Thursday, August 26, 2010

JACS awesomeness

JACS is so awesome. Can you count how many buzzwords are in this gem in ASAPs today?

I'm sure this is a very important contribution to something. Almost as important as my pending JACS paper.

"Graphene Decorated Nanopenis Catalyzed Asymmetric Green C-C Bond Forming Hydrogenation"

Thursday, August 19, 2010

new position

It's that time of year again when chemists looking for work prepare for the feeding frenzy of the fall ACS national meeting. While perusing the day's new postings I saw this:

Is this some new type of position I'm unaware of?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

that's ... cute

I stumbled onto this today, while trying to catch up on my ASAPs

The reactions depicted by the arrow on the right had me confused for a second, until I realized that the upper reaction is number 2, and the lower is number 1.

While I've never seen that before, or even considered it, I guess it makes sense since the arrow is going up. I mean why stick with the western convention of reading top to bottom if the arrow is heading up, right?

It makes sense. Sorta. Kinda. Almost.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


The hanging wire seems to have gotten just a bit worse in the last few days.

There is another little orange card, that I didn't read, but the biggest question in my mind now is what is this even for? It can't be that important if it's been that badly damaged for this long and is still not being fixed. I'm fairly certain the only reason Pepco even came out was because concerned citizens called about the downed wire, not because someone's power was out.

Monday, August 2, 2010

public works

I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, in a pretty nice town, in a county with high taxes. It's pretty expensive to live here, no downtown Manhattan or San Francisco, to be sure, but still pretty high. Last spring during the economic meltdown the house next door actually sold for significantly higher than the asking price, even.

In general I would say that it is well represented in the quality of public works. The roads suck now, but this last winter is the true culprit and areas of improvement are constantly popping up.

However at the end of my street is this oddity.

You can just make out the lovely yellow streamers.

This issue laden scenario showed up quite some time ago, perhaps a month or more ago, and has changed little since then. Bhy the time I noyiced it someone had already "protected us" by hanging the yellow prophylactics on it, conveniently making it more accessible to children who couldn't previously reach it.

At the time I first saw it, I assumed the tape had come from a concerned citizen. It was put on poorly, and in uneven lengths. The dangling the wire was out of the way, relatively speaking, over a roundabout that sees only moderate use. There were no workers to be seen, and no cones or safety equipment at all. None of this bothered me at the time, because who gives a shit, really? I figured it would be dealt with after some bitchy phone calls from some concerned parents.

Now several weeks, at least, later it's still there but has picked up a new feature.

That's awesome, passing the buck, then letting everyone know you did so they stop calling. I'm not sure what's funnier, the fact that they politely asked people to stop bugging them, or the fact that they have a printed label sticker for this very purpose.