CALENDARS: First, I want to thank everyone who ordered the 2013 Josh Skeptic Calendar. I especially want to thank Dr. Michael Mann, whose hilarious conspiracy theory outburst sold more calendars than Josh or I ever could have hoped to. Like President Obama has sold more firearms in America with his missives, so it goes with Dr. Mann.
Second, I want to apologize to everyone who ordered a calendar.
Why? Because I’m behind in getting them all shipped. Two things have conspired to prevent them from getting out in a timely manner. The first is simply family obligations and other holiday related issues, including days off at the printer and shipping companies, simply taking available time away. The second is the Paypal account used to take the orders. I have to make a separate transaction for filling each order, and Paypal for security reasons, limits me to 30 transactions per day. I’ve asked for a waiver, and they cannot. So even though I could get these all shipped in a day of marathon order processing, I’m throttled by the financial instrument.
Calendars shipped last week and will also be shipping tomorrow, I ask your patience.
For those that want a 2013 Josh Skeptic Calendar, follow the link. I’m going to leave the order process open until next Sunday, January 13th. For the UK and Europe, plus other countries than the USA, see Josh’s web page to order there as the printer I use does not have the ability to ship outside the USA.
TRAVEL: for the first time since starting WUWT in 2006, I will be attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to look for new business opportunities in 2013. While Michael Mann and others imagine “big oil” and money loaded think tanks funding WUWT, the reality is that it is self-funded and done with the help of things like Google adwords, donations, and calendar sales. Having never had to bootstrap anything in his life, relying on the government to pay his way, it is easy to see how Mann and others fall into this thinking trap. The other reality is that had I not started WUWT, I’d be much further along with my business and far more successful than I am. Steve McIntyre and I both remarked about this during our dinner at AGU in December (see photo at the link). He’s getting back to more mining consulting, I’m going to spend more time on my own business as well this year.
The travel this week means I’ll be offline during most working hours, posting will be light, and limited to early mornings and evening, provided I’m not too exhausted from all the walking.
UPCOMING STORIES: Tonight sometime after 6PM PST, I’ll be posting the first of two important stories about some startling things I have discovered about the US surface temperature record. One issue revolves around what the National Climatic Data Center reports to the public and to the press not holding up once it is scrutinized. The press never looks at the details they get fed it seems, which is an effect of their day-to-day deadline oriented nature. Once you look at it though, you realize something is just not right.
The issues I discovered were a pure case of serendipity, I didn’t go looking for them, they found me while I was researching for the second story described below. Worse, it isn’t just a one-off example, but is systemic. NCDC may have to issue some retractions, or at the very least, explain themselves. There may also be violations of the Federal Data Quality Act going on, but I’ll leave that to the lawmakers and Congress to decide.
The second story also revolves around NCDC data, and has some surprises. I expect it will post Monday night or Tuesday sometime. I’m still wrapping up details.
Don’t miss these, as there’s something for everyone, no matter which side of the climate issue you are on.