You know, it does feel odd not to be writing anything about the political season, what with all the conventioneering going on. But world events, for the most part, sort of wash over and around this blog, which is a decision I made back in my early days. Political opinions are piling up unsold in every market stall, but who offers commentary on chemistry?
Of course, there's always the question of market size. A single-subject site is never going to pull in the traffic of the big generalist ones, unless the subject is something rather more stimulating than organic chemistry (if you know what I mean and I think you do, as Joe Bob Briggs used to say.) But I've been encouraged by the responses I've had from people completely outside the sciences who've enjoyed visiting them by reading here.
Still, knowing that I have a widely mixed audience makes it tricky sometimes. There are some subjects that are harder to cover, and there are jokes that are hard to make. For example, I guarantee that every organic chemist will at least smile at a phrase like, oh, "plutonium enolate." But that's not going to make 'em spill their beer down at the comedy club, unless they're spilling it on the person trying to tell the joke.
So I'd like to take advantage of this slow news period to ask people if there are topics they'd like to see more (or less) of: current pharma news, stock market stuff, lab stories, med-chem background, purple-faced rants about price controls? Comment below, or feel free to e-mail me.
I hesitate to mention topics that I'm planning to post on, because it seems that I never get around to them, but the future should hold pieces on combination drugs (boon or gimmick?), salts and why I'm making a bunch of them right now, and (if I can summon the energy) a whack at Martha Angell and her recent NY Review of Books broadside against my industry. She has a book coming out this fall, and naturally I can hardly keep my enthusiasm from just foaming up all over the place. Sheesh.