2011-05-05 08:53:36RealClimate highlights John's new book
Albatross
Julian Brimelow
stomatalaperture@gmail...
199.126.232.206

Congrats John, and to your co-author too!   

You have been endorsed by RC, fantastic!

2011-05-05 09:36:45congrats
dana1981
Dana Nuccitelli
dana1981@yahoo...
64.129.227.4

Nice!  Rasmus has a few criticisms, but mostly complimentary.

2011-05-06 16:24:11I thought it was good
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
124.187.6.188

Haydn thought it was "damning with faint praise" but criticism from friends is a good thing.

For example, I got an email from a fairly prominent climate blogger after seeing my photo at the Brisbane book launch, saying I should hire a personal stylist and buy a $1000 suit.

Yep, with friends like these... :-)

2011-05-07 01:09:03
Rob Honeycutt

robhon@mac...
98.207.62.223

Best thing you can do is to be yourself.

2011-05-07 01:09:09
dana1981
Dana Nuccitelli
dana1981@yahoo...
66.60.132.141
Haha now that's harsh! Though a suit wouldn't kill you ;-). Anyway, any press is good press.
2011-05-07 07:20:48Make over
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
124.187.6.188
Wendy and Gaby are taking me out today to get some proper clothes. Imagine the Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman soundtrack playing in the background and me walking out of a change room in a dinner jacket. It's going to be excruciating for me - hence Gaby is looking forward to it, nothing gives her more pleasure than torturing me (yesterday I spilt food over my shirt and within a minute she had facebooked about it)
2011-05-07 07:44:24
Albatross
Julian Brimelow
stomatalaperture@gmail...
199.126.232.206

Happy shopping John.  Jeez, people are being harsh, but it is coming from the heart.

2011-05-07 08:12:40
nealjking

nealjking@gmail...
84.151.53.127

John,

You also have to learn how to be well photographed: as I mentioned in the comments, the "arms behind my back" look is de-powering.

2011-05-07 08:14:06
Rob Honeycutt

robhon@mac...
98.207.62.223

John...  Maybe you can also take a trip over to see my hair stylist while you're at it.

2011-05-07 08:36:41
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey
yooper49855@hotmail...
97.83.150.37

Eraserhead, 1977

 

Can't put nuttin' past me... 

 

roflmao

2011-05-07 09:27:15Arms behind back
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
124.187.6.188

Thanks for the advice, Neal. With all the feedback coming in, it's feeling a bit like elocution lessons with the harsh instructor standing with a wooden ruler and rapping me on the knuckles when I put a finger wrong :)

Why is everyone so surprised that a computer nerd who spends 24/7 blogging from his blogging dungeon is not that socially adept or fashion conscious?!?!

2011-05-07 09:34:08
nealjking

nealjking@gmail...
84.151.53.127

JC, it's not a question of surprise.

It's a question of surviving contact with the media.

2011-05-07 10:23:12
Rob Honeycutt

robhon@mac...
98.207.62.223

Nice Daniel!  I remember going to see Eraserhead at my local campus alternative film night when it first came out.  Sheesh!  I was 17 years old!  That explains a lot.  I've never been quite the same since.  ;-)

2011-05-07 12:39:57
logicman

logicman_alf@yahoo.co...
86.147.180.253

Why is everyone so surprised that a computer nerd who spends 24/7 blogging from his blogging dungeon is not that socially adept or fashion conscious?!?!

It puzzles me every single day, John.  And its a dollar to a plugged nickle that my hair is worse than yours.

;-)

2011-05-07 13:30:22
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey
yooper49855@hotmail...
97.83.150.37

"my hair is worse than yours"

That's why I shave my head :-)

2011-05-08 02:23:07
Paul D

chillcast@googlemail...
82.18.130.183

Some advice, buy eco clothing, it can be surprisingly stylish and not so expensive. You might have to mail order it.

Some potential ideas (although you probably have local Australian sources):

Bamboo clothing:
http://www.rapanuiclothing.com/

Simple shoes:
http://www1.simpleshoes.com/gb/

Worn Again:
http://www.wornagain.co.uk/

Terra Plana:
http://www.terraplana.com/

Many highstreet retailers also have ranges of eco clothing, although you often have to look hard.

2011-05-08 16:58:59
Rob Painting
Rob
paintingskeri@vodafone.co...
118.93.30.92

"Some advice, buy eco clothing" 

Interesting stuff. I'm a cheapskate anyway. I was looking at a few old photos and I still wear many of the same shirts I wore 12-15 years ago!. Also buy stuff from Op-Shops and garage sales, it's amazing what some people throw away. Our youngest son (20) is well-schooled in buying his clothes this way, saves him heaps (he's at university) and it's not like he's dressed any different from his mates, thinking of John's shirt here (Just kidding!)    

2011-05-08 21:04:09
Paul D

chillcast@googlemail...
82.18.130.183

My favorite coat was bought in the 1980s. It's getting a little thread bare and the lining has two tears, but it works (not sure how much longer though!).

There's a TV show on Channel 4 here in the UK at the moment called SuperScrimpers.
I'm astounded by the extremes in that show. On the one hand you have the advisors who are brilliant at saving money and then at the other extreme they give you average statistics for spending in the UK.
You get people on the show who have hardly any income, but spend hundreds of pounds every month on clothes. Yet when you walk down the street, you wouldn't believe that the average UK person spend huge amounts of money on clothes, they all look the same whether they have expensive brands or second hand stuff.

I remember going to my first job as a graduate engineer, wearing a shirt that used to be a part of my school uniform, complete with repairs!