In today’s 5.12 lecture (in English, that’s organic chemistry), I couldn’t help but chuckle when I picked up the notes outlining the topics scheduled to be covered in the discussion. The list went something like this:
Outline for Today’s Lecture
- Oxidation Reactions of Alkenes
- The Chemistry of Free Radicals
- Addition of Radicals to Alkenes
Yes, you read that right. Ozonolysis.
And I didn’t even really choose to learn about it. It just sort of happened.
In case you were curious, ozonolysis is actually a lot more straightforward than the Wikipedia article would let on. Basically, you take a double bond and some fresh ozone, rip the bond in half to make two new double bonds, stick an oxygen on the vacant end of each double bond – and voila, ozonolysis. There’s much more going on than that, of course – including a lot of oxygens shuffling around and some funky interactions with reducing agents – but that’s the bottom line.
Works for me.
In other news, since I last posted, I have both seen the Brawl hack with my own eyes and engaged in more than my fair share of Brawl matches. It goes without saying that both the hack and the game are even more awesome than mere words can describe. Regarding Brawl specifically, although Pikachu remains my favorite classic character, I’ve found that I also fare pretty well as Ike. Perhaps you’ll disagree, but I have to say that the Smash Balls/Final Smashes are pretty ridiculously overpowered, so much so that my fraternity usually just disables them when we play. How about you guys? Who are your favorite characters?
Finally, have I mentioned lately how much I love xkcd? If you’re still looking for something to take your mind off of decisions and don’t happen to have Brawl, you should go read it. Seriously. Your brain will thank you.