Sunday usually has about half the traffic of a weekday, but yesterday we had the most hits ever – over 6200. There were a lot of hits on Labor Day as well, so our audience may be changing a little. The hit count probably isn’t apples and apples to hits earlier in the year, since we’re getting a lot more robot hits (as distinct from spam hits).
I realize that I’ve been a bit sarcastic lately – probably prompted by my reaction to the ES&T article. On balance, I’ve put up with a lot of undeserved jibes from climate scientists, who feel free to make a variety of disparaging personal remarks about me, but aren’t prepared for any blowback. It seems to be OK for climate scientists to say that I’ve done "incredibly stupid" things [Trenberth] or "dishonest" [Mann] or "threatening" [Crowley], but not OK for me to say "Esper ***t" or "mini-***". Anyway, I do not view the sarcasm as a virtue and I’ll probably tone it down. The goofiness of the articles by the multiproxy guys speaks loudly enough that I don’t need to indulge in little verbal jibes. I was having a little fun with the play on words, but I guess that’s not allowed when you’re talking about priests.
Update: I find this blog changes the dynamic quite a bit when I get slagged by someone like Thacker. Previously, when these guys took shots at me – no matter how far below the belt- there wasn’t that much I could do about it. I’d get mad – but what was I going to do? The massive disinformation from the Mannians (Mann-iacs?; Mann-ies?) was impossible to overcome. Now I can chip away at the disinformation in my own way.
I’m going to post some more on the Thacker story. I don’t know what the circulation of Environmental Science and Technology is or what the audience for Thacker’s article was, but I’m getting increasingly confident that this little (or not so little) blog can create a little blowback and ensure that these guys can’t just take swings for free. You’ll have noticed that Thacker’s article was long on rhetoric about supposed errors and mistakes, but did not actually report any.
One thing that I agree with Mahlmann is that the story is lampoonable. If that’s the way they want to go, then maybe it’s time for the Lumberjacks.
Update – Sep. 13: I’ve gone back and edited out some recent sarcasm.