1001110001000

This is the five thousandth published post on WUWT, since this is a computer written blog, publishing the number in binary seemed appropos. 1388 for you hexadecimal fans.

I don’t have anything profound to say. It is just a number, and other blogs have reached and exceeded this number, so it is no biggie. But, I will share a few thoughts.

  • I find myself running the most visited climate related website in the world. I never set out to do that, it just happened to turn out that way. WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.
  • I think of blogging much like I did my days of broadcast TV, it is a 24/7 occupation. I’m always “on”.
  • I’m proud of what this blog has achieved. I’m proud of the reach we have.
  • OTOH there are things I’m not proud of. I’ve made some stupid mistakes, said some things I regret, and sometimes I’ve let my emotions get the better of me. I’m human. That said, I’ve learned much too. I’d like to think I’ve learned from mistakes and that I’m better at this job now than when I started.
  • I’m thankful for the supportive community we have here. I was stunned and gratified that you all came to my aid in getting funds to publish the surfacestations paper. Know that all of you have my sincere gratitude.
  • Some days it is a struggle to post something new. From that I realize that I’m tired, probably I need a vacation. I haven’t really had one in several years where I can “disconnect”. Every business trip or even trips with the family inevitably turn into another station survey. My kids know what an MMTS and Stevenson Screen is. They shouldn’t.
  • I get more email every day than I can respond to. For those of you that have sent inquires and never got an answer, know that I’m sorry for that. I have to choose what time I have.
  • I’ve made thousands of friends, and probably an equal number of enemies. Some days it is a sobering thought. As a result, I have had to be more diligent with my home and business security than I did before.
  • I wish I was thirty pounds lighter. I spend way too much time in front of a PC.
  • I worry more than I used to. Life seems far more complex than it was 4.5 years ago when I first started doing this. Getting things done seems harder than it used to be.
  • Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.
  • I thank Steve McIntyre, who has always been an inspiration. He set the standard. I’m sure he feels many of the same things I do.
  • I’m doubly grateful to the volunteer moderators and guest authors. Without you, I’d be toastier than I am now.
  • We live in interesting times, times get more interesting with each passing day.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

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Mike McMillan

Thank you.

chris b

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PaulH

As a result, I have had to be more diligent with my home and business security than I did before.
Oh, my. 🙁

gnomish

aye. thank you. you’ve done well and good.

Paul A. Gaier

Thank YOU. I follow you on Twitter. Always will. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. -Paul

lapogus

Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.

gcapologist

Wish I had your guts, energy, and staying power. Love the blog, and look forward to every new post.
Thanks to you and all those that help you make it possible.

Stevo lane

You are not alone Mr Watt

Thanks Anthony and thanks to the mods, guest authors and reader comments. I’ve learned much here and hope to learn more.
Dave Aschim

Robert of Ottawa

Watts, you are a seminal point, an intersection, of historical battlles of ideology; this isn’t just about climate. This is about the struggle between frustrated totalitarian ideologues and sensible people.
You are, Anthony, an unwilling soldier in a really big ideological war. The Communists died, and their spirits went green. Seriously.
OK Guys’n’girls, lets celebrate this moment with a $5 donation
REPLY: No please, don’t send money. Write a letter to the editor instead. – Anthony

Jim Goodridge

Anthony, You have been a great inspiration. Thanks very much. Jim

REPLY:
Actually no, Jim you are the inspiration. You set me on the path of discovery. – Anthony

Philip Finck

Your blog is a great resource. As a geologist it provides invaluable links to new, peer reviewed papers that saves me incredible amounts of time. These papers often raise interesting and different perspectives with relation to climate science and other earth science related issues.
All of the other typical AGW papers are easy to find but become the same old, same old. An example of a very interesting paper is Woodworth, et al, 2009.
The information is top notch with the occasional `nut bar comment’ thrown in from both sides of the debate.
Keep up the great job.

Bob Diaz

We live in interesting times …
True, but at least we have interesting blogs, like Watts Up With That.
Keep up the good work.

richard verney

Well done!
Just think how many comments have been generated by those 5000 posts and even that does not give the full picture of the interest stimulated by this site.
Thanks Anthony.

Roger Carr

I find sanity here; if only in the exposure of insanity.
Thanks, pal.

AFPhys

The success of this enterprise is a great testimony to you, Anthony. You deserve every bit of that success, and all of us thank you for the time and thought you devote to this. You have made a great difference.
I have been devoting energy to the cause for about 15 years myself. To me, it seemed for many of those years to be a never-ending situation of cutting off yet another head of the hydra, but it is starting to look as if they are growing back less rapidly. I’m looking forward to the next 5,000 posts here, and hope that by that time it is clear we have finally managed to drive the wooden stake into the heart of this beast.

Well and humbly done. Both attributes are missing in your critics. Thanks

Mr and Mrs David Hume

We are full of admiration at your achievement and your manner of reaching it.

Jimmy Haigh

lapogus says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
“Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.”
Can I second lapogus’ comment?
And lapogus – I’ll be in the Black Watch on the 4th June – say 8PM? We can raise a glass to WUWT!

EternalOptimist

1001110001000
I know from my work, that there are 10 different viewpoints on binary,
those who love it
those who just dont get it
EO

Yes, thank you Anthony. You have inspired me to be better blogger and both Ellen and I have really enjoyed working with you on climate projects.

Theo Goodwin

Anthony writes:
“I find myself running the most visited climate related website in the world. I never set out to do that, it just happened to turn out that way. WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.”
In light of this, what can one say? You are the most modest and humble human being I have encountered. The following are a few things you are too modest to mention:
1. Organizational skills. You have the best organized website in existence. Organization includes not just formal matters but the day to day efforts to freshen up things. This site is fresh every day. Unbelievable.
2. A gift for organizing information in a way that makes reading not just a pleasure but a real treat. My favorite example is the Sea Ice page. It is like a masterfully written book on sea ice phenomena that contains bits and snippets of a world traveling Naturalist’s photos, drawings, and stories. Of course, surfacestations.org is a down home masterpiece along the same lines.
3. An excellent eye for important new articles and newsworthy developments. The information provided on this site is far superior to the information that can be found on all the other sites. Your comments are extremely helpful when it comes to putting things into perspective.
4. Superb archives. Not just the site archives, but the archives found in the specialty pages.
5. An updated, relatively cumulative critique of climate science and climate policy. Where else can one find that?
6. This site is the best tool for teaching and learning about climate science that has been created. It is a model for what education should be.
I could list many other items. Maybe someday I will, but the Day Job continues to beckon. In summary, you deserve a Nobel Prize for Letters and a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism and some more things along those lines. Of course, we all know that modern civilization is greatly indebted to you for its defense in the face of battalions of religious fanatics. Thank You, Sir.

Ric Locke

And if California becomes intolerable, there’s always Texas. We have lots of weather here 🙂 and, if you wish, you can live in or near Austin, at whatever range from the nearest liberal enclave makes you comfortable.

Clever title.
d(^_^)b
http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
“Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

Stan Needham

As someone who was one of the very first visitors to your blog, you have my utmost admiration.

Latitude

“partly by luck”
No Anthony, we are the lucky ones.
There’s very few people that can do what you do, and even fewer that can do it so well.
Thank you

Dave

Anthony,
You are an amazing man, and I thank you.
I also thoroughly enjoy seeing warmists getting their panties in a bunch due to what you do. Keep up the good work.

Paul Penrose

Know that you have made a difference, Anthony. That’s a part of your legacy that can never be taken from you. Thank you for your persistence. I will be forever grateful.

Rob Dawg

Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.
Thanks for all you do and all you put up with. California is indeed legislating itself into death spiral but don’t let it get to you.

MikeCal

“partly by skill,”
Absolutely.
“partly by persistence,”
Definitely.
“partly by luck.”
I don’t think so. No luck involved. Just hard work on your part!

Gary

Every now and then I like to reread your first post (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2006/11/17/welcome-to-watts-up-with-that/) and smile at the distance you’ve come.
Well done, Anthony.

jack morrow

Best on the web and I enjoy every minute I spend here expanding my education from all your reports and respondents- even the trolls.
My big number-$ 14 trillion dollars-almost the federal debt, and from a book that’s out of date. “If Columbus, from the minute he stepped ashore in the “new world”, started borrowing money at $20,000 dollars a minute , would have by the year 2000 , only spent less than half our national debt.” Now that is a big scary number!

Karl Mandry - retired engineer and builder

Dear Mr Watts:
I apologize for being a softy. Tears come when I see the dedication, the humility, and the integrity in the pursuit of the truth evidenced by you and others including Mr. McIntyre. With apologies to all those who I can’t name here who believe and act as you do in pursuing science with the highest standards, I am among thousands – if they had the time to just look- deeply indebted and grateful.

upcountrywater

Well Anthony,
One can only hope that the new smart meter will not catch fire like some of them CFL’s.
If you don’t exceed the mandated input to your home by running the AC in the summer, you should be fine.
California in the future h/t Sleeper (FF to 7:40)

rbateman

Thanks to you I now know how our weather data is gathered and why the reports sometimes defy what actually happens locally.

John Bennett

01000011 01101111 01101110 01100111 01110010 01100001 01110100 01110101 01101100 01100001 01110100 01101001 01101111 01101110 01110011 00100001
That’s “Congratulations!” in binary, by the way. Well, ASCII characters expressed in binary… but I digest.
Great work.

BobW in NC

Anthony – your blog is the epitome, the sine qua non of balanced, unbiased information and data for us layfolks and for professionals alike. And on top of that, it’s fun to read, although sometimes a mindbender. A point of sanity in an otherwise chaotic science environment.
As I noted earlier, I routinely pass on posts from your blog. They are well-written and solid. I personally have learned so much, so…
I humbly say – “Thank you.” All the time and effort you invest is gold for us.
The best to you and your family.
BobW in NC

geo

“WUWT has been a part of climate history, partly by skill, partly by persistence, partly by luck.”
Partly by just. . . attitude to the question. WUWT has never been afraid of publishing thoughtful opinions from any pov on the question. In fact, often you’ve sought out men and women like Walt Meier and Judith Curry to come here and tell some of us why we don’t quite have it right after all.
If you think it isn’t noticed by the audience, it very certainly is. It’s a sizeable part of the success WUWT has enjoyed. While I would never suggest that anyone *ought* to only have one site bookmarked on any important question they have an interest in, the fact is that if WUWT *is* the only site that one has bookmarked on the Climate question, you can do quite nicely from the articles, links and references that appear here.
I can’t think of another site I’d be willing to say that about. No disrespect intended to any of them, but true nonetheless.

Theo Goodwin

Rob Dawg says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm
“Living in California has become depressing. Owning a business in California even more so. The regulation and business climate here is insane. Just today I learned our electricity rates would be going up to pay for Smartmeters. Pissed I am.”
“Thanks for all you do and all you put up with. California is indeed legislating itself into death spiral but don’t let it get to you.”
California is an experiment in Progressivism, created by God, as a warning to all others who might be tempted to follow the Progressive Genie. Its demise will be long and terribly painful but wonderfully instructive to all about how mankind should live.
Surely, someone will come up with a “fix” for the Smartmeters. Right out of the movie “Bliss,” is it not? What a nightmare.

Nigel S

lapogus says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Yes, Anthony, thanks for all your good work – lang may yer lum reek.
Luckily this reek causes global enlightenment rather than dimming.

And as a somewhat-frequent guest author for the past few years, I would like to thank you, Anthony, for allowing my posts to reach a large audience, and to thank you and the moderators for all of the work that goes into maintaining WUWT and keeping it a nice place to exchange information and thoughts.

Tom t

I am sure that there are blog with many more posts. But few of them rely so much on one key person, and way fewer have said as many sensible things as WUWT, and I can’t imagine any of them has a more dedicated person as the head of it. We are all in your debt.

John-X

Ric Locke says:
May 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm
“And if California becomes intolerable, there’s always Texas…”
The Hill Country & Edwards Plateau area is definitely worth a look. Scenery, history, and the humidity is lower. Remember Dr. Steve Lyons from the Weather Channel? When he decided to go back to gubmint work, he took over the NWS Office in San Angelo.
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/sjt/?n=office

Mike Bromley the Kurd of Kanuckistan

ANthony, as a relative newcomer to all of this, all I can say is that you provide the seed of service which will lead to a harvest of disseminated ideas. Exposing the nuts and bolts of the Vaudeville Act that is CAGW, or whatever the heck it will be called after the Durban Derby, goes further towards “saving the planet” than those climate jockeys could ever hope to.
Keep up the good fight, and thank you for your diligence.

WTF

I stumbled upon your humble blog a couple years ago and now I know more about Climate and CO2 then I ever wanted to. Can’t help it. This site is an addiction that I need a daily fix of. Whenever I get into a debate with someone that says we gotta do something or the world is coming to an end unless we act or I debate someone on the Hydro mess we in Ontario see ourselves in (we aren’t California yet but we are getting there and we have been paying for “smart meters” for a couple years now. Thank God there is an election this fall) I always end by refering them to your site and say get back to me. I never hear from them again. Thanx Anthony I know you make a difference. Your reach extends far and wide and here in Canada it shows with our media using you as resource.
I like to think that you are partly responsible for the Conservatives here in Ontario pledging to cancell the 7 billion dollar wind turbine contract that the liberals signed with a Korean company if they win the election this fall.

Don’t worry about your kids. Kids who participate in Daddy’s job are MUCH better off than kids who just see Daddy’s paycheck. You’re doing EXACTLY the right thing.

1001110001000… This is the five thousandth published post on WUWT, since this is a computer written blog, publishing the number in binary seemed appropos. 1388 for you hexadecimal fans.
Once YET AGAIN, we Octal fans get the cold shoulder… 11610 representing!
Congrats on the achievement!

Batheswithwhales

Since the post is sort of open, I would like to bring attention to another piece of fraud from the warmist community:
This graph from Skeptikalscience:
http://www.skepticalscience.com/images/SLR_models_obs.gif
Pretends that sea level rise is following the worst-case-scenario of the IPCC prediction.
And it seems sort of right at first glance, but watch closely:
The worst-case scenario of the IPCC is 6 centimeters per decade.
The figure also shows 6 centimeters rise, pretending that it follows the IPCC worst-case.
But take a closer look!
The 6 centimeters rise in the figure is not for 10 years, it is for 20!

ggm

You are an inspiration.
I believe you and Steve Mc. should receive a Nobel Prize one day.

MarqueG

Thanks for the well-run, content-rich website. I’m a long-time lurker who has not always found the time to explore everything, but has found everything explored very useful, helpful, and rational as rebuttals to those who have continued to expand the intellectual fad that is the Deep Certainty over man-made global warming.
Thanks from another person inspired by your efforts. And if the intellectual fad passes, you will have helped facilitate that event.
And please take a vacation — your fans need you in top shape. :^)