Saturday Silliness: The Zero of all sums = ooommmm

Josh writes:

A cartoon inspired by Steve McIntyre’s post on Lew & Mann, and of course all the other posts from everyone else! 

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I realise the maths/latin title joke might be a wee bit subtle but hopefully it’ll ring some bells.

 

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49 Responses to Saturday Silliness: The Zero of all sums = ooommmm

  1. philjourdan says:

    I thought Mann reached that with his Tiljander sample.

  2. Rod says:

    Or has GIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out become GIHO – Garbage In, Hockey-stick Out?

  3. Aphan says:

    If my Android is ruined by the soft drink I just spewed all over it….it was worth it! Josh, you kill me.

  4. Gunga Din says:

    Divide by zero and you get Lew’s Hockey Stick?

  5. PMT says:

    Cogito ergo dubito…

  6. Fred says:

    Cogito ergo smello bulcrapus . . .

  7. Apoxonbothyourhouses says:

    I see the cloud but where is the cuckoo in cloud cuckoo land?

  8. A.D. Everard says:

    Josh – one of your best! :)

  9. johanna says:

    For the non Latin scholars, “sum” means “I am.”

    Love the bells, Josh.

  10. Apoxonbothyourhouses says:

    If you insist …? HAERES NEQUIQUAM CAENO CUPIENS EVELLERE PLANTUM – Horace

  11. Mike H says:

    Johanna, Thanks.

  12. Gunga Din says:

    johanna says:
    November 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    For the non Latin scholars, “sum” means “I am.”

    ================================================================
    And here I thought it meant, “Sum’in ain’t right here.”

  13. jim2 says:

    They are using advanced calculus. The answer is the limit of the value as the amount of data approaches zero.

  14. Janice Moore says:

    Well done (as always), Josh!

    “…where is the cuckoo… .” (APOBYH at 5:44pm today)

    lol, sitting behind the CO2, of course. #(:))

  15. Pamela Gray says:

    OMG that is funny!!!!! I have seen this up close and personal. I know of folks in certain circles who pull their own calculations out of their ass and call what they have done “statistical analysis”, and then have the balls to defend it as if it is legit!

  16. rogerknights says:

    All Josh’s drawings of Mann make one smile.

  17. Pamela Gray says:

    Ah. The nothingness of infinity. The very basic tenet of projected climate science. It was in India that the single most important value in the decimal system: 0, was added to mathematical calculations. No wonder Pachauri is such a proponent of projections. Projecting climate warming into infinity is brilliant thinking when it comes to re-upping your grant.

  18. JohnWho says:

    Geez, some of my fellow skeptics here are almost impossible to please.

    Consider, with a zero sample size, there is no need to request the methodology of the “adjustments”. Mann has once again avoided FOIA queries.

    :)

  19. Katio1505 says:

    Rogerknights @ 7.06pm:

    Yes, the look on Mann’s face reminds me of something a long time back, when CSIRO Divisional Chiefs made regular visits to far flung centres to see what their troops were up to. I asked the Chief how come he could go from office to office looking interested in what each scientist was explaining to him. He replied: ‘It helps if you’ve got piles’

  20. Txomin says:

    Josh is generally good. Thank you.

  21. jorgekafkazar says:

    Abysmal statistics: another instance of “what Lysenko spawned.”

  22. RockyRoad says:

    Next Lew and Mann will be working in reciprocal space.

    That should make for an interesting cartoon–as both get sucked in while observing their navels.

    …..slurp

    Then not only could we do without their statistics, we could do without Lew ‘n Mann.

  23. David in Cal says:

    A rearrangement of the words yields a poem:

    Our sample size is zip, zilch, nada
    We’ve reached the stage where we need no data.

  24. Jon says:

    They start with the conclusion and make up the data?

  25. Janice Moore says:

    David (in Cal) your bouncy little poem’s rhythm brought to mind this delightful tune which I post here with Josh’s expose of those who have corrupted it,

    to celebrate the scientific method!

    Take it away, Ella!

    “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it…. that’s what gets {valid} results.”

  26. Data? We ain’t got no data. We don’t need no data! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ data!

  27. The above quote was from the movie Treasure of the IPCC-Era Cadre

  28. StuartMcL says:

    > who pull their own calculations out of their ass and call what they have done “statistical analysis”,

    I prefer the term ‘fundamental data extraction”

  29. Nigel S says:

    Homeopathic science (as practised (practiced) by homies).

    StuartMcL says: November 9, 2013 at 10:56 pm (‘fundamental data extraction’) v.v.good!

  30. David Chappell says:

    Climatological Nirvana
    or, perhaps, Sitting on Cloud Zero

  31. David Chappell says:

    The Zen of Climate Science

  32. Greg says:

    I like your drawing style but you are far too generous to Lew’sky, He really is not that “good looking”. Whenever I see a photo of him, it makes me feel physically uncomfortable.

    I think you are failing to capture the essence of the man with your cartoons.

  33. KnockJohn says:

    Rationem Vitiosa

  34. Anoneumouse says:

    “I realise the maths/latin title joke might be a wee bit subtle but hopefully it’ll ring some bells.”

    YOU CAN’T RING ‘NOBEL’

  35. Ian E says:

    Reminds me of the first joke I made up at junior school. A young roman meets a young girl – 1st words : ‘Sum sex’.

  36. Berényi Péter says:

    Time to go for negative sample sizes. That could bring about some interesting projections.

  37. John Whitman says:

    Josh,

    Thanks for clothing them in purplish onesies to hide zero data cult tattoos.

    Also, perhaps initiation into the zero data cult for summa cum laude candidates requires purification rites to cleanse their body and minds of data.

    Finally. should not their feet be bare in front of their goddess of zero data?

    John

  38. DonS says:

    Mann no doubt contemplates the future with equanimity, now that the Virginia gubernatorial election has denied Cuccinelli the office. Indeed, he has been quoted as calling the election a referendum on global warming. Presumably, the UVA email vault will not now be breached.

  39. Mike Ozanne says:

    You’ve put in the knobs and the bells, all we need now is for someone to whistle……

  40. Pamela Gray says:

    I hadn’t noticed but I think the theory fits! That look! Whenever they get that look on their face they are either taking a poop or are thinking about another way to write about “nothing”, make it sound ominous, and get it published.

  41. Thanks, Josh. You made my day!

  42. John Whitman says:

    Pamela Gray on November 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    - – - – - – - –

    Pamela Gray,

    Your use of the word poop made me think the word pooh. Which made me think the following.

    Josh made Lewandowsky and Mann look like a bumbling pair of purplish pooh bears. Winnie is not likely to be amused. Oh bother.

    John

  43. Bruce Cobb says:

    Excellent work as usual, Josh.
    To sum up, that’s
    Josh: +2
    Lew/Mann: Zero, zilch, zip, nix, nada.

  44. David S says:

    As a somewhat more talented Australian than Lewandowski said: banana nirvana manana….

  45. RockyRoad says:

    Jon says:
    November 9, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    They start with the conclusion and make up the data?

    It’s called “post-normal science”.

    See how easy it is?

  46. OldWeirdHarold says:

    Bupkis.

  47. OldWeirdHarold says:

    Pamela Gray says:
    November 9, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    OMG that is funny!!!!! I have seen this up close and personal. I know of folks in certain circles who pull their own calculations out of their ass and call what they have done “statistical analysis”, and then have the balls to defend it as if it is legit!
    ====================

    Such as the Starfleet cadets over at Curry’s like Webby.

  48. beng says:

    ***
    Pamela Gray says:
    November 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Whenever they get that look on their face they are either taking a poop or are thinking about another way to write about “nothing”, make it sound ominous, and get it published.
    ***

    No, like any simians, they’re getting ready to throw their excrement…

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