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[*] posted on 23-3-2016 at 14:00
Missing persons


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.

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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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 :(
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[*] posted on 24-3-2016 at 02:58


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







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[*] posted on 24-3-2016 at 03:15


Do anyone know what happend to chemoleo?



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[*] posted on 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]




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[*] posted on 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,
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And about Vulture.....affectionately "Big Bird" :D ....I tended to regard him as a kindred spirit "old buzzard" :D

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[*] posted on 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.




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[*] posted on 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.



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[*] posted on 24-3-2016 at 14:19


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




Indeed sir, I miss him as well.
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[*] posted on 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)
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[*] posted on 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]




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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.




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[*] posted on 25-3-2016 at 10:39


ordenblitz is another MIA

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[*] posted on 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




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[*] posted on 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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[*] posted on 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



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[*] posted on 26-3-2016 at 10:17


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

Engager is another
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[*] posted on 26-3-2016 at 19:58


Kristofvagyok hasn't been mentioned.



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[*] posted on 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.
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[*] posted on 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.

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