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December 7, 2004

Posted by Teresa at 07:07 PM * 24 comments

It may be a day that will live in infamy, but it’s also Madeleine’s birthday.

Happy birthday, Mad!

Comments on Observance:
#1 ::: Bill Blum ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2004, 07:16 PM:

Happy Birthday, Madeline....

( and to any other regulars with impending birthdays in December. )

#2 ::: NelC ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2004, 07:17 PM:

Many happy returns, Madeline!

#3 ::: Jax ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2004, 08:24 PM:

Mad! How could you not tell us your birthday was coming up...I'd have brought our celebratory singing birthday candle to the meeting Saturday! Ah well, I'll make the kuchen in your honor, then.

#4 ::: Chad Orzel ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2004, 08:47 PM:

In the spirit of the "Feedback" thread, I'd just like to note that the page style means that the words directly below "Happy birthday, Mad!" are "We Never Knew."

It's nicely serendipitous. Now, if only the letters were smaller, pale green, and on a puce background...

#5 ::: Jim ::: (view all by) ::: December 07, 2004, 10:48 PM:

Four years ago today, our son was born. So I said to my wife, "Well, it will be easy to remember his birthday - it's Pearl Harbor Day!" And, being the good linguist she is, she replies, "No, it will be easy to remember because it's Chomsky's birthday."

Happy Birthday to Charlie, Madeline, and Noam!

#6 ::: Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:07 AM:

Happy birthday, Madeleine! And remember, it could be worse: I get to share a birthday with Hiroshima...

#7 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:26 AM:

I am stunned and amazed to be so feted! Thanks, Teresa, Jax, et al.

One friend explained his failure to provide a birthday card by noting that it's hard to find birthday cards that feature the Missouri sinking...but it was a good day nonetheless. I've always felt a little jealous of my brother, whose birthday is also Jane Austen's and Beethoven's, and only nine days later.

In the spirit of spreading around the joy, Happy Birthday to Laura Mixon and her lovely daughter too.

#8 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:27 AM:

It's also Ed Pegg, Jr.'s birthday today. He's the webmaster of

There, even the math-indifferent will find pretty things. The interlocked tesselated donut-thingies on the home page, to begin with...

Then there's the link to the Poppy Seed Bagel theorem... It's real, but reads like a parody of my more equational postings here, except all handwaving metaphors and no equations.

And he has Chaos Tiles back in stock! Probably not for long -- when the 15 remaining cases are gone, that will be the end of non-periodic dominoes...


#9 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:51 AM:

Madeleine: Check your timeline-navigation equipment; the Mighty Mo didn't sink in mine, and was used for the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay. Perhaps the Arizona played the latter role in yours?

(Oh, and happy birthday to you as well.)

#10 ::: Kevin Andrew Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 01:53 AM:

Happy Birthday, Mad.

What Jax said about keeping it secret from us last Saturday.

Hmm. I said I was going to make quiche. I don't know if that's specifically birthdayish, but in any case, happy birthday.

See you Sunday.


#11 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 04:38 AM:

It's also Tom Galloway's birthday. He likes to tell the story of watching Jeopardy! one day, seeing "December 7" as a category, and rattling off all five answers before even seeing the questions.

#12 ::: Connie H. ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 06:00 AM:

Hippo Birdies Two Ewes, Madeleine! When I grow up, can I be you?

#13 ::: jane ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 06:24 AM:

A day late and a dollar--nah.I'll keep the dollar and just send the good wishes to Mad.


#14 ::: mayakda ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 09:37 AM:

Maligayanag bati sa iyong kaarawan.
(hapi bertdey)

#15 ::: Janet Croft ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 09:40 AM:

Also my dad's birthday. Happy birthday!

#16 ::: L.N. Hammer ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 11:01 AM:

Hippos in tutus are dancing with birdies!


#17 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:26 PM:

Gracious, so many December 7th birthdays! We should start a club!

Happy Birthday to all!

#18 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 12:30 PM:

Connie: you want to be =me?=

(Blinks, wanders off to think about that.)

#19 ::: Tom Galloway ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 03:55 PM:

Said answers being, in no particular order, Pearl Harbor, George Bush, Apollo 17, Delaware, and Larry Bird.

Bush Sr. had relatively recently given a speech to the American Legion on September 7th...which he stated was Pearl Harbor's anniversary. Apollo 17 launched on 12/7 (not originally intended to; it was the first night launch and holds pushed it to after midnight), Delaware was the first state to adopt the Constitution and did so on 12/7, and it's also Larry Bird's birthday (that was the one I wasn't 100% sure of in advance, since it's also Johnny Bench's birthday).

#20 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: December 08, 2004, 10:01 PM:

I would certainly have gotten Pearl Harbor, George Bush and Delaware. Might have gotten Apollo 17. Would not have gotten Larry Bird.

I have always wanted to go on Jeopardy! but I understand that, as much as you know, if you can't get the hang of buzzing in at the right moment you're sunk.

#21 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: December 09, 2004, 02:28 AM:

Happy Birthday a couple of days late.

Chris Davis, it may be understandable to locate the Missouri at Pearl Harbor; it now resides there. In fact, if you want you can tour the Arizona, the Missouri, and the Bowfin (submarine) all in one (rushed) morning.

#22 ::: Christopher Davis ::: (view all by) ::: December 09, 2004, 12:02 PM:

Linkmeister: yes, but it didn't sink. (I toured it many years ago, when it was still in Bremerton.)

#23 ::: Pat Lundrigan ::: (view all by) ::: December 10, 2004, 01:15 PM:

Also Leigh Brackett's birthday.
Anyone write Planetary Romances anymore?

#24 ::: Ashley Portman ::: (view all by) ::: December 17, 2004, 06:33 AM:

it's too late... but... Happy birthday!


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