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.
People making comments have no hints as to how to format them. There used to be the barest of hints below the comment box, but it was a poor list, even wrong in places, and no longer displays. See the bottom of this document for better guidance.
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 links go to Anthony's business, Weather Shop (please buy stuff there!), some have current images of a subject and a link to more information. Anthony's lists of other blogs is unique in that he links 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 forgotten about.
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 title, and everything is in a single web page. They both have their merits.
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.
Guest poster Willis Eschenbach always comes up with fascinating posts. Even his autobiographical posts are remarkable. He's collected An Index to Willis's Writings up to May 2011 and deserves this special entry here.
|Daily summary||Total WUWT
views to date
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 28||232,665,756|
|First Eastern Pacific tropical depression of the season||13||13|
|Study finds: ‘severe cold snap during the geological age known for its extreme greenhouse climate’||63||63|
|Almost Friday Funny – Tesla is apparently recharging ’emissions free’ electric cars with a diesel generator||340||340|
|Recycled: 2035 Himalayan Glacier Claim||97||97|
|German Government In Crisis Over Escalating Cost Of Climate Policy||90||90|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 27||232,533,985|
|Climate Craziness of the Week – ‘climate change music’||150||89|
|The Royal Anti-Science Society of Edinburgh?||225||53|
|NOAA Forecast: A below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year||69||8|
|Another advance in hearing restoration||43||6|
|Leaving the Church of Environmentalism||89||50|
|The green plan to make Capitalism cruel||178||11|
|EPA Busted for Ideology||73||6|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 26||232,411,300|
|Claim: ‘Severe ozone depletion avoided ‘||164||5|
|‘[EPA] regulations in the study are less likely to have economic benefits in excess of their costs.’||67||2|
|The Role of Sulfur Dioxide Aerosols in Climate Change||130||15|
|Climate change debate fueled by ‘echo chambers,’ new study claims||194||0|
|Claim: New Chinese nuclear plants are unsafe||144||1|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 25||232,288,024|
|How to Influence Climate Change Public Policy||127||0|
|The sad tales of the Wikipedia gang war regarding WUWT – ‘creepy and a little scary’||430||5|
|New Paper Tries to Explain Disparities in Deep Ocean Warming Between Two Basins||78||0|
|Tomorrowland – the only Clooney movie I’ll probably never see||203||0|
|Out At The Boundaries||236||6|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 24||232,179,055|
|Winters not Summers Increase Mortality and Stress the Economy||100||0|
|The Only People Denying Climate Change Are Those Calling Others Climate Change Deniers||258||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 23||232,083,259|
|Why It’s So Hard to Convince Warmists||647||0|
|The Ethics of Climate Change||151||3|
|Norwegian observations confirms: The Gulf Stream has been stable over the past 20 years||94||0|
|CIA climate research effort decommissioned||81||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 22||231,998,733|
|Uh, oh: Looks like Lewandowsky and Oreskes will be going after the AGU now for admitting the ‘hiatus’ exists||243||0|
|What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C? (answer: more than they can get support for)||195||1|
|Friday Funny – the horror of rising sea levels in context||225||2|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 21||231,886,365|
|Why delegating comprehension of climate science is a bad idea||116||0|
|Some pushback against Obama’s ridiculous climate remarks at the Coast Guard commencement||125||1|
|An inconvenient truth from medical research: cold is far worse than global warming at killing people||115||0|
|Claim: New evidence has linked Arctic warming with severe weather in countries including the UK and US.||159||0|
|SOLD OUT: Skeptic book ‘Climate Change the Facts’ (but one signed copy is available)||82||0|
|Does the ‘leader’ of the free world really know so little about climate?||357||4|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 20||231,760,994|
|Registration is now open for the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change||20||0|
|Why Skeptics Should Encourage Energy Use from Fossil Fuels Where Economically Justified||109||0|
|Is NASA praying for a major U.S. Hurricane?||152||0|
|Do Climate Projections Have Any Physical Meaning?||232||2|
|Claim: Global warming improves urban air quality||47||0|
|CBS turns cute story of toddler’s first spring rain into dishonest climate alarm propaganda||80||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 19||231,633,448|
|I’m dead. Send flowers||368||0|
|California surrenders their economy to Texas (and climate worries)||252||0|
|NASA’s Dr. Gavin Schmidt goes into hiding from seven very inconvenient climate questions||456||0|
|Oh noes! Exposure of US population to extreme heat could quadruple by mid-century||132||0|
|The Recent Westerly Wind Burst in the Western Equatorial Pacific Could Help to Strengthen the 2015/16 El Niño||38||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 18||231,505,044|
|Climate Change Free Speech Prohibited at DailyKos||185||0|
|Claim: US West’s power grid must be prepared for impacts of climate change – but environmentalism might be a bigger threat||113||0|
|Mainstream climate scientist pushes back against Lewandowsky’s ‘seepage’||132||0|
|The unspeakable BBC parks its tanks on my lawn||379||-1|
|2 Deg C Global-Warming Limit in the News – Recent Comments by James Hansen, Godfather of Climate Alarmism||181||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 17||231,370,213|
|New paper: How much of the global temperature change is natural?||175||0|
|Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #180||6||0|
|Palynology: A Proxy Indicator of Climate Used To Make Remarkable Claim||210||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 16||231,269,909|
|Headline: “Indications Arctic May Become Temperate Zone”||159||0|
|Thorium: the last great opportunity of the industrial age||377||0|
|Forecast super El Niño for fall nearly double the strength of 1998 Super El Niño||114||0|
|China, India: Where’s that $100 billion you promised?||100||0|
|WUWT index page for 2015 May 15||231,167,097|
|Now available in print – Climate Change The Facts – Let’s send ‘DeSmog Blog’ a message for their recent falsehood||195||0|
|New Claims ‘Murky’ Global Warming Statistics Are ‘Guessed At’||223||0|
|Friday funny – The Shy Scientists||39||0|
|New Freeman Dyson Book: Dreams of Earth and Sky||152||0|
|Things In General||220||0|
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.
|b (bold)||This is <b>bold</b> text||This is bold text||Command strong does the same|
|i (italics)||This is <i>italicized</i> text||This is italicized text||Command em (emphasize) does the same|
|a (anchor)||See <a href=http://wermenh.com>My home page</a>||See My home page||A URL by itself (with a space on either side) is often adequate in WordPress, e.g. See http://wermenh.com|
|blockquote (indent text)||My text
More of my text
quoted textMore of my text
|Quoted text can be many paragraphs long. WordPress italicizes quoted text (and the <i> command enters normal text).|
|strike||This is <strike>text with strike</strike>||This is
|pre ("preformatted" - use for monospace display)||<pre>These lines are bracketed<br>with <pre> and </pre>||
These lines are bracketed
|Preformatted text, generally done right. Use it when you have a table or something else that will look best in monospace. Each space is displayed, something that <code> (next) doesn't do.|
|code (use for monospace display)||<code>Wordpress handles this very differently</code>||
||See http://wattsupwiththat.com/resources/#comment-65319 to see what this really does.|
|iframe||<iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>||Useful for including Youtube videos, see below.|
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....
|u (underline)||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||<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||<h2>Header size 2</h2>||
Header size 2
|h3||<h3>Header size 3</h3>||
Header size 3
|h4||<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||<h5>Header size 5</h5>||
Header size 5
|h6||<h6>Header size 6</h6>||
Header size 6
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yaBNjTtCxd4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> </iframe>
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:
Nevertheless, there are very useful characters that are most reliably entered as HTML character entities:
|Type this||To get||Notes|
|<||<||Less than sign|
Left angle bracket
|°||°||Degree (Use with C and F, but not K (kelvins))|
|Superscripts (use 8304, 185, 178-179, 8308-8313 for digits 0-9)|
|Subscripts (use 8320-8329 for digits 0-9)|
|ñ||ñ||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
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.
Contact Ric Werme or return to his home page.
Written 2009 Dec 5, last updated 2014 December 28.