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(Today)   From the generation that brought you Rogaine, Viagra, and "Forty is the new twenty" comes America's favorite age: 50   (today.com) divider line 98
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2013-09-16 03:46:18 AM

Ed Grubermann: Quantum Apostrophe: Turns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.

Larry Niven is a good writer, but he doesn't know shiat about the aging process.


Well, he's 75, so he might have a little first-hand knowledge. Niven's Law #20: Old age is not for sissies.
 
2013-09-16 03:47:46 AM
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

137 is the new 50
 
2013-09-16 03:48:43 AM

Ed Grubermann: Quantum Apostrophe: Turns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.

Larry Niven is a good writer, but he doesn't know shiat about the aging process.


Also QA is a good troll, but he doesn't know shiat about ___.
 
2013-09-16 03:58:50 AM

TheJoe03: I don't get why someone would choose to be 50. I figured that your 30s would be the best mix of youth and wisdom.


I'm 32, still have student loan debt, and feel like I don't know shiat. The husband and I do enjoy random road trips and will be spending a month with the in-laws in Sri Lanka in January...so maybe 32 isn't so bad. 40s will be better. More traveling and the loan debt will be forgiven.
 
2013-09-16 04:00:34 AM
Nobi et tuti sum cumi liffe.
 
2013-09-16 04:06:22 AM
I just turned 49 two days ago.  Get off my lawn!
 
2013-09-16 04:07:09 AM

cretinbob: You'd be surprised how many people die in their 50'sqwww2


All the ones who don't live to be 60?

I'll be 50 next year, and frankly, I'd not choose to be 25 again for anything. I was suffering the worst of my rapid cycling between ages 25-35, and have only really been stable for the past five years. Even my student loan debt has a silver sparkle, since had I not been over the worst of my bipolar, I couldn't have finished law school to acquire such debt. I'm in better physical health now than I was fifteen years ago, and have more friends (online and real world).

YMMV, of course, but I'm looking forward to my 50s.
 
2013-09-16 05:18:19 AM

EmmaLou: TheJoe03: I don't get why someone would choose to be 50. I figured that your 30s would be the best mix of youth and wisdom.

I'm 32, still have student loan debt, and feel like I don't know shiat. The husband and I do enjoy random road trips and will be spending a month with the in-laws in Sri Lanka in January...so maybe 32 isn't so bad. 40s will be better. More traveling and the loan debt will be forgiven.


Thing is, the article isn't about your economic situation. It's about your physical age.
 
2013-09-16 05:39:25 AM
50 tastes like band-aids.
 
2013-09-16 05:42:12 AM
I'll be there in 3 months. Yeah, it doesn't suck.
 
2013-09-16 06:22:15 AM
Happiness is good health and a poor memory.

Memory gets worse throughout adulthood, as brain function in general declines with age.
Our memories also get sweeter as they recede into the past. It's a quirk of human psychology.

Health worsens with age, but more noticeably later in life, given good lifestyle choices and luck.
A competitive athlete's body may peak before 30, but what's that to the rest of us, in daily life?

I'm too lazy to make a graph, but it does look like happiness ought to peak in about mid-life,
taking the two factors into account and treating them additively. And discounting childhood.

/ Could I be physically any age forever, and legally my real age, I'd be 14 and make a mint in a Vegas brothel.
 
2013-09-16 06:37:20 AM
A few months before my 30th birthday I started calling a few friends whose b-days were right around the same time.  "Let's pool our money and have a big blowout!" I said.  Every last farking one of them cried at me about how they were going to be 30 and weren't married yet, boo hoo.  Within the next 3 months 2 of them were suddenly married and one was engaged.  They were all also divorced within 2 years, but goddammit, they were married before they were 30.
/52
//doesn't suck
///finally got chased down & married at 38, much to my surprise
 
2013-09-16 06:49:34 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: WordyGrrl: When I was 16, I could never imagine reaching 21 (USSR vs USA nuclear war was going to kill us all, don't ya know?). Turning 30 sucked in that  frivolous "OMG, I'm not young anymore!" way. Turning 40 was much better, ala "Hey, this being an adult thing is kinda sweet!"

I'll be 50 in two years and... I finally feel like I'm growing into my power as a full-grown adult. I might be fatter and have some of the "old age" aches and pains," but my priorities are where they should have been years ago. And I just feel a helluva lot smarter in general.

It's all delusions. This "power" you have is just realizing you have no time left to make other choices.


Nope.

This article is a repudiation of your pitiful cult of youth.
 
2013-09-16 06:58:34 AM
And just for good measure, to all those hollering "50 IS AWESOME FARK YOU!" or "25 ROCKS FARK YOU!":

When you find a way to avoid the process altogether (without being dead), then maybe I'll listen.  It's utter nonsense to cry about aging or desire to keep one age.

Living: how the fark does it work?
 
2013-09-16 07:10:11 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: WordyGrrl: When I was 16, I could never imagine reaching 21 (USSR vs USA nuclear war was going to kill us all, don't ya know?). Turning 30 sucked in that  frivolous "OMG, I'm not young anymore!" way. Turning 40 was much better, ala "Hey, this being an adult thing is kinda sweet!"

I'll be 50 in two years and... I finally feel like I'm growing into my power as a full-grown adult. I might be fatter and have some of the "old age" aches and pains," but my priorities are where they should have been years ago. And I just feel a helluva lot smarter in general.

It's all delusions. This "power" you have is just realizing you have no time left to make other choices.


Who does? Certainly a technocratic, mindless sheeple like you has never made a significant choice in his pointless life.
3D printers, my ass.
i18.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-16 07:12:33 AM
45 was probably my best age.  I'll be 55 next month. I'm more in control financially I suppose but I can feel myself start to really go down hill.  Not sure there's any stopping or reversing it.  I guess I have to try though.  *sigh*
 
2013-09-16 07:17:33 AM
I'm 50 and it's pretty cool.  There are things in my life I need to address, but 50 is not the scary death monster folks say.  I have much more peace of mind than I did twenty years ago.
 
2013-09-16 07:28:23 AM
I was in much better shape at 30 than I was at 25, but I could already tell by then that certain parts of me were going bad, and there was no way they'd ever be good again.  My knee will probably hurt for the rest of my life, for instance.

Aside from the usual pains associated with aging, however, life is better in my mid-30s than it was in my mid-20s.  A wife and kids will do that, as will finally settling down someplace nice.  I could move one more time in the next year, but that'll be it.

I may not get to be young again, but I get to watch my kid live life from the very start, and that'll allow me to watch youth from a new perspective.  It'll be interesting and fun, and I'm looking forward to the rest of it.
 
2013-09-16 07:30:00 AM
Why do I have the feeling that the person who wrote it is in her fifties?
 
2013-09-16 07:35:53 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: This enzyme is called Alagebrium.


I was told there would be no math.
 
2013-09-16 07:43:48 AM
I heard that there is an age-reversing, life-extending compound available only to those who have 3D printed their own space vehicles.
 
2013-09-16 07:58:05 AM

worlddan: Quantum Apostrophe:

Enjoy being 25. It's fun. But you're going to love being 45. It's so much better.

No, it really isn't. That's just Middle Aged Delusional Syndrome.

Here's is an offer. I offer you the opportunity to go back and live your life all over again starting at 25. The one caveat is that I wipe your memory. You have no knowledge that you are starting your life all over again, no memory of the years you have already lived. A true fresh start. There are no other catches. I time travel you back to 25 and its as if everything since never happened.

Will you take the offer?


So essentially would you live the same life you've had, over again, from the age of 25? Hell no!
 
2013-09-16 08:47:20 AM
Goddam it, I'm never gonna hit the "best years" at this rate. When I'm 50, it'll be all "80 is the new 60!"
 
2013-09-16 08:55:42 AM
Put me in the big 5-0 club here!
 
2013-09-16 08:57:37 AM
50's okay but 28 was better........

/youth is wasted on the young
 
2013-09-16 09:00:13 AM

DarkSoulNoHope


(mainly because schools just raise the price because they can, not because of any new expenses (cept for maybe the new "Vice Presidents" that always pop up) that are part of the cost of admission.


Yeah, I saw Bill Maher's show too.
 
2013-09-16 09:06:28 AM
As a forty year old who just went to a three day music festival and am now suffering the results of that decision in a way no twenty year old would, I can say with certainty it is absolutely NOT the new twenty.

/ouch
 
2013-09-16 09:28:18 AM
One thing I've found since hitting fifty: Fifty hits back.
 
2013-09-16 09:38:56 AM
Johnny Depp is 50?
 
2013-09-16 09:47:27 AM

Ed Grubermann: Quantum Apostrophe: Turns out most of the damage of aging is molecular garbage that the human body is inefficient at removing. Your tissues just slowly become infested with inert garbage, sort of like a teenager's room covered in dirty clothes. It's still a room, the electrical outlets are still there, the computer is still on the desk, but everything is just slower and more difficult to get at than if the clothes were gone.

Larry Niven is a good writer, but he doesn't know shiat about the aging process.


Do you know about wikipedia though? I don't make stuff up.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alagebrium

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_glycation_endproducts

" It was the first drug candidate to be clinically tested for the purpose of breaking the crosslinks caused by advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), thereby reversing one of the main mechanisms of aging."

Relatively Obscure: I heard that there is an age-reversing, life-extending compound available only to those who have 3D printed their own space vehicles.


Hey watch it, there are seeds in my morning smoothie, now I've got them on my screen.
 
2013-09-16 10:10:59 AM

Fano: This article is a repudiation of your pitiful cult of youth.


What's even worse is worshipping failing memory, ailing bodies and aching muscles and pretending it's great when it's not.

Tell you what, you just stay in your corner when the anti-aging starts and you can yell in your hoarse whisper about how being young sucks while all your friends gobble up the pills and run away from an old coot like you.
 
2013-09-16 10:15:43 AM
If the idea of someone significantly older than you being happy makes you visibly agitated, the problem is with you.
 
2013-09-16 10:25:14 AM

someonelse: If the idea of someone significantly older than you being happy makes you visibly agitated, the problem is with you.


Delusional people in mental wards are probably happy too. Maybe someone is happy having cancer or HIV. Don't get in the way of people who aren't happy if they have cancer or HIV.

fark aging, fark the stupid worshiping of wrinkles and fark this helpless attitude.

We're the species that's going to colonize the universe with organisms that self-destruct in a few years???
 
2013-09-16 10:59:31 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: DarkSoulNoHope

(mainly because schools just raise the price because they can, not because of any new expenses (cept for maybe the new "Vice Presidents" that always pop up) that are part of the cost of admission.


Yeah, I saw Bill Maher's show too.


Just because it's on his show doesn't lose the truthfulness of the statement. I haven't seen any legitimate improvements in colleges that I have been to or visited that justified an increased tuition cost (only thing I have really seen is colleges creating luxury dorms, to lure in the high priced students, when the money isn't going to "administrative costs")
 
2013-09-16 11:43:03 AM
55.  Climbed Mt. Whitney last week!
 
2013-09-16 11:43:34 AM

Gyrfalcon: cretinbob: You'd be surprised how many people die in their 50'sqwww2

All the ones who don't live to be 60?

I'll be 50 next year, and frankly, I'd not choose to be 25 again for anything. I was suffering the worst of my rapid cycling between ages 25-35, and have only really been stable for the past five years. Even my student loan debt has a silver sparkle, since had I not been over the worst of my bipolar, I couldn't have finished law school to acquire such debt. I'm in better physical health now than I was fifteen years ago, and have more friends (online and real world).

YMMV, of course, but I'm looking forward to my 50s.


I'm closer to 50 than 25 and would not go back either
 
2013-09-16 12:08:50 PM
I was 50 before being 50 was cool.  Fark you.
 
2013-09-16 12:09:36 PM
This only proves that the older people get the stupider they are.

You really would rather be 50? Ok. clearly, you have already forgotten what it was like to be in your 20's. Barring the extra income you should have at 50, what exactly is better?

seriously, how many times have you said "oh I can still do that"? And then fail miserably.


I"m just recently 42 and I'd love to be 21 again.
 
2013-09-16 12:09:47 PM

cretinbob: I'm closer to 50 than 25 and would not go back either


You people sound like we're discussing time travel.
 
2013-09-16 12:44:21 PM
Dirtybird971: This only proves that the older people get the stupider they are.

You really would rather be 50? Ok. clearly, you have already forgotten what it was like to be in your 20's. Barring the extra income you should have at 50, what exactly is better?

seriously, how many times have you said "oh I can still do that"? And then fail miserably.


I"m just recently 42 and I'd love to be 21 again.


It's rare to find a middle-aged person admit this. Denial is strong in most people.

You seem rational. Are you an engineer in the physical sciences?
 
2013-09-16 01:08:58 PM

Incontinental_Drift


55. Climbed Mt. Whitney last week!


She's a little plump, but calling her a "mountain" is just mean.
 
2013-09-16 03:39:42 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: someonelse: If the idea of someone significantly older than you being happy makes you visibly agitated, the problem is with you.

Delusional people in mental wards are probably happy too.


A lot of them are irrationally angry that other people can't see what they fervently believe should be totally obvious. Many are completely convinced that they are the only ones seeing things as they really are. They think everyone else is delusional or in denial.
 
2013-09-16 06:49:47 PM

Incontinental_Drift: 55.  Climbed Mt. Whitney last week!


58. I went upstairs to take a dump last night.
 
2013-09-16 07:59:08 PM

frostus: Incontinental_Drift: 55.  Climbed Mt. Whitney last week!

58. I went upstairs to take a dump last night.


If you were at Mt Whitney you would have taken a dump in a WAG bag  .

// I used three of these.
 
2013-09-16 09:55:16 PM

Incontinental_Drift: frostus: Incontinental_Drift: 55.  Climbed Mt. Whitney last week!

58. I went upstairs to take a dump last night.

If you were at Mt Whitney you would have taken a dump in a WAG bag  .

// I used three of these.


That seems a bit more inefficient than just digging over your pile like a litter box.
 
2013-09-16 11:00:01 PM

someonelse: Quantum Apostrophe: someonelse: If the idea of someone significantly older than you being happy makes you visibly agitated, the problem is with you.

Delusional people in mental wards are probably happy too.

A lot of them are irrationally angry that other people can't see what they fervently believe should be totally obvious. Many are completely convinced that they are the only ones seeing things as they really are. They think everyone else is delusional or in denial.


You went from happy to irrationally angry? I can't follow mental 900 degree turns like that.
 
2013-09-17 03:01:08 AM
I can't imagine anyone wanting to be 50.  That's when things started to hurt; I'll take 49, thank you.
 
2013-09-17 04:07:34 AM
My dad started running marathons (with good times) in his 50s, so I have hope as a boozing 20 something that would pass out if I did a marathon now.
 
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