The Quantum Pontiff

Arsenic and Old Dave

I am now the sum of the first four positive factorials of positive numbers!
The most depressing thing about the age of thirty three was that Alexander the Great died at 33. Dude, to be 33 and not have people putting “the Great” after your name is super depressing.


  1. #1 JohnQPublic
    May 27, 2008

    “…most depressing thing about the age of thirty three..”

    It’s better than the alternative! Happy birthday.

  2. #2 Ian Durham
    May 27, 2008

    Just wait until you hit 34…

  3. #3 John Preskill
    May 27, 2008

    “Dave the Quantum Pontiff” isn’t good enough for you?

  4. #4 Dave Bacon
    May 27, 2008

    I’m a greedy, greedy man 🙂

  5. #5 Steve
    May 27, 2008

    Joshua Lederberg won the Nobel Prize at 33.

    Happy birthday!

  6. #6 Dave Bacon
    May 27, 2008

    Dude, I am SOOO behind.

  7. #7 Mel and Mory
    May 27, 2008

    Happy Birthday, Dave!

  8. #8 Scott Aaronson
    May 27, 2008

    I am now the sum of the first four positive factorials!

    Happy 10th birthday, Dave! (Or did you mean the sum of the first four factorials of positive numbers?)

  9. #9 Dave Bacon
    May 27, 2008

    I might claim that 0!=1! and therefore is the same positive factorial, but yes, this is a poorly worded sentence.

  10. #10 John S. Wilkins
    May 27, 2008

    You should also note that Jesus was crucified at 33, so if you are 33 and not crucified, what are you doing with your life?

    If you want to be The Great, invade several countries with a small mobile army.

  11. #11 Dave Bacon
    May 27, 2008

    I’ve still got a full year to invade several countries and get crucified, I guess.

  12. #12 John S. Wilkins
    May 27, 2008

    While I’m at it, note that Darwin was 50 when he published the Origin.

  13. #13 Dave Bacon
    May 27, 2008

    Sweet, so I can kick back, take a cruise, and then write my masterpiece!

  14. #14 Rod
    May 27, 2008

    Well, if you’re going to measure your calendar by cultural icons, you’ve passed Bruce Lee already, and are closing rapidly on Charlie Parker and Mozart.

    Happy Birthday!

  15. #15 Greg Egan
    May 28, 2008

    Oh please, that’s so last millennium. 153 is the new 33. Plenty of time to get the Nobel Prize and conquer the world … though the clock is ticking if you’re hoping for the Fields Medal.

  16. #16 Bert Chadick
    May 29, 2008

    Thirty-three? Poor baby. I bet all your parts still work.
    Happy birthday, but wait ’till your 60th to complain.

  17. #17 Alejandro
    June 1, 2008

    Cheer up! It is told of Julius Caesar that at the age of 33 he burst into crying in front of a statue of Alexander, because of your same reasons -JC had done pretty little of note before that age. So you may still have the conquest of the Gaul and the romance with Cleopatra ahead of you!

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