Jaa, halfway through! O-chem is actually a really cool field; I’m just horrible at memorizing reagents when I don’t know what they do. I copied this poem onto the extra credit page of our exam today, just for kicks. It’s the 1962 Christmas Competition Quatrain from the Royal Society of Chemistry:

“I’m grateful, lord, for NMR,
for IR and UV,
but may a technique ne’er be found
that will dispense with me.”

It’s amazing the things you can find in when ambling aimlessly through scientific writing. Dad’s fathers’ day gift this year was the sequel, More Random Walks in Science, from whence the poem comes. Another favorite from the new collection is the classification “a paranoia of faculty.”

Incidentally, guess who’s going to King’s?