Thank you to everyone that wished me a Happy Birthday (and there were a lot of you), far-flung* or not.
I did have a great day, and I got loads of really cool (and some really cool and unusual) presents.
Based on my experiences with this birthday, I can definitely recommend having a birthday to anyone. I myself plan to have many more.
* Whomever said that technology depersonalises our social interaction was a 'nana.