Monthly archives: February, 2012

Biography of O. Hai

I was curious about the authors of the paper I mentioned yesterday.  After looking around the web for a while I was able to find the following biography for O. Hai.   O. Hai was born to a single mother on the same day as two siblings and took an early interest in physical sciences….


A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

My favorite journal, Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry, has just published an interesting article.  The authors, O. Hai and I. B. Hakkenshit, describe a synthesis of pseudoephedrine from readily available crystal meth.  Pseudoephedrine is the decongestant in Sudafed, which used to be out on stores shelves.  Now if you want to buy it you have to…


I believe that this was meant to be farce, not a suggestion of how to run a government.  Interactions with the state of California lead me to believe that many of our politicians didn’t get that distinction. The Trial