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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Happy birthday, dear Jenny ... coming up

A big birthday coming up for Jenny on Tuesday - she has the same birthday as Thomas Pynchon, and it's also VE Day, for what that's worth.So we'll be having a suitably big party, to celebrate it, on Sunday afternoon. To celebrate even earlier, here's some photos, from over the years, that happen to be sitting on my computer, including the recent one with me and Rjurik.


drjon said...

My best wishes to the gorgeous Jenny! I've a Significant Birthday approaching myself this month.

Blake Stacey said...

Warmest wishes to Jenny (and to Thomas Pynchon, of course, not that he's watching).

Hmmm. Maybe it's time to bake a muted-post-horn-shaped cake.

Athena Andreadis said...

Many happy returns, Jenny!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday beautiful girl. It is a pleasure to have you in our lives! Have a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

This is such a significant event, Jenny.... I hope you have a fantastic day and am so sorry I will not be able to be there.

Peter Nicholls said...

Happy Birthday, Jenny! This is indeed a significant anniversary, and we very much look forward to sharing it with you tomorrow. Much love, Peter and Clare

PS Speaking of significant anniversaries, there's another one coming up. August 28th will be the 20th annniversary of Clare and I originally meeting you and Russell. It was at Conspiracy '87, the sf worldcon we were all at, along with many other victims of scientology and bad planning. We should celebrate that anniversary too, in a couple of months.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday brilliant one! Looking forward to wishing you so many more! All my love AmandaXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Kirsty Brooks said...

Dear gorgeous Jenny.

I have loved the opportunity to know and work with you for many years now. You are a joy to spend time with, to chat with (sadly mostly on email) and to work with.

Oh, how I would LOVE to come to your party (especially if you still have that amazing brown flouncy dress) but instead I will toast you from Adelaide and wish you many wonderful years ahead with Russell and Felix and all your friends and family (I nearly put Felix first, whoops, sorry Russ).

You deserve so many good things and I hope you get many of them on your birthday (especially many kisses, hugs, an excellent conga line, joyful moments and lots of laughter and happiness).

Your friend, Kirsty

Anonymous said...

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:

"How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"

Happy birthday, my wonderful servant
Your master, Felix (and Meredith and Paul xx)

Anonymous said...

Dear darling Jenny,
Ron and I wish you the happiest of happy birthdays. We are totally bummed we can't be there with you to share the laughter and fun, but we do expect some salacious photos.
Have a great day, and may the year to follow be full of love, joy and prosperity.
Love, Alison (in far too sunny Brisbane)

Russell Blackford said...

It's nice to see all these messages for the girl I love so dearly, and who is loved by so many people.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sweetie,

I have been thinking of you all afternoon (Sunday) and hoping that you are having a wonderful party. Thank you for being a wonderful (fractionally) older sister.

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lots of love, Suellen, Michael, James (and Megan), Nick and Ben

Anonymous said...

Oh my dog, it's Sunday here, but that means it's already Monday there! We missed the party! But wait--it's not Tuesday yet, so we haven't missed the mhumpmth birthday proper. So from the hot and clammy heart of central Texas, here's a yee-hah to y'all! May the pav melt in your mouth, and the champagne runneth over!

Anonymous said...


I do hope you have a wonderful day and have lots of fine bubbly to help kickstart the party. I do wish I was there ...

all my love

the Dark Enchantress
(better known as Kate)

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday dearest Jenny. It was a beautiful party on Sunday, an appropriate expression of all our love and affection. Have a perfectly lovely day today.
See you soon, love Marj

Anonymous said...

Jenny, Happy Birhtday, I admire your charm and fun and the joie de vivre of your life. Much love Trish Smyth

Anonymous said...

Thanks, everybody! I'm overwhelmed by how lovely Russ and our delightful family and friends have been to me on this Significant Ageing Occasion. It's made coping with the Big Birthday so much easier. Heaps of fun, even.

Thanks, and love,