Today was my 30th birthday. I was born on March 3, 1978, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
This will not be a long and possibly maudlin retrospective, as I am too busy currently preparing for my PhD Qualifying exams which will happen in two weeks (March 18). These are a decidely non-trivial landmark in my academic career, and preparing for them has consumed a great deal of my time lately. Don't expect a sudden upsurge in activity around here in late March, either, as I'll still be pretty busy with lots of other PhD-type stuff.
Rather than blather on about my life or whatnot, I'll make two unrelated observations:
1. On my father's 30th birthday, he had completed his PhD several years earlier, was married, and had two children (I was the second). I have acheived none of those things (though, to be honest, I have no intention of achieving that last one, much as I appreciate that my parents did).
2. According to XKCD (which is never wrong about anything, evar!), the minimum age of a person I can date is now 22. I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader determining the significance, if any, of this fact.