Tot Syn was on holiday – and is three!
Tot Syn is three!
Remarkable! I’m astonished that the gig has lasted this long, and that you lovely reader keep reading my stream-of-conciousness. Thanks! And BTW, you (yes you!) are one of 33,000 people reading this month – which I reckon is a significant percentage of the chemically minded populous. So what’s changed over those years?
1. The theme. Lots. Sorry – I like to think I’m a bit of web-designer, but I promise I’ll limit the changes to once a year…
2. The nationality of my readers:
- United States 15,517
- Japan 3,794
- United Kingdom 3,194
- Germany 1,886
- Canada 1,692
Interestingly… La Jolla 1,094
3. The journals I read – there seems to be more chemistry in Nature and Science these days. But also far less total syntheses in JACS, and the majority of papers covered seem to be in Angewantde.
4. Better supporting information all-round. Perhaps this is only the tip of a data-filled iceberg – and we’ll all be submitting our FIDs.
5. Macrolides – no longer where it’s at – all the cool kids make alkaloids. Overman FTW.
6. Blogs – some keep on going (with ‘Kyle’s ChemBlog teetering at the door), others sadly departed. RIP Tenderbutton, ChemBark. Respect to all that keep tapping away at the keyboard, cause it’s more difficult that it might seem.
7. My chemistry – less manganese triacetate, and more D6-DMSO. Less polarimetry (yay - that damned random-number generator was a bastard), more chiral HPLC. More biotage!
8. JOC – I feel bad for saying it, but I don’t read the abstracts any more…
9. Oxford uni – still hasn’t got enough organic chemists yet, and is advertising two new lectureships, bringing the total to over 25. And building another one of these. Cambridge – where’s everyone gone? Ah, I see…
Some things don’t change…
1. KCN – still working on Maitotoxin, and still impressing me with his non-polyether work.
2. Tet. Lett. – Still not work the bother…
3. Sigma-Aldrich pricing – still doesn’t make any sense!
4. Column chromatography – still a pain in the arse.
5. Publisher websites – the RSC’s is better, but the ACS website is a disaster. It hurts my eyes to visit it, and is a good reason to use a feed aggregator to I can avoid it! Science direct is still pretty damned indirect. Wiley journals – nice to see some SI, but where’s the graphical abstracts in the news-feed?!
6. UK RAE (Research Assessment Exercise, a way of ranking the research contributions of UK institutions). Oxbridge, IC, Brizzle still at the top. Nice to see EastChem working out well though.
Just a few things – what would you folks add to these lists?
BTW… proper post tomorrow, I promise :). I was back-home in Edinburgh for most of this week, but I’ll have some Mulzer chemistry tomorrow…