, Stachon, Charisa
Book Review: The Name Therapist
In Duana Taha’s book, The Name Therapist, this “half-Gaelic, half-Egyptian TV screenwriter-slash-baby-name blogger turned advice columnist (on LaineyGossip.com) and self-declared ‘name therapist’ ” explores why names matter. This book review gives additional insight into the name concepts covered in the book and the style in which the author approaches them.