This blog is my attempt to reconnect with the world of chemistry. I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and make a living doing research for a large company in Michigan. As times have changed, that company has changed its focus and I no longer have as much chance to do the basic, fundamental research which I most enjoy. Through this blog, I am hoping to recapture the magic which I felt during my graduate (and undergraduate) days in college. Expect topics on chemistry and alchemy along with some non-chemistry related items which I think might be interesting.

"The chymists are a strange class of mortals, impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasure among smoke and vapour, soot and flame, poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I would change places with the Persian King."

Johann Joachim Becher (phlogistonist)
Acta Laboratorii Chymica Monacensis, seu Physica Subterranea, (1669).

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Sometimes (like right now), it's late, I'm tired, and I don't have anything relevant to talk about. In that case, I basically have 3 choices:

Choice #1. I can forget about posting tonight and hope that inspiration occurs within the next 24 hours. This is usually the easiest thing to do.

Choice #2. I can imitate those horrible sitcom episodes where the actors sit around and "recall" things that happened in previous episodes so that 25 minutes of old footage can be used to create a 30 minute show. In my case, I would craftily sprinkle links to some of my old blog posts in sentences that had nothing to do those posts. But since that would be demeaning to you, the reader, I refuse to do that.

Choice #3. I can point you to an funny website and hope you are amused. I'm sure you've heard of vitamin water, right? Bottled water with a few vitamins added for marketing purposes? Well, we all need proteins too, so now we have MeatWater. Available in 18 flavors (bacon was just added), now you can get all your amino acids while you're hydrating yourself. Isn't marketing wonderful?

BTW, just in case you were beginning to wonder just how pathetic the human race was becoming, I should point out that this website is a fake.

1 comment:

Katie Collette said...

I should hope so! If Meatwater was real, you can bet Bacon would be the first flavor!