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[*] posted on 15-3-2017 at 12:25
Doug's Lab


This might be the wrong forum for this post, if so please place in the right one.

Anyone know what's happened to Doug's Lab YouTube channel. Looks like he last uploaded a new video around 7 months ago. Thanks....
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[*] posted on 15-3-2017 at 12:40


Doug (Praxichys on this forum, he's still fairly active around here) is a busy guy, so he doesn't get to make YouTube videos all that often. He's alive and well, though.
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[*] posted on 15-3-2017 at 13:04


Yep, if you look back at Doug's video posting history, you'll see he tends to do them in bursts, often with months of inactivity between them.



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[*] posted on 15-3-2017 at 22:11


Deja vu
https://www.sciencemadness.org/whisper/viewthread.php?tid=65...
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[*] posted on 16-3-2017 at 09:54


Maybe Doug has a demanding job and a wife/girlfriend. Those can take a lot of time, not leaving you the time needed to continue making professional quality videos.



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[*] posted on 22-3-2017 at 16:19


He contacted my friend. He said that soon he will be going to post soon again.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2017 at 02:25


Although it might be worth noting that was over a month ago. I hope he posts again.



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[*] posted on 25-3-2017 at 16:23


Quote: Originally posted by Magpie  
Maybe Doug has a demanding job and a wife/girlfriend.

Your suspicions are correct. I'm a homeowner, trying to get married, and the company I work for is picking up a lot of business in the wake of the massive Takata airbag recalls. Consequently, my workload is absolutely insane until the company can fill in the gaps with additional personnel. It's not necessarily that I don't have the time, it's just that after 12 hours at the office followed by home responsibilities, it's hard to find motivation to cram labwork into that two hours of "beer time" I get before going to bed!

It has been a crazy few months as well with several business trips, a January newborn for my in-laws, and a rare and deadly cancer diagnosis for one of my closest friends, which has been soaking up my weekends.

I try to answer as many emails as I can. Many of them express concern for my well-being, so I try to respond to avoid anyone raising the alarm in response to my frequent disappearances. Rest assured that I'm definitely not out of the lab game, just on standby until I can scrape together some time. You guys rock!

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[*] posted on 26-3-2017 at 00:18


Well, in that case, all the best, Doug.
[Scratches head trying to figure out exactly what "trying to get married" means...]
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[*] posted on 26-3-2017 at 04:40


Really I just got dogs, less needy and more fun! lol
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[*] posted on 7-1-2018 at 20:13


Sorry to bring up such an old thread, but Doug actually just came back to YouTube today. He says that he will be posting every Sunday of 2018 from now on.

[Edited on 8-1-2018 by FlaskBreaker]
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[*] posted on 8-1-2018 at 14:36




Yes, I saw the video. I'm super excited to see what he has in store for us now! Only Doug can turn an on average, 10 minute video into a 30 minute one.:D





[Edited on 8-1-2018 by TheNerdyFarmer]
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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 11:06


Yeah, I get excited and that makes me windy. I sit there cutting together the video like, "well, I can't cut THAT... if I cut THIS then I have to cut THAT... hmm, I should probably leave THIS in..."

Next thing you know the video is a half hour long...




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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 11:19


I have the exact same problem. You should see how long my raw video files are. Filled with false starts, overall poor narration, and copious swearing! :D
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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 12:22


You both do good videos, also both have good speaking voices.

I've only done a few utoob vids, and yes, it is actually very hard to get the editing even half-right !

Writing a script kinda helps condense things down.




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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 13:00


Doug's videos are superior to any others I've seen.

[Edited on 18-1-2018 by Magpie]




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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 13:36


The lack of polish does make Doug's videos come across more like a chemist doing chemistry, rather than a utoober making another video.

That makes his vids stand out to me more than nerdy & nile.

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Technically their vids are more 'well done'.

[Edited on 18-1-2018 by aga]




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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 15:19


Quote: Originally posted by Praxichys  
...trying to get married...

Isn't everybody...

Yeah, I agree - the nice wood bench and the not white background or other 'youtuber' trappings are a nice refreshment. Same for Ex&F, but he's even a bit less polished than Doug...




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[*] posted on 18-1-2018 at 16:23


Polish doesn't matter to me. What I care about is creativity, educational value, and usefulness.

Nerd is a twit with a big ego. I say this because of the silly remarks he made about masking his voice. How dumb.

Doug's ketene furnace design and operation is brilliant. He is as clever as garage chemist. Gawd how I miss GC.




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[*] posted on 19-1-2018 at 11:14


Wow, thanks for all the positive remarks guys...

MrHomeScientist, I cannot agree more. If I could put together all the tongue-tied stumbling, dropping things, growling stomach and sniffles, colorful language... there would be one heck of a blooper reel! :D

My thoughts toward some of the more popular channels are more "live and let live." NurdRage has played his cards right as far as the YouTube game goes. The cheezy anonymity gives him that Walter White persona, and it clearly works. The dude makes thousands on Patreon, doesn't collaborate with anyone, and has access to university resources but plays like he's in a home lab. There are lots of others who are borderline chemistry but end up pouring metal down anthills and putting fidget spinners in LN2, because that's what the viewers want. Many of these things are actually quite fascinating, but I've always drawn the line at "If I wouldn't use this video on a resume, I shouldn't make it." I try very hard to prevent viewership or money from influencing my focus.

Magpie, it means a lot to me to hear that from you considering my lab was largely inspired by your work, among others like Len1, GarageChemist, engager, etc.. Your preps continue to be some of the best in the business, and I hope to eventually acquire the level of analytical equipment you seem to have amassed. I would love an in-depth virtual tour of your lab. Particularly impressive is the IR spectrometer. I seriously need to get some form of advanced analysis, whether it's FTIR, Raman, GC/MS, maybe even HPLC. I'm saving my pennies!




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[*] posted on 19-1-2018 at 13:10


Quote: Originally posted by Praxichys  
... I would love an in-depth virtual tour of your lab.

Pretty sure many of us would re-mortgage our left kidney to have a tour of Magpie's lab ;)




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[*] posted on 19-1-2018 at 17:13


Quote: Originally posted by Praxichys  

Magpie, it means a lot to me to hear that from you considering my lab was largely inspired by your work, among others like Len1, GarageChemist, engager, etc.. Your preps continue to be some of the best in the business, and I hope to eventually acquire the level of analytical equipment you seem to have amassed. I would love an in-depth virtual tour of your lab. Particularly impressive is the IR spectrometer. I seriously need to get some form of advanced analysis, whether it's FTIR, Raman, GC/MS, maybe even HPLC. I'm saving my pennies!


IMO: GC has the best grasp of chemistry and is a clever engineer; Len1 is the most erudite scientist we have ever had on the forum and has access to all the equipment at the university in Australia where he teaches physics, engager is a clever Russian who showed me how to make KCN carbothermically.

Thanks for the kind comments about my preps. However, you are mistaking me for benzylchloride1 in reference to analytical equipment.

[Edited on 20-1-2018 by Magpie]




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[*] posted on 19-1-2018 at 22:00


Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
Well, in that case, all the best, Doug.
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Means he's having problems with the rohypnol synth :D
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[*] posted on 20-1-2018 at 16:39


Quote: Originally posted by NEMO-Chemistry  

Means he's having problems with the rohypnol synth :D


Whispering "sweet nothings" in her ear will work better.




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[*] posted on 25-1-2018 at 12:45


Quote: Originally posted by Magpie  
Polish doesn't matter to me. What I care about is creativity, educational value, and usefulness.

Nerd is a twit with a big ego. I say this because of the silly remarks he made about masking his voice. How dumb.

Doug's ketene furnace design and operation is brilliant. He is as clever as garage chemist. Gawd how I miss GC.


What the hell happened to GC?




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