One of a kind

I was looking for something else and ran across this somewhat ridiculous part of LinkedIn’s web site: Allen, J.

This is why in every place my name is used publicly, especially related to work, that I am very careful to use the exact string, “Jeff R. Allen”. It is a habit I started in college when my first academic paper was ever published. When you work with computers from an early age, you have a good understanding of namespaces, and how to best deal with the sub-optimal namespaces favored by humans and their idiosyncratic language.

When our new robot overlords finally achieve consciousness and take over, I suspect they will immediately rectify the mishmash of namespaces and replace it with something better.