Anthony Watts' Watts Up With That? blog is hosted by Wordpress, a blog host
that works best for bloggers who post a few articles each week. Anthony and his crew post
several articles per day, and trying to hunt down old articles is a bit
frustrating. There is a search mechanism, but that seems limited to keywords
in the original article. You can also look at a day's posts, but that's
an inefficient way to browse through old articles.
WUWT Navigation Bars
Every so often, please take a break from reading the recent posts and comments
to check the two navigation bars.
The top bar (with labels from "Home" to "WUWT stuff" goes to permanent
posts that are updated frequently, sometimes automatically, sometimes
manually. The most important label is "Resource Pages". When you hover the
cursor over it, a submenu appears listing the the various domains WUWT covers.
The most popular of these is the Sea Ice
Reference Page. Many readers like to follow the progression of Arctic sea
ice extent each summer because of the frequent handwringing from Al Gore and
the NSIDC about how soon we'll have an ice free Arctic. Given that we've
only had good data for this since polar satellites started returning images
of ice cover, no one can make authoritative predictions for the current season,
let alone the next.
The right side nav bar is a potpourri of information and links to internal
and external sites. The search box searches the content WUWT posts but not
the comments. It's a good way to hunt down some post on a subject you
remember reading about. Some images are links to internal reference pages, some of those, like the ENSO meter, are kept current so are doubly useful.
Anthony's lists of other blogs and writings is unique in some go to blogs that are
major detractors of WUWT, most of which disparage WUWT but don't link to it.
Everything else is pretty much self explanatory. It changes frequently
enough so a periodic check is worthwhile to see what's new and what you've
WUWT Tables of Contents
Two series of ToCs are available:
Monthly - This is good to check if you know
approximately when something happened and want to look for relevant posts.
Even better, this is a good way to see what else was happening then.
Categories - This is good to check if you
are interested in particular topics. Even better, if you are looking for
topics to be interested in, check out the list.
You can also use the right side nav bar to find the same information
displayed as WordPress see fit. This includes some text at the beginning of
each post. My pages only have the date, title, number of comments, and
everything is in a single web page. They both have their merits.
The list below has the posts for the last two weeks and are a good way to
see which posts have active discussions.
Here are some posts that deserve to used as reference works, not
just as comment-du-jour. The real reference is usually elsewhere, but
a lot of us heard it first here.
2008 Jan 28: Warming Trend: PDO And Solar Correlate Better Than CO2
This is Anthony's summary of work by Joe D'Aleo. It predates my "obsessive"
involvement on WUWT by a few weeks, that happened in large part to hearing
about this from Joe directly. This convinced me that CO2 wasn't dominant
and with the negative PDO in place things were about to turn interesting. Latest update 2010 Sep 30: AMO+PDO=
temperature variation - one graph says it all The comments raise a number
of concerns about looking at correlations between time-smoothed series, and
the new paper leaves out the CO2 test, so it's not as striking as before.
2010 Jun 4: Under the Volcano, Over the Volcano
Willis Eschenbach's description of how CO2 measurements at Mauna Loa are made
and the steps they take to exclude measurements with recent CO2 releases from
local volcanic and anthropogenic sources.
2011 Apr 29: Friday Funny - science safety run amok
This started out as a rant about "a chemistry kit with no chemicals."
Disappointing, despicable, disheartening to be sure, but certainly not worthy
of being listed here.
However, WUWT Nation is full of people who've learned chemistry the fun
way, from 1960's chemical sets to making their own rocket fuel. They (we!)
hijacked the thread to reminisce about all the chemistry that society (and Homeland
Security) frown upon today. Enjoy! BTW, the link goes to the first comment,
if you want to read about depressing chemistry sets, you'll have to scroll up.
2011 Aug 24: Andrea Rossi's E-cat fusion device on target.
I generally do not go out of my way to create controversy, but by far the most
controversial topic I've posted on was about Cold Fusion, or LENR (Low Energy
Nuclear Reaction). This is a field that hasn't had the decency to collapse
like polywater did, but it's also been a field where no one could build
something simple like a residential water heater. That may have changed with
an invention by Andrea Rossi involving hydrogen-nickel fusion and that seemed
worthy of a WUWT post. This is the best of the three, and is plenty
controversial. Most of mainstream physics refuses to accept any of this, with
good reason, but some other, older(!) physicists leave the door open or
support Rossi's work. One told me "it's painfully clear that you don't have a
clue that you don't have a clue," So do take all this with healthy
skepticism. Latest update 2011 Oct 28: If you believe Rossi, his demonstration of a
system that can produce 1 Mw of heated water resulted in a sale to the US
military (and a repeat order of a dozen more). The discussion following my
of Rossi's 1 MW E-Cat fusion system apparently successful resulted in the
topic being banned until there is an adequate third party review of Rossi's
claims. It may take a while, he is working on producing a million
residential water heaters by the end of 2012.
2011 Aug 24: CERN
Experiment Confirms Cosmic Rays Influence Cloud Seeds The CERN CLOUD
experiment is a test of Henrik Svensmark's hypothesis that incoming cosmic
rays can help trigger cloud formation clean maritime saturated air. This post
is from Nigel Calder who is quite bitter about some of the political delays
that led to it taking 14 years from hypothesis to CERN experiment and then not
acknowledging Svensmark's work. Nevertheless, the cosmic ray influence may be
an extremely important phenomenon as it provides a means for a small signal to
have a significant influence on Earth.
2011 Sep 15: WUWT's answer to Al Gore's 24 hour Climate Reality Project
The CRP was a 24 hour event repeating Al Gore's new presentation, once per time
zone in a particular language of that time zone. Meanwhile, WUWT readers were
being treated to a new post each hour with a cartoon by Josh preceeding
the details. The result is a very good introduction to Climate science and where
Al Gore gets it wrong.
Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts.
Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable. He's collected
Index to Willis's Writings up to May 2011 and deserves this special entry
Titles and Links for the Last Two Weeks
Information here (and in the monthly and category pages) is collected soon
after midnight Pacific time (which is WUWT time, at least as far as dates go).
The "Recent" column is the number of comments made yesterday and may be most
useful for finding older posts that are still active for some reason.
Sometimes those reasons are an interesting exchange of information and
collaboration. Sometimes it's just two pig-headed bores who don't know when
to stop. Sometimes you can't tell the difference!
N.B. The following was written for the old WordPress system, however, WUWT
is really running now on Pressable, a similar but different system. Much of the following
is out of date, it's also mostly superceded by
is equally out-of-date.
I hope to be working on them soon.
Neither WUWT nor WordPress provide much documentation for the HTML formatting
permitted in comments. There are only a few commands that are useful, and
a few more that are pretty much useless.
A typical HTML formatting command has start and end pieces and has general
form of <name>text to be formatted</name>. A common mistake
is to forget the ending. Until WordPress gets a preview function, we have
to live with it.
N.B. WordPress handles some formatting very differently than web browsers
do. A post of
mine shows these and less useful commands in action at WUWT.
The following commands appear to work only in replies to comments or in
block quotes. There seems to be no explanation of why or how WordPress
does this. I assume it's a bug, I assume they meant to prevent these
commands from passing through at all. It may be that they let almost
anything else through too. Oh my, these only work for me if I'm logged
into my WordPress account (they don't work if I use my FaceBook account).
It may be they work only because I have the ability to post new articles.
Bottom line: don't expect the following to work....
This is <u>underlined</u> text
This is underlined text
Why, WordPress, why?
hr (horizontal rule)
<hr>This has hr commands before and after the text<hr>
This has hr commands before and after the text
There's no ending command. You're expected to use <hr /> commands.
<h1>Header size 1</h1>
Header size 1
These are used for section headers in long web pages, so may
not be all that useful or welcome on WUWT. On my browser they
display large blue sans-serif text.
<h2>Header size 2</h2>
Header size 2
<h3>Header size 3</h3>
Header size 3
<h4>Header size 4</h4>
Header size 4
Levels 4, 5, and 6 all seem to do the same thing. They display small
black text, subsequent text is normal size and hence bigger. In a reply,
the header is in a serif font, in a block quote, it's a sans serif font
like the rest of the quote.
<h5>Header size 5</h5>
Header size 5
<h6>Header size 6</h6>
Header size 6
Using the URL for a YouTube video creates a link like any other URL. However,
YouTube accepts the HTML for "embedded" videos. From the YouTube page after
the video finishes, click on the "embed" button and it will suggest HTML like:
You can change the size of the frame to display by selecting one in the
"Video size" menu below, I suggest not copying the width and height attributes,
WordPress should choose a large size.
Copy and paste the HTML into your comment and it WordPress will generate something like:
Special characters in comments
Those of us who remember acceptance of ASCII-68 (a specification released
in 1968) are often not clever enough to figure out all the nuances of
today's international character sets. Besides, most keyboards lack the
keys for those characters, and that's the real problem. Even if you
use a non-ASCII but useful character like ° (as in 23°C) some
optical character recognition software or cut and paste operation is likely
to change it to 23oC or worse, 230C.
Nevertheless, there are very useful characters that are most reliably entered
as HTML character entities:
Less than sign Left angle bracket
Degree (Use with C and F, but not K (kelvins))
⁰ ¹ ² ³ ⁴
⁰ ¹ ² ³ ⁴
Superscripts (use 8304, 185, 178-179, 8308-8313 for digits 0-9)
₀ ₁ ₂ ₃
₀ ₁ ₂ ₃
Subscripts (use 8320-8329 for digits 0-9)
For La Niña & El Niño
Plus or minus
Like a space, with no special
processing (i.e. word wrapping or multiple space discarding)
Greater than sign
Right angle bracket N.B. this is generally not needed
The "#<label>" at the end of the URL tells a browser where to start the
page view. It reads the page from the Web, searches for the label and starts
the page view there. As noted above, Wordpress will create a link for you,
you don't need to add an <a> command around it.
Climate Audit Assistant
Another approach to dealing with this is a Firefox add-on that replaces the
edit window with a better one that has buttons for formatting text.
It's a two piece install, see
the web page for details. It coexists okay with the "It's all Text" extension
that lets you send the text in a text edit window to your regular editor.