Party! ~ ctm

charles the moderator is throwing himself a birthday party this Friday in SF.

I’ve decided to invite a selected few WUWT regulars to attend.

Acceptance will be based on examining your comment history.  No newbies, sorry.

Steve Mosher will be there.

It will go from 10 pm to apprx 4 am or?

If you want to attend post here. You will be contacted via email.

Steve Sadlov, kuhnkat, you out there?

Moderators and Anthony, you are all invited.

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March 17, 2010 12:36 am

happy birthday charles. i’m still waiting to hear if you are the guy in the Chapin sing?

March 17, 2010 12:37 am

Happy Birthday Charles. I won’t be able to call by as the flight time is too long. What about a video hookup?
Reply: I’ll send you pictures. There will be at least three DJ’s. ~ ctm

C. Shannon
March 17, 2010 12:40 am

I know I’m not a regular enough poster to participate and I doubt I could make it anyways, but nonetheless I’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to Charles.
Hope you folks have a fine time and get good and “snockered”…I have a feeling with the amount of work that goes into this place combined with your daily lives you’re probably in need of just such an excuse to do so.

NZ Willy
March 17, 2010 12:41 am

I’ll be there! Oh wait, I’m in New Zealand…

Carl Chapman
March 17, 2010 12:41 am

Alarmists get flown all over the world at taxpayer expense to Bali, Kyoto, Copenhagen. Will the taxpayer, or at least big oil, pick up the tab for any attendees?

March 17, 2010 12:45 am

Theme? 52 cards in a deck…

Capn Jack.
March 17, 2010 12:50 am

where is SF is that kind of like a star trek convention good buddy.

March 17, 2010 12:54 am

We all should charter 747s and individual fly to the event.

March 17, 2010 12:54 am

Happy Birthday fella!

Rob R
March 17, 2010 1:02 am

Happy bday ctm.
Unfortuately there are too many mountains to climb and oceans to cross so perhaps not this time (as Willy says NZ ia a long way away from the US). You are cordially invited to my 50th during May as by now Big Oil must must be funding you full time plus travel perks.

March 17, 2010 1:13 am

Have a great Birthday Charles, you deserve a great great fun happy fun happy happy joy joy day today.

March 17, 2010 1:17 am

Happy birthday Charles
Will you be undertaking a world tour so your fans overseas can take part? Are Phil Jones and Judith Curry invited?
Reply: If Judith was in town I would love for her to show up. Dr. Phil…not so much. ~ ctm

March 17, 2010 1:19 am

Happy Birthday O Great One.
Unfortunately the airline tickets you sent me haven’t turned up so I goes to Barry post office and I says what’s occurring. They haven’t a clue,first time see anyone has sent a letter from the US. So in case I dunt make it have a good one;-)

March 17, 2010 1:20 am

Hi Charles, happy birthday. I don’t post enough (but I learn a lot) and, like NZ Willy, I’m also in New Zealand, so unless you REALLY want me to show up, I won’t be able to be there either.
But this is to say a very big thank you for all the work that you and your fellow moderators do in supporting Anthony in his outstanding work. Behind every great man is a great team. If I could have been there, I would have led a haka for you.
There are enough known Kiwis on this site for us to do a monumental haka for you all – we’ll do it down here.
Dude… that’s just weird.

~ ctm

March 17, 2010 1:23 am

birdfeeders again. We let our holly bushes grow up the last few years. We had a bumper crop of berrys this year. We had hundreds of robins eating them. May you have hundreds of robins at your birthday party . And some robinetts too.

March 17, 2010 1:31 am

Happy birthday, Charles.

Knut Witberg
March 17, 2010 1:36 am

Have a Happy Birthday – with lots of CO2 !!!
(from the champagne)

March 17, 2010 1:41 am

Too far from Wircestershire ! I second Tallbloke’s call for a live web cam.

Robert Wykoff
March 17, 2010 1:46 am

If you shoot an invitation, I will make a rare trip from Nevada to California, and my ’66 will even deposit.a half ton of CO2 per mile along the way.
Reply: 66 what? My 70 Bronco gets about 9 mpg. ~ ctm

March 17, 2010 1:46 am

Happy Birthday. I read a lot, comment only a bit (less lately), am on the east coast so won’t even ask to attend….but….Friday is my birthday too!! So I’ll be there in spirit. (I’m sure I’m a LOT older than you….heh)

stephen richards
March 17, 2010 1:47 am

Happy 21st birthday Charles and thanks for your thoughtful, careful moderation. Sadly La France is too far even for free food and booze.

Mark Cooper
March 17, 2010 1:54 am

Here’s a little birthday present 🙂
Reply: Thank you. That was awesome. Common sense to someone who hangs out in NoCal, but nice to see someone attempting to quantify it.
What’s the difference between a Californian and a New Yorker?
When a New Yorker says #$@^@^, you he’s saying hello.
When a Californian says Hello, he’s saying #$@^@^ you.
~ ctm

Roger Carr
March 17, 2010 1:58 am

Happy Birthday, pal.
(Only 20 more years to maturity… although I’ll let you call on that based on my postings… My only certainty is that at 52 I weren’t…)

March 17, 2010 2:04 am

Happy Birthday, Charles the Magnificent, and many more of them. Dave.

March 17, 2010 2:06 am

Will we get to mingle with all those big oil executive friends of yours 🙂
Happy Birthday

John Wright
March 17, 2010 2:21 am

I’ll send you a new pair of scissors, the old ones must be about worn out by now.
Happy snippin’ birthday, Charles!

Geoff Sherrington
March 17, 2010 2:37 am

Dear CTM,
You share the birthday with
Bruce Willis
Glenn Close
Ursula Andress (I often get flustrered & spell that wronlgy)
Phyllis Newman
Patrick McGoohan
Wyatt Earp
This group must be about as diverse as the characters you volunteer to moderate. But would you snip Wyatt Earp?
Many happies from the wonderful land of Oz, you youngster. Have you ever been out here to see the Great Barrier Reef and other nice places? I’ve been to The Original Joe’s, which I suppose is a fair cultural comparison.
Reply: No and I really do want to visit Oz sometime soon. OJ’s is the place I received the fastest service in my life. I ordered and received dinner in under 20 seconds. ~ ctm

P Gosselin
March 17, 2010 2:43 am

Happy birthday /
Herzlichen Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag!
You are at the best possible age – still vital, but wise.
Strike the iron while it’s hot.
Post some photos of the party so that we can see how it went!

March 17, 2010 2:44 am

Gah! not enough notice – I would have chartered a plane from London for your British chums…
Well, have a great birthday anyway! Party on!

March 17, 2010 2:51 am

Do me a favor and use dry ice somewhere in the decorations:D Happy B day

March 17, 2010 2:52 am

Have a great one, Charles!
Carl Chapman (00:41:39) : has the right idea.
“Alarmists get flown all over the world at taxpayer expense to Bali, Kyoto, Copenhagen. Will the taxpayer, or at least big oil, pick up the tab for any attendees?”
How fast can you whip out a grant proposal so we can all attend?

March 17, 2010 2:53 am

Happy Birthday… You may be an endangered human judging by the hubris BS spouted here in NZ!

Thomas J. Arnold.
March 17, 2010 3:04 am

Nice one Charles, a bit far for me to come, guess I wouldn’t get an invite anyway, you spend too much time on my posts, musing about moderation:-)
All round top blog(s) – need top people, many happy returns.

D. King
March 17, 2010 3:10 am

You’ll remember this!
Best whishes on your birthday,

March 17, 2010 3:19 am

Happy Birthday Charles! Have a smashing one! All of you mods and Anthony deserve it and more. I can’t even imagine how you keep up.
And back at his home Punxsutawney Phil is chirping that he should have made it eight weeks! Here comes the snow. Again. Maybe all of you at the party can figure how to import some of that mysterious, invisible warming back to the U.S., you know, the real stuff.

March 17, 2010 3:25 am

Happy Birthday from Big Oil- check’s in the mail. Seriously, enjoy your day!

March 17, 2010 3:27 am

I’d love to attend, however I haven’t yet received my paycheck this month from big oil, so am unable to afford the plane ticket. 🙂
I remember when I turned 52, I got three decks of cards as gifts – thought you should be warned.

March 17, 2010 3:29 am

I wwwould uh uh llove to cccome tttto your uh uh pppparty.

Allan M
March 17, 2010 3:35 am

Happy Birthday. It would take till November to get there, so I’ll just have to have a snifter over here in support, and maybe a tincture or two, and maybe some noggins, and a beverage…
52! Baa. You youngsters don’t know you’re born. Hic!

March 17, 2010 3:58 am

CTM: Happy Birthday. I’ve even capitalized your name. None of that lower case stuff for CTM. A respect for elders thing!
Your efforts at maintaining civility here at WUWT are very much appreciated…as is your sense of humor when you let it fly.

March 17, 2010 4:08 am

Have a terriffic time, CTM!
Best regards, but unfortunately, I have to decline your kind invitation, being on the other side of the world, and things like that……

George Lloyd
March 17, 2010 4:12 am

Watt’s the address for gifts?
Reply: Hold that thought. At some point I will be asking for a favor from our Australian readers. I would like someone to find me some of these:

Royal Australian Regiment jackets. The one I have is a size 18 from G & S Symons made in 1951. It looks great on me, but I want more of them for when it wears out. I guess you guys can start your research if you want. ~ ctm

Brian P
March 17, 2010 4:15 am

Happy Birthday Charles

March 17, 2010 4:19 am

Happy Birthday. Dr. The Moderator.
You are older than Arctic ice.

March 17, 2010 4:20 am

Happy Birthday Charles and may you have many more of them,I will raise a glass in salute. or maybe 2 🙂

Bob B
March 17, 2010 4:34 am

Happy Birthday CTM!

March 17, 2010 4:50 am

happy, happy Birthday, Charles, best year ever, they don’t make em like this anymore 😉 Fred from the Swiss mountains. (Born in 58 too)

March 17, 2010 4:53 am

Happy Birthday dude! I would humbly accept an invitation but understand if I’m semi-newbie! 🙂

Lance BC Can.
March 17, 2010 4:56 am

Not a person to give out happy b days on blog/message pages.
But more I’d like to thank you for your work moding this chaos, WHO would of imagined the like of this in a scientific manner? Too crazy, blog power, thank dog god for the internet and this site. 🙂
You are one of the keepers of the science and truth. This site and CA are the only bastions of reason for the scientific mind!
Happy b day and thanks from us skeptics/denier/heretics/scientist, for upholding the truth!

March 17, 2010 4:59 am

As a decidely sporadic commenter, may I wish you “Feliz Cumpleaños” young Charles. 🙂
I’d love to come, but as I’m half the world away from SF I’d feel too guilty about my carbon footpr…. Oh! Maybe not. 🙂
Have a good ‘un!

March 17, 2010 5:03 am

I’m concerned. Al Gore says the Skeptics missed the 3 day storm(and it’s relevance) in NY area because it wasn’t snow. What are we going to miss because of a birthday party + 3 days recovery?
Happy Birthday. Another year in this mad new world!!!!

March 17, 2010 5:04 am

I think a Skeptic convention would have support.

Henry chance
March 17, 2010 5:06 am

52? So you remember when the ice sheets still spread thru the Dakotas and the Mastodons were the big CO2 emitters.
60 is the new middle age.

March 17, 2010 5:07 am

Happy Birthday Charles the gatekeeper.

Scott Finegan
March 17, 2010 5:09 am

Happy Orbit Charles

March 17, 2010 5:25 am

> If you want to attend post here.
Being older than you, I remember times when good manners meant responding to RSVPs. Now credit card companies send out RSVP by the millions and have no “decline” box on their form.
I’d love to attend, but too far for a night trip from New Hampshire.
Besides, Friday night is pizza night at work. Let’s see, leave at 1900 EDT, which is 1600 PDT, I could make it some of it….
I will be attending the the ICCC in Chicago. Maybe I’ll make a WUWT sticker for fans to put on their name tags.

March 17, 2010 5:26 am

ctm, I am a bit late to this party… Thanks again to you, for your attention to detail. Also, your outstanding work and efforts to keep our comments on track and an open forum for the public; all at the same time:) Happy Birthday & Best Wishes

March 17, 2010 5:35 am

Issue 15
Increasing biodiversity
Reducing our impact
A sustainable supply

Take a guess which organisation has this advert for their magazine?
Friend’s of the earth? Green peace? WWF? Green Party?
How about The UK supposedly scientific organisation who is supposed to be providing accurate forecasts in a magazine laughingly called: “Barometer” and not “Green pansies”.

Mike Bryant
March 17, 2010 5:36 am

What a great idea! I would absolutely love to go and meet you and the other keepers of the flame!!! I’d have to start driving from Texas pretty soon though… Happy Birthday!

Amino Acids in Meteorites
March 17, 2010 5:48 am

well, do i pass the test?
Gene Nemetz

March 17, 2010 5:48 am

Happy Birthday Charles!…from the inflammatory speaking guy you know.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
March 17, 2010 5:48 am

even if I don’t, happy birthday, this web site is cool

March 17, 2010 5:49 am

Too bad the party is 3500 miles away. Happy b-day big guy….

March 17, 2010 5:49 am

Carlo (05:07:12) :
Happy Birthday Charles the gatekeeper.

I subscribe to this too !:-)

March 17, 2010 5:50 am

HAve a ball !!!!!!!!!
Keep up the good work here and Happy Birthday !!

R. Dunn
March 17, 2010 5:51 am

…and you smell like one too. (Futurama, I think)

L Nettles
March 17, 2010 5:53 am

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m skeptical its really his birthday.
Happy Birthday CTM

R. Dunn
March 17, 2010 5:55 am
Robert M
March 17, 2010 5:59 am

Happy B-Day CTM!!! Dude you rock, you’ve got 9 years on me and half the time I’m in bed when your party starts! I will raise a beer in your honor though, or a glass of wine whichever you prefer.

Pearland Aggie
March 17, 2010 6:00 am

Happy Birthday, CTM!

Ed Moran
March 17, 2010 6:00 am

Happy Birthday!
Thanks for all your hard work. You deserve a great party so have at it!!

March 17, 2010 6:04 am

More about the Gatekeeper:
Κέρβερος (Cerberos):is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed which guards the gates of Hades
However, being you an Aries you are a Ram: Much like the Spirit of Spring, those born under Aries are forever looking forward, never backward

Wondering Aloud
March 17, 2010 6:10 am

You are 3 months older than me ya old coot. Happy birthday, keep up the good work.

Atomic Hairdryer
March 17, 2010 6:17 am

Happy birthday! Having that and St Patricks in the same week must be a challenge. Will raise a glass or 12 of the black/green stuff in support 🙂

DJ Meredith
March 17, 2010 6:23 am

Couldn’t make it if I did make the A-list..nonetheless…

March 17, 2010 6:23 am

Happy birthday Charles. From your photo, you sure don’t look 52.

March 17, 2010 6:24 am

Happy Birthday, Charles the Moderator. I bet you wondered if you would make 52 with all the responsibility Anthony’s inventiveness “forced” on you. This celebration of the day of your birth will also be a celebration of the coming of age of science education. You and your compatriots, who will be putting CO2 to one of its proper uses, downing lots beer and bubbly, can raise a glass to real science and the scientific method. That’s a great asccomplishment for one life time and you have lots more to live. Yes, who said 60 is the new middle age? I agree. My Mom is 91 and going strong with a good mind — not a feeble bone in her body!
Wish I could join you. Hope Pamela Gray and Anna V are there. And certainly the two Smiths, George and E.M. There are lots of other contributors who have become “friends” because of their fierce strength, commitment to truth, and good hearts.
Cheers and Kampai. (My children are returning from Japan in a few weeks to make California their home.)
Reply: Are you asking? It’s like reading Ravetz. ~ctm

March 17, 2010 6:24 am

happy birthday
best wishes
party hearty

March 17, 2010 6:35 am

Happy birthday, thank you for your great work here. A special birthday song to the approximate tune of the Volga Boatmen:
Oh happy birthday
Oh happy birthday
One more year closer to death
Oh happy birthday

March 17, 2010 6:40 am

You don’t look a day over 51! Happy birthday old bean. Here’s to many more.
And in the off chance that I were to be invited, I would have to decline as I am the only one on staff that doesn’t merit holidays of any kind. The owner/operator!
Cheers and best fishes.

March 17, 2010 6:42 am


March 17, 2010 6:42 am

Happy birthday from Idaho(whee spring means 21 feet of snow at the ski resorts) CTM you are truly one of the best people I have never met. Thank you for all the hard work you have done more for the people of the county than most of congress and the white house combined.

Baa Humbug
March 17, 2010 6:45 am

Us Aussies have a favour to ask of you.
After about 6 drinks each, you all get together and chant…
And take pictures of the chant and post ’em please 🙂

Baa Humbug
March 17, 2010 6:46 am

Oooops happy birthday old fella 🙂

David Ball
March 17, 2010 6:51 am

I was not aware that test tube babies actually have a ” birth day”, but hey, any reason to toss back a few ales and maybe a shot of tequila or two !!! 8^D !! Wish I could be there ! If you can afford to fly in a bouncer, I would be glad to fulfill that duty !! Happiest of days to you Charles!! I will be quoffing an ale in your honor. I expect a full report of the party on my desk in the morning ! ( ok, maybe later that afternoon ). Cheers !!

Pamela Gray
March 17, 2010 6:53 am

Happy Birthday! From a skeptic who has now been accused, and officially reprimanded, of being in denial of prevailing opinion, not willing to cooperate with the consensus, and not dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s fast enough. As a result I have been excluded from the table. The one voice that says, “hold on a minute”. All because I happen to believe in the heart, soul, and brain of a 5th grader. Being slow to label, wanting more information, and getting it right, is what inquiry is all about. Else we lead ourselves, and those who trust us, over the cliff.

March 17, 2010 7:03 am

Happy birthday.
Consider me there in spirit.

March 17, 2010 7:14 am

Have a good one! Your so much younger than I….1 year… 🙂

R. de Haan
March 17, 2010 7:15 am

Happy Birthday Charles!
Great Idea, have a good party and don’t drink to much virtual beer!

Beth Cooper
March 17, 2010 7:19 am

Happy Birthday, Charles the Great! Here down under, I shall drink a toast to your good health and moderation! 🙂

Bob Buchanan
March 17, 2010 7:20 am

Have a great B’day!!

Craig Moore
March 17, 2010 7:21 am

A 52nd birthday??? Seems to make it a B-52 party. Order the A-Bomb shooters until no one can flap their wings anymore. Enjoy!!!!!

Al Gore's Holy Hologram
March 17, 2010 7:26 am

Happy birthday Charles

Douglas DC
March 17, 2010 7:28 am

Happy Birthday, CTM! can’t drink anyomore, but I raise a cup’o Java to you!…
BTW you are one of the most tolerant Moderators on the web. DW is on a few
gardening sites that are seem to be run by the Red Queen….
“You are offering a service?-off with your head!”
“Hybrid teas! Hybrid TEAS?=off with your head!”
That sort of thing..

March 17, 2010 7:28 am

Happy Birthday! I’m actually going to be in San Francisco for the American Chemical Society conference starting Sunday, so I might be able to make it, if you’ll have me.

March 17, 2010 7:33 am

Happy birthday Charles. I would love to hop across the Bay Bridge for a quick pint or two.
I’m assuming you will be taking a break from moderating at this event, and colorful language will be allowed ??? …… I mean, there will be AGW talk, right ??

slow to follow
March 17, 2010 7:34 am

Lovely idea! 🙂 Have a good one – visions of live “moderation by party committee” spring to mind!

March 17, 2010 7:35 am

With brevity one of the highest expressions of respect in being a large part of the Best Science Blog online, and more: Happy Birthday on Friday, Charles – with many more being possible thanks to…..the Sun?! Sorry alarmists – the Sun, the earth, WUWT & CTM rule!
I’m sure you’ll have one of the HOTTEST parties in SF. Hide any declines!

Mac The Knife
March 17, 2010 7:36 am

Happy St. Pats… and Happy Birthday to ya, Charles!
Thank You for your mostly thankless work behind the scenes at WUWT, keeping the cogs greased and the ways cleared!
A Toast to you Sir! May God give our enemies a limp, so we can spot them when they’re coming our way!
‘Tup a Cup for me!!!!!!!!

Richard Sharpe
March 17, 2010 7:37 am

Well done and happy birthday … hope to see you there … I can easily drive from the South Bay.

Michael D Smith
March 17, 2010 7:37 am

Happy Birthday Charles!
I just found out my Brother’s distillery in SF (Treasure Island) won “double gold” for his “China Beach” vodka, meaning it was a unanimous decision among all judges. That might be a nice way to celebrate if you’re so inclined to support a local business & like a fine spirit. I’ve tried it… SMOOOOOTH. I like the one made from sugar cane too.
Best regards & great job here at WUWT – Mike S.

March 17, 2010 7:41 am

Have a very Happy Birthday.
Would like to attend, but logistics are a barrier.
Please try to blow out all those candles quickly, on the first attempt.
Don’t want to add an UHI effect.
Uneasy Happybirthday Incident
Best Regards

March 17, 2010 7:42 am

I’m not sure I can attend, as this conflicts with my Friday evening Emily Post meetings.
Happy Birthday anyway!

March 17, 2010 7:42 am

Happy birthday! And as you are such a prominent Bay resident, I’m sure Ms. Pelosi will be jetting back for the occasion?
You’re certainly more important than whatever she may be working on!

March 17, 2010 7:43 am

Was I that sneaky? Yes, I would love to be asked. I would be honored to be asked. Would have to send regrets, however. Getting ready for those beautiful kids and grandkids has done me in.

March 17, 2010 7:49 am

I don’t want to rain on anybody’s party but I can’t lie, so here’s my honest reaction: I love WUWT when it looks professional and mature.

March 17, 2010 7:49 am

I might not be part of the cool kids club but Happy Birthday sir, and to you, Anthony and rest of the mod squad a big Thank You to keeping this train from going off the tracks.

Alan the Brit
March 17, 2010 7:55 am

Happy Birthday, fella! 1958 was truly an exceptional year all round!! I will be there in spirit, or beer, or wine, or cocktail………………………..!

March 17, 2010 7:57 am

Happy birthday, Charles. But, yes, you might want to consider how many more birthdays would be safe for you to have! Given the Precautionary Principle and all. See Postnormal Science at work below as it valiantly strives to “democratize” science by demonizing old white males – bolded. So you might want to consider suicide “before it’s too late”!
PaulsNZ (02:53:21) :
Happy Birthday… You may be an endangered human judging by the hubris BS spouted here in NZ!

From PaulsNZ’s reference:

The meeting brought together not just climate scientists from New Zealand and Australia, but also social scientists who’ve been asked to come up with strategies on how to manipulate public opinion. Additionally, key sympathetic business leaders like Air New Zealand’s Rob Fyfe are understood to have attended.
As part of the conference, the NZ Government funded Science Media Centre, a climate change propaganda unit, organised for select invited media to attend a briefing from Professor Lowe, and NZ government social scientist Karen Cronin.
The briefing is a unique insight not just into the mindset of the climate science propaganda units, but in the sychophantic media willing to push their message unquestioningly.
During the hour long media briefing, Lowe
ridiculed the scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider, saying money would be better spent by climate scientists
argued that for propaganda purposes the media should hype-up individual weather events – such as floods in Mozambique – as proof of climate change
claimed Hurricane Katrina was clearly caused by climate change
claimed a conspiracy of white, Anglo Celtic elderly males was behind the skeptic movement
with NZ government social scientist Karen Cronin advocated researching how to foment enough anger in the public that governments who refused to take climate action could be “pushed out of the way” in a political upheaval

On the other hand as an old white male myself, I’ll have to ask in response, “Is it true – as everyone says it is – that Postnormal Science really is a manifestation of Tertiary Syphilis?”

P Gosselin
March 17, 2010 8:03 am

I’m sure you remember this one!

Mike from Canmore
March 17, 2010 8:04 am

Happy B-Day and make sure you buy carbon credits for each candle!!
Thanks for everything and keep up the great work.

March 17, 2010 8:23 am

Happy Birthday Charles!
The quality of the comments herein reveals a loyalty and appreciation that must warm your heart.
Of all the comments it’s this one that resonated with wisdom and a request that I heartily second!
P Gosselin (02:43:15) :
Happy birthday /
Herzlichen Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag!
You are at the best possible age – still vital, but wise.
Strike the iron while it’s hot.
Post some photos of the party so that we can see how it went!

March 17, 2010 8:24 am

Happy birthday Charles,
Are these Invitations tradeable. You could start an exchange right here on WUWT. It would have to be as profitable as a carbon exchange. What’s the current ask, do both the buyer and seller pay commision, I’m only 50 miles away.

March 17, 2010 8:24 am

Where do I sign up?

March 17, 2010 8:47 am

52 years old and nearly a thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide produced.
Your contribution to the global foliage community is perhaps your most remarkable achievement thus far.
Just kidding.

March 17, 2010 8:54 am

Happy birthday Charles – have a good one!

March 17, 2010 8:55 am

Happy Birthday!
52 was a great milestone.
Sorry that I will not be in the Bay area this week.
May the coming year be your best year yet!

D.R. Williams
March 17, 2010 8:56 am

Happy Birthday, Charles.
I don’t post very often on WUWT, and am too far away in any case, but can I contribute to the beer and silly hat fund?

March 17, 2010 8:58 am

I can’t make it on Friday, but I hope you’ll let me buy you dinner the next time I’m in SF… or the next time you make it to the North East. Happy Birthday.

B. Smith
March 17, 2010 9:02 am

Not sure if I’ve been here long enough to meet the time requirement, but I’d like to think the quality, if not the quantity, of my posts sneaks me in through the back door. Plus, I’m less than an hour away by my fuel-efficient ancient Honda Accord. 🙂
Regardless, have a wonderful 52nd birthday and party!

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 17, 2010 9:13 am

Happy Birthday to Charles the Moderator!
If it is any consolation, Charles the Dr.P.H. here is even older (pushing 55, I am eligible for senior discount breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant in 6 months!) See what you have to look forward to? Besides the Depends that is….
Maybe we could all do a low-carbon, virtual party via Skype or other VOIP? Man, think how weird THAT would be, especially with all the drunk Kiwis doing that haka stuff!!
Or, perhaps the WUWT virtual community should try to connect at Cancun? Might be equa-distant for many of us. WUWT could even have a display booth, THAT would shave the clams the wrong way!
Cheers, CTM!! Thanks for everything, have a great birthday bash!

March 17, 2010 9:15 am

Happy birthday!
You can get replicas here;
Well maybe not 100% what you want, but…

March 17, 2010 9:43 am

Happy Birthday Charles! The 50s is a wonderful time in life. I’m waiting for my favorite oil company to send their private jet to pick me up for the party, can’t understand why I haven’t heard from them yet. If I’m unable to make it because of some scheduling snafu, please have a martini for me!!

March 17, 2010 9:43 am

Happy Birthday CTM!

Lon Hocker
March 17, 2010 9:44 am

Have a happy Birthday and a wonderful party!
No shop talk at the party!

March 17, 2010 10:02 am

Happy B-Day ya young buck! Enjoy the evening.

March 17, 2010 10:04 am

Happy birthday, Charles – may your snippers never lose their snip.

Doug in Seattle
March 17, 2010 10:06 am

Ah, to be so young.

Robert Wykoff
March 17, 2010 10:13 am

Reply: 66 what? My 70 Bronco gets about 9 mpg. ~ ctm
1966 Toyota Landcruiser with Chevy 350

Jon Jewett
March 17, 2010 10:15 am

Happy Birthday and may you have many more! Thank you for what you do for us.
Best Wishes!
Steamboat Jack

March 17, 2010 10:18 am

Happy Birthday CTM have a good one. I won’t be in California until April, so I am spared the humiliation of being disinvited.
Dr CRS, I am the same age as you and recommend you pass on the Denny’s meal – the most dispiriting of my 54 birthdays was the one I spent getting a special (!) birthday lunch out of the bastards (no 36 if I remember). Just don’t do it.

Steve Oregon
March 17, 2010 10:43 am

I need more details.
Is the event at or adjacent to a 4 or 5 star hotel?
Is there is any chance some warmers would crash the party?
I’d like that.
How about any late 30s to mid 40s single hot skeptic ladies?
Preferably one who is tall, with short brunette hair.
Katie Holmes-like but and an Australian accent.
Will there be plenty of fine food, drink and music?
And because it’s San Francisco is it safe to assume there will be some entertaining characters there to observe?
Just short of a freak show but strange enough to stare at?
If all of this is expected don’t even think about not inviting me.
1. Hotel — 3.5 blocks.
2. Women — yes, but this isn’t a meeting of skeptics, assume SF politics for most. Also a half dozen under 30. None under 18.
3. Characters — Staring is impolite.
~ ctm

Ray R.
March 17, 2010 10:44 am

I used to post when Anthony first started but soon realized I had little to offer compared to the high quality posters who flocked to the site.
Happy Birthday CTM, enjoy. (in moderation of course)

March 17, 2010 10:46 am

Wish I could come wearing AlGore’s mask…
Happy Birthday from one more New Zealander.

March 17, 2010 11:14 am

Happy birthday! Forty-twelve this week, eh? Many happy returns.

George E. Smith
March 17, 2010 11:28 am

Many Happy Returns Chasmod.
I’d be honored to attend, but will be about 300 miles south of there on Friday.
Have a good time.

March 17, 2010 11:57 am

Happy birthday from one skeptical, elderly (not) white Anglo-Celtic male (not, again) to another. Wish I could hop on a plane and join your party, but my husband would divorce me. I always look forward to the humour you inject into you occasional responses to readers’ comments and I would love to meet you and those who make it to your celebration. Hope it’s a happy one, and that many other wonderful years follow!

March 17, 2010 12:10 pm

Happy birthday, Charles! Quaff some corn squeezin’s before you-know-who grabs it for the biofuel biz…

Pressed Rat
March 17, 2010 12:10 pm

Oh! Make sure to invite Seth Borenstein. And of course Big Al.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 17, 2010 12:15 pm

Steve Oregon (10:43:39) :
I need more details.
Is the event at or adjacent to a 4 or 5 star hotel?
Is there is any chance some warmers would crash the party?
I’d like that.
How about any late 30s to mid 40s single hot skeptic ladies?
Preferably one who is tall, with short brunette hair.
Katie Holmes-like but and an Australian accent.
Will there be plenty of fine food, drink and music?
And because it’s San Francisco is it safe to assume there will be some entertaining characters there to observe?
Just short of a freak show but strange enough to stare at?
If all of this is expected don’t even think about not inviting me.
Hey, I didn’t know WUWT allowed Pachauri to post on this blog!!

P Walker
March 17, 2010 12:30 pm

Happy Birthday ! I admire anyone who would have a party for skeptics in the SF area – we’re all climate criminals , you know . I will drink to you Friday night . I would even quaff your favorite libation , if I knew what it were ( provided it’s available in Idaho , however , I draw the line at cosmopolitans , appletinis and mojitos . )
Reply: It’s not a party for skeptics. It’s a wild and crazy birthday party to which I am inviting a small handful of skeptics there will be many more hot Avatar praising girls than skeptics. ~ ctm

Eric Naegle
March 17, 2010 12:48 pm

Happy Birthday, Charles! It sounds like there’s going to be some “global warming” in SF this weekend. I hope you all have a great time. If you ever make it down to SD the drinks are on me!

March 17, 2010 12:48 pm

Congratulations CTM!
Wish I could pay your tab for all the hard work you have done.
Reply: The party is costing 1,250 to 1,500. I would love to be reimbursed. Hit the tip jar. ~ ctm

March 17, 2010 12:48 pm

The vast Canadian-Australian skeptic community (of which I am official spokesperson) wishes you a very happy CO2 emission limited birthday and associated celebration.
Regrettably, the entire CASC is in Colombia at the moment and would be unable to arrange travel to SF in the short time available.
The CASC will organize its own complementary festivities with many a glass being raised in your honour.

Don B
March 17, 2010 12:51 pm

Here is something to look forward to…

It will be here before you know it…trust me.

Joe Baro
March 17, 2010 12:55 pm

Happy Birthday, sorry I could not attend even if you were able to invite me (and I doubt you could invite all these responders).

Dr. Dave
March 17, 2010 12:58 pm

Long time reader but I rather infrequently leave comments. Still…one of my very favorite sites and, as always, we have the moderators to thank. You’re a year younger than me, you lucky SOB.
I haven’t been to San Fran since 1980 and have no intention of screwing up such a good record. I want to say, however, that this is an EXCELLENT idea. Realists should build a sense of community. Have a wonderful birthday and I extend a warm “hello” to all those fortunate enough to attend.
In the end you know…it’s just another trip around the sun.

March 17, 2010 12:58 pm

(Robert looks at faux fax machine. Waits for new ticket (round trip, business class please) from Madrid to SFO to arrive so he can attend birthday party……)
(Other readers suggest that might be a long wait.)

Peter Miller
March 17, 2010 1:03 pm

I was 52 once.
The trick as you get older is to hide the decline.
Only you need to know the truth – and don’t worry, a lot of people out there think like that.

Andrew P.
March 17, 2010 1:06 pm

Have a good day and party Charles. Would love to be able to make it, and put some faces to the names I’ve got to know on here. You’ll have to get everyone to wear their screen-name on a badge. Alas it’s a long way from Aberfeldy to San Francisco so I can’t make it, but hope there’s someone from Scotland who brings you some decent whisky.

K. Bray in North CA-Lifornia
March 17, 2010 1:19 pm

Happy Quattuor Triskaidekium !
Only one in a lifetime !
Are inventors allowed at the party ?
Enjoy ! Ken B.

Carl Chapman
March 17, 2010 1:23 pm

Happy birthday Charles.

Steve (Paris)
March 17, 2010 1:24 pm

Top man have a top birthday and thank you all at WUWT for the priceless education.

P Gosselin
March 17, 2010 1:26 pm

The secret to not getting old is to die early.
I’m happy for every second, minute, hour, day or year I get.

March 17, 2010 1:30 pm

Sorry to hear no one ever let you in on the secret,
Hey, have a great one anyway. I’m sorry that I can’t drop by and join you though I would dearly love to meet you and your roomie and to personally thank some of the people helping to keep us SANE!!!

Wendy K
March 17, 2010 1:49 pm

Finally!!! Something I feel qualified to post in!
Happy Birthday CTM!!!
You all do a fantastic job and I check this site first thing in the morning!

March 17, 2010 2:01 pm

A skeptic party, good idea. 200 people who want ID to prove your age. Crank the heat and open some windows. haha.
Happy b-day.

Leon Brozyna
March 17, 2010 2:04 pm

Happy Birthday Sir Charles (you’ve earned that title!).
No longer a Young Adult (20-45), now you’re enjoying the equally fun times of a Middle-Aged Adult (45-65). Then, of course, there’s the slightly (just slightly) more sedate period of life of being a Mature Adult (65-85), followed by a brief period of being a Senior Citizen (85-100), and then that open-ended period of being just plain Old (100+). And then you slow down…
Party hearty!

March 17, 2010 2:07 pm

Have a great birthday Charles! I also have appreciated your very moderate moderation at WUWT. Enjoy!

David Alan Evans
March 17, 2010 2:31 pm

Didn’t know Anthony allowed children on his moderating team Charles. 😉
Happy birthday. Can’t attend as, along with others, BIG OIL has been remiss in their remittance. 🙁
Three bloody years & the cheque’s STILL in the post!
All the best. DaveE.

March 17, 2010 2:37 pm

Raise the Red Flag of Cointegration, my bot regrets.

March 17, 2010 2:54 pm

Happy Birthday Charles!!!
I’d beg for an invitation to the party; but I know I can’t make it to San Francisco anytime soon. I’ll be sure to open a good bottle of Napa Cab in your honor this weekend… Maybe even a Far Niente.

Milwaukee Bob
March 17, 2010 2:57 pm

HB! ctm
May the fog forever be at your back and that bright Bay Area sunshine always upon your face.
I’ll tip one to ya, come Friday.

Steve in SC
March 17, 2010 3:16 pm

Happy birthday young fellow!
It is a bit of a stretch for the ol 82 chevy truck on such short notice so I’ll just raise a glass or 6 in your honor. Go forth and frolic.

Geoff Sherrington
March 17, 2010 3:34 pm

Re Aussie RAR gear. Are you after any particular pieces and any particular year? There were different regiment numbers too. Brother who died 3 years ago was in 5 RAR. They got a less-than enthusiastic welcome on return from Nam, including visits from police. He pulled the pin on a practice grenade and dropped it on the floor one evening when he got sick of the bother. Unfortunately they confiscated it when they returned after a change of clothing.
I suspect I can find you some items, but they would be mainly badges, but who knows? Do you have a wish list? Please send it privately and I’ll see what I can find. I was in the Air Force in 1959, but kept nothing on interest. Dad was in New Guinea in WWII but also in the RAAF and we have some of his gear.
Cheers Geoff.
Reply: I will contact you. ~ ctm

David Segesta
March 17, 2010 3:38 pm

Happy birthday Charles!
You don’t quite qualify for geezerhood yet but you’re getting there. 🙂

Jim Clarke
March 17, 2010 4:20 pm

Happy Birthday Charles! Have an exceptional time. As one who turned 52 a short time ago, I can say that the best is yet to come!

March 17, 2010 4:22 pm

52 isn’t old if you are a bristlecone pine, otherwise it is rather . . . HA HA. You youngster.
I will be in SFO weekend of Fri Mar 26 for ~5 days. I offer to buy you a bite and a brew. Will be staying near the Mission area around Alabama St and 17th Street.
Leif, also, if you are around i’d love to look you up in Petaluma.

Robert of Ottawa
March 17, 2010 4:44 pm

CTM, ihve a good one. It’s quite daring to advertise a B’Day party on one of the most popular blogs in the world. Suggestion for party game: “Hunt the water melon”

Ray R.
March 17, 2010 5:35 pm

52……Hide the Decline!!!!

March 17, 2010 6:06 pm

Good news for your birthday:
Polywell Fusion Progress:

March 17, 2010 6:12 pm

Happy birthday from a frequent reader but rare poster. This is the best and most informative site on this very complex issue. You do good work.

March 17, 2010 6:12 pm

Alas I shall be at Cheltenham cheering on Kauto Star to win his third Gold Cup on Friday, which I would not miss for the world (nor even for you dear Charles), but I hope you let your hair down in style and enjoy a thoroughly well deserved night of revelry
And yes, thanks for all the hard work – this blog is the best moderated I’ve been on (several subjects) which takes some doing esp in such a contentious area

Layne Blanchard
March 17, 2010 6:37 pm

Happy birthday Charles. I’d love to meet you guys, but I am working.
Post some photos and details of the evening.

March 17, 2010 6:41 pm

Gah all the fun stuff happens when I’m on the east coast….

March 17, 2010 6:51 pm

Maybe my 3rd comment, newb lurker. Happy Birthday Charles

Jimmy Haigh
March 17, 2010 7:50 pm

Have a good time everyone. I’ll visit the tip jar so you can have a beer on me.

March 17, 2010 8:03 pm

Happy birthday Charles.
The military jacket you are looking for may be found in an op-shop somewhere.Perhaps your readers in Australia could ring op-shops in their area?

March 17, 2010 8:21 pm

There was two for auction.Too late though.
sold for 110 dollars.
Reply: Close. I want to wear these, not collect and insignia free is preferred. Size 18. ~ ctm

Jimmy Haigh
March 17, 2010 8:38 pm

Andrew P. (13:06:01) :
“…Alas it’s a long way from Aberfeldy to San Francisco so I can’t make it, but hope there’s someone from Scotland who brings you some decent whisky.”
It’s also a long way from Aberfeldy to Lao where I’ve been stuck on an exploration rig for a month. But today I escape and will have a night in a nice hotel in Savannakhet. Friday night I’ll be in Pattaya in Thailand meeting up with another ex Aberfeldy resident for copious ampunts of beer so I’ll raise a glass to CTM et al from there.
Charles/Anthony: The Aberfeldy Malt is a fine tipple!

Brian G Valentine
March 17, 2010 8:39 pm

Happy Birthday to Charles.
If you are 52, then you are exactly 10 years +2 weeks younger than my dear wife.
All I can say is, if Anthony selected you to work for (with) him, then you must be very knowledgeable indeed. I hope to meet you personally someday, perhaps – but I live on the Right Coast.

April E. Coggins
March 17, 2010 8:53 pm

Happy birthday ~ Charles. Best wishes and thanks for all you do. You do it well. May you have 52 more. I am skeptical about your age, you look much younger. Al Gore and James Hansen have given me their personal assurance that you are not posing a younger man.
Have a great 52 and beyond!

March 17, 2010 9:06 pm

Happy B Day!
here in Michigan way to far to go, but would love to be there!
send me some of your BIG oil money and I’ll fly out there! lol
your 18months older than me so there
Tim L

March 17, 2010 9:14 pm

Happy Birthday, Charles. No need to be moderate this Friday, but still be good.

March 17, 2010 10:11 pm

You don’t look 52.
Happy birthday, Charles. Did you mean it about the tip jar or were you being facetious? I’d be more than happy to rob….er, borrow from the kids’ piggy bank & chip in a few bucks.
Reply: If you guys want to help seriously defray the cost of my party I would not mind. He said he wanted to pick up the tab. I told him what the tab was. Expenses so far have been about 400 for decorations, some food, beer, and construction supplies. The venue will cost 500. Additional food liquor and things like ice buckets will easily be another 500. I am not a rich man. I just want to throw one helluva party. ~ ctm

Steve J
March 17, 2010 10:25 pm

Happy B Day – CTM… are the Minns 4 GW going to sing at your party?

March 17, 2010 10:38 pm

I live in The City but, although I visit the site often, I have commented only rarely. I also have a wife and baby son which may make visits to the type of party you describe — problematic. Nevertheless, Happy B-day CTM.
If I don’t make the cut, I would nevertheless be more than pleased to buy you a drink or two at a local establishment of your choice. If not for your birthday, perhaps for mine (I will be 52 in June).

March 17, 2010 11:45 pm

Hey, can I come? I will pitch in.

March 17, 2010 11:54 pm

Happy Birthday Charles. I would love to come but, even if I dropped everything, I couldn’t get to SF for Friday. I wanted to ask you some questions like ‘Do you ever sleep?’. Thanks for all your hard work here.

March 18, 2010 5:13 am

Have a wonderful time Charles and thank you deeply for your contribution in the last year, especially that little matter starting on my own 52nd birthday, 17th November 2009. What a time to live through and to share with others – whatever their views of all that, they need friendship and fun, like all of us. God bless you – and have a blast.

Steve Keohane
March 18, 2010 7:16 am

Have a great one Charles, and many more!

Evan Jones
March 18, 2010 7:23 am

Happy Birthday from NYC.

Jimmy Haigh
March 18, 2010 7:46 am

I’m afraid that Paypal doesn’t work in the PDR of Lao. I’ll put some beers in the barrel tomorrow when I get back to civilisation.
I wish I was there…

Max Hugoson
March 18, 2010 11:47 am

Too late! I was in San Fran 2 weeks ago. Skating around Stanford (still amazed at the number of people NOT inline skating there!) Visiting a local winery (owned by a local medical doctor with Catheter patents, who has enough $$$ to play around), driving up skyline drive. In general having a good time, waiting for the snow to melt in MN.
BUT your birthday. I think I’d give you several bottles of asprin to compensate for the headaches of moderating. That, and some local brew! Tip a good one for me and for St. Paddy.
Max H.

March 18, 2010 12:12 pm

Adonde esta de tip jar?
(Robert fergits he is not in SFO but southwest of Madrid, and is still looking at the faux fax machine for his (business class, window seat, please) round-trip ticket to SFO to join party ….)

Jeff B.
March 18, 2010 1:22 pm

CTM. Happy Birthday. Thanks for the great work moderating. If only other sites were this well moderated, they’d be a lot more popular. Enjoy SF.

Jimmy Haigh
March 18, 2010 3:37 pm

Jeff B. (13:22:03) :
“CTM. Happy Birthday. Thanks for the great work moderating. If only other sites were this well moderated, they’d be a lot more popular. Enjoy SF.”
That is a very good point Jeff. For a sort of example check out the good Bishop’s blog where he reports on the hijacking of a site by Tamino’s rabid gang of hyenas. The ever so eloquent Dhogaza is at the head of the pack with his jaws around a thigh bone… Mind you, I miseds Dhogaza’s ‘fleck spittled’ rants. He’s a straight-jacket job that one.
40 million of us can’t be wrong. Are you watching Gavin? 40 million!!!!!
Meanwhile, back on topic, my contribution (ultimately from small oil, for whom I work) is sitting in the jar. Had I not been having to go offshore again on Monday I might have burnt up some CO2 and flown over for the gig. Will Rajendra be there? Bono? Sting? Ed wotsisname?

Patrick Davis
March 18, 2010 5:01 pm

Happy birthday Charles, blow the froth off a few beers for us downunder.

March 18, 2010 10:45 pm

OK, so who’s liveblogging it?

Dave F
March 19, 2010 4:27 am

Happy 52nd ctm, I am late, but wanted to let you sort out all the inviting first.

March 19, 2010 9:34 am

Bummer, I’ve got conflicting plans.
Well, I’ll be there in spirit as a lift a glass to ye from where I’ll be!

George E. Smith
March 19, 2010 1:33 pm

Sounds great Chasmod. Glad y’alls had a good time; sorry I had to miss it.
Well there’s always next year.

March 19, 2010 4:15 pm

Happy Birthday. Have a great party. I believe at least one of the moderators is the life and soul of the dancefloor…after a few beers.

March 19, 2010 7:23 pm

Bon Voyage.

Jimmy Haigh
March 20, 2010 6:34 am

charles the moderator (05:39:55) :

Atomic Hairdryer
March 20, 2010 7:12 am

Sceptics have more fun! I’m still recovering from St. Patrick’s day and you’ve got 10 years on me 🙂

Max Hugoson
March 20, 2010 7:21 am

Charles – DARN YOU!
You sucked ALL the warmth out of the Midwest.
It’s FRICKEN 23 F this morning! Obviously caused by your HOT party out west.
I was outside INLINE SKATING in 63 F on Thursday. Now this! Obviously cannot
be due to NATURAL CAUSES. We need someONE to blame. You are it!
P.S. Sounds like a hoot, I should have paid the $500 for the airfare to be there.

CRS, Dr.P.H.
March 20, 2010 10:35 pm

Very glad you had a successful party, CTM! Sounds like it was a scream!
Cheers and best, Charles the DrPH

March 21, 2010 12:08 am

charles the moderator (05:39:55) :
I purchased 5 times as much hard alcohol as needed and three times as much food, but nailed it on the champagne and beer.
Glad you had a hoot — you deserved it!
I can provide a shipping address for all that excess liquor. Just, y’know, in the interest of reducing the clutter…

anna v
March 21, 2010 2:30 am

Re: charles the moderator (Mar 19 11:48),
all the best and many happy returns of the day

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