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Still alive

December 20, 2006

My apologies for the lack of posting. Flu (or something) kept me mostly horizontal for a few days. Then, thanks to losing those precious days, I was busy doing some reactions I wanted to get done before Christmas. It just feels nicer to go on a holiday when the intermediates are done. And it’s especially nicer to come back from a holiday when the intermediates are done and ready to be wasted in the next failing reaction. Well, hope not. Purifying that 30 g by column chromatography was quite tedious.

And apologies also if someone’s comment has not appeared in the comments. I noticed that this thing has some kind of a spam filter installed by default. I managed to unspam one of them (sorry Uncle Al, didn’t mean to silence you) but I’m not quite sure if some comments were lost.

That’s it for this post. Just wanted to let you know that this blog hasn’t died in it’s infancy. It was just snoozing quietly. More chemistry-related posts coming soon.

And so it all began…

December 10, 2006

I know what you are thinking: “Seriously, is there really need for a new chemistry blog?”. Actually, I don’t know if you are thinking that but at least I was just a few hours ago. I’ve been an avid reader of chemistry blogs for months and now I just felt that I want to have my own. So what will this blog be about? To tell you the truth, I don’t know exactly. Generally spoken, it will be about synthetic organic chemistry. But what specifically? That I don’t know.

And what’s with the name? I’m a big fan of total synthesis and if there wasn’t the great site called TotallySynthetic, I would probably write a lot about total synthesis. So I’m a big fan of that site, as you probably could have guessed from the name of this blog 😀 That’s where the Totally part comes from.

I’m also really interested in reaction mechanisms. I like knowing how things happen, not just what happens. So I was thinking that I want to write about reaction mechanisms. And that’s how I came up with the name TotallyMechanistic (actually I think someone was suggesting that or something similar some time ago in TotallySynthetic). Had I more imagination, I might have come up with something more original but this will have to do, at least for now.

I don’t know exactly how often I will be posting but once a day is what I’m aiming at.

See, I don’t know much yet. But thank you for stopping by and welcome back. I hope I’ll have my first real post up by then.