Sciencemadness Discussion Board

Missing persons

j_sum1 - 23-3-2016 at 14:00

This board has been home to some wonderful personalities. Some of them appear for a while then suddenly disappear. Some have made great contributions in the past but are unknown to newer users. I often find myself wondering what happened to them.

This thread is dedicated to such. And to the question of "Where are they now?"


zombie
One of the greats. His own brand of irreverent humour and irrepressible enthusiasm. I would love to know how his lab is coming together.

hkparker
I only know him from his excellent yt channel. He was a big contributor a few years back, disappeared for a while and then returned to sell his gear. Anyone know what he is up to now?

len1
Prolific and knowledgeable. Some classic write-ups and I believe fondly remembered. I am sure someone knows the story.

JohnWW
Ok, this maybe is an obscure one. And I admit to not doing a full search on his posts. My interest is related to some things on his profile rather than his chemistry posts. But he was a very eager participant here and has a huge post count. Then suddenly, nothing.

myst32
Ok, this one is not really a mystery. He explained himself here. Not a big poster (under that name) but a fantastic yt channel. I wonder what he is up to now. Given a chance I'd say thank you personally.

Robert Bruce Thompson
Not a member here to my knowledge. His book is mentioned regularly and is one I think I should get. He has obviously been busy in producing books and in his work in the field of home schooling. But his YT channel ended abruptly. His lab is probably the neatest and most organised home lab that I have seen. I am curious as to why he stopped.

[Edited on 23-3-2016 by j_sum1]

aga - 23-3-2016 at 15:07

Personalities move on, get busy with other things, die etc.

Some re-incarnate with new usernames (repeatedly it seems recently).

Doing/posting interesting Chemistry might one day see the return of the likes of len1.

Patience.

Daffodile - 23-3-2016 at 15:25

What about vulture? I know he was around a little while ago, but it seems he's gone off as well.

aga - 23-3-2016 at 16:07

vulture is still a mod too.

I guess this is basically j_sum1's wishlist, or an assumed list of absent/popular members.

Personally i would like to see CHRIS25 back here as well.

Artemus Gordon - 23-3-2016 at 17:00

hkparker's radio silence was due to his graduating high school and leaving home to go to college. He probably is gone at least until he graduates.

violet sin - 23-3-2016 at 17:00

Add DrAldehyde to the list... Tried contacting a number of times after buying a fume hood, none replied to. Sale was perfect, great price, no issues so contact wasnt negative in any way. Seemed like a really nice individual. The only SM member ive met in person sadly :(
Last post: Break-in (19-9-2014 at 11:30 AM)
Last active: 12-2-2015 at 07:23 PM

[Edited on 24-3-2016 by violet sin]

Corrosive Joeseph - 24-3-2016 at 02:58

Organikum.......................




crystal grower - 24-3-2016 at 03:15

Do anyone know what happend to chemoleo?

BromicAcid - 24-3-2016 at 03:32

Quote: Originally posted by crystal grower  
Do anyone know what happend to chemoleo?


He moved on, I have had dealings with him in other matters more recently than his last posts. Still, he will be missed. I do like that madscientist drops by a few times a year just to show he hasn't dropped totally off the radar. Vulture though, yeah, I still feel like he's watching.

IIRC - JohnWW had a falling out with the forum. I remember personally butting heads with him a few times. My favorite was in this thread.

[Edited on 3/24/2016 by BromicAcid]

Rosco Bodine - 24-3-2016 at 05:36

Sadly many of the missing are seniors, elderly people likely no longer in the world, attributable to natural or unnatural causes.

The "old farts" are interesting because they are too old to give a damn about being ideologically correct and will give you unfiltered unvarnished version observations about any topic whatever. Having one foot already in the grave, they simply don't care anymore about pretentiousness or about threatened "consequences" for PC "misbehavior", even "fear of death as a penalty" becomes almost a joke which would be equivalent to fearing the "threat" of being put out of ones misery :D Old people, like children are subject to saying any damn thing whatever....absent the "filter" of "it's true, ...but to be PC nobody should say it". They are then liberated by circumstances inclined to be brutally honest, take no prisoners, not PC, very straight shooters

Added to the missing, quicksilver, watson.fawkes,
The WiZard is In

And about Vulture.....affectionately "Big Bird" :D ....I tended to regard him as a kindred spirit "old buzzard" :D

smallMain_30_595.jpg - 33kB

[Edited on 3/24/2016 by Rosco Bodine]

Polverone - 24-3-2016 at 09:53

I know that Organikum is still alive but unable to visit the forum at present. I saw watson.fawkes in person less than a month ago at a space conference. He just doesn't visit here any more because he felt that it was distracting him from tasks he wanted to spend more time on.

I agree with Rosco that a number of cases are likely due to age catching up with members; that seems the most likely explanation for quicksilver's abrupt disappearance. I miss not_important. I don't know if he was old enough for that explanation to be most likely in his case.

arkoma - 24-3-2016 at 11:01

my personal "hiatus" a while back was due to wanderlust........y'all that "know" me have seen me carve quite a path out around the US. Cali, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, and Arkansas.

morganbw - 24-3-2016 at 14:19

Quote: Originally posted by Corrosive Joeseph  
Organikum.......................




Indeed sir, I miss him as well.

Xenoid - 24-3-2016 at 23:13

len1 is Leonid Lerner, a New Zealander now living in Australia as far as I know.

I gather he used his time on ScienceMadness as a sounding board for some of the procedures he used in his book - "Small-Scale Synthesis of Laboratory Reagents with Reaction Modeling"

Graduating with a BSc (Hons.) in 1984 and a MSc in 1985 from the Victoria University of Wellington, Leonid Lerner obtained his PhD in physics from Cambridge University, UK, in 1989. From 1990–1993 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Optical Science Centre and Laser Physics Centre of the Australian National University (ANU), and a lecturer in Physics ANU 1994–1996. Leonid has worked in a number of different fields in the natural sciences and has published in a range of scientific disciplines. Currently he is a research scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Adelaide, and Honorary Fellow at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide. (from Amazon)

BromicAcid - 25-3-2016 at 03:40

I have to say, I miss Tacho, an excellent contributor to the forum.

Also, it's a shame NurdRage stopped coming around but glad he still makes videos.

[Edited on 3/25/2016 by BromicAcid]

Tdep - 25-3-2016 at 06:40

Quote: Originally posted by Xenoid  
Currently he is a research scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Adelaide, and Honorary Fellow at the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide. (from Amazon)


Hey that's where I live, cool! Might run into him, especially if i'm lucky enough to score some work at the DSTO when I graduate.

Magpie - 25-3-2016 at 10:05

I miss garage chemist. He had the most knowledge and insight into chemistry, IMO. His skill was built on active experimentation. He was a leader in many ways.

I also miss benzylchloride1. He was precocious, starting his PhD study at the University of Utah at an early age. The last I heard from him he had earned his degree. He's probably too busy now with a job and family to pursue this hobby.

I miss Sauron, his wit, and his wealth of experience. I suspect he is enfeebled or dead.

I miss Len1. I think he was the most erudite of all our contributors.

Rosco Bodine - 25-3-2016 at 10:39

ordenblitz is another MIA

DerAlte has been seriously ill having nerve damage from chemotherapy

solo - 25-3-2016 at 13:34

"I know that Organikum is still alive but unable to visit the forum at present"

......unfortunately he's taking an unsolicited vacation in Australia, don't know for how long, but still alive.....solo

j_sum1 - 25-3-2016 at 22:53

len1, organikum -- both in Oz. Yay for aussie chemistry.
If you do get within range of len1, Tdep, do look him up.

Yeah there are a number of names here of note.

Let me add another. I always wondered what happened to gardul's cats. Doing chem in a small apartment was always going to have issues though.



[edit]
Thanks for the link to deuterated acetone, Bromicacid. The whole thing looked like a bit of a mud-sling. Interesting to see how board culture has and hasn't changed since 2004. That was a more technical mud sling than we are used to now. Vulture's admonition concerning single line posts was also interesting.
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[Edited on 26-3-2016 by j_sum1]

solo - 26-3-2016 at 08:45

"len1, organikum -- both in Oz. Yay for aussie chemistry.".....not so fast ! , Org's unsolocited retention is not exactly a vacation.....solo

Rosco Bodine - 26-3-2016 at 10:17

Axt, Boomer, Blaster, grndpndr .....it could get to be a very long list,

Engager is another

APO - 26-3-2016 at 19:58

Kristofvagyok hasn't been mentioned.

UC235 - 26-3-2016 at 20:07

Quote: Originally posted by APO  
Kristofvagyok hasn't been mentioned.


He still is actively posting on http://labphoto.tumblr.com/

Since he seemed to mostly be here to share photos I can imagine him losing interest quickly. Chemistry is his job, not a hobby.

gsd - 27-3-2016 at 06:09

I miss

Madhatter: Who maintained a FTP for forum members.

Ayush: Was a prolific references getter just like our present angel Solo.

Alter: Who uploaded complete archives of several journals like J med Chem, Chem Rev, JACS, JOC, I & EC etc etc to madhatter's FTP. BTW this predated sci-hub.

KmnO4: who had wonderful internet searching knack and also uploaded several books and journals.

I also miss Not_Important, Watson.fawkes, Garage Chemist amongst many others.

gsd

arkoma - 27-3-2016 at 08:46

Quote: Originally posted by UC235  
Quote: Originally posted by APO  
Kristofvagyok hasn't been mentioned.


He still is actively posting on http://labphoto.tumblr.com/

Since he seemed to mostly be here to share photos I can imagine him losing interest quickly. Chemistry is his job, not a hobby.


Thanx fer the link UC

Random - 27-3-2016 at 21:42

If I never met those guys here I would never learn chemistry the way I did. I remember when I asked for something not_important always got the answer, just basic chemistry questions. It was in 2010. Now I won't have a career in chemistry but people ask me how do you know so much chemistry, I just smile and think of this place. I get along well with people in medical field because of that. Thumbs up for the old guys!

100PercentChemistry - 28-3-2016 at 06:18

Hkparker went to university and sold his chems.

Velzee - 13-4-2016 at 13:36

I am a fish?
Organikum?

[Edited on 4/13/2016 by Velzee]

a nitrogen rich explosive - 24-4-2016 at 09:45

How many official casualties have we had so far?

j_sum1 - 10-5-2016 at 04:35

Has anyone had any contact with Praxichys in the last couple of months? Both his posting here and his YT channel have dried up.

Texium (zts16) - 10-5-2016 at 06:24

Doug disappears for a few months without notice sometimes. It's happened a few times while I've been here. He always comes back.

solo - 30-7-2016 at 14:25

Quote: Originally posted by Velzee  
I am a fish?
Organikum?

[Edited on 4/13/2016 by Velzee]


......unfortunately he's been put at the farm for 5 1/2 years in Australia.....information on how to help him or write to him can be found at thezonez.....solo

Velzee - 30-7-2016 at 17:40

Quote: Originally posted by solo  
Quote: Originally posted by Velzee  
I am a fish?
Organikum?

[Edited on 4/13/2016 by Velzee]


......unfortunately he's been put at the farm for 5 1/2 years in Australia.....information on how to help him or write to him can be found at thezonez.....solo


Wait, could you explain a bit more(thezonez is down at the moment)?

solo - 1-8-2016 at 05:47

Org, is a guest of the Australian system as an inmate for the next 5 1/2 years ...unfortunately the details of how to help him and write to him cannot be published with an indexed forum by google , therefore one has to get the info at the collective or the zonez ....try going directly to forum because the home link doesn't work.......solo

http://thezonez.us/forum/default.asp

ordenblitz - 8-6-2017 at 18:21

I miss the good old days and all my chemistry friends here.

j_sum1 - 9-6-2017 at 03:58

Welcome back, ordenblitz.

You have a long posting history. Not sure that many of your old acquaintances are still active. But you could make some new ones.

ELRIC - 28-6-2017 at 13:42

Does anyone know what happened to peach?

DJF90 - 28-6-2017 at 14:38

He was doing good and busy with life when I last talked with him, a year or two ago.

Fleaker - 28-8-2017 at 17:02

What ever happened to neutrino?

I miss Sauron. He was a character.

NERV (been here since 2002) works with me, having turned our friendship into a business.


j_sum1 - 28-8-2017 at 18:22

Quote: Originally posted by Fleaker  
What ever happened to neutrino?

I miss Sauron. He was a character.

NERV (been here since 2002) works with me, having turned our friendship into a business.


As luck would have it:
From today's posts...
https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/viewthread.php?tid=76...

phlogiston - 4-9-2017 at 06:38

Quote: Originally posted by Rosco Bodine  

Added to the missing, quicksilver, watson.fawkes,
The WiZard is In


I’ve heard through another mailing list that The WiZard is In died somewhat recently. I enjoyed his unusual way of replying by posting all kinds of obscure, odd and amusing yet surprisingly relevant literature. He must have had an incredible memory.

Bert - 4-9-2017 at 10:04

The WiZ had an incredible LIBRARY to back up that memory of his. an omnivorous collection of energetic materials related publications, from long before the internet and up to this year, he rat holed away everything he found online or printed, and had several searches configured to find MORE running constantly.

If he has truly passed, someone needs to secure, curate and preserve Donald's archives ASAP. I have a post in whimsy regarding this as well, made about 5 minutes before I discovered this thread-

Melgar - 17-9-2017 at 13:43

I was active here around 2010-2011, then dropped off the radar for five years pursing non-chemistry interests. Then I met another amateur chemist in real life, got interested in chemistry again, and came back. Stuff like this happens regularly.

Would anyone here like to have free access to an FTP server? I could set one up that anyone can upload to, but only I could delete from, that way nobody can delete each other's stuff. I might have to put a limit on it at about 500 MB, since 700 MB is a common size for pirated data, which I'd obviously want to discourage.

Tdep - 6-11-2017 at 19:32

Has anyone heard from careysub in a while? He was a real frequent poster but hasn't now been on since January. He also didn't complete his 2016 secret Santa, even after much discussion with me about it, so it's hard not to worry really.

j_sum1 - 6-11-2017 at 20:40

Funny you should mention. I was just thinking about him yesterday and wondering. I'd love to know it is positive news.

violet sin - 6-11-2017 at 20:44

Sent an email, will wait to see if anything comes of it. Assuming he is just busy

*************************

Alive and well, just busy as expected. Always good news :)

[Edited on 7-11-2017 by violet sin]

j_sum1 - 11-11-2017 at 21:02

While we are at it, does anyone have contact with zombie? He was a very prolific poster, very enthusiastic and added a certain personality to the place.
When he left he intimated that he needed to devote more time to his business but I was not expecting him to drop off the planet completely.

(I don't think our forum redneck ever got to meet our forum hillbilly.)

violet sin - 11-11-2017 at 22:36

Last time some one asked that about zombie, I messaged him also, and he responded by email. I bet it would work again.

Texium (zts16) - 12-11-2017 at 07:34

Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
(I don't think our forum redneck ever got to meet our forum hillbilly.)
Yeah, you're right- Zombie came around soon after arkoma went on hiatus and disappeared a while before he came back.

Magpie - 12-11-2017 at 09:09

I sure wish garage chemist and Len1 would come out of early retirement. I worship these home chemists.

deltaH

j_sum1 - 18-2-2018 at 15:34

Does anyone have contact details for deltaH? I want to ask some questions about a project he was undertaking. Unfortunately, my only contact was through these boards.

U2U me if you have anything to share.

j_sum1 - 19-2-2018 at 02:04

Thanks. A couple of U2Us and I am in touch.
This board is awesome!

Panache - 1-3-2018 at 07:16

Quote: Originally posted by Polverone  
I know that Organikum is still alive but unable to visit the forum at present. I saw watson.fawkes in person less than a month ago at a space conference. He just doesn't visit here any more because he felt that it was distracting him from tasks he wanted to spend more time on.

I agree with Rosco that a number of cases are likely due to age catching up with members; that seems the most likely explanation for quicksilver's abrupt disappearance. I miss not_important. I don't know if he was old enough for that explanation to be most likely in his case.


i only opened this thread so i could spew out that i miss not_important. Glad someone else feels the same.

Radium212 - 26-3-2018 at 01:04

I miss myst, he had a great channel. He tended to sound a little down though. I assume Robert Bruce Thompson probably has a account on this, just doesn't want people pestering him so has it under a pseudonym.

CuReUS - 31-3-2018 at 23:28

Quote: Originally posted by UC235  
Quote: Originally posted by APO  
Kristofvagyok hasn't been mentioned.


He still is actively posting on http://labphoto.tumblr.com/

Since he seemed to mostly be here to share photos I can imagine him losing interest quickly. Chemistry is his job, not a hobby.

Is there any other way of contacting him? ( I already u2u'd and I don't want to make a tumblr account).I want to take part in his daily/weekly synthesis challenges-http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=25540#...
also, what happened to chemosynthesis ?

[Edited on 1-4-2018 by CuReUS]

DJF90 - 24-8-2018 at 09:15

Is anyone in touch with Panache? I sent him a parcel a month ago and it has just been "returned to sender".

Hexavalent - 25-8-2018 at 11:03

Radium212: I recently discovered that Robert Bruce Thompson sadly passed away in January this year from heart complications.

j_sum1 - 9-10-2018 at 14:33

JJay posted this in another thread. I thought it was better here.
Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I want to know what happened to Praxichys. Surely someone on this board has his contact information....

[edit] adding Tex's reply.
Quote: Originally posted by Texium (zts16)  
Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I want to know what happened to Praxichys. Surely someone on this board has his contact information....
I do, he's fine, just busy.



Also a rather sad update
Quote: Originally posted by Radium212  
I assume Robert Bruce Thompson probably has a account on this, just doesn't want people pestering him so has it under a pseudonym.


https://www.journalnow.com/obituaries/thompson-robert-bruce/...
https://youtu.be/L3JWfTWCCBw?t=77


[Edited on 9-10-2018 by j_sum1]

S.C. Wack - 9-10-2018 at 16:27

Quote: Originally posted by Bert  
The WiZ had an incredible LIBRARY to back up that memory of his. an omnivorous collection of energetic materials related publications, from long before the internet and up to this year, he rat holed away everything he found online or printed, and had several searches configured to find MORE running constantly.

If he has truly passed, someone needs to secure, curate and preserve Donald's archives ASAP. I have a post in whimsy regarding this as well, made about 5 minutes before I discovered this thread-


I'd begin to formulate some reply to many threads only to find he'd just said it.

Some or all of his estate including books was sold at auction Nov 4 of last year. Hopefully they found loving homes.

...a certain scene in About Schmidt comes to mind even so.

The jersey rebel - 16-11-2018 at 13:28

I'm primarily concerned about Praxies (hope I spelled that correctly) tbh. He seems like the most concerning disappearance given the context of being in the middle of a very dangerous experiment and seemingly not having posted anything online since, coupled with the lack of knowledge of his fate.

The worst aspect of any investigation is the unknown. The only thing that scares me is what I don't know because that's what has consistently harmed me physically and mentally growing up.

if I do find anything, I absolutely will share it with you guys for at least to give closure. been trying to see what I can find. but since I must make assumptions, like doug being a shorthand for douglas, and having many blanks in his bio, it's super difficult to get any info in the person search or god for bid the obituaries.

j_sum1 - 16-11-2018 at 15:31

I believe that Texium has direct contact with Praxychus and that he is ok: just busy.

He had plans to make his YT vids regular -- one per month. But he also bought a house and got married. Such things can easily make for a change in priorities and it is easy to see how a hobby can take a back seat.

He is missed: both here and on youtube. I too hope that he is ok, but am not overly worried. It would be nice if he would check in.

Perhaps Texium can add a couple of details if he knows anything that can be shared.

Texium (zts16) - 16-11-2018 at 21:49

Doug is fine.

I'm sure we'll be seeing more from him here in the (hopefully near) future.

j_sum1 - 30-11-2018 at 15:51

Anyone in contact with violet sin? It's been a while since his last activity.
I am guessing that work and a young family is keeping him busy.

arkoma - 1-12-2018 at 08:55

Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
Anyone in contact with violet sin? It's been a while since his last activity.
I am guessing that work and a young family is keeping him busy.


Your right. Last U2U I got from him was 21May.

I miss our Drunk, aga.