Merry Christmas, etc

Since it’s now the afternoon of Christmas Eve here, it would seem time to quickly wish everyone a Merry Christmas, or whatever season’s greeting is most suitable. I certainly plan to have a few days relaxing with the family, so don’t plan to write any posts and will endeavour to mostly stay off Twitter. I hope everyone manages to have a pleasant and enjoyable break. I may write a brief post summarising the year, but otherwise I’ll be back in the new year.

Credit : xkcd.

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24 Responses to Merry Christmas, etc

  1. bkellysky says:

    Thank you and merry Christmas!

  2. I’m relieved to report that the North Pole is 25 degrees cooler this Christmas eve than last, and hope it will stay frozen into the New Year.

    But some people may have other ideas.

  3. Rachel M says:

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  4. Rachel,
    Thanks. Hope you and the family have a good Christmas too.

  5. Ragnaar says:

    “Clearly, just quoting pro-Santa experts like Professor Jacqueline Woolley, chair of the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at Austin, wasn’t going to cut it.
    “Believing in impossible beings such as Santa Claus may exercise children’s counterfactual reasoning skills,” she’s written. “The kind of thinking involved in imagining how nine reindeer could fly through the sky carrying a heavy sleigh may well be the same kind of thinking required for imagining a solution to global warming or a way to cure a disease.””

    In the spirit of peace on earth at least for a few days, we can contemplate, if Santa did exist, how would he solve global warming?

  6. Joshua says:

    Happy Kwanza everyone!

  7. BBD says:

    Happy Crimbo ATTP and everyone.

    +1 to avoiding the evil Tweeter in favour of people who are actually there and who really do love you (hopefully) 😉

  8. Willard says:

    Happy Festivus everyone!

  9. Joshua says:

    Excellent advice, BBD.

  10. BBD says:

    Enjoy the peace and quiet while the goys do their thing, Joshua 🙂

  11. Everett F Sargent says:

    Merry Happy Caroling

  12. Everett F Sargent says:

  13. Sou says:

    Merry Christmas, ATTP, and best wishes to you and your family. Thanks for all your thoughtful articles this past year.

    Greetings of the season to everyone here (whatever season you’re having). Looking forward to seeing you all again in the cyber-climate space in 2018.

  14. Andrew Dodds says:

    Happy Christmas all. I can confirm that significant ocean warming has not spread to caswell bay, Swansea, in December, at least if this morning’s dip was representative..

  15. Mal Adapted says:

    A felicitous Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, resolutely secular as always, from me 8^)!

  16. John Hartz says:

    A belated Merry Christmas ! and an early Happy New Year !

  17. Gary says:

    Thanks for such a decent and intelligent web site.
    Happy new year.

    Aussie bystander.

  18. 17 comments from the usual suspects. Including webbly carrying on his Bose-Einstein meltdown. Condensates form at very low temperatures.


    But the math works at room temperature.


    But then there is an elegance in linking the ideas of ice and Bose-Einstein condensate. Is ice nucleation and growth better defined by Bose-Einstein statistics? This is the idea – oh so briefly mentioned – from Judith Curry’s co-author.

  19. Robert,
    I think you may be on the wrong thread. I have, however, no great interest in discussing the whole Bose-Einstein issue at all (I was going to say “again” but I think I avoided it the first time too). FWIW, I sympathise with your criticism of WHUT in this regard.

  20. ” FWIW, I sympathise with your criticism of WHUT in this regard.”

    ATTP thinks that “there is an elegance in linking the ideas of ice and Bose-Einstein condensate”

    I should bring this up with Michael Mann, who started out in condensed matter physics. To us, getting this right is the same as getting 1+1=2 right.

  21. Paul,
    No, I don’t think there is some elegance in linking the ideas of ice and Bose-Einstein condensatess and didn’t suggest any such thing.

  22. What are you criticizing then? I bought Curry’s book and reviewed it. The sad fact is that they thought they can infer the complicated processes of nucleation and growth at thousands of feet in the air, without any kind of controlled experiment and controlled environment.

    I spent my graduate school career growing crystals and analyzing nuleation in a controlled laboratory clean-room environment and that’s hard enough.

    That they think they can just toss off mention of Bose-Einstein and not meet some sort of incredulity might be common in earth sciences, but not where I come from.

    Ellison is a civil engineer that knows how to design latrine systems and that’s about it. He’s a poseur and lap dog for Curry.

  23. Paul,
    My issue was with the tone of your criticism. I don’t have any interest in taking this any further.

  24. OK, go ahead and criticize Curry for her political opinions. That just makes her more popular. Which is the way media works in the USA.

    I am suggesting instead to criticize with respect to her scientific findings, so she will spend all her time discussing arcane topics. Everyone will get bored and go elsewhere.

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