I’m back from my conference, and – I have to say – I thoroughly enjoyed being away, not blogging and not Twittering (well, not much). One problem is that I enjoyed it so much, I really want to try and avoid getting back, too much, into the online climate debate. I have made a few comments elsewhere, but mostly I just read other sites, and their comments, and then decide that staying away is probably best. Some of it is just bizarre nonsense and I have real trouble understanding how people can associate with such sites and such rhetoric. I know some people take some kind of enjoyment, or satisfaction, from the kind of exchanges you can have on climate blogs, but I don’t really. I just find it a bit frustrating and annoying. I’m not even claiming that my site is any better (although I’d really like to think that it’s better than some).
The other problem is that the conference was very interesting and I even managed to have a disagreement with another group who I thought were misrepresenting my work. They then seemed to get rather upset that I pointed this out. It almost felt like the climate debate, with them quoting various things from papers and me pointing out that what those papers were saying wasn’t what they thought they were saying. The other similarity is that some who work on this think we understand it well enough, and others seem to think that because we don’t understand it fully, maybe we don’t understand it at all. An illustration that science is a human endeavour after all. It did, however, make me realise that I need to go and finish some things that I thought weren’t necessary anymore. So, I’ve spent the last couple of days getting some of my codes to run again, and it’s been fun.
So, my plan – if I can stick to it – is to write less and try to avoid much of the online climate debate. Okay, I now I’ve said this kind of thing before, but I mean it this time 🙂 A problem I have, is that I still don’t know how best to do this. This is just a blog, and I’m trying not to take it too seriously. One advantage of actually getting stuck into the online climate debate, is that it is typically so silly that it is hard to take things too seriously. Trying to remain outside then runs the risk of taking things too seriously. Okay, I know it’s a serious topic, so I just mean myself and this blog, not the topic in general.