Almost 50,000 comments…

There are less than 100 comments to go before we reach 50,000 comments here at Deltoid. The tradition around here is for some sort of award, so if you are number 50,000 and you include a valid email address you will a prize something like this.

Comments

  1. #1 Paul
    January 25, 2009

    Yeah but the trouble is I don’t want to help others get to the 50,000 target by adding to the total of comments.

    Doh!

  2. #2 Paul
    January 25, 2009

    Actually another point is that i live in the UK and the carbon footprint of sending the T shirt by air from Australia would negate the whole reason i post a comment here occasionally.

    BTW is the T shirt organic cotton?

    Doh!

    I did it again!

    Doh!, Doh!

  3. #3 Dave The Happy Singer
    January 25, 2009

    50,000 Get!

  4. #4 DavidONE
    January 25, 2009

    Paul,

    > …carbon footprint of sending the T shirt…

    This is something I’m struggling with at the moment. I accept what the science is telling us so, obviously, feel like I should make every effort to emit as little carbon as possible. I sold my car three years ago, have not flown for two years (but I like going places!), cut down on meat (but I like juicy steak!), and generally do the Right Thing.

    You’re not wrong about shipping the t-shirt, but where do we draw the line between doing what’s right and continuing to enjoy / participate in ‘normal’ life?

    Sigh, if only I could be a Denier, I wouldn’t be saddled with this angst!

  5. #5 Bernard J.
    January 25, 2009

    What makes me wince is the idea that one of the trolls might hit 50K mark.

    Perhaps a surprise appearance by Anthony Watts?!

  6. #6 ScaredAmoeba
    January 25, 2009

    Perhaps you could award a virtual tee shirt!

    Zero shipping miles!

  7. #7 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    January 25, 2009

    So when does the argument about whether 50,000 is actually 50,000? Will someone decide that number was actually invented by AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! in order to enslave the world in a bleak continuous depression with lower energy usage? Or will someone just beat it with a hockey stick and then claim the hockey stick is imaginary?

    (I’ll be back in about 90)

  8. #8 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    January 25, 2009

    Crap. Screwed up my url. Must be the lemurs’ fault. Fixed.

  9. #9 Kevin
    January 25, 2009

    I am just here for the yellow t shirt. I am all about the science bling .

  10. #10 Harold Pierce Jr
    January 25, 2009

    Happy New Year Tim!

    A T-shirt just sucks, big time!! How about a big opal with most awesome fire and sparkle or a 5 ct flawless pink from the Argyle mine? I’m not too picky so a 1 ct stone will do.

    Since it is O deg C here in Lower Lotus Land BC and we are just freezing to death, I’d like an all expenses paid trip to Alice Spring so I can go out into the desert on a camel and prospect for opals and interview the native old folks about climate change.

  11. #11 clarencegirl
    January 25, 2009

    A virtual T-shirt as a prize? I like it, I like it!
    Especially as the cotton in a real one is probably a GMO.
    :-)

  12. #12 jessica
    January 25, 2009

    oh, can I have a t-shirt (virtual or otherwise) that reads:
    “Tim Lambert was had by Greenpeace Canada’s GMO sign hoax!”

  13. #13 Pierce R. Butler
    January 25, 2009

    Suggestion: troll comments don’t count.

    What’s the total by that metric?

  14. #14 Paul
    January 25, 2009

    DavidONE

    >This is something I’m struggling with at the moment. I accept what the science is telling us so, obviously, feel like I should make every effort to emit as little carbon as possible. I sold my car three years ago, have not flown for two years (but I like going places!), cut down on meat (but I like juicy steak!), and generally do the Right Thing.

    I think the gift should be dependent on the location of the winner.

    Quite a few years ago i ordered flowers for someone i knew in Berlin via a Florist located where i live in the UK. The flowers were arranged and delivered by a Berlin florist.
    You don’t actually have to physically move goods across the world in order to conduct commerce. It is even easier today with the internet.

    I gave up the car about 10 years ago. Never have flown anywhere.

  15. #15 KristinMH
    January 25, 2009

    See? All you have to do to keep the trolls away is offer a free T-shirt. You should tell James over at Island of Doubt.

    (Did I win?????)

  16. #16 P. Lewis
    January 25, 2009

    Bernard J said:

    What makes me wince is the idea that one of the trolls might hit 50K mark.

    Perhaps a surprise appearance by Anthony Watts?!

    But Tim said “you will [get] a prize something like this”.

    I read this to mean a yellow T-shirt with the logo perhaps to be decided. “AGW is real” might be a good one.

  17. #17 Hank Roberts
    January 25, 2009

    Good idea.

  18. #18 Donald Johnson
    January 25, 2009

    I can’t be the only one sufficiently terrified by the threat of this award to ensure that I won’t be posting here much until the danger passes.

    Not that I’ve been posting here much lately anyway.

  19. #19 Jack Kolinski
    January 25, 2009

    I’m a Deltoid “virgin.” OUCH! What have almost 50,000 people been commenting upon? Besides the prospect of winning a T-shirt from somewhere in New South Wales? Is that even an actual place? Has anybody noticed that the blog language doesn’t actually say the 50,000th commenter will “win” anything? The word “win” has been omitted. Honest typo. or devious marketing ploy? I’m trying to lose weight but please send size X-Large(U.S.)anyway. What? Who knows what “X-Large” means in Australia(n?)? Given posts by “ScaredAmoeba” and other presumed pseudonyms, should I not use my real name? Did I mention size “X-Large”?

  20. #20 Bernard J.
    January 25, 2009

    “See? All you have to do to keep the trolls away is offer a free T-shirt.

    I’m not so sure about that, KristinMH. The hint of a prize seems to have lured Harold out to demonstrate to the world that, even after repeated exposure to scientific education, he still doesn’t understand the difference between weather and climate.

  21. #21 Grendel
    January 25, 2009

    Could we have a J-Curve that indicates the trend in Deltoid comment increase whenever The Australian publishes yet another piece of editorial stupidity?

  22. #22 Bernard J.
    January 25, 2009

    P. Lewis.

    I second Hank’s response.

    Perhaps the phrase might be preceded with “I acknowledge that…”

  23. #23 Geoff
    January 25, 2009

    Any way you shape it, it’s pretty damn cool. Raise a toast for science and reason.

  24. #24 Paul
    January 26, 2009

    Apply a 6th degree polynomial to the figures and either the 50,000 target will be missed by a wide margin or we passed the 50,000 target weeks ago!

  25. #25 Barton Paul Levenson
    January 26, 2009

    All your comments is belong to us!

  26. #26 stewart
    January 26, 2009

    Bring me the head of Jon Jenkins, on a t-shirt!

  27. #27 Bernard J.
    January 26, 2009

    Stewart.

  28. #28 Lance
    January 26, 2009

    I heard that today was “Australia Day” so happy Australia Day to all you Aussies.

    Err, or maybe you guys haven’t mentioned it because it commemorates the subjugation of native peoples by imperialist capitalist oppressors and the exploitation of the natural flora and fauna..

    Either way hoist a pint of any of the fine Australian beers available and try not to belch up too much CO2.

  29. #29 Mary Rosh
    January 26, 2009

    John Lott sneers at your little contest.

  30. #30 Jim Norton
    January 26, 2009

    Congrats.

  31. #31 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    January 26, 2009

    Are we up to 50K yet?

  32. #32 Tim Lambert
    January 26, 2009
  33. #33 stewart
    January 26, 2009

    Congratulations, John, and on a substantive post, too. Hold out for a fancy, personalized t-shirt, wrapped around something nice.

  34. #34 John Mashey
    January 27, 2009

    Thanks to all. I always hoped my efforts would be rewarded, although I never expected this!

    CafePress is HQ’d about 20 miles away, although who knows, the T-shirt might come from China for all I know. There is at least hope that it’s a short truck ride away.

    My forthcoming Deltoid T-shirt will take its proud place amongst some other rare T-shirts I own:

    — SGI “Building a better dinosaur” Jurassic Park dino, scaffolding, with silhouettes of people at computers; required special permission from Spielberg. Limited edition. SGI did many T-shirts in its heyday, but this was one of the best.

    — Sun Microsystems-logoed, with slogan on back:

    “The network is the network, the computer is the computer, sorry about the confusion.”

    [Not produced by Sun (or any company for which I’ve worked), although several Sun employees have tried to buy it from me.] Very limited edition.

    — Bell Labs “Belle” T-shirt, a minimalist (of course) white T-shirt, in which the Bell System logo, the second one on Dennis’ home page, is tweaked to look like a chess queen symbol, in honor of Ken Thompson/Joe Condon “Belle” champion chess computer of the 1970s. Very, very limited edition.

  35. #35 bi -- IJI
    January 28, 2009

    > “The network is the network, the computer is the computer, sorry about the confusion.”

    *big wide grin*

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