Chemist at work…please disturb

Thought Catalog

It’s interesting to think about how we make people who used to be everything into nothing again. How we learn to forget. How we force forgetting. What we put in place of them in the interim. The dynamics afterward always tell you more than what the relationship did — grief is a faster teacher than joy – but what does it mean when you cycle out to being strangers again? Because you never really stop knowing each other in that way. Maybe there’s no choice but to make them someone different in your mind, not the person who knew your daily anxieties and what you looked like naked and what made you cry and how much you loved them.

When our lives revolve around someone, they don’t just stop revolving around them even if all that’s left is the grief and pain that comes with their memory. Because you loved…

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Just English

The Classics

Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here…

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My ChemDraw hell

looks complicated as heck! the woe of drawing dendrimers…

Chemical connections

Here’s a challenge for you. Draw the structure below in ChemDraw – so that it looks as pretty as it does here* – and let me know how long it took you. If you can do it in under 3 hours, you’re a better ChemDrawerer** than I am. Of course, you probably have much better (and more interesting) things to do with your time.

*it looks better if you click through to the full size image
**yes, I’m sure that’s a real word

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one direction to go…

Help, I’ve been trapped by the music of those untarnished, polished male dolls that make up One Direction! No need to listen if their music burns your ears 🙂


How has it been? Well…there’s been little progress, to say the least. But alas, I’m still an undergrad, and as an undergrad, we are somewhat geared to put academics over research (because hey, what’s the point of research if you don’t learn anything to progress it?). But with amazing undergrad predecessors, it’s difficult to ignore the feeling that you need to rise to their level of achievement as well.

As the title states, it’s a website where named reactions are briefly described, mechanisms are shown, and references are given. Although not all reactions are listed, notable ones (Heck, Suzuki, Mitsunobu, etc.) are included in the list. Check it out!