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  


Scientific publications

In general when a scientific paper is published through one of the major publishing houses, the publishers require a transfer of copyright.  The terms transfer almost all rights to the publisher, but most of the agreements include a clause allowing the authors to share the work through their personal websites. I don’t have the HTML…


Mroon

I had a dream last night that I went to a bar called Mroon.  The bar had a sign with the words: Inside it was an old west style saloon with lots of astronaut memorabilia and star charts. The bar seemed to only play Alien Sex Fiend. I want to make this place real (although…


Royal Chemical Society has OpenOffice Templates

I’m writing an article which I plan on submitting to Chemical Communications, a publication of the Royal Chemical Society.  I’m writing it in Microsoft Word, but while looking through the author tools I found that they have templates for a bunch of different office software including OpenOffice.  Link here.  This is exciting for a couple…


Testing this out

First post here, we’ll see how this goes. I’ll start out with an image I created, or at least assembled from other images:   I hadn’t set out to create an image relating to the occupy movement, but when I saw Mike Estee’s image I was immediately inspired.  His image was a response to Shepard…