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

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

September 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: Profiles of over 80 reagents, along with their key reactions. Examples of each of the representative reactions of each reagent.  There’s hundreds of example reactions in […]

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February 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 picture back in North America was looking pretty bleak too. With those avenues seemingly exhausted,  and with […]

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What Do You (and I) Need To Work On For 2011?

January 4, 2011

Now that, for many people at least, organic chemistry is half-over, here’s a question. What’s the biggest problem you faced this past semester in your organic chemistry class? Was it motivation? Time management? Preparing for exams? Problems with the teaching style of a professor or TA? The difficulty of the course material? Going forward to […]

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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 chemistry. I guess some people just haven’t got the message that this is now a cat blog. Anyhow, […]

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

November 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“.  Based on some opinions of this subject,  having a blog entitled “Master Organic Chemistry” is not unlike having a blog called “Master Genital Herpes”. Sure, […]

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October 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 master’s degree in inorganic chemistry and was telling anyone who would listen that 1) I would never, ever […]

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Welcome to Orgo – and to “Master Organic Chemistry”

September 10, 2010

Welcome new organic chemistry students! The school year has just begun for a lot of students.  Are you learning organic chemistry for the first time this semester (or maybe for the second or third time)? If so, you’ve probably heard (or told, in the latter case) a lot of nightmare stories about the course. If it’s […]

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Coming to Toronto

July 12, 2010

In about 6 hours I’ll be boarding a flight to Toronto, where I plan to be through the end of July. If you’re in the greater Toronto area and are in an organic chemistry course preparing for the MCAT/DAT taking organic chemistry in the fall and would like to prepare Drop me an email [james […]

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“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 Venture Hacks, Parenting Hacks, Study Hacks, Lifehacker… I mean, maybe someone should start a blog called “Hacking […]

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