Merry xmas all.
My gifts received, were a new e-fag battery (sorely needed and the replacement I bought was shite and no output control, plus the tank died quicker than rookie mistaking a sonic pulser for a vibrating dildo-egg, so its getting shipped off to the lab division whenever they run out of proper lithium, or needs a bit in the form of thin foil and gutted when required.
Got a few new pairs of warm trousers from my uncle. The e-fag battery from my father, and additionally from my father, his true present, the battery being more of a throw-in, a brand spanking new precision digital scale for the lab, 1mg resolution, two free calibration weights and fine tweezers for sample manipulation included, plus a built in spirit level to make sure that its dead on whilst being calibrated and used, and movable dust cover/air shield so that the likes of stray breathing or atmospheric dust particles do not send the readout off. Not used it yet. My last digital scale was crap, only accurate to 10mg, so I used it solely for weighing reagents for my R&D rather than any biotech or bioactive projects.
Looking forward to testing it, in the (as far as digging through the published data, open access or otherwise goes, plus searching...other...types of fora online, has been able to determine) human organism for the first time, TMA homolog of 3-bromo-4-(1,1-dlfluoromethoxy)mescaline, via knoevanagel condensation of the corresponding benzaldehyde and nitroethane, workup of the intermediate 1-phenyl-beta-nitro-prop-2-ene (rxn in anhydrous isopropanol, planning initial slow addition and bringing up to 60-70'C over perhaps an hour, hold there for 6 hours or until TLC shows consumption of all the aldehyde apportioned for synthesis of the nitropropene, since a similar knoevanagel using nitromethane to give the nitrostyrene, workup of either by tossing rxn mixture onto crushed ice, since its insoluble in H2O, and reduction of the intermediate 1-phenyl-beta-nitroalkenes either first to the nitroalkane with catalytic hydrogenation w/ Pd/C and H2 or plat cat, probably plad since that means no having to buy pricey platinum reagents and making my own palladium catalyst via PdCl2, to reduce the double bond, then reduction of the nitro group with borohydride.
Or the more favoured option, personally, although the reagent is pyrophoric and water reactive, reduction by slowly leaching the nitroalkenes into a solution of lithium aluminium hydride in THF (tetrahydrofuran) via soxhlet extractor, in glassware freshly baked dry in the oven, drying tubes protecting all inlets to the environment external to the setup, THF freshly distilled over sodium or potassium metal, or perhaps a sodium-calcium alloy since I've been playing around with molten salt electrolysis and attempting the use of eutectic mixtures to lower the melt point of the sodium salts by addition of CaCl2. So far, some beginning success, although its still touchy and sensitive (molten sodium hydroxide in particular is a bugger because it dissolves sodium metal when its molten to form a blueish-grey, water reactive, somewhat sparky material at just a hair above the normal MP, hence the resorting to eutectic fused salt electrolysis rather than just going with NaOH or NaCl Might try a mixture of potassium and sodium salts also. The calcium alloy seems quite friendly reactivity wise. Of course, prior dessication over quicklime is advisable to predry the THF prior to pre-drying it using alkali metals, as of course, one would NOT have a pleasant time of it were there to be a flask fire in a liter or two of THF (its pretty similar to diethyl ether, flammable as blazes, although somewhat more prone to peroxidation), and before addition of the LiAlH4, protecting the entire setup with a purge of dried argon, sparge solvent with same, and then the nitroalkene can be reduced in a onepot, rather than having to resort to borohydride and catalytic hydrogenation, since boro isn't sufficient to reduce both the nitro and the olefin double bond in one shot, whilst LAH is absolutely so. Then workup by careful quench of the LAH with damp isopropanol, recycling the hydrogen gas evolved if Tsathoggua can find a use for it.) then destroying aluminium-ey slops with cautious addition of conc. NaOH solution, and vacuum distillation of the freebase finished 3-bromo-4-difluoromescaline and corresponding TMA. If there's enough aldehyde left, X-com R&D is getting time off dissecting aliens to use the facilities as they see fit.
Oh boy, my old man, whilst he is no chemist, he must be a sniper veteran from the first alien war, because he hit the nail dead on the head with the lab balance. PERFECT. Made my christmas.
Got him a bottle of rum and some truffle chocolates which pleased him mightily it seems, and my uncle, baked some homedone flapjacks, he loves those.
X-com research lab got an upgrade for Tsath's present to self (three new vigreaux columns, 300mm each, all kit in 24/40 other than some 5 and 10ml microscale kit), a pair of new sep funnels, more one-neck RBFs than I actually know how many I have, in sizes from 100ml to 2.5 liters, some similarly size-ranged two, three and four-neck round-bottom flasks, a new buchner funnel, this one with a glass frit, to complement my other older one which is ceramic, and uses filter paper and celite, etc.
Three new liebig condensers, an alilihn,and best of all, a really, REALLY efficient kind of dual-coolant chambered dimroth condenser, its much shorter and squatter than the rest, but it packs into less than a foot what a hair under a meter of combined liebigs, and Allihn condenser can achieve with equivalent cooling. Never tested stacking further condensers on top of the Dimroth though. Why? because I have never NEEDED to
Going to buy myself a dry ice condenser though, that I still need, one that can make use of liquid N2 or dry ice, or slurries of both with acetone, for cryogenic cold-finger style condensation of liquefied gases.
Plenty more, but too much to list the lot. Came in a crate, rather than boxes, save for the Dimroth, which someone was selling on ebay for less than $15!!!!!!.
And by chance, since I went in there to pick up some rubber tubing, a local pet store gave me an air pump they had ended up with (compressor type, I already have a vacuum pump), since someone had offloaded an ex hospital O2 or air pump, for a few pounds worth of store credit, but they then found out they couldn't use it for aquaculture, as the vibration and noise was too disturbing for the fish. So they let me have it as pretty much an xmas present, for the few token pounds they themselves gave. Good as new, £5. And its going to have to be reliable for use in hospital operating rooms and such. Tried it once, for pumping gaseous anhydrous ammonia, with a one-way valve interposed 'twixt the pump mechanism and the actual gas feed and it performed perfectly.
And last but not least, theres a nice block of blue stilton cheese and some pickled olives sitting by my side, for some pre-mission snacks, a bottle of good brown ale, and either he cannae' count, or my GP slipped me a good handful extra of both oxycodone and nitrazepam caps and tablets respectively. Perfect for utterly nullifying any lingering traces of post-xmas postprandial gluttony and hangover. Had myself a nice restorative lovely long restful sleep back at base.
*cracks open the ale all round folks, and gets the pills a'flowing. Pre-battle tension? what pre-battle tension. Only pre-fight terror is going to be on the part of the tasoth and aquatoid that are already dropping like flies due to a hail of sonic cannon fire and gas cannon IC rounds, sonic pulsers. Must be working, since one of the squad just gave a tentaculat some german dental work. With a vibroblade
Squad. Form the fuck up maggots!
Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!
Didn't hear you god damn bastards.
I said I DIDN'T HEAR YOU!
We have Tasoth and aquatoids to bring to heel, and for some freaky reason the buggers are using DPL rounds on a LAND-based bloody base! Yet our hydrojets won't work.
That said, some tentaculat out to avenge its brethren just got on santa's VERY naughty list. His air-strike list. Sleighed the bugger by GC sniper fire whilst it was trapped in a small room up in a house on an island.
Being xmas, y'all don't have to go in there, no civilians present, so the building is just going to be leveled to a pit of boiling glass and smoking embers.