Gus 1134492861:::Dave Harrison:::dov12348@yahoo.com::::::Happy birthday, Diana.

Dave 1134494575:::James Heaps-Nelson:::jheapsnelson@yahoo.com::::::Happy Birtday, Diana! I'm guessing the prime is either 29 or 31... :-).

Jim 1134495560:::Luka:::::::::Happy Birthday! 1134496233:::Oakes:::aristotelean@gmail.com:::http://oakes.thinkertothinker.com:::HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Don't make me pull out my prime number list and guess :-) 1134496701:::N D (Xyhm):::xy(i love spam)mensa.se::::::Happy Birthday, I'm guessing 31. (At first I thought the prime number you refered to was the date, 13, and that "again" was a joke, like "amazing, it's a prime number this year, AGAIN! What are the odds?") 1134499536:::David Rehm:::user@server.type:::http://www.davidrehm.com/:::Congratulations on being born.. err.. happy birthday. =) 1134500700:::Diana Hsieh:::diana@dianahsieh.com:::http://www.dianahsieh.com/blog:::David:

Being born was a rather traumatic event, but I made it through okay. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Certainly, I grew a lot after the ordeal, both mentally and physically. I got a whole new lease on life, in fact! At the time, I didn't want to leave my quarters. They were warm and cozy. But after being evicted, I soon learned the value of not being scrunched up inside another person. Sure, it's an easy existence, with feeding and transport as part of the package, but it sure is nice to be able to strech out my legs!

;-)

For those of you wondering which prime number I am, I'll be a power of two next year.

And thanks for all the happy birthday wishes! 1134501498:::NickMunro:::::::::Damn I am late, but, Happy Birthday! 1134505475:::Mike Hardy:::hardy@math.umn.edu::::::You are a prime number again, but you WERE a

perfect number. A perfect number (a concept

from Pythogorean numerological mysticism) is

an integer that is the sum of its own proper

divisors. Thus: 28 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14.

To this day, no one knows how many perfect

numbers exist -- in particular whether there

are infinitely many of them. Not an important

problem, except that mathematical techniques

introduced in the course of attempts to solve

it have proved useful for other things. Some

very famous people have worked on it, including

Euclid and Euler.

WAIT!!!! Wrong. I thought you were 29.

But I see you're 31. Just forget all of

the above. At your advanced age, you must

be getting forgetful anyway. 1134508423:::Adrian Hester:::::::::Hmm...Prime this year, a power of two next year? That's still ill-defined. I'm guessing you're 53 and next year you'll be 2^(3.9889840465642745...). 1134508722:::Adrian Hester:::::::::Heh. Rather, maybe next year you'll be 2^(5.754887502163468...), give or take a few split seconds. Or maybe not. 1134511907:::Jennifer Snow:::Snowconic@hotmail.com::::::Yay! *blows paper squeaker* You're having chocolate cake, right? It's not cake unless it's chocolate. 1134516197:::T J "Orson" Olson:::ullr20021@yahoo.com::::::Hmmm. re Hardy's musings on infintce perfect numbers: can an Objectivist resist the lure of infinite perfection? Is "The Singularity" nigh? Ray Kurzweil - call your publicist! 1134524741:::Sasha:::volokh@post.harvard.edu::::::Adrian -- no, silly, she's 127. 1134534767:::Betsy Speicher:::betsy(at)speicher.com:::http://forums.4aynrandfans.com:::Happy Birthday, Diana.

(You share the same natal day as my husband.) 1134535512:::Lowell R.:::zenohockey@yahoo.com::::::David: The accomplishment isn't being born -- it's having somehow stayed alive for 31 years in this perilous world of fog, smog, global warming, global cooling, El Nino, La Nina, and two species of endangered beetles going extinct every minute (or whatever). It's no wonder the average U.S. life expectancy is dropping so fast... oh, wait a minute...

Well, a belated happy birthday, Diana -- and may you reach all sorts of prime numbers. 1134545455:::Ian:::ianhamet@gmail.com:::http://blog.ianhamet.com/:::Happy Birthday! I thought I had a few months on you, but it turns out you've got a few weeks on me. :)

(Of course, when measuring smarts or maturity, you leave me choking in the dust. ;) 1134584292:::Steve D'Ippolito:::sdippolito(spam)cyberian(sucks)com::::::Perfect numbers: I found a list of the first few, as follows:

6, 28, 496, 8128, 33550336, 8589869056, 137438691328, 2305843008139952128.

Alas it is likely that Diana will ever be perfect again. 1134584326:::Steve D'Ippolito:::aaargh!!!::::::I meant "never" but the joke is ruined, doggone it.