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Goodwill Notoriously Absent In Miramax, MOC Lawsuit

April 1, 2014

Special to MOC from Variety HOLLYWOOD, CA – Mirimax Entertainment announced today that they are suing educational organic chemistry website Master Organic Chemistry for an undisclosed amount in damages, citing copyright infringement. The issue at stake is the alleged similarity between the brief scene of Matt Damon drawing the molecule ibogamine in the Oscar-winning 1997 [...]

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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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The Most Important Map Ever Published

The Most Important Map Ever Published

November 20, 2013

Is it “Orgo”, “Organic”, or “O-Chem” at your school? Blog pal Chemjobber has compiled a “Pop vs. Soda“-like map of the USA, but it still needs more data.  Your assistance for this extremely vital research project is required.  Click here to fill out a SUPER QUICK anonymous survey.    Image credit: Chemjobber   Related Posts:Goodwill Notoriously [...]

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Proton Bank In Crisis: Fate of Mechanisms Uncertain

Proton Bank In Crisis: Fate of Mechanisms Uncertain

April 1, 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus – The banking crisis in Cyprus deepened over the weekend, as the Proton Bank, a lender with 31 branches in Greece and Cyprus, announced that it was  on the brink of insolvency. After poring over the bank’s ledgers this weekend, European regulators concluded that the bank’s accounts are hopelessly out of balance. Exasperated [...]

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Putting Acidity In Perspective

January 25, 2013

[Source: xkcd  hat tip to Mike Evans @mevans86 for finding this] One concept that always seems to have a hard time getting through is that of pKa. No matter how many times I nag students to “know their pKas” or tell them that the “pKa table is your friend” or compare it to a table [...]

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A Friday SN1 Haiku

October 26, 2012

Loyal reader Dave sent this in via the comments, and I thought it deserved a wider distribution: ————— Some of my students challenged me to do the upcoming class in haiku. Since a fractional distillation lab is pretty dull to supervise after everyone is up and running, I put the introduction to SN1 in haiku [...]

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Organic Chemistry Is Shit

Organic Chemistry Is Shit

November 18, 2011

I’m going to forego Reagent Friday today to talk about something important. Some days you might feel like you can’t escape organic chemistry. You leave the lecture hall and have to study but you wonder if this subject will ever go away. It is driving you insane and you need to make your true feelings [...]

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“Compare Organic Chemistry To A Movie…”

“Compare Organic Chemistry To A Movie…”

October 19, 2011

Love this quote, from Organic Chemistry 1 as a Second Language by David R. Klein (fuller review to come) on organic chemistry and memorization. You probably know at least one person who has seen one movie more than five times and can quote every line by heart. How can this person do that? It’s not because [...]

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Blog Carnival: What the Cope Rearrangement Taught Me About Chemistry

September 26, 2011

Note: to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry 2011, there’s a blog carnival going on. This is my contribution. If you can’t follow the structural details, hopefully the story tells itself without the pictures. You can find the other entries by searching the #chemcarnival hashtag on Twitter – JAA One day in the mid 1990′s [...]

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Steric Hindrance is Like a Fat Goalie

July 18, 2011

Sportswriter Todd Gallagher asked a question that every hockey fan has probably asked at one point. “Could a morbidly obese goaltender succeed in the NHL?” As he relates in “Andy Roddick Beat Me With a Frying Pan“, he talked Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonisis into letting him run an experiment. He hired Trevor, a local [...]

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