Org Prep Daily

October 8, 2006

Org Prep Daily

Filed under: Uncategorized — milkshake @ 12:30 am

setkani1.jpg Credit: Jirí Slíva

The Org Prep Daily access rate has been pretty high this week – clearly with the help of the plugs from Dylan, Kyle, Tot Synth and also Jean-Claude in their blogs. I guess there are few hundreds regular readers now, just few weeks after  this site started. I am particularly pleased that Google search terms like “ninhydrin solution TLC”, “azide from mesylate”, “IBX Dess-Martin”, “TFFH” and “people getting hurt” are getting through and directing people here. I plan on writing Org Prep Daily in the near future, at least until the end of this year, to see if this kind of interest would continue. 

There has been a similar project, Synthetic Pages going on for several years now. They have a seriously useful synthetic procedure collection there and I definitely recommend Synthetic Pages to everyone’s attention. I wish them best luck with their effort. The reason why I did not send my procedures in there was that I wanted to start my own page with a more personal touch. A site that would have some day-to-day activity, where one could have a comment sections after each procedure. I think the blogg format may work for this purpose. The main inspiration came from Dylan’s Tenderbutton but the decisive factor was the WordPress software and free hosting at WordPress has made this a fairly effortless undertaking, even for a computer-naive person like me.  

Two things about the near future of Org Prep Daily: 1) I have not taken any vacation since I started at the institute here and I am taking some time off, one week from now (my dad is visiting) so there will be a brief hiatus on updates – for about one week- beginning from next Saturday.

2) Call for authors: It is clear that it wouldn’t be possible for me to keep up with two-procedures-a-day updates if every procedures here was to be based on my experimental output (and I woudn’t want to go on by posting rubbish). When I started Org Prep Daily, I already had a collection of procedures from current and past projects. Since I am not in industry anymore, posting the building-block-and-reagent procedures was non-problematic for me; and I have made lots of these over the years. But my store of good procedures will eventually run out – maybe in one month time. So I am going to invite other people to write for this page.


  1. As you mention the desire to control format and quick indexing by Google are precisely why this bottom up approach to disseminating scientific information will become increasingly important over time. With Google as the UberDatabase, the usefulness of publication gatekeepers becomes more and more questionable. It is then up to the author to make it easy for their work to be found. For example, in organic chemistry, adding InChI strings of the molecules used and produced at the end of posts makes it that much easier to locate molecules on Google.

    Comment by Jean-Claude Bradley — October 8, 2006 @ 4:24 am

  2. Holidays,

    Mmmhhh, a swim in Ramena´s beach at Diego Suarez bay in Madagascar
    or maybe to play with time in front of a Borges or Cortazar´s book somewhere in Montparnasse,
    Or maybe a crazy night in Amsterdam or Berlin,
    Or maybe a chilly and crispy sunny morning in fall in the scottish Cairgorns where the light does funny things with the trees,
    Or maybe a Granada´s night in a Flamenco´s tablao explaining to the beautiful dark haired women how to mixed business and pleasure till reflux (Dylan dixit), or maybe a concert in Prague (I was going to add New Orleans, but regretfully clearly not), or an summer afternoon in the Schartzwald.

    Or maybe I just should shut up, going back to the fumehood and wait till my only holydays this year.

    Comment by homolumo — October 8, 2006 @ 6:35 pm

  3. Although the words don’t rhyme
    They flow
    along their own uneven pattern
    I guess this holds true
    for procedures and free verse
    (but free procedures were asked for)

    I have just promulgated a new Org Prep Daily rule: All poetic comments will be mercilessly ridiculed unless written by me

    Comment by milkshake — October 8, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

  4. i was hoping to find something in the lines of ‘ask milkshake’ with a summary of the comments followed as an update further down the timeline of your blog.

    Comment by sks — October 8, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

  5. Hey Milkshake,

    :), that´s what happened in 68´s in your country (but with tanks instead of comments).

    Promise, procedures (but first I need to publish them) and little tips are coming.

    Comment by homolumo — October 9, 2006 @ 5:31 am

  6. That picture reminds me of a Stanislav Lem short story for some reason.

    Am I on the right track?

    I think I’ll send in a procedure once it’s published as part of a larger thing though… I don’t do much interesting organic stuff lately.

    Comment by evgeny — October 11, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

  7. Thank you for the procedures evgeny. I will be taking time off – starting from this Saturday – for about a week. It would be helpfull to have something this month because my supply of good procedures is running low.

    The picture is from graphic art & humor genius Jiri Sliva. Friendly hanshake of cosmonauts and snouted ETs is depicted, indeed. (I am not aware of Sliva doing pictures for Lem stories but he has been very productive and he loves doing science-related illustrations so it’s possible. Lem was another my favorite – I particularly liked Cyberiade and Ilion Tikhi stories.)

    Comment by milkshake — October 11, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

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