Only one day each year!

Its that time of the year …

Among the gifts I received … a helmet to surf with. I have been making off-hand comments about how dangerous the surf is getting when crowded and that I might have to wear a helmet – more and more surfers are doing so now. I would never have done it myself though – there is still some pride! But now I have to!

And, … a year’s supply of my favourite Indian hand-made sandalwood soap – our house is very fragrant this evening!


The number of candles on the cake represent a complex non-linear function of my age.

On the same day in 1917, the first jazz record titled Dixie Jass Band One Step was recorded by the Nick LaRocca Original Dixieland Jass Band in Camden, New Jersey (the spelling Jazz was a few years off yet). Here is the original recording.

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    21 Responses to Only one day each year!

    1. Ramanan says:

      Dear Bill,


      I wish you a happy birthday and a great year ahead . . . a great decade ahead ! May you see full employment and equity in the near term. Here’s another Indian “gift” – a wish in Hindi, the national language of India:

      जन्मदिन मुबारक हो – ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं।

      (Janamdin Mubarak Ho – Dher Saari Shubhkaamnaayein: Happy birthday and lots of well wishes)

    2. Rationalist says:

      Happy Birthday Bill!

    3. Senexx says:

      Happy Birthday Professor William (Bill) Mitchell. I hope it is everything you could ask for and more. It’s mine on Wednesday. Keep Smiling :)

    4. frolix22 says:

      Happy Birthday, Bill.

    5. Alan Dunn says:

      Happy Birthday Bill,

    6. ParadigmShift says:

      Best birthday wishes,Bill.

      Here’s to the next wave!

    7. Sriram says:

      Hi Bill,

      Wish you a very happy birthday.


    8. Greg says:

      Happy Birthday

      And many more

    9. Did you use a super computer to derive the number of candles? Just kidding.

      Happy Birthday, Professor.

    10. Tom Hickey says:

      Happy Birthday, Bill. May this be a vintage year.

    11. pebird says:

      Happy Birthday!!

    12. NKlein1553 says:

      Happy birthday Professor Mitchell and thank you for all your great work.

    13. Nathan Tankus says:

      happy birthday bill! i hope i get to meet you in person one day.

    14. Min says:

      Medetai, medetai! :)

    15. Mattay says:

      Happy Birthday!

    16. Oliver says:

      Zum Geburtstag viel Glück und hoch soll er leben!

    17. bill says:

      Dear All

      Thanks for the nice wishes. I appreciate them. Even the one in German!

      best wishes

    18. Panayotis says:

      Happy Rest of your Life Bill! I noticed a little late but I mean it!

    19. hrvoje says:

      happy birthday, and many more ahead!

    20. Phillip says:

      I would judge you a mere youngster, Bill! “To stay young requires the unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods”….Lazurus Lng in Robert Heinlein’s Time Enough For Love

    21. Vinodh says:

      Belated Happy Birthday. I noticed it quite late.

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