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January 2, 2008

Intimations of mortality
Posted by Patrick at 12:00 AM * 147 comments

Today, for almost certainly the last time, I am the square of a prime.

Comments on Intimations of mortality:
#1 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:12 AM:

happy birthday!

#2 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:19 AM:

Hey, you might make it to 121. In the absence of national health care, at least you'll be free of unnecessary medications.

Happy BD, oh esteemed host!

#3 ::: julia ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:23 AM:

Hey, it is after midnight. Happy birthday.

#4 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:25 AM:

He's being all mournful about getting old. I think it's because he just found out that Tobias Buckell was born on his 20th birthday, back in 1979.

#6 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:29 AM:

I remember my 20th birthday. So does Teresa. The idea that hot new writer Toby Buckell was writhing into existence on that same day is simply too weird to contemplate.

Excuse me, I'll be out in the garden leaning on my Zimmer frame.

#7 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:30 AM:

Happy birthday!

Remember: getting older is better than the alternative.

#8 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:31 AM:

Be careful. It's dark out there.

#9 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:32 AM:

Hippo birdie...

#10 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:37 AM:

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

#11 ::: Lee ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:43 AM:

Happy Birthday! Wow, I didn't realize that you were younger than me... [1]

[1] This is because Hugo-winning editors are supposed to be older than me!

#12 ::: Robert Hutchinson ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:52 AM:

The obvious solution is to redefine squares and/or prime numbers.

#13 ::: Summer Storms ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:02 AM:

I wouldn't call you square, Patrick, and you're still in your prime. So enjoy your birthday!

#14 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:03 AM:

Happy birthday!

#15 ::: Dave Weingart ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:04 AM:

Alles Gute zum Geburstag!

#16 ::: Mary Frances ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:05 AM:

Or you could always fall back on the old consolation prize: "When Mozart was my age . . . he'd been dead fifteen years!"

Happy Birthday!

#17 ::: Yatima ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:17 AM:

Happy birthday! Yes, I just found out that Catherynne Valente is about six. Proposed new drinking game: one shot for every year younger and prettier they are.

#18 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:32 AM:

Happy Birthday. At least there's some good news after UH's demolition in the Sugar Bowl.

#19 ::: miriam beetle ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:43 AM:

happy birthday, pnh! may your day be full of fun & jocularity.

#20 ::: Tania ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:51 AM:

Congratulations on another circuit around the sun, and may there be many more to come!

PNH, you're in your prime, and you're certainly not a square.

#21 ::: Dena Shunra ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:56 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

Your comment proves your mettle: even noticing issues such as primes and squares indicates a great integrity and a salutary shunning of the decadently indecent irrational.

Many happy returns.

#22 ::: xeger ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:58 AM:

Happy birthday!!!

(I suppose reading "Imitations of Immorality" for the title of this thread suggests a need for sleep, more than anything else... )

#23 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:58 AM:

Patrick, so far as I know, getting older beats the alternative. Even if it doesn't, I am in no mood to rush finding out.

Many happy returns.

#24 ::: gramina ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:18 AM:

It looks like you're turning 49 -- I assumed at first that whoever was posting must be turning 81!

So here's hoping that this is the *next* to last prime^2 birthday, or possibly (as said above) even the third-to-last.

And, of course, here's also wishing you a wonderful year! As my dad said, if you can get to 50 without growing up, *you don't have to!* :)

#25 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:23 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick!*

You still have a whole lot of prime birthdays left; who cares if they're square?

* The exclamation mark thanks for you being an excuse to use it.

#26 ::: Ken MacLeod ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:24 AM:

Happy birthday!

On mathematics and growing older ... I've always found the argument in Robert Charles Wilson's 'Divided by Infinity' a great comfort, myself.

#27 ::: Kayjayoh ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:59 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#28 ::: Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:01 AM:

Patrick: Happy birthday!

Next year you'll be able to write your age in Roman numerals with just one letter. The one that looks like a carpenter's square, while "square" is being discussed.* Of course, that may or may not happen to you again, either.

*Not that you are at all square. And we hope you are (a)round a long time!

Lois, whose current age is on every Heinz Ketchup bottle.

#29 ::: Lindra ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:04 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#30 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:17 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick! I'm older than you are! :P

#31 ::: Debbie ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:37 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#32 ::: Mitch Wagner ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:40 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#33 ::: Dom ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:45 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#12 The obvious solution is to redefine squares and/or prime numbers.

Or you could choose a reference planet with a longer year.

The good news is that our host's age in days will next be the square of a prime on Pentecost 2010.

#34 ::: Pete ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 04:28 AM:

Here's to our host whose
age has squared a prime,
for what he says may
well be his last time

Now twice prime cubed he'll
be just five years on,
then prime squared cubed once
ten years more have gone

Math'matic rhyme,
while not sublime,
bears best wishes anon.

Happy Birthday Patrick
(Remember, in hex you're only 31)

#35 ::: David Goldfarb ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 04:36 AM:

gramina@24: I fear you need to double-check your mathematics.

Patrick: Happy birthday!

#36 ::: Zak ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 04:43 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

Sadly after 3 years old there are no worthwhile birthdays anymore. It's the last age when you get pi.

(I will now go quietly burn in math pun hell)

#37 ::: the talking dog ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 05:04 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#38 ::: Janet ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 05:49 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

#39 ::: Lis ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:14 AM:

Happy Birthday!

I can't, however, bring myself to agree that being 49 means you're old. Or even older. The most I'm willing to concede, from the great height of 50, is that we're not annoying, argumentative kids anymore.

We're annoying, argumentative adults.

#40 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:26 AM:

Happy birthday, Sharky. And thanks for letting us play in your sandbox.

#41 ::: Cassandra ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:28 AM:

Patrick, otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu!

#42 ::: Mark D ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:59 AM:

Happy Birthday!

I am 1/3 of the way through my 49th year, and finding that it is producing a lot of good reflection and positive change. May it be the same for you!

#43 ::: Michael I ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:22 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#44 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:23 AM:

A few weeks back in the Pope Rat, Professor X, red-state politician sex thread, which naturally veered towards 'Oh, that makes me feel so old', there were all these comments saying 'the Berlin Wall' was their first datable memory of the outside world. They meant its fall, where mine was its construction.

I mentioned there that finding out that both expected future PMs in our recent election were younger than me was rather confronting (both turned 50 in 2007). Definitely worse than seeing young policemen.

Now I find the respected & experienced PNH is even younger still! Enjoy it Patrick, you never know how many more you'll get. (Go & blow out a candle on that Hugo.) Congratulations & Hoppy Birdies.

#45 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:28 AM:

Happy birthday, sir!

(I've always found hexadecimal a friendlier base for birthdays - 49 is only 31!)

#46 ::: Mris ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:39 AM:

Happy birthday! Family rule is: five days of celebration minimum for ordinary birthdays, ten for big birthdays. "Last likely square of a prime" sounds like an excuse for the extra five to me.

#47 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:47 AM:

Joyeux Anniversaire, Patrick!
(Cue in the theme music from Hawaii 5-0.)

#48 ::: Harry Connolly ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:49 AM:

Happy Birthday! May you have many, many more.

#49 ::: John Chu ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:15 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

May we all live to see you happy and healthy on your 121st birthday.

#50 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:19 AM:

Happy 30th birthday!

#51 ::: Charlie Stross ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:20 AM:

Damn fencepost errors ...

(Need more coffee ...)

#52 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:43 AM:

Happy Birthday!

(And damn you, Serge (#47) for earworming me!)

#53 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:50 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#54 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:03 AM:

Congratulations on still having birthdays, and sincere envy on noticing the specialness of the number. The last time I had a good numeric insight was when I realized that I could remember which license number was mine and which was Cathy's, because the first two digits of each were 1/3 of our respective age when we got the plates. That's not true any more, of course, but I found an easier way to remember anyway.

But good going on the birthday thing. Keep having them.

#55 ::: Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:03 AM:

Many happy returns of the day!

#56 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:07 AM:

John Chu wins something, I think, but I'm not sure what.

#57 ::: Jo Walton ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:08 AM:

Sasha was marvelling that people born in 2000 could be eight already. He remembers 2000.

My Aunt Jane, whose eighty-fifth birthday it is today, picked up The King's Peace once in AM's house. She read the first sentence aloud. "What it means to be old is to remember things that nobody else alive can remember." She looked up. Well, that's true!" she said, and put the book down decisively. So she never got to the line in the last chapter of The King's Name "What it means to be young is to wake up in the morning with the belief that today might be better than yesterday."

Happy birthday!

#58 ::: Harry Payne ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:10 AM:

Many Happy Returns

#59 ::: fidelio ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:10 AM:

Happy birthday!

Old? Ha! I have books, sir, that are three times your age.

#60 ::: Jon ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:26 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#61 ::: annalee flower horne ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:29 AM:

¡feliz cumpleaños, Patrick!

And forty-nine is not old. Good heavens.

#62 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:33 AM:

Adam Lipkin @ 52... Bwahahahah!!!

You know, Patrick doesn't look that old. Do you think he might really be a Questor?

#63 ::: Kimberley ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:37 AM:

Today I passed my prime, well temporarily at least. Happy birthday, birthday sharer. :-)

#65 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:45 AM:

Happy birthday, from someone who is also the square of a prime (the previous prime)!

#66 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:01 AM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

At least (unless you haven't been mentioning it) you haven't been receiving solicits from the AARP to join. I have, at one year younger than you, which is odd. They're usually far more accurate than that.

#67 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:02 AM:

1. Happy birthday, Tobias Buckell!

2. Happy first-birthday-with-a-Hugo to PNH!

3. You waited till exactly midnight to post this? Obsessive much?

#68 ::: Faren Miller ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:05 AM:

Happy birthday, whippersnapper! (I'm sure a lot of us here could say, "If you think that's old ...")

I hope the twelve months leading to the age of L are all good ones.

#69 ::: Sisuile ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:17 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick! May you enjoy the world for many years to come.

#70 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:27 AM:

What's the matter with kids these days? They have a birthday and think they're old?

#71 ::: Malthus ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:29 AM:

Happy Birthday!

Look at it this way, you still get to look forward to being the 6th power of a prime, as well as the 4th power of a prime later.


In other news: Teresa, have you heard about this narcolepsy-related news? I don't know when and if they plan on moving to human trials, though.

#72 ::: Richard Brandt ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:34 AM:

Yeah, quit your bragging, you insolent pup.

In March I'll be a prime cubed. Look at all you have to look forward to!

#73 ::: eRobin ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:44 AM:

Happy Birthday!!

#74 ::: Lila ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:53 AM:

Happy Birthday! (I'm slightly younger than you, but have reached the age when I've almost stopped being freaked out by doctors being much younger than I am.)

#75 ::: marty ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:04 AM:

Happy Birthday from one zimmer framer to another. Long may you wave (r?)

Much love, as always

#76 ::: Seth Breidbart ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:20 AM:

Happy birthday, youngster.

And don't pay attention to anybody who insists you're an adult.

#77 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:24 AM:

Felicitous natal anniversary to you,
Felicitous natal anniversary to you,
Felicitious natal anniversary, dear Patrick,
Felicitous natal anniversary to you!

#78 ::: Greg Greene ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:33 AM:

I, like LMB and John, also look forward to celebrating your 121st. Live long and prosper, yo.

#79 ::: Paul ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:44 AM:

Happy Birthday!

#80 ::: Velma ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:53 AM:

Happy birthday! Are there any 49-year-old single malts?

#81 ::: petra ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:53 AM:

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!

#82 ::: Rob Hansen ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 11:59 AM:

Your current ages lies between two primes, the larger of which is my current age. So, Happy Birthday, youngster.

#83 ::: mayakda ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:26 PM:

Happy Birthday!!!

#84 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:31 PM:

A very Happy Birthday, PNH! We're lucky to have you here in the world. Here's hoping the next year brings you lots of things that make you happy.

#85 ::: Niall McAuley ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:37 PM:

On this day: On 2 January 1959, after reaching escape velocity, Luna 1 separated from its 1472 kg third stage.

#86 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:38 PM:

Happy Birthday! Do something amusing.

#87 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:41 PM:

Happy Birthday. And I hope you're wrong about it being the last time for that mathematical formula.

#88 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:42 PM:

You have the same birthday as Isaac Asimov.

#89 ::: Joyce Reynolds-Ward ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:44 PM:

Hey, you're still younger than I am.

Happy birthday!

#90 ::: Joyce Reynolds-Ward ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:45 PM:

Oh yeah, BTW.

Intimations of mortality--one of my colleagues at work was born the year I graduated from high school.

Sigh.

#91 ::: albatross ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 12:53 PM:

Congratulations!

If you were Jack Benny, you could just keep repeating this birthday for the rest of your life.

#92 ::: albatross ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:04 PM:

Joyce #90:

Yeah, I had an experience like this a while back. I went to my doctor's office, and saw a very earnest very young doctor who looked like she had graduated (from high school) about an hour before. It was just sort of jarring....

My youngest coworkers were probably born around the time I graduated high school, too.

#93 ::: Jack Heneghan ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:09 PM:

So young, so young, And a whole New Year to blow it on. Enjoy!

#94 ::: JESR ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:11 PM:

Happy birthday, Patrick, you whippersnapper (you were born the year I started first grade, after all).

#95 ::: Charles Kuffner ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:27 PM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

I could note that you still get to be the fifth power of a prime and the fourth power of a prime before you get to be a prime squared again, but that's too geeky, so I won't.

On my next birthday, in a few short weeks, I become The Answer. Whoopee.

#96 ::: alsafi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:34 PM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#97 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:42 PM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick. Hope you celebrate your square-primedness suitably (and that there's something good to drink--which I suspect there will be).

#98 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:43 PM:

Wait...would that be prime-squaredness?

#99 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:45 PM:

Velma @ 80

(After a quick Google by this lover of single malts). Yes, but they're rather expensive...

#100 ::: Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:46 PM:

I was a bit punchy from a cold when I read the headline last night. It hit my brain as "Imitations of mortality." As in pretending to get old and die, maybe to fool your neighbors so they don't know you have a stash of Boosterspice.

Happy birthday!

#101 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:48 PM:

Madeleine 98: I believe that's a better construction. 'Square' is a verb; 'prime' is not (in a mathematical context). So putting a verbal ending on 'square' is better form.

Now someone will tell me that 'prime' IS a verb in mathematics and explain what it means. That's fine. Just don't tell me that squares ARE primes (because after all they're derived from them)! :-)

#102 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:49 PM:

- And Happy Birthday, Patrick!

#103 ::: Josh Jasper ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:49 PM:

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.
And now you're even older.

You're older than you've ever been.
And now you're even older.
And now you're older still.

#104 ::: Syd ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:50 PM:

Happy Birthday!

#105 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:52 PM:

Xopher @101:

Prime may not be a verb in mathematics, but it is a form of dinosaur.

*runs very quickly away*

#106 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 01:59 PM:

*sets phaser on "hurt a lot"*

*blasts abi as she flees*

Sorry, folks, but it had to be done.

#107 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:05 PM:

Xopher @106:
Sorry, folks, but it had to be done.

You're going to be even more sorry when I send Prime the Very Mean And Slightly Unusual Dinosaur after you.


#108 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:07 PM:

abi 107: I'll pull his feathers out!

#109 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:07 PM:

I'm waiting for Optimus Prime to stomp in.

#110 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:11 PM:

Xopher @108:
I'll pull his feathers out!

You think that'll quill him?

(Making Light: the only place where anyone ever brings a dinosaur to a gunfight.)

#111 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:18 PM:

I suddenly recall that my classmate redubbed this ode "Imitations of Immorality."

Happy Birthday.

#112 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:23 PM:

So next year you'll be the number of states in the Union! Something to look forward to, at least.

You know the proof for there being no largest interesting number, don't you? I think I read it here.

#113 ::: Chang, the aged ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:27 PM:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU SAH!!!

#114 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:29 PM:

Abi @ 110... You think that'll quill him?

Youth'ink?

#115 ::: Steve C. ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:30 PM:

A Primeasaurus would certainly be odd, except for the first one, which would be even.

#116 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:37 PM:

abi: I don't think plucking him will get him down.

#117 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:43 PM:

abi 110: Then I'll throw a stick and yell "Fletch!" I'm not going to let him shaft me. I'll call my friend Calvin, and say "Calumus help me get rid of this vane dinosaur. My friend Barb will help too. I'll tell her "Barbule help, won't you?" But in secret, so she won't get locked up in a barbicel.

#118 ::: Harriet Culver ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:45 PM:

Happy Birthday to all my fellow Capricorns out there, and especially to PNH!

Harriet
who will be one year short of the Heinz label day after tomorrow

-- perhaps I should act now to reserve Whisperado to play for my next big one, my LXth, in 2012? :-)

#119 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:46 PM:

Happy Birthday!

FWIW, I read the title as "Imitations of Morality" as well. Which would probably be post with a lot of supporting material readily available.

#120 ::: abi ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:55 PM:

Xopher @117:
Prime doesn't wait for puns; he goes straight for the kill. Or, to put it a little differently,

Because I could not stop for Puns,
They kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but Xopher's wit
And verbal levity.*

-----
* For the record, this is doggerel. Or, perhaps, dinorel.

#121 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:56 PM:

Xopher @ 117... I'll call my friend Calvin, and say "Calumus help me get rid of this vane dinosaur. My friend Barb will help too. I'll tell her "Barbule help, won't you?" But in secret, so she won't get locked up in a barbicel.

When it comes down to it, their pinions matter a lot to you.

#122 ::: Chris Quinones ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 02:57 PM:

Happy birthday, Patrick!

#123 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 03:45 PM:

I wonder feather or not these fledgling puns will survive...

#125 ::: Spherical Time ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 05:41 PM:

Wow! Congrats! Here's hoping that the medical science in sci-fi books will come to pass and that you're completely wrong! . . . Er, it does sound a little odd to hope that the birthday boy is wrong, but I'm sure we'll get over it.

I'd post a version of the sad happy birthday song, but I can't even get the VPXI videos online, so I'm going to have to put that off for another birthday.

#126 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:06 PM:

Happy birthday!

#127 ::: Michael R. Bernstein ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:22 PM:

Hippo Birdie!

#128 ::: Wendy Bradley ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:27 PM:

Grow old, not up.

#129 ::: Kevin Riggle ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 06:29 PM:

Storm the castle, burn the keep
Kill the trolls but save the sheep!
On your birthday
Happy birthday

Hangovers are what's so sad
'Bout the whiskey that you've had
On your birthday
Happy birthday

May your deeds with pen and axe
Outshine those with 'saurs and yaks
On your birthday
Happy birthday

#130 ::: Geri Sullivan ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:06 PM:

It's a leap year. I certainly hope you have another 365 days of being a squared prime immediately ahead of you.

And I wish you joy in each and every one of those days, as well as in the years and decades to follow.

#131 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:10 PM:

Geri.. Actually, Patrick will be a 49er for 366 days, not 365.

#132 ::: Mary Aileen ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:47 PM:

Serge, that's why she said *another* 365 days. After today.

#133 ::: Josh in Philly ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 07:55 PM:

49? Did you cry a lot?

Happy B'day, and thanks for co-hosting our favorite online reading.

-Josh and Ann

#134 ::: Michael Roberts ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:38 PM:

Minden jó a születésnapodra!

#135 ::: JKRichard ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:45 PM:

Happy Birthday Patrick and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou to the both of you.

#136 ::: Fiendish Writer ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 08:52 PM:

Wishing you a Fiendishly Happy Birthday, sir!

#137 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:04 PM:

Mary Aileen @ 132... I stand corrected.

#138 ::: Laina ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 09:58 PM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick. Hope today was special and the rest of the year even more so.

#139 ::: Wrye ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:11 PM:

Happy birthday, sir. You and your co-hosts are a delight to read. Thank you all.

#140 ::: B. Durbin ::: (view all by) ::: January 02, 2008, 10:29 PM:

Happy Birthday to you, Merry Birthday to you!
May all your good dreams and fine wishes come true!
May every day bring you its own special cheer,
The gift of our friendship, and fortune this year..!

#141 ::: Christopher Hawley ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2008, 01:46 AM:

Many happy returns to an esteemed senior, and may you live to be wrong about the last-squared-prime bit. (121 has yet to be ruled out.)

- CJH
(celebrated 40th on last ISO8660 date with all-odd digits for the next millenium or so...)

#142 ::: John Dallman ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2008, 08:32 AM:

Happy Birthday. You make people not much younger, like me, feel there's hope for us yet.

#143 ::: Nancy C. Mittens ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2008, 11:11 AM:

Happy Birthday, Patrick!

#144 ::: David DeLaney ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2008, 08:46 PM:

Happy birthday ... but remember, "with proper assistance, you could have left off at seven".

--Dave

#145 ::: Suzanne ::: (view all by) ::: January 04, 2008, 10:37 AM:

Happy belated birthday!

Patrick #6: I remember my 20th birthday. So does Teresa. The idea that hot new writer Toby Buckell was writhing into existence on that same day is simply too weird to contemplate.

Well... you could look at Toby and his subsequent writing as a great birthday present that just took a really long while to get to you (-:

-Suzanne


#146 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: January 04, 2008, 11:31 AM:

Belated congrats and happy birthday!

#147 ::: debcha ::: (view all by) ::: January 04, 2008, 02:14 PM:

Happy belated birthday - hope it was full of joy. Here's to many wonderful things happening during this revolution around the sun!

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