Happy Birthday Dave!
I know lots of people have had their differences and disagreements with you, me included. But I have to give props where they're due:
It was Radio UserLand and your evangelism that finally got me into RSS and pushed me down a lot of threads of inquiry into programming in general. And a link from you back in 2002 gave me one of my first floods of inbound traffic and links, accompanied by a rush of new people saying hello. That did me in right there, and I've been hooked on this stuff since.
And, without your work, I most likely wouldn't be writing this book right now. Which, regardless of how well it does (very well, I hope!), is something I've wanted to do for a very long time.
So, thank you--and happy (belated) birthday, Dave!