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Blog Carnival: What the Cope Rearrangement Taught Me About Chemistry

Blog Carnival: What the Cope Rearrangement Taught Me About ChemistrySeptember 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 …

“Reagents”: A Pocket Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Chemistry

“Reagents”: A Pocket Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic ChemistrySeptember 13, 2011

Reagents is a new app for iPhone and iPad that gives you all the key information about the most commonly encountered reagents in undergraduate organic chemistry courses. Here’s the key features of Reagents: Pro…

Blogaversary

BlogaversaryFebruary 18, 2011

Feb 18, 2010: Wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my career. I wanted to teach, but after two years of failed academic applications, I didn’t want to go through that process again. The industrial job p…

Welcome, C&E News Readers!

December 22, 2010

On Monday  Chemical and Engineering News ran a short blurb on this little blog – you can find it here. This is despite the fact that for the past month I haven’t written a single word about organic chemis…

Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About Cats

Screw Organic Chemistry, I’m Just Going To Write About CatsNovember 9, 2010

Screw organic chemistry, I’m just going to write about cats. Organic chemistry? People don’t want to hear about it. It’s been called “worse than prison“, or “like a bad hooker“…

10@10/10/10

10@10/10/10October 10, 2010

This is a self indulgent post. Today, October 10, 2010, marks the 10th anniversary of the day I became an organic chemist. Life works in mysterious ways. October 1999, I was miserable. I was finishing up a master̵…

“Master Organic Chemistry” : Less Hacky, but same lovable dorky content

May 14, 2010

A few months ago I thought it would be a good idea to name my blog Orgo Hacks. Turns out I was wrong. It doesn’t feel right to me – like I’m wearing someone else’s dinner jacket. There’s …

Welcome to “Orgo Hacks”

Welcome to  “Orgo Hacks”February 18, 2010

Cal Newport’s excellent blog, “Study Hacks”, inspired me to think about the problem of how to learn things in the most efficient manner possible. To many students, my field of organic chemistry (or &…