Extraordinary Measures

January 25, 2010

The ladyfriend and I went to go see the movie Extraordinary Measures this weekend. Considering she’s a film major, and chemistry’s my bag, it was an obvious match up on our to-do lists, and allowed us both to thoroughly geek out over the finer details regarding our craft. Furthermore, considering many of the reviews I’ve seen of the movie ragged on it for being too technical, I’d like to take the time to review the movie as a scientist, for other scientists.

To get everyone up to speed, and without ruining anything, the (based on a true story) movie focuses on John and Aileen Crowley’s (Brendan Frasier and Keri Russel) search for a cure for Pompe Disease, which afflicts two of their young children. They team up with researcher John Stonehill (Harrison Ford), start a biotech company, and against all odds, hop on the fast-track to saving some little kids. Considering the movie is based on a true story, I wouldn’t say the plot is a big secret or anything. However, if you’re going to be all scientific about it and see it without preconceived notions, then you might want to stop here. If you’re curious and don’t mind a few minor factual spoilers, read on! Read the rest of this entry »


Who is Chiral Jones?

October 3, 2009

Hello, and welcome to chiral jones: a blog about science, chemistry, and above all a strong desire for stereocenters. (a chiral jones, get it?)¹² Not to say that I’m only interested in methodology/synthesis of chiral everything, but I dig organic chemistry in general.

If you’ll note, my username is also chiral jones. Sure, I could have named my blog “Synthetic Fix”, and continued the whole fix/jones theme, but A) I thought chiral jones was more clever, and B) googling “synthetic fix” results in different ways to pass urine drug tests. Kinda gross. “Chiral Jones” does not.

Most importantly, I think Chiral Jones is the coolest sounding pseudonym ever! Like, a Keyser Soze of chemistry…

So, thats that. With any luck, coherent posts will start appearing soon, and with constintant frequency, I’ll have a proper “About Me,” and I’ll keep up the appearance of a decent blog!

1. As you may soon realize, I’m a sucker for wordplay.

2. Like so many other chemical bloggers, I enjoy footnotes and references where applicable.

Excuse me if things are jumbled or out of place, as I’m getting accustomed to wordpress and this whole “blogging” thing.