Friday, December 20, 2013

The 12 Days of Aldrich Christmas Index

I really love Christmas music (listening to some Johnny Cash Christmas right now), but I roundly detest the "12 Days of Christmas." Nothing quite like a really, really repetitive song to capture your ears. But I thought it might be fun to do a little tracking index, so I present the 12 Days of Aldrich Christmas Index, to be done annually, the Friday before the week of Christmas:

12 drums (25 L) of (undrinkable) booze ($21,540)
11 postdocs pipetting (NIH year 0 postdoc stipend, $431,904)
10 grams of RuPhos (2 5 gram bottles, $514)
9 can openers (extra hard cutting wheel!, $146.70)
8 DEA forms (free!)
7 Schlenks inerting (3 port, Ace vacuum manifold, $4935)
6 ground glass joints (reducing adapter, 14/20 to 24/40, $180)
5 Cork Rings (30 mm X 80 mm, $59.50)
4 Trifluoromethylators (1 gram, 90%, $800)
3 Grignard bottles (800 mL, 1.0M PhMgBr in THF, $222.60)
2 Kugelrohrs (glassware set, $387.40)
And a 1 gram bottle in a huge box (99%, 1 gram, Pd(PPh3)4, $37)

The grand total for the 12 days of Aldrich Christmas is $460,726.20. (Most of the cost is the 11 postdocs pipetting. Labor costs, you know.) 

5 comments:

  1. A REAL FUCKING JOB please……so I don't have to be a fucking asshole!!!!!!!!!!
    OOPS I DID IT AGAIN….THEY ARE ALREADY FUCKING ASSHOLES.

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    1. Meh. You'll adapt to the hopelessness. I have. Plenty of failed expectations that can be replaced with booze and porn.

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  2. Must be a Freudian slip that I read the last one as 'a green bottle' of Pd(PPh3)4. Although its claimed to be yellow now.

    ps Your blog rules

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  3. If this is academia, forgot the >50% overhead attached to the bill. Might be more like $1 Million right?

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