The hiatus is over!

No, I'm not talking about how last year was the hottest (globally) on record. It's been almost two years since my last post here, but I'm intending to end the silence. I have actually been doing a lot of reading and listening of one form or another, along with a few comments here and there, especially on twitter. One reason I haven't felt an urgent need to write has been a couple of excellent new entrants in the climate blogosphere:

Another reason I haven't done much on here is my blog software (drupal 6) had fallen woefully out of date and I never seemed to find the time to fix it. I've finally gotten around to some updates and it seems to be functional again at least (though not completely unbroken). I'd deliberately gone with drupal for the purpose of learning how it worked way back in 2009 when I started this blog; I'm beginning to think it would have been smart to just do the WordPress thing like everybody else. Oh well...

What prompted me to do the fixing and get ready to post again was a woefully inept article by our old friend Christopher Monckton and friends that seems to have gotten itself published in a peer-reviewed Chinese journal. ...and Then has a brief summary but I started to write down my own response because the intellectual content of the article seems to be only a minor update of Monckton's July 2008 Physics & Society effort that I found chock-full of errors. I'm hoping I'll be able to post something on that soon...

Of course the fact that Monckton and others of that sort can keep repeating the same old nonsense over and over is a bit discouraging. "Debates" with these folks seem to always devolve to a point where it's hard to comprehend how to even communicate how wrong they are. "...and Then" compared another argument of that sort to Spinal Tap's "These go to eleven", and I have to say I get that feeling a lot too. When something is just so wrong, it's hard to know even where to start... Here's the video clip for reference :)