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Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
02-12-2010, 04:01 PM
(Ken Gracey turned 40 on 12 Feb 2010.) Let's all help usher the ol' guy into middle age! He's now well into middle age!

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-Phil http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/devil.gif

2010.02.13 Update: Appended to the title so the thread wouldn't be self-perpetuating. I mean, one 40th birthday is enough! http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Post Edited (Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)) : 2/13/2010 9:52:27 PM GMT

Tracy Allen
02-12-2010, 05:08 PM
Indeed, an Olympic moment! Happy Birthday Ken, and many more!

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FlyingFishFinger
02-12-2010, 06:07 PM
Happy Birthday! We had a giant bash some years ago when my mom got there :)
Party at Parallax??!?
All the best

Rafael

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BradC
02-12-2010, 06:12 PM
Time to add a little more salt'n'pepper to the avatar! Many happy returns.

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BradC
02-12-2010, 07:09 PM
Oh, I should have looked at Phil's subtle avatar edit.. nice work :)

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Agent420
02-12-2010, 08:15 PM
That's 160 in llama years !!!

Happy Bday!

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Bean
02-12-2010, 08:16 PM
Ken,
You know what they say... When you turn forty three things start to go....

The first is your memory.... I can't remember what the other two are ;)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !! Hard to believe that I am 2 years OLDER than you.

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sylvie369
02-12-2010, 08:30 PM
Happy birthday, Ken!

Gray is good.

kf4ixm
02-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Have a very Happy Birthday Ken!!!

erco
02-12-2010, 09:27 PM
Forty is the new 30. You're just getting warmed up, Baby Boy. Enjoy the moment (and the decade). Happy Birthday Ken!

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sailman58
02-12-2010, 09:28 PM
Happy Birthday Ken
Life begins at 40

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Brian_B
02-12-2010, 09:47 PM
Hey Ken,
I did a little research for you and this seems to be a good company ,I think they have leasing too. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

http://www.universal-accessibility.com/

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Brian

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mugur
02-12-2010, 09:53 PM
Happy Birthday Ken

Whit
02-12-2010, 10:48 PM
Ken,

Happy Birthday and may...
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

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Post Edited (Whit) : 2/12/2010 3:24:30 PM GMT

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02-12-2010, 10:54 PM
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Mike Green
02-12-2010, 10:59 PM
Happy Birthday to Yoooooooooooo
Happy Birthday to Yoooooooooooo
Happy Birthday dear Ken
Happy Birthday to Yoooooooooooo

Agent420
02-12-2010, 11:20 PM
Brian_B said...
Hey Ken,
I did a little research for you and this seems to be a good company ,I think they have leasing too. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

http://www.universal-accessibility.com/

LOL http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/lol.gif

I guess it's not to early to start thinking about cryogenic preservation (http://www.alcor.org/), either http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/scool.gif

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DigitalJayBird
02-13-2010, 12:21 AM
Long time reader...first time poster (guess I was just waiting for the right occasion). Happy Birthday Ken!

Jay

davejames
02-13-2010, 12:35 AM
Many happy returns!

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Roy Eltham
02-13-2010, 12:58 AM
Welcome to 40 sir! I've been here for 7 months now, it's not so bad.
Happy Birthday!

Roy

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Moskog
02-13-2010, 01:06 AM
So you were 20 the day after Nelson Mandela walked out of prison. Happy birthday Ken!

Rsadeika
02-13-2010, 01:18 AM
All you young kids, got nothing to worry about. Happy Birthday, Ken.

Ray

jazzed
02-13-2010, 01:27 AM
Lordy, lordy Ken is forty. Happy B-DAY.


sailman58 said...
Life begins at 40

... and the body accelerates it's decay .... Exercise and Botox are the only known treatments.

rjo_
02-13-2010, 01:52 AM
0---->40
40--->60
60--->70
70--->0

Cue the music... it is the Cycle of Life!

Wishing You the Happiest of Birthdays

Rich

Bane
02-13-2010, 02:05 AM
Happy B-Day Ken!

Ken Gracey
02-13-2010, 02:21 AM
Ah, you all are too kind! I'm not Eva Peron [waving from a balcony]!

Turning 40 is a mix of fun and jokes. Parallax hosted a party earlier this week with BBQ and a strange "dress like Ken" event. That means wearing standard no-iron, button-down shirts with blue jeans and brown leather shoes and brown belt. I think my dad did the best job and he didn't even know it was a "dress like Ken" day. I felt like some of the women in the office were dressed quite strangely when I arrived that day but I didn't say anything in fear of criticizing what may have been a new kind of fashion statement. Of course, they gave me the old-man cane outfitted with a horn and bottle of pills to go with it! Phil, what kinds of things happen when you're really old, like 60?

So what am I doing on this big day?

Well, the 2010 Winter Olympics also start today. I live near Truckee, CA at 6700 feet above sea level so winter activities are a big deal in our neighborhood (over a dozen olympic athletes come from a 50-mile radius). Therefore, my birthday is combined with the Opening Ceremonies. We ordered some food from the local cafe and friends and parents shall join to watch the opening ceremonies. Chip lives about four hours away so we don't expect to see him today unfortunately (more Prop2 progress).

Not so sure about the idea of cryogenic body freezing. Nobody will want to deal with a reincarnation of me in 100 years!

Thank you to everybody for the kind thoughts of all types (and the jokes, too - keep 'em coming because I can handle them all).

Sincerely,

Ken Gracey
Parallax Inc.

Tony B.
02-13-2010, 02:24 AM
Happy Birthday!

Forty is not bad at all. I've been there for 11 months myself.

Tony

Coley
02-13-2010, 02:24 AM
Have a great day Ken, I hope you aren't working.... http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/burger.gif

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Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
02-13-2010, 02:42 AM
Ken Gracey said...
Phil, what kinds of things happen when you're really old, like 60?

I can't remember: it was more than a few months ago. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smile.gif (I knew there'd be payback!)

-Phil

Baggers
02-13-2010, 03:14 AM
Hi Ken,
Have a great day, I remember my 40th, it's nothing really :D bet you don't feel older 18 like myself :D
Although I recently watched Funny People, with Adam Sandler, and there was a line in it which had me in stitches.
I can't remember the words exactly, must be my age lol but here goes...

"at 20 you're angry with your parents"
"at 30 you're angry with the government"
"at 40 you're just hungry"

There's so much truth in that lol

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Whit
02-13-2010, 03:24 AM
Okay, This is from my mom...

An aging couple goes to the doctor because they are having trouble remembering things.

The doctor says, "It is simple, just make notes for yourselves - then you will remember what you need to."

That night, the couple is at home. The husband says that he is going to the kitchen to get some ice cream. He asks his wife if she wants some too. She says, "Yes, and put some chocolate syrup on mine. You better write that down!"

"I'll remember," he says.

"Oh - and put some strawberries on mine - Are you sure, you don't need to write this down?" the wife says.

"I've got it!" The man replies slightly irratated.

About twenty minutes later - the husband returns and hands his wife a plate of eggs and bacon.

She stares and the plate for a moment and says, "You dummy! Where's my toast?"

Sorry Ken...by the way, I am 51. I thought my wife was going to hurt herself laughing last year when the waitress brought me the "senior" platter.

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Post Edited (Whit) : 2/12/2010 8:21:28 PM GMT

AJM
02-13-2010, 04:05 AM
Happy Birthday Ken! Many more to come.

Thank you for all of the dedicated work and support you provide to this community.

I hope you enjoy the day/weekend with your family.

hover1
02-13-2010, 04:16 AM
I did the whole 40's decade. It's a great ride!

Happy Birthday Ken!

Jim

mctrivia
02-13-2010, 04:24 AM
happy birthday ken. here is a timeline from when you were born.

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02-13-2010, 04:32 AM
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Bob Lawrence (VE1RLL)
02-13-2010, 04:44 AM
Happy Birthday! Ken

If someone makes you a cake with 40 or more candles I believe legally you have to call the fire dept to warn them.

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Bocephus
02-13-2010, 04:56 AM
Well, now that you've reached the halfway point in life, and your daily conversations transition from technical discussion to plumbing, (you'll understand that reference soon enough), let it be those who have traveled before you, and those who enjoy all the "little things," that light your path on the steep slide awaiting you on the downhill side of life. It's not all bad, of course. I did mention the little things. Like realizing you are 'that old guy' holding up traffic on the two-lane road, constantly motioning for people to pass, but secretly chuckling, as you see them cursing you in your rear-view mirror.

Won't it be grand when the local Bingo game is the highlight of your week? That'll keep your mind sharp, along with organizing and remembering your daily prescription cocktail the doctor has ordered you to ingest.

One word of advice. Shop for your nursing home early! Maybe you can work a good deal while you're still able to manage your money on your own.

As for the plumbing reference, just remember, you came in this world in diapers, you'll go out of this world in diapers.

Happy Birthday!

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Duffer
02-13-2010, 09:55 AM
Happy Birthday, Ken.

You asked what happens when you start hitting the BIG numbers (I'll be 64 in July).

Well, it's embarrassing when the waitress asks if you would like the senior discount, but it's down right devastating when you see that you've been given the senior discount on your bill and they didn't even bother to ask! That's just one of the funny "aging" things you have to look forward to.

Duffer


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boeboy
02-13-2010, 11:44 AM
Happy Birth day Ken and God Bless!

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02-13-2010, 12:52 PM
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Rob7
02-13-2010, 12:59 PM
Boo !
!!! Happy Birthday Ken !!!

Toby Seckshund
02-13-2010, 04:02 PM
Brown shoes and blue clothing, hmmmm ...

About 20 years ago, whilst I was still in my thirties, I had to get within a couple of feet of the Queen. Due to the special branch clearing the building prior to her arrival I had been chucked out of the room for changing out of the usual rag-tag OB engineer's clothing half way through. The result was a dark blue suit with brown shoes. HRM saw this scewed up her face and gave me such a disapproving look.

Just as the shame was easing from the mind, you remind me!

Happy birthday Ken.

(my 52th on Thurs)

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Mikerocontroller
02-13-2010, 04:24 PM
Happy Birthday, Ken! I have a serious question here: Is there a peak age for programmers like there is for athletes? I've heard several times that people involved in cerebral pursuits peak out at a surprisingly young age. The knowledge base increases with age but the speed and mental acuity drops off well before that. Do you agree? Well, there is always wisdom (and the cane) to fall back on.

$WMc%
02-14-2010, 04:14 AM
Ken

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Remember "if You can" that the Geritol will give You energy and the Prune juice will keep You regular.
Don't forget the Viagra!

Just kidding, Happy Birthday

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Peter KG6LSE
02-14-2010, 04:52 AM
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02-14-2010, 05:45 AM
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02-14-2010, 01:05 PM
Happy 40th Birthday Ken

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Ken said...
Phil, what kinds of things happen when you're really old, like 60?

I will let you know in < 2 years http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/shakehead.gif

You share a birthday with my grandson - He was 1 yesterday http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smilewinkgrin.gif

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Humanoido
02-14-2010, 05:22 PM
Happy 40th Birthday Ken Gracey!
Considering he's age 40, Ken is in amazing shape.
He's currently running or doing Nordic skiing 4-5x a week,
maintains his amazing hobbies, does spectacular professional
work and travels internationally. In fact, in the last 60 days,
he's circled at least twice around the world - to China twice,
Taiwan, the Midwest, and Europe!

Ken shares many of his projects on a personal website.
kengracey.com/ (http://kengracey.com/)

Ken, may all your future days be as bright as the sun and
thank you for being our shining star!

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computer guy
02-14-2010, 06:14 PM
http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif !!HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEN!! http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/yeah.gif

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CannibalRobotics
02-15-2010, 06:32 AM
It gets so much better after forty - for one, you don;t have to worry about turning forty anymore.
Happy Birthday!
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Ahle2
02-15-2010, 11:56 PM
Happy Birthday Ken ! (I know I'm 3 days late)
After reading this thread i feel soooo young.... Thank you all ;)
(I'm 28)

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Microcontrolled
02-16-2010, 05:38 AM
You think you feel young.... I can't even picture myself turning 30!

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Beau Schwabe
02-16-2010, 12:18 PM
Ken,

At 20 you do it because you want to and because you can

At 30 you do it to prove that you can still show off in front of your peers

At 40 you do it and realize you probably shouldn't have done some of those things you did at 30

Also at 40 you discover the reason why the doctor tells you to turn your head when you cough, sneeze, etc. http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/smilewinkgrin.gif


Happy belated birthday Ken

... turning 41 in March

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sylvie369
02-16-2010, 10:37 PM
Duffer said...

Well, it's embarrassing when the waitress asks if you would like the senior discount, but it's down right devastating when you see that you've been given the senior discount on your bill and they didn't even bother to ask! That's just one of the funny "aging" things you have to look forward to.


That happened to me·last summer, for the first time. I was getting back on the highway after a long bike ride, and stopped into McDonald's for a cup of coffee. The kid behind the counter said "Okay, one senior coffee. Anything else?". I looked at him blankly. "No, I just said I want a cup of coffee". He repeated "Yes, sir, one senior coffee". Uh, okay. I'm 48. I'm in a t-shirt and shorts, and still wearing my bike gloves. This isn't supposed to be happening.

I took my coffee, and left. I pulled out, turned onto·the highway, and drove along thinking "I can't possibly look that old, can I?".

About two miles later I realized my right turn signal was still on from when I got onto the highway.

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Mikerocontroller said...
Happy Birthday, Ken! I have a serious question here: Is there a peak age for programmers like there is for athletes? I've heard several times that people involved in cerebral pursuits peak out at a surprisingly young age. The knowledge base increases with age but the speed and mental acuity drops off well before that. Do you agree? Well, there is always wisdom (and the cane) to fall back on.

Just a couple of weeks ago I read a study about this. It seems that typically for a well-educated person, the improvement in the knowledge base outpaces the loss in speed of processing and loss of attention, and mental ability continues to improve until a pretty advanced age. Of course the world is full of exceptions of all sorts, but I don't think that the typical enthusiast for the kinds of things we're dealing with here has much to worry about in terms of losing mental capacity while still in his/her 30s, 40s, or 50s.

My 40s were easily my best decade so far (I'll be 49 on March 18th), even in terms of mental pursuits (and that's after earning my second Masters and a Ph.D. during my 30s). And to Ken's credit, Parallax has a fair amount to do with that.


Post Edited (sylvie369) : 2/16/2010 2:48:57 PM GMT

ScribblerKart
12-27-2010, 02:24 PM
That's 280 in dog years! :cool:

KaosKidd
12-27-2010, 02:58 PM
Yet another person achieves the rank of Old Man! How does it feel to be on the hill of "Over the Hill"?
LOL...
Happy Birthday Ken!

Fred

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
12-27-2010, 05:03 PM
Um, guys, look at the date on the original post.

-Phil

Matt Gilliland
12-28-2010, 02:58 AM
However, Phil...when you get to be "that" age, birthdays do seem to come twice a year. At my age, make that 3 times / year ;-)
-Matt

Loopy Byteloose
12-29-2010, 04:35 PM
Maybe we should buy him a rocking chair ;-D
After all the blood circulation starts slowing down at about 35 at the rate of 1% per year.

Microcontrolled
12-31-2010, 05:58 PM
Wasn't his birthday 10 months ago?

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
12-31-2010, 06:09 PM
Would you guys let this thread die? It's starting to depress me.. I'm FORTY in 12 days. It's the LAST thing I want to admit to myself.

I'm betting that Ken STILL doesn't "feel" FORTY. :) Heck I still feel like I'm 23.

OBC

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
12-31-2010, 06:18 PM
I fixed the title. Maybe this thread can slink back into the shadows now. Take it from me, Jeff: forty isn't nearly the big deal that everyone younger than you wants you to think it is! (Nor are those later "landmark" birthdays, for that matter.) The best part about getting older is that you can rely more and more on experience and less on innate cleverness (or making mistakes) every time you have to solve a problem. It's so much more efficient that way!

-Phil

kf4ixm
12-31-2010, 06:46 PM
The best part about getting older is that you can rely more and more on experience and less on innate cleverness (or making mistakes) every time you have to solve a problem. It's so much more efficient that way!

-Phil
I whole-heartedly agree!!!!!

Humanoido
12-31-2010, 08:00 PM
Would you guys let this thread die? It's starting to depress me.. I'm FORTY in 12 days. It's the LAST thing I want to admit to myself. I'm betting that Ken STILL doesn't "feel" FORTY. :) Heck I still feel like I'm 23. OBCWhen you hit 50, you'll long for the days when you could say 40! :)

Humanoido
12-31-2010, 08:04 PM
Even the semantics is a catch-22 phrase. For example,

you turn 40
but you reach 50
and if you're lucky you hit 60.
and basically stumble into 70s

kwinn
12-31-2010, 08:30 PM
Would you guys let this thread die? It's starting to depress me.. I'm FORTY in 12 days. It's the LAST thing I want to admit to myself.

I'm betting that Ken STILL doesn't "feel" FORTY. :) Heck I still feel like I'm 23.

OBC

20 years and 12 days from now you'll really really wish you were 40.

Leon
12-31-2010, 10:09 PM
I'm 68 and things are starting to go wrong - a minor op for a small suspected skin cancer a couple of weeks ago and angina and a minor heart attack just before Christmas. I had an angiogram and angioplasty (stent) in one heart artery yesterday (the other arteries are fine) and am now feeling better than I've felt for months. I've had Crohn's disease since I was 23 (most of my colon has been removed) - the cardiologists thought the CD probably caused the heart disease and the immuno-suppressant I take for it probably caused the skin cancer, if it is confirmed. I'm home now after four days in hospital.

I should be good for another 20 years.

Apparently, one in five young people now will live to 100. It'll be OK so long as their brains don't deteriorate - Swift's Struldbrugs in Gulliver's Travels come to mind, their bodies lived for ever but their brains didn't.

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
12-31-2010, 11:25 PM
... and the immuno-suppressant I take for it probably caused the skin cancer ...
Since you live in England, it can't possibly be from too much sun. :)

Leon, I wondered where you got off to. It's great to have you back in the forums! 'Glad to hear you're home and feeling better. We all hope it continues!

-Phil

erco
12-31-2010, 11:49 PM
68 is the new 40, Leon! Pip pip, cheerio and all that jolly old rubbish!

Leon
01-01-2011, 12:03 AM
Thanks, Phil and Erco. I had Internet access in hospital via a bedside console, but Web access to all forums and groups was blocked for some reason. I was able to look after the Yahoo groups I run using email for approving new members and moderating initial posts.

sylvie369
01-01-2011, 06:44 PM
I'll be 50 in a little under three months. I'm feeling okay about that.

Just before Christmas I was reading the paper, and came across an article about the idea that the world is going to end in two years, according to the Mayan calendar. But I'm not worried. Then on the same page there was an article about Hugh Hefner, who, at age 84 just got engaged to a 24 year old blonde. I was thinking about what it would be like to be Hefner (I think about that kind of thing since he and I have so much in common - specifically, that we're both too old to be with 24-year-old girls). I thought about New Year's Eve at the Hefner household:

Hef: So what are we doing on New Year's Eve, hon? Wanna stay up and watch Guy Lombardo?
24: Huh? Who?
Hef: Oh, I mean Dick Clark, of course.
24: Huh? Who?
Hef: (Shrugs his shoulders and gives up. He picks up the guitar and sings her a song instead: )

http://s282.photobucket.com/albums/kk265/psmithalverno/Pauls%20Music/?action=view&current=Twothousandeleven.mp4


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My best wishes, Leon. Stay young in the head.

ElectricAye
01-01-2011, 09:54 PM
...

I should be good for another 20 years....

Leon,
sorry to hear you've had a streak of bad luck last year. It's a new year, though, so hope you feel better and, Struldbrug or no, live a long and happy life.

$WMc%
01-01-2011, 10:29 PM
I've been 40 for the last two years, I'm looking forward to my next 40th birthday in September.
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Leon:
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I wish you the best and a Happy New Year.
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P.S. God forbid but if you have to go back in the hospital,Fly over to the U.S.,Free WiFi and we don't block nothing. You can even watch free $50 $nn $nn $4E on the NET. here in the U.S.
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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!
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Happy Birthday KEN
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I see Your 40 again!

Ravenkallen
01-02-2011, 03:39 AM
@__Wmc%__ Most of us can translate hexadecimal numbers you know :)

@Leon...Yeah, i wondered where you have been... Feel better man:)

Leon
01-02-2011, 03:43 AM
Leon:
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I wish you the best and a Happy New Year.
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P.S. God forbid but if you have to go back in the hospital,Fly over to the U.S.,Free WiFi and we don't block nothing. You can even watch free $50 $4F $52 $4E on the NET. here in the U.S.

I considered taking my Dell Streak Android tablet with me in the ambulance, so that I could use 3G for full Internet access, but I knew that mobile phone operation was banned on the ward. When I've been to out-patients previously I've checked to see if I could get Wi-Fi access with it, but I couldn't. I could probably have taken my laptop and done some software development, or PCB design.

Thanks, everyone. I'm feeling a lot better. I had to go back to the hospital yesterday to change one of my drugs, it made my lips swell up slightly when I first took it and I was told to let them know immediately if it happened again.

It's nice to be able to spend the night without getting woken up by the antics of the old boy in the bed opposite me - he was quite ga-ga and kept getting out of bed and being unable to find his way back to it. He even tried to get into someone else's bed a couple of times. He might be one of Swifts's Struldbrugs, of course.

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
01-02-2011, 04:03 AM
P.S. God forbid but if you have to go back in the hospital,Fly over to the U.S.,Free WiFi and we don't block nothing. You can even watch free $50 $4F $52 $4E on the NET. here in the U.S.
I'd trade in-hospital wi-fi for Britain's single-payer NHS any day!

-Phil

Leon
01-02-2011, 04:30 AM
I had superb treatment and didn't have to pay a penny for it! It does cost a lot in taxes, of course. It's been said that the USA has the best medical treatment in the world, if you can pay for it.

$WMc%
01-02-2011, 05:08 PM
Theirs no such thing as a free lunch. I can't afford free heath care,I pay way too much in taxes now.
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I'm glad to see that all is good with you Leon.
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Phil
I have found that when a government runs something, Its fat, waste-full, and very expensive!
But it sounds like the UK government is running a tight ship in the health care department.
I don't see the US doing the same.
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Happy New Year All

Leon
01-02-2011, 08:46 PM
They definitely don't waste money on food for patients, each meal costs 80p and it tasted like it. Supposedly, prisoners eat better.

ElectricAye
01-02-2011, 09:01 PM
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I have found that when a government runs something, Its fat, waste-full, and very expensive!...

I agree. That's why we should let the guys on Wall Street run every aspect of our lives. Apparently those guys live without sin and walk on water. Nothing fat or wasteful there, either, that's fer sure.

Leon
01-02-2011, 09:17 PM
The military could be privatised and run by the arms companies, given that that is where most of the tax payer's money goes. Miltary personnel could be given stock-holdings by their employer, and would be able to demand better weapons. An incentive scheme with bonuses based on body-counts would ensure that they are highly motivated, like bounty-hunters in the good old days.

ElectricAye
01-02-2011, 09:57 PM
The military could be privatised and run by the arms companies.....

Better yet: run by oil companies.

Gosh, what a totally ridiculous idea! Leon, where do we get these crazy ideas? :D

Leon
01-02-2011, 09:59 PM
I've always liked satire. I also have a very dark sense of humour.

I once wrote an April fool article for a computer group's newsletter I edited about a very silly project involving an instrument for measuring the change in the size of the brain ventricles with emotional states. One of the members showed it to a colleague of his, who wanted to know where he could get more information about the project. A year or so later, I found that some researchers in Japan had actually investigated the same effect, and found that there were changes! Their technique didn't involve the subjects being required to have their heads shaved and smeared with butter to provide better coupling for ultrasonic transducers, though.

ElectricAye
01-03-2011, 12:11 AM
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I once wrote an April fool article for a computer group's newsletter I edited about a very silly project....A year or so later, I found that some researchers in Japan had actually investigated the same effect, and found that there were changes!....

And there you sit, still refuting psychic phenomenon with that same ole boring story about Uri Geller visiting the physics department at Birkbeck College... when all this time you've been virtually awash in same said experiences! Are you blind to your own special powers? or hiding them from the rest of the world so no one will suspect that it's been you all along who's been manipulating the global gold market? or are you just reveling in hypocrisy?!

$WMc%
01-03-2011, 01:23 AM
I've always liked satire. I also have a very dark sense of humour.

I once wrote an April fool article for a computer group's newsletter I edited about a very silly project involving an instrument for measuring the change in the size of the brain ventricles with emotional states. One of the members showed it to a colleague of his, who wanted to know where he could get more information about the project. A year or so later, I found that some researchers in Japan had actually investigated the same effect, and found that there were changes! Their technique didn't involve the subjects being required to have their heads shaved and smeared with butter to provide better coupling for ultrasonic transducers, though.
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I posted an April fools joke on my companies Intrainet, That stated all company employees 40 or over will get an added week of vacation.It actually worked.I received an additional 40hrs of sell-back vacation time.

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
02-12-2011, 09:43 PM
Happy 41st Ken! 2/12/11

Recycling an old thread is a bit like recycling an old card... :)

OBC

$WMc%
02-12-2011, 11:23 PM
Happy Birthday Ken
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I sure hope your wife is care-full with all those candles,
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I hope she got a big enough cake to hold all those candles.
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I wish you many more.:lol:

kf4ixm
02-12-2011, 11:48 PM
Happy Birthday Ken!!!

Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)
02-13-2011, 05:55 AM
Eh, big deal! But happy 41st anyway, Ken! Forty-one is a prime number. There are some who believe that that makes for an auspicious year. Nothing, but nothing, can hold back Parallax Semiconductor now!

BTW, I just returned from a birthday dinner for my dad, who's turning 94. Despite a few expected infirmities, he's still going strong. See? You're not even close to the half-way point yet! :)

-Phil

localroger
02-14-2011, 12:38 AM
I'll be 47 on the 15th. Happy Lupercalia!

And my beloved wife is somewhere in her early 50's (I don't dare keep track).

Lest you think it won't happen to you, rest assured it will.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Ken. You made a helluva company.

allie
02-14-2011, 09:14 AM
Forty is not bad, I'm 56 and I feel great!
Happy birthday Ken and have a good one and I hope to greet you again when your 56.

allie