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41 February 5, 2007

Posted by dorigo in personal.

Today I turned 41. Damn.

It is hard to grow old while still feeling young. It is hard because you can fool yourself into thinking you are still 20, into feeling the energy and the impulses of a 20-year-old young male, into acting like a 20-year-old. 

Sadly, though, the people around you only see a 41 years old man who is making a fool of himself….



1. Bee - February 5, 2007

Hey hey hey!! A birthday :-)) All the best wishes, have a great day!

‘The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. ‘
~Oscar Wilde

2. dorigo - February 5, 2007

Hi Bee,

Thank you! You too!
And I fully agree with good old Oscar.

3. marco - February 5, 2007

Don’t bee/act sad, go out and celebrate your birthday 🙂

4. Alexander W. Janssen - February 5, 2007

Happy Birthday Tommaso!
No need to be sad; I’m 32 and I just had to pull the brakes and take a week off from work because I’m feeling like 65…
Have a nice day, I’ll have a beer for you.

5. Chris Oakley - February 5, 2007

Happy birthday, Tommaso!

Don’t worry about getting older. There must be something good about it. I can’t think of what that is just at the minute, but I am sure that there is something. Oh yes … it’s this: you can read Lubos’s blog without getting seriously angry.

6. Markk - February 5, 2007

Happy birthday! Growing old while feeling young is great! When you can’t make a fool of yourself by acting young is when you should start to feel sad. You only look like a fool to those to young to know better 🙂 You are still a youngster.

7. Thomas Larsson - February 5, 2007

Auguri per il tuo compleanno!

Growing old is not that bad, when you consider the alternatives.

8. Pietro - February 5, 2007

Happy birthday Tom!

Don’t say such sad things, 41 is not that extraordinarily huge age!

9. SmokingPermitted - February 5, 2007

E auguri..

10. Tony Smith - February 5, 2007

Cent Anni
(then you can really claim to be old)

Tony Smith

11. Kea - February 5, 2007

Happy Birthday! Sigh. I’ll be 40 later this year. But isn’t that the beginning of life?

12. Carl Brannen - February 5, 2007

Mid 40s is the next transition. You begin to realize that old men making fools out of themselves by acting like they’re 20 isn’t such a bad thing. Enjoy life while you have it.

13. gattostanco - February 6, 2007

Happy Birthday!

14. dorigo - February 6, 2007

Well, well, well, many thanks to you all! It warms my heart to receive three times as many messages here than I got in my real life today.

To Alex: prosit!
To Chris: LOL! That did cheer me up a bit today.
To Thomas: that is right, it’s the better option!
To Kea: maybe it’s a new beginning, yes. Depends how you use your life. Enthusiasm is what keeps us going…
To Carl: enjoying life while I have it is exactly how I live, I am totally with you on that one.

Thanks to you all again!

15. Sujit - February 6, 2007

Happy Birthday! (From one more person!)

16. Guess Who - February 6, 2007

Let me join the choir, belatedly: happy birthday.

To reiterate an old piece of advice: take up running, and you might find that the people around you see somebody looking like maybe 30 acting like he’s 20. 😉

17. dorigo - February 6, 2007

Thanks you two…
GW, I do not have the time to run – and if I had the time I would not have the energy… But. I do walk every day! More than 10,000 steps a day, in fact.

18. Joachim - February 6, 2007

A little late but still:

“Happy birthday”

Please keep writing this blog and post some of your recent chess games once in a while! Kasparov quit, Topalov faces (rather ridiculous) cheating issues, Kramink is plain boring. I need a new hero 🙂

19. Guess Who - February 6, 2007

TD wrote:

GW, I do not have the time to run

TD also wrote:

The other night I spent three hours looking at Saturn.

I’ll let you off the hook (this time…) if you post a how-to explain on hooking up an old amateur telescope to an el cheapo web cam.

20. island - February 6, 2007

It is hard to grow old while still feeling young. It is hard because you can fool yourself into thinking you are still 20…

‘The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young. ‘

It’s like your “self” is saying… “WTF am I doing in this old body?!?”

Personally, I’m shooting for an evolutionary “leap”… 😉

21. dorigo - February 6, 2007

Hi GW,

well, I am not the best person to ask to, since my attempts have always failed ridiculously – because I was never serious about it, but just driven by a moment of enthusiasm. The most I have accomplished was some shots of Jupiter and Saturn (with a camera) through the eyepiece of the dobsonian, by holding the camera with no support. You can see those pics here .

In the case of those pics – that is, when one shoots at bright objects such as planets or the moon – a digital device with 1/30th of a second exposure and maximum ISO sensitivity will usually be sufficient. But for more ambitious attempts one really needs to read a bit of literature, such as this page or similar sites.

All in all, it is not too hard: whatever digital device put where you would put your eye will usually record more or less what your eye does. So tape a webcam’s lens on a cheap eyepiece, place the latter in focus, connect to a PC, and see what you get…

The bottomline is anyway to try and make incremental steps, which also is a lot of fun, since every improvement in your results will give you satisfaction. First give it a try with no prior knowledge, and just see how much you suck. Then try to make the procedure more precise…


22. dorigo - February 6, 2007

Hi Island,

well, there’s more to it than just bitching about an old body – I actually am rather satisfied with the overall functionality of my body in fact. It is more like a problem with relational self-containment.
Sorry for being unable to make this more precise, but there are things I cannot discuss here…


23. Guess Who - February 6, 2007

Thanks, http://www.usno.navy.mil/pao/QuickCamAstro.shtml is a cool link! I can see a few webcams dying a horrible death at my hand when I get the time.

By the way, didn’t you know that “A dirty old man is the only kind of old man there is”? 🙂

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25. dorigo - February 6, 2007

Nice quote GW… Now I know I will really become old one day! 🙂

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