Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Got a minute (or 120?) on Friday night? Time for Chemjobber Late Night

Friends, I have long had the dream of doing a late night talk radio show, and here's my chance.

On Friday night at 11 PM Eastern, I'll be going live with Blog Talk Radio. Come here on Friday morning, and I'll have the details laid out. 

You'll be able to click on a link and listen live, you'll be able to call in and yell at me about my lack of Monday posts and generally have a good time. I hope you'll join me. I'm hoping to have guests lined up for each half-hour slot.

Wanna be a special guest? E-mail me at chemjobber@gmail.com

The link and number will be posted on Friday by noon Eastern time. Talk to you then. 

22 comments:

  1. How are you possibly going to talk about chemistry jobs for two hours? I mean, I can talk for a long time, as is often proven at the local bar, but I don't think I can focus on a single topic.

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    1. It won't be a single topic. Want to call in?

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    2. Yeah, maybe I'll call in. I think the time difference actually makes it a viable time for me. I really hope no one else will be in the lab at the time, otherwise I might not do it. Probably need to stock up on some skype credit too.

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  2. Ill make it a two hour discussion :)

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  3. Will there be jazz?
    When I think of "late night radio", a playlist of smooth jazz is one of the first things that came to mind...

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  4. CJ,

    Since this will take place at night, I'd like to see you emulate George Noory and his Coast to Coast AM program ( http://www.coasttocoastam.com/). Callers could talk about ghost peaks in their chromatograms, the influence of the Illuminati in spectroscopy, and the link between the JFK assassination and cold fusion. Guests could be people who have worked with red mercury, Teflon (an Über Fluorinated Object), or have gotten a full-time position.

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    1. Funniest comment all week. (I am an old skool Art Bell listener, that'd be the ideal that I aim for.)

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  5. This sounds like a better idea than spending $ 6/beer at the local "dive bar"!
    Pardon the egotism, but if you're entertaining call-ins, then one topic (of many) which I could contribute would be opinions/votes on a new Nom de guerre. Currently, I have several non-overlapping aliases, which is not the same as "puppeting", because they never appear on the same site. To unify them under a single name, here are the three current choices:

    a) Chem Unjobber
    b) Professor Ashley Madison
    c) The Chemist in the High Castle

    No trolling, please :-)

    BTW, this morning on NPR, the claim went out that red mercury was imaginary. But what do they know? :-)

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    1. Gee, thanks NPR, be sure to tell our enemies to focus on bioterrorism instead.

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  6. You need a warm up act to whip the audience into a proper frenzy so they are primed when you start the broadcast. Have fun.

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  7. Hi NMH,

    Good suggestion, but hopping would imply landing some place. It's kind of link the standard non-sequitur of "good luck". I associate "luck" with random chance, e.g. like as in a lottery. If this were a lottery, then I would already be either a departmental chair or a Dean :-)

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  8. As a grad school-bound undergrad, I would love to hear some 1st year grad school stories. Any particularly funny screw-ups I should watch out for (under the old adage of those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it)?

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    1. 1) Don't TLC your samples neat.
      2) When doing a column, your compound should probably be dissolved in somewhat less than 400 ml of solvent (for mg-g scale)
      3) Don't throw solvent with sodium shavings in solvent waste.

      These weren't mine - I knew people who were TAs for an undergrad lab. Although mine would be "when Boc-protecting an amine with BOC-ON, try not to isolate the ON."

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    2. On a similar note to Hap's, if you're in a synthetic lab, learn what dioctyl phthalate looks like by NMR. You'll probably see it at some point, and it'll save you a bit of a headache.

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    3. 1). Hot glassware looks very very similar to room temperature glassware.

      2). Always wash your hands BEFORE going to the washroom. Always.

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    4. 1. Don't clean a warm oven with flammable solvents.
      2. Don't bang on a gas cylinder valve with a wrench to loosen it.
      3. Make sure that something is really quenched before disposal.
      4. Don't throw the hot tlc plate in the trash can with paper.
      5. The food microwave is not for chemicals.

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    5. 6. Safety meetings can be fun. I learned that sweet potatoes are flammable in the microwave, and it is possible to fall INTO a seat in a vehicle, amongst other things.
      7. Metal silverware is not microwavable.
      8. The group fridge will only be cleaned once per year unless someone is forced to. Otherwise, it is at your own risk.

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  9. It will be too late for me to listen to. Any chance you can post a recording on this site? I'd be curious to hear what some of your posters sound like. Plus I want to hear the sound of you squeezing your pthalate-laden yellow rubber ducky. Got to keep that one on your desk.

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    1. 1. It will have a recording to go along with it, so assuming all goes well on the technical front, that's not a problem.
      2. It's a ceramic duck.

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  10. Will be glad to drop in for some secondary discussion. Or will let my stand-in, by the name of Bill Maher, represent me. Time zones are not an issue for either of us.

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