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Derek Lowe The 2002 Model

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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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March 1, 2010

Blog Traffic - Thanks!

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Posted by Derek

Just a quick note to say that traffic here broke all the house records last month - over 440,000 page views (partly thanks to a late surge in interest in the wonderful properties of dioxygen difluoride). The number of people interested in this sort of thing continues to exceed my estimates. . .!

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1. coprolite on March 1, 2010 12:01 PM writes...

Way to be Derek, nice to see that so many people appreciate your work.

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2. Andrew on March 1, 2010 12:21 PM writes...

Derek, We should say Thank you for the work you put in to the Blog.

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3. partial agonist on March 1, 2010 12:32 PM writes...

a theory: all of the chemists getting laid off now have more time to go to this site!

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4. leftscienceawhileago on March 1, 2010 12:45 PM writes...

I have randomly met a few of people who don't do anything related to chemistry, and find that they read this blog in casual conversation.

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5. Sili on March 1, 2010 12:46 PM writes...

Congrats! I hope it means a bit of remuneration for you.

I doubt they can all have been Pharyngulistas since it was never the Cephalopodean Evil Overlord who linked to you. (Write something about the chemistry of squid - you've done tunicates after all - and watch the site melt down.)

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6. RandDChemist on March 1, 2010 12:59 PM writes...

Thank YOU for your thoughtful and thought-provoking posts!

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7. Hap on March 1, 2010 1:43 PM writes...

1) Congratulations on the traffic records. Try not to inhale too much CO, though.

2) I don't know if Pharyngula or Slashdot can melt servers more effectively - I would assume the latter, but I could be convinced otherwise. Either way, I don't think Corante's servers would take much heat to melt - more than some dude's Blogspot postings, but not much more. Sending their big iron up in a cloud of silicon vapor probably won't do anyone any good.

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8. Tim McCormack on March 1, 2010 6:26 PM writes...

Yes, your "Things I Won't Work With" category was posted to Reddit recently. That's how I came across it. Great stuff!

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9. David, Health Blogger on March 1, 2010 6:34 PM writes...

As a medical blogger, reading your blog keeps me up to date with some important issues. Thanks for the great work you do and keep it up! =)

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10. come-on on March 1, 2010 7:20 PM writes...

Don't you have a real job?

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11. Bored on March 1, 2010 9:47 PM writes...

I'm one of many who discovered you around the time of "Sand Won't Save You This Time."

You've come a long way since March 28th, 2004, when your TIWWW was Nickel Carbonyl. I see that you had 0 (!) comments on it.

Your entertaining style is the key to your success. Keep up the great work!

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12. Mike G on March 2, 2010 10:05 AM writes...

Agree with all the above (except #10) -- thanks for the good work

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13. Eric Jablow on March 2, 2010 8:12 PM writes...

After all, you learn all sorts of interesting things here. For example, that FOOF causes Tourette's Syndrome.

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14. Mark K on March 3, 2010 7:37 AM writes...

I am a biologist, but find your med chem posts very accessible and useful. Not to mention the (generally not so happy) happenings in biotech/pharma. Keep it up!

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15. Henning Makholm on March 3, 2010 4:26 PM writes...

I came here recently for the kaboom (via several links from "Made Of Explodium" on TV Tropes), but will be staying for the writing!

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16. Brad on March 5, 2010 3:37 PM writes...


I'm one of those folks who have no real working knowledge of chemistry that do enjoy reading your blog. Your writing style helps make the topics more digestible and entertaining to read. Personally, I really like your things you won't work with articles.

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17. Mister Houston on March 8, 2010 11:11 PM writes...

Would have been 440,001 had I only found this site a bit sooner.

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