Team WUWT

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Thank you moderators and contributors.

Left to right
Charles Rotter, Alec Rawls, Dr. Ryan Maue, Tom Fuller, Dave Stealey, myself, Steven Mosher, Dr. Leif Svalgaard, and Willis Eschenbach.

To those who could not attend, my sincere thanks for holding down the fort.

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117 thoughts on “Team WUWT

  1. Wow! You were the only one whose face I reconized, and Willis looks nothing like I imagined though Lief does. So where are all the ladies in the crew?

  2. Leif and Willis are the only two that do not look as I pictured them. Odd that anyone would draw a picture based purely on their postings. Of course, I’ve seen pictures of both Steve Mosher and Anthony, so I got over that shock loooong ago. Ahem. :-D

    Where was this taken?

    Mark

  3. Quick!
    Pixilate the faces… these are dangerous people who must needs be abridged for the very chance of the New World Order proceeding.
    (Ah… that I could rate being endangered amongst them.)

  4. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

    They’re over there toasting each other – and a fine bunch they are! – while I’m back over at my motel (after a 13 hour shift at work) trying to finish moderating the whole row of comments that have been stacking up …. 8<)

    Robt

  5. Yes! TU! You have only a small idea what you mean to us, the “unwashed masses” of the Skeptics! You give us a place to read how the war against “the cause” is going. We have a space to toss our little voice comments in with the legends of anti-CAGW gladiators, like Anthony and the rest.
    From a little guy, nobody (but I do have relevant credentials), thank you for a place where anyone (freedom of speech) can post a comment.
    TU!
    Newt Love (newtlove.com)

  6. A great team, a Californian red I presume.
    I look like Leif minus the qualifications …. I wonder if he, like me, gets roped into playing Santa at Christmas ?

  7. Lief,
    I know who you really are, Christmas is just around the corner, I’d like an OC12 fiber Internet connection for my business and a tanker load of Jet A. I’ve been a skeptically good boy.

  8. Thank you all! Especially Anthony for the idea to start WUWT! Brilliant stuff.

    One day .. one day, you will be rewarded in a big way. ☺

    Regards

    Clive

  9. I see wine – the making of such produces the dreaded carbon dioxide. And it is unlikely, though the photo gives not a clue, that everyone had just seeds and sprouts. But I see the carbon credits (indulgences) on the table between the glasses. You’re okay then.

    Thanks to all. John

  10. Such an intellectual looking team! Something makes me think they’d make state team championship bowling tournament. Which requires a lot of smarts and skill, btw.

  11. Thank you all so very much for your excellent work, attitude, and dedication to the full requirements of the scientific method process and expecting and holding the same high scientific standards from all parties.

  12. Everyone must have sore butts from sitting on all that oil and coal money stashed in their wallets.

  13. Gentlemen! My sincere thanks for the life-saving work you are doing!

    Now the Team have a new dartboard to put next to the Climate Sensitivity one.

  14. Nice, nice.
    But where are the WOMEN?
    Anthony, isn’t it time you recruited reps of the strong gender to the “Team”?!

  15. I’m wondering if Anthony is pulling a late April Fools Day prank, as in misidentifying the last two. After all, if I was going to lay odds as to which was the dour Nordic solar physicist who was always certain that (practically?) everyone else has it wrong, and which was the reformed cowboy and sometimes commercial fisherman whose blood often angrifies mightily…

  16. Proof!

    Only if you guys were funded by Big Oil could you afford to eat and drink in a restaurant like that,

    Sarc.

  17. WUWT is very cool guys – well played. We appreciate the massive amount of work put into it by you all.

  18. Thanks for the picture. It is so much easier to communicate with people after you have met them. While seeing what they look like is not like meeting people face to face it is better than nothing.

    Leif and Willis look much better than I expected. I will try to be nicer to them in future.

  19. Thanks everyone. Regarding women: Verity Jones, in England, could not be present. Please make a habit of visiting her blog “Digging in the Clay“.

    Likewise others, in New Zealand (Andi), and parts of the USA/World (Robert, Ric, Mike and Bob) could not attend. As always, my sincere thanks.

  20. Marvellous bunch. You realize, of course, that there might be a luminary spot in history for team WUWT, after the teetering bastions of alarmism slide into obscurity. Go get ’em, people. Thanks for your hard work, and laudable tolerance of the Troll Faction. I doubt I’d be so forgiving, somehow.

  21. Anthony Watts says:
    April 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    Thanks everyone. Regarding women: Verity Jones, in England, could not be present. Please make a habit of visiting her blog “Digging in the Clay“.

    On her side she had an article about the claim by Nikolov & Zeller that planetary surface temperatures can be calculated accurately if pressure and TSI (Total Solar Irradiance) are known. http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/unified-theory-of-climate/#more-2983

    I support this idea

    ps Did you all fit in the same electric car and who was the driver after all that wine.

  22. You all certainly look to be living it up on those ‘big oil’ sponsored salaries of yours. La dee dah!

  23. Another big number is coming up – 111,111,111 !

    Blog Stats
    110,035,280 views

    It is the blog equivalent of a hobbit’s eleventy-first birthday!

  24. Wonderful, great to see a photo of the WUWT team of alarmist fighters. Dr. Leif Svalgaard looks like a “fighting Viking” I bet the warmists are scared to death of him? Good work guys/lady, keep it up, we will beat the bastards soon. :-)

  25. Ah! the face of Big-Oil-funded Climate Skepticism is revealed at last!

    May the Alarmists shiver in their beds at night (from the cold, of course, not fear…)

  26. This was a great gesture on all your parts to show not only those of us who can’t get by without a daily (sometimes four times a day) dose of WUWT, some like me over a sustained period of years, but to newbies keen to put a face to a name.

    Funny thing is, probably because I grew up in an age here in New Zealand before television, that I enjoy the little game of imagining a name to a voice, in this case electronic. Like others here I somehow imagined Leif as a young thirty something hotshot solar physcist but wasn’t surprised to see ‘global warming’ framing his smile. I was totally convinced that Willis would show more signs of the journey he has travelled on and shared with us on so many occasions. Ryan Maue’s site is on my hit list when I am planning anything astronomical and we greatly appreciate his efforts.

    Sometimes I like to kid myself that I am busy when I am trying to apply myself in my day job and being in high positions on four different clubs/societies (3 astronomical and one sporting) until I consider all of the work that Anthony and his team of contributors and moderators put out. It isn’t surprising that the other people are convinced that this whole set-up is funded by big oil or whatever. As an amateur astronomer I can easily see where big money doesn’t fit into this mix (not that you would want to turn it away if it ever darkened your doorstep team). By definition an amateur is not just someone who is doing something without recompense, but more importantly they are doing something for love! From the smiles on the dials in the photo above I can see nothing but love.

    Kia Kaha (be strong) my heroes!

    Cheers

    Coops

  27. Having been interested in wine for a long time, I deduce from the picture that a bottle of very fine wine had just been poured by a knowledgeable sommelier (equal and quite small quantities of a wine with very good colour). I would guess that it is a fine Californian Cabernet, but I could be very wrong on that!

    [Anthony brought the wine, then beat down the maitre’d on the corkage charge. ~dbs]

  28. I see Willis hitched a ride in time to make it before mains were served.

    Well done fellas, keep up the good work.

  29. Ah, their you have spent your weekend! More than deserved, thanks to all mods for the hard work!

  30. Matt says:
    April 2, 2012 at 12:44 am

    You all certainly look to be living it up on those ‘big oil’ sponsored salaries of yours. La dee dah!

    I may or may not be the only one in the group who has actually worked for an oil company. For a couple of years I was the Chief Financial Officer for the largest fuel importing and distribution company in the Solomon Islands.

    “Biggest in the Solomon Islands” loosely translates as “smallest in the world”. We used to joke about how we certainly weren’t “Big Oil”, and that we weren’t really big enough to call ourselves “Small Oil”. Finally, someone came up with the right term.

    My thanks to all the great folks making WUWT work, despite the lack of Big Oil money.

    w.

  31. A great team needing a break (except for the mods) :-(

    Make sure you kept the receipt before Warmists allege “Deniers being fed by oil funds” ;-) Not that I’d give a dam.

  32. A group of hardier individuals would be difficult to envisage. You put the A-Team in the shade. I trust the meal was suitably resplendent.

  33. Where are your light sabres guys? You are the last hope for freedom in the Galaxy against the Evil Empire and it’s Imperial Team Stormtroopers.

    Beware the bounty hunter Boba Gleick leaking the restaurant tab to DeGalacticSmogBlog. :-)

  34. Willis Eschenbach says:

    April 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I bet you were well oiled with wine when it finished!

  35. Willis Eschenbach says:
    April 2, 2012 at 2:47 am
    …loosely translates as “smallest in the world”

    but money was big, even got own island in the ‘coral seas’

    not far from the Solomons (the pendulum of Pacific)

  36. Great to have ‘faces’ to all (well, some at least) of the WUWT-team-members!
    Plenty of thanks to You all for the superb efforts You serving us and please DO keep it up!

    Brgds from the Swedish Bestcoast
    Thomas Jakobsson

  37. Great to have ‘faces’ to the members of the WUWT-team (well, at least some of ’em).
    Plenty big thanks for all the superb efforts You all put in. Please keep it up!

    Brgds from the Swedish Bestcoast
    Thomas Jakobsson

  38. Dr. Svalgaard is member of another team

    officially declaring vukcevic ‘a cyclomaniac of superior ignorance’ an attribute to be proud of .

  39. Top snap. Great to see y’all having a fine time and a break from work to boot.

    Clive @ 10.06 One day .. one day, you will be rewarded in a big way. ☺
    I reckon the hearty laughs had by the mods et al were reward enough?

  40. Hmmm…. Not sure I’d buy a used car from any of that lot…

    …and it looks like you’re having WAY too much fun….!

  41. We are all deeply indebted to you.

    It cannot be said enough: thank you, thank you, thank you.

  42. I see no full wine glasses, looks like everyone had a good time.

    Thank you for all you do!

  43. Ian Cooper says:
    April 2, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Funny thing is, probably because I grew up in an age here in New Zealand before television, that I enjoy the little game of imagining a name to a voice, in this case electronic. Like others here I somehow imagined Leif as a young thirty something hotshot solar physcist but wasn’t surprised to see ‘global warming’ framing his smile.

    I learned back in the early days of the ARPAnet that I was no good at matching Email (we had just invented it), to faces. My second ever business trip was to Cambridge, MA for a meeting about FTP (people had implemented the “new” FTP that is essentially what’s in use still). I was nearly terrified about meeting my colleague from Harvard. Fortunately I hadn’t heard his family had links to the Boston Brahmins and his grandfather was a major contributor to the Boston Aquarium.

    However, a geek is a geek the world over, even if he has access to club in Harvard Square.

    As for Leif, you must’ve missed the discussions here between Leif and me about the glory days when computers had lights and personalities.

    http://www.inwap.com/pdp10/uta-shutdown.txt

  44. As always, my best regards to the whole team, I’ve learned a lot from visiting this site over the past number of years (even tho sometimes I don’t show it) It’s been fun probing the minds of an invaluable team with an enormous combined wealth of knowledge, backgrounds and experience.

    P.S. The comments here from readers are awesome too, I’ve noticed from following other sites that skeptical commentators appear to be more clued in-to and have a better grasp of the science, physics and engineering than the somewhat clueless CAGW crowd.

  45. what a handsome group of men. makes the ‘team’ look like the bar scence from Star Wars. Hoping you al had a fine time.

  46. Now that’s what I would call the perfect guest list for dinner. Anthony, for giggles you should have invited William M Connelley. Ha, imagine the chaos and confusion that would have ensued as he edited the menu/price list to his liking.

  47. Dr. Svalgaard looks much as I imagined, but Willis Eschenbach looks nothing like I would have imagined as the author of such firebrand tomes. There doesn’t appear to any flames coming from his eyes at all.

    My heartfelt thanks to you all.

  48. Dern it — the pic doesn’t have enough light to make out everybody.

    Leif reminds me of my older German professor of systems-controls engineering at Va Tech. Nobody crossed that guy. Make a nonsensical from-the-hip response & he would deride you until you shrunk into your seat. But study hard & understand what he was saying & he’d put a kindly hand on your shoulder. I learned quickly not to take his gruffness personally and pay strict attention to what he was saying. A very effective teaching method.

  49. Very nice to put all these faces to names.
    Way to go WUWT team and MODS…all are in place to make this the ‘go-to’ place for real science with open discussions. Volunteer operated and done naturally and all at your own expense and time. That’s amazing.
    And Willis – what’s your secret? You look so young for all the ‘life’ you’ve lived, should bottle that.

  50. It’d be great to have a conference in middle earth; Nashville or Denver or some where. It’d be great to meet everyone.

  51. With so much interest in the great folk that run WUWT maybe there should be a fund raising dinner on occasion to add to that Solomon oil donation! I would gladly pay to dine, listen and I’m sure laugh at a function involving you gentlemen. Reading about some of Willis’s adventures would pale compared to listening to him tell them. I am sure that there enough strange, unusual and hilarious stories that would make for a late night.
    Now, you just have to come to Canada..

  52. I see a glasses of red wine…if I can come to the next one I will gladly bring my mead that has been aging for just such an event. Might have to get a ride home though it is 17% and very dry.

  53. polski says:
    April 2, 2012 at 7:35 am (Edit)

    With so much interest in the great folk that run WUWT maybe there should be a fund raising dinner on occasion to add to that Solomon oil donation! I would gladly pay to dine, listen and I’m sure laugh at a function involving you gentlemen.

    ######################

    we could run an auction on ebay.

  54. Congratulations for heroic work to the handsome, scruffy, respectful, in-your-face crew. Anthony, you are a mighty leader. And to those not in attendance, I wish you some of that magnificent California wine.

    At least Cali has something real of which to boast and crow about. Could we be at a new beginning? Thanks in large part to the WUWT inquirers and other bloggers-commenters-scientists who attempt to live the truth? Methinks the Mayan 2012 “reset” year might apply to the end of the social-justice-one-world-evil-empire folks (no matter how much they doth protest–first the Soviet Union, then the rest of ’em). Once the abundance of natural energy resources is realized nation-wide and world-wide, and with leaders such as you at WUWT, few will be willing to feel that boot on their necks. Cheers!

  55. I believe that all students of science should read WUWT. You produce the best science site of all. You question and challenge scientific papers and the claims of activists. You show how CAGW models and calculations are flawed; how they do not agree with observations and experiments. You expose those scientists who refuse to reveal how they arrived at their conclusions and manipulate the peer review process. You show up the charlatans who have turned science into political advocacy and activism, where scientists are the high priests of scientific dogma and refuse to accept any criticism which proves they are wrong. WUWT is a site which holds true to the scientific method. It is the defender of the scientific method without which we return to the age of the witchdoctor whispering gobbledygook into the ears of the chief and tribal elders. I salute every one of you who contribute to WUWT and defend science as it should be practised.

  56. I want to know who was (were) the designated driver(s)? I can’t see a sober face in the crowd. Glad you guys could get together and have some fun. Best to all of you.

  57. As I see it:
    The reason why WUWT exceeds, is simple.
    Unlike a couple of echo-chambers, Mr. Watts and team invite you to investigate.

    In Natural Climatic Cycles there are some pretty diabolical maths and physics involved. This is the “keep you stupid tool” used by echo-chambers. ” If you can’t baffle them with brilliance – feed them a hockey stick… without data”. “Hide any divergences from the claims made in / from the basic hypothesis – with more hypothesis”. Echo-chambers don’t actually acknowledge the divergences – they make excuses….through the induction of added hypotheses. The actual “divergence” gets lost in the “pea-shuffle”.

    Ideology, Post-normal science, is preached. Normal science demands investigation and TRUTHS exposed, whether good, or bad, for the hypothesis.

    Mr Watts and Team, invites you to investigate the divergences from the claims made by and in the hypothesis and that doesn’t take a lot of maths or physics. If there are divergences from the basic hypothesis – Something is wrong with the hypothesis!

    Ideologies attempt to teach you WHAT to think.
    Normal Science teaches you HOW to think – And invites you to investigate.

    I choose my Mentors very carefully.

    Thank you!

  58. Wonder if Realclimate could get a group picture like this. Maybe not a good idea, I would have to go to bed with all the lights on. Haven’t done that since watching Outerlimits when I was a kid.

  59. I’m glad you had a good time.

    Next year in San Diego? Just teasing.

    Thank you for your work.

  60. Thanks, gents!

    I hope everyone enjoyed a good sleep that night. I know I sleep better, knowing folks like you are on duty.

  61. Talk about politicaly incorrect!! This is as bad as it gets. Please tell me that this picture/article is not true. No women, no blacks, no Hispanics! What is going on?? Keep up the good work!! My favorite Web site and now I know why.

  62. Team WUWT.
    No exaggeration to say the smartest group of brains on Planet Earth sat on that table.
    Thanks a million to all.

  63. I would gladly buy the next round!

    Cheers to you all for the great work you do!

    Let me know when the IPO is ready :-)

  64. Thank you all for the best science site in the world.

    Very…umm…honest group portrait. The contemporary scientist-look. No one could mistake you gentlemen for, let’s say, fashion designers :)

  65. Ahe-hmm, and that’s what a team of climate skeptics look like these days?

    No Armani suits as far as the eye can be pooked?!? Funded by big oil, pfft, my a55. :-()

  66. BTW, Charles doesn’t look anything like a moderator. He looks more like an enforcer.

  67. Now that’s what I call a proper bonding exercise. None of that corporate hogwash where people have to hang on ropes held by their rivals or get down on all fours and pretend to be a dog (not that the latter is out of the question at the end of a long dinner. But it’s not compulsory).

    So, what was the wine? It looked like a shiraz or cab sav from the colour. If the Big Oil cheque ever stops bouncing, come to Australia and we will treat you to magnificent food and superlative red wine. Not only that, we have Jo Nova, who makes up for at least 10 blokes in the gender balance!

  68. So has anyone ever seen Bill Gates and Willis Eschenbach in the same place at the same time?

    ;-)

    P.S. I loved Leif Svalgaard in Kill Bill Vol. 2 as Pai Mei.

  69. You are a truly amazing bunch of guys. Together you have changed the world for the better!

    I wish you all the very best with your endeavours, and I look forward to the day you are recognized for your contribution to science.

  70. Volunteers . . . all. Intellectuals of independence.

    You trod the the path less taken. {thnx R. Frost}.

    John

  71. Well – that is a real Rogues Gallery!

    If ever a group had earned the right to a ‘do’, it is this fabulous bunch! Well done all of you – hope those batteries are recharged and ready for the next onslaught!

    Where would we be without you.

    Cheers!

  72. Anthony,
    A belated thank you for the blog plug (I’ve been travelling). I hope you all had a wonderful evening and I hope to get to meet the rest of the team sometime.

  73. Cecil says:
    April 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Someone did good work on the seating chart to get the beefy Viking between Mosh and Willis.

    Not true at all, Mosh and I are good friends. We disagree on some things and I’m sure I drive him as crazy as he does me, and we’re friends.

    Go figure.

    w.

  74. Verity Jones says:
    April 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Anthony,
    A belated thank you for the blog plug (I’ve been travelling). I hope you all had a wonderful evening and I hope to get to meet the rest of the team sometime.

    Your name was spoken and your contributions were noted during the evening. If you get to the Left Coast let us know.

    w.

  75. H.R. says: April 2, 2012 at 2:36 am
    A BIG thanks to Anthony and The Mods! (Doo-wop, doo-wa–a-a-h…)
    Good line HR, with the phrase from the bridge of In the Still of the Night?
    http://www.keithsketchley.com/doowops.htm
    (See, us oldies still have memory – as does DavidA who remembered Willis’ hitchhiking story. :-)

    As for recruiting fems, speaking of RockNRoll (which doo-wop is a type of), Bill Medley recruited his daughter to do the high notes in place of Bobby Hatfield, who died a few years ago. (The Righteous Brothers duo.)

    (Perhaps not as many females participating in blogs on the Internet, though some run climate blogs (including Donna and Jo?).)

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