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50 Today !

March 29th, 2006

Today is my 50th birthday! Unless the Singularity arrives ahead of time, I’m past the halfway mark but at least I’m still enjoying myself!

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  1. Glenn Condell
    March 29th, 2006 at 09:29 | #1

    Good on you John. Have a nice day.

  2. March 29th, 2006 at 10:18 | #2

    Happy birthday John.

    As far as how much you’ve got to go, a) the latest statistics I’ve seen suggest that if you make it to 65, you’re expected to make it to about 82 on average (and that’s probably dragged down a little by the appalling third-world health outcomes of the Aboriginal people).

    Secondly, as somebody who is close to the top of your chosen profession, there is some evidence to suggest you’ll live longer because of it – as famously demonstrated in the Oscar winners live longer study.

  3. Vee
    March 29th, 2006 at 10:27 | #3

    Happy Birthday

    If you really want to know, channel 7 once hosted a show called living longer and had the quiz up on their website too (I don’t know if it still exists) where you answer a bunch of questions and it predicts how long you’ll live.

    My result was the age of 71

    Happy 10th birthday – Life begins at 40

  4. March 29th, 2006 at 10:34 | #4

    Many happy returns, John.

  5. wilful
    March 29th, 2006 at 10:37 | #5

    Happy birthday Professor!

    I had a fortune teller on the streets of Delhi tell me I’m going to live until 92.

  6. March 29th, 2006 at 10:47 | #6

    Happy birthday young John.

  7. Terje
    March 29th, 2006 at 11:31 | #7

    Happy Birthday John.

  8. March 29th, 2006 at 11:40 | #8

    Well done John – a fine half-century. Hope you celebrate in the style that you deserve.

  9. March 29th, 2006 at 11:46 | #9

    Many happy returns!

  10. March 29th, 2006 at 12:04 | #10

    Happy birthday, blogtwin! (So why aren’t I 50?)

  11. the amazing kim
    March 29th, 2006 at 12:05 | #11

    lurker here…
    Happy Birthday, fellow March person! Keep on keeping on.

  12. March 29th, 2006 at 12:09 | #12

    Happy birthday, have a glass of something-or-other for us!

  13. still working it out
    March 29th, 2006 at 12:31 | #13

    Happy Birthday

  14. Aidan
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:05 | #14

    Happy Birthday JQ! You are lucky enough to share your birthday with my Dad. He has 15 year headstart …. first to 100 wins!

  15. crocodile
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:11 | #15

    Happy birthday, you’re a year closer to being dead.

  16. Razor
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:30 | #16

    Happy Birthday – grow old disgracefully!!

  17. Puree
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:35 | #17

    Happy Birthday John!

  18. Hal9000
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:44 | #18

    Happy birthday, Prof Q! Exactly one month older, but no doubt several years wiser, than I.

  19. Seeker
    March 29th, 2006 at 13:53 | #19

    Best wishes, JQ. Hope you have many more happy healthy birthdays.

  20. Geoff Honnor
    March 29th, 2006 at 14:20 | #20

    Happy birthday John,

    Given your sensible aversion to Creationism, you needn’t waste any time with the dubious life passage indicators in “three score years and 10.”

  21. March 29th, 2006 at 14:44 | #21

    Bloody hell, a 50 year old blog? So while Bill Haley and the Comets were singing “See ya later alligator”, some poor bastard was “wiring” out economic missives in the name of Pro Q.

    Eat poo Berners-Lee, the interweb started in ’56.

  22. Molly Rowan
    March 29th, 2006 at 14:55 | #22

    Many happy returns Prof, congratulations.

    Top of your profession, top blog, top bloke!

  23. Jim Birch
    March 29th, 2006 at 16:00 | #23

    Happy Birthday John

    I’ve heard that 50 is the new 40. If everything goes according to plan I too should be in a position to voice an authoritative position on this myself before the end of the year…

    Congratulations on maintaining a strong level of integrity and equanimity over the period.

    Cheers

    Jim

  24. March 29th, 2006 at 16:37 | #24

    Many happy returns John!

  25. March 29th, 2006 at 17:26 | #25

    The bearded Quiggin is a clever bird.
    Loves the heat and aint no nurd.
    Off to work, ‘fore crack of dawn.
    Sparrows fart is when he’s drawn.

    50 now and beard for nest.
    When he carks it, you never can guess.

    Have a good one jq.

  26. March 29th, 2006 at 17:44 | #26

    Have a good one, it keeps getting better….

  27. March 29th, 2006 at 17:46 | #27

    It’s the kids that keep you young. Keep thinking, stay joyful, keep your spirit large.

    The beard will help.

  28. jason potts
    March 29th, 2006 at 18:32 | #28

    much happy birthday wishes,

    What, then, for the next 50?

  29. Ernestine Gross
    March 29th, 2006 at 18:33 | #29

    Happy birthday

  30. March 29th, 2006 at 18:36 | #30

    Happy birthday, John. I appreciate your work here very much.

  31. jquiggin
    March 29th, 2006 at 18:43 | #31

    Thanks for this, CL.

  32. March 29th, 2006 at 19:27 | #32

    Happy Birthday.

    From 7 2 to double 52, seems to have taken no time at all.

  33. March 29th, 2006 at 19:29 | #33

    Something wrong:

    Happy Birthday.

    From 7 2 to double 52, seems to have taken no time at all. No wonder I am disorientated!

  34. March 29th, 2006 at 19:33 | #34

    Oh. Seven squared and five squared, of course.

  35. observa
    March 29th, 2006 at 23:15 | #35

    Welcome to the demented club of grumpy old bastards. OTOH in your case, perhaps not.

  36. March 30th, 2006 at 00:05 | #36

    Bah, humbug. It’s downhill all the way after 25 (and you should never trust anyone over the age of 10, except the autistic).

    What may be worse is, mortality other than from outside causes increases exponentially (apart from an exponential decrease in infant mortality causes). That means that your next phase will use you up quicker.

    But there is a bright side. Different organs age at different rates, and since we don’t have to cope with horrible toxins from natural foods obtained by simple lifestyles, your liver can expect to be improving until you drop – if you don’t insult it yourself.

    So knock a few back. You won’t even feel as bad in the morning as you used to, since chronic brain shrinkage means the acute swelling won’t matter so much.

  37. Long time lurker
    March 30th, 2006 at 01:48 | #37

    Happy Birthday John. All the best for you and yours. :)

  38. Nabakov
    March 30th, 2006 at 01:54 | #38

    Is that 50 human years or 50 economist-adjusted years?

    Anyway, Merry Christmas John!

  39. Steve Munn
    March 30th, 2006 at 02:13 | #39

    May you celebrate many more birthdays John.

  40. derrida derider
    March 30th, 2006 at 12:42 | #40

    Happy birthday, John. Oh, and you brought up the half-century with a stroke to the boundary in the form of a fine op-ed in the AFR today.

  41. John T
    March 30th, 2006 at 20:54 | #41

    I missed your birthday notice before I posted elsewhere on your blog, but best wishes for the rest of your life, which I hope will be long.

  42. Liam Lenten
    March 30th, 2006 at 22:26 | #42

    Happy birthday, JQ!!!

    may your most productive years be ahead of you.

    LL.

  43. avaroo
    March 31st, 2006 at 11:00 | #43

    Damn you are old!

    Happy Birthday!

  44. April 21st, 2006 at 22:39 | #44

    Now you’ve earned the title of “Good Ol’Prof!”
    Happy (very) belated B’day!

    My slow recovery from a looong weekend festival made me miss the notice. Better late… hey? :)

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