My leaving card, lightly modified for me from the BAS christmas e-card.

This post on RC explains all. Comment here or there at your pleasure.


  1. #1 Benjamin Franz

    You forgot to actually put a URL in the link to RC. ;)

    [Rats. Fixed -W]

  2. #2 crandles

    And is your first task to write a better e-card recycling system? ;o)

    Best Wishes.

    (That’s one less professional CPDN detractor, now what can I do about James? ;o) )

  3. #3 James Annan

    That should have been “So long and thanks for all the fish”.

    Good luck!

  4. #4 Brian Schmidt

    Congrats on your new career, and welcome to the field of amateur climate blogging! I hope you won’t make the rest of us amateurs look bad by comparison.

    I encourage you to take the opportunity to broaden Stoat to also include whatever non-climate issues interest you, like you’ve done on a few occasions before.

    [I may well. I *must* tell the Seed folk my news, too -W]

    Will you keep up your wikipedia combat against ignorance?

    [Until they run me out of town on a rail -W]

  5. #5 SCM

    Stoat tends to be my first stop on my regular round of climate blog reading. I hope your change of career won’t stop you blogging altogether. Good luck with the new job.

  6. #6 cce

    I don’t understand. People keep telling me that climate change research is where all the money is. Could I have been misled?

    [Indeed. As far as I can tell, salaries are fairly uniform across science (at a given place, assuming you’re not at the individual professor level), no one field does much better. Some fields may be better funded, but that doesn’t increase your salary, just your comfort level -W]

    Good luck in your new profession, and make sure to keep posting!

    Also, I just posted a revised version of my talk on the skeptics’ claim that a “New Ice Age was predicted by Scientists in the ’70s.” I used your site and Wikipedia as a basis, but I also did some sleuthing of my own. I’m hoping for suggestions that anyone might have.

    It requires Quicktime 7.

    [I’ll have a look/listen a bit later -W]

  7. #7 Gareth

    I suppose, knowing you were going to have to fork out a small fortune on losing sea ice bets, you had no choice but to take a better paying job.

    Good luck to you and yours.

    [Thanks. There is another small seaice bet coming up soon -W]

  8. #8 Thomas

    So now you are free to write what you *really* think without having to worry about your professional reputation? This blog could become a lot more interesting :-)

    [You mean it isn’t interesting now :-(? I’m sorry to say I’ve already been saying what I think, with only a small amount held back -W]

  9. #9 Nathan Rive

    Best of luck with the new job, William. I share a previous commenter’s sentiment, in that I hope you’ll continue to blog about climate.

  10. #10 Douglas Coker

    William, if you didn’t exist someone would have to invent you. Dropping in on this site has been, and I hope, continues to be v useful for me.

    I expect you’ll have more time for Green Party activities now ;-) If you happen to be on the big climate demo this Saturday the 8th (in London) do look out for the GP flyer.

    “Six degrees do not bear thinking about.”

    Best wishes.

    Douglas Coker
    Enfield Green Party

  11. #11 Peter McGrath

    Yep, please keep up stoating.

  12. #12 SteveF

    Yeah, keep your stoaty end up (er). You’re a valuable voice on the good guys side.

  13. #13 Luboš Motl

    Hi William, your enthusiasm has always been appreciated but unlike others, I also understand your decision here and I think it is a great news for yourself and great news for science as well. In software industry, you can easily underestimate the latent heat of ice by three orders of magnitude and no one will care. Good luck, also with licking the Green Party ar*es. ;-)

  14. #14 Mark Schaffer

    Please don’t tell me that your excellent web page debunking the canard of the same scientists who predict warming today were predicting cooling in the 1970’s! I have used this page to confront the usual suspects when they claim such things.

    [The page continues. I must update it sometime. In the meantime the wiki and realclimate pages also exist on the same subject. Coming soon: a real journal paper on the myth -W]

  15. #15 Alexander Ač

    Good luck, William! ;-)

  16. #16 TokyoTom

    William, did your doctor say that you have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fiber, and that you are therefore excused from saving the planet?

    If not, I hope you will continue to contribute. In any case, as long as you still know where your towel is you will clearly be a man to be reckoned with.

    “That’s right!” shouted Luboš, “we demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!”

    Mata ne.

  17. #17 Adam

    Thus endeth the “this from your lot” and “can’t you ask them” type comments. ;)

    However, I do hope the main change on here is merely the addition of a category called “software engineering”, and perhaps “the idiocy of the IT sector”….actual life permitting of course.

  18. #18 zwirko


    New Ice Age was predicted by Scientists in the ’70s

    I’ve always wonder about this skeptic claim whenever I read the following quote from the introduction (section 6.1) of Chapter 6 of the WG1 AR4 report:

    Palaeoclimate science has made significant advances since the 1970s, when a primary focus was on the origin of the ice ages, the possibility of an imminent future ice age, and the first explorations of the so-called Little Ice Age and Medieval Warm Period.

    I was never the sharpest knife in the drawer, but to me this suggests that the IPCC authors themselves are operating under this myth or that it is not so much a myth as we are led to believe. It does clearly say that the coming of an imminent ice age was a “primary focus” of (paleo)climate research.


    [Its an unfortunate choice of language. You may be the first person to have noticed it :-) -W]

  19. #19 cce

    The “possibility of an imminent future ice age” was “a primary focus” during the ’70s. Another “primary focus” was the possibility of Anthropogenic Global Warming due to rising GHG. Much of the science of the ’70s revolved around whether cooling or warming influences would dominate.

    My talk covers all of this. William’s site covers it in more detail.

  20. #20 ian

    “Imminent” to a geologist or a paleo-type may mean 10k years; in vernacular use it may imply just a few years.

    Goodbye and good luck to you, William, and thanks for the education and entertainment!

  21. #21 Munin

    “… man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.”

    Adios, y gracias por todo el pescado.

  22. #22 Dano

    Best of luck, Wm. I changed careers mid-stream and have never looked back. Go git ’em.



  23. Good luck in your new career! I hope you can keep blogging on climate and other things.

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