cats

We Sponsored A Cat!

We Sponsored A Cat!

November 29, 2013

As a result of the recent webinar “Everything I Know About Stereochemistry I Learned From Cats”, we raised enough money to sponsor a cat from Safe Haven For Cats, a no-kill animal shelter in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I got this message in the mail from the cat we sponsored, “Newman”, which kind of seems like […]

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Fare Thee Well, Oh Cats of Jerusalem

January 1, 2011

Our contracts have ended and the wife and I have moved from Jerusalem to small town Ontario, somewhere between Lebanon and Carthage. A little over a week ago, we were walking through the Mediterranean, and now we are knee-deep in snow. At least we have Tim Hortons nearby. Fare thee well, oh dumpster cats of […]

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On Cats, Part 8: Moe the Meso Cat

December 24, 2010

I got a very excited call from Walter yesterday. He was looking out the window of his apartment in Talbieh and spied a freaky looking cat with each of his two heads buried in a separate dumpster, happily chewing on some chicken scraps. Furthermore, he told me that it looked like Moe, but he looked […]

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On Cats, Part 7: The Fischer Projection

December 22, 2010

Last weekend while parts of North America and Europe were getting buried in snow,  my wife and I went to Tel Aviv to pick up some gifts and dip our feet in the sea one last time. There are worse ways to spend a weekend than to hang out by the Mediterranean. These cats seemed […]

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On Cats, Part 6: Stereocenters

December 15, 2010

Let’s recap what we’ve talked about so far. Sawhorse cat and Freaky Sawhorse cat are constitutional isocats. But Freaky Sawhorse Cat has a mirror image of himself crawling around somewhere – a cat that is not exactly the same, but in fact a non-superimposable mirror image. An enantiocat, in other words. Sawhorse cat does not have […]

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On Cats, Part 5: Enantiocats vs. Diastereocats

December 6, 2010

I was out for a walk the other day and I saw 3 of the weirdest/ugliest looking cats I’d ever seen.Even weirder than Freaky Sawhorse cat. Luckily I got pictures because nobody would believe me if I described them. They had two heads people. And their tails and feet were interchanged. It’s hard to sneak up […]

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On Cats, Part 4: Enantiocats

November 29, 2010

A few weeks ago we moved away from our old neighborhood where I first saw Sawhorse Cat. However a few days ago my friend Walter (who knows I like pictures of cats) told me he thought he saw him hanging around the old apartment. He even sent me a picture. Walter’s picture is on the […]

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On Cats, Part 3: Newman Projections

November 22, 2010

Do you know where the saying “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” comes from? Me neither. But I do know one thing: there is more than one way to draw cat conformations. Last time I introduced the Cat Line Diagram and showed how we can use it to depict these 3-dimensional creatures […]

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On Cats, Part 2: Cat Line Diagrams

November 15, 2010

When this blog was about organic chemistry, I’d never stoop so low as to put cute pictures of cats on my website to drive traffic. Now that it’s all about cat science, I’ve lost any compunctions I might have had earlier.  Want gratuitous cat pictures? You bet. Introducing the Cat Line Diagram But this blog […]

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On Cats, Part 1: Conformations and Configurations

November 11, 2010

[NOTE: this has been amended to correct some confusion on my part on the difference between configurational and constitutional isocats. Thanks to Prof. Gary Weisman (UNH) for making me aware of the error] As I said earlier, I’ve given up writing about organic chemistry. If you’re expecting to read a post about concepts in organic […]

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