Man, is this hood of mine scuzzy. . .these things suck in dust all day long, and it all piles up in layers on the bottom. Spilling silicone oil back there doesn't seem to help much either, gotta say. Of course, if all the dust from the lab is being pulled in here, where's all of the dust out on my bench coming from, eh?
And this two-liter round-bottom flask, which has its share on it: that's from, like, 2003 or so. The project before the project before the project before this one. Give or take. I really should get this stuff out of it, but there must be fifty or sixty grams in there. And scraping that out would be a nightmare. And dissolving it wouldn't be a lot of fun, either. And I'm not completely sure that I remember what the stuff is. Argh.
Then there's this rig back here, my phosgene trap. I can get that out of here, 'cause with any luck I'll never have to use phosgene on that scale again. Of course, as soon as I break it down and clean it, someone across the hall will discover the New Wonder Lead Structure on our project, something so hot that we all have to switch over and start working on it, and the second step to make it will require a bucket of phosgene. Never fails. I haven't been doing this for seventeen years for nothing, y'know.
Or have I? You'd think by this time I'd learn to label flasks like this one over here. Those sure are some nice crystals. Makes me think that they must be leftover sodium sulfate or something. Take a bit out and see if it's water-soluble - if it is, it's junk, 'cause I haven't made anything water-soluble in I don't know when. Where were crystals like these when I needed them, back in grad school? Kept trying to grow some for X-ray work, and all I could get were these fluffy little needles, fine as frog hair.
This, on the other hand, is not as fine as frog hair. Look at that - whatever this brown junk in here is, it sure isn't doing that rubber septum on top any good. Live an evil life, and you'll come back as a rubber septum. Or maybe a vacuum pump trap. Oh yeah, that's that chlorosulfonic acid reaction. No wonder the septum looks like that. Reaction didn't do a thing, though - how can you heat something up in neat chlorosulfonic acid and not have it do something? Against the laws of nature, that is. But you know, taking grief from Nature is kind of the job description around this place. . .