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welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:02:58 PM »
http://m.vice.com/read/casey-william-hardison-psychedelic-chemist-254?utm_source=vicefbus
I believe this is the man that help come up with "the new age lsd synthesis" using the peptide coupling
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2014, 09:15:50 PM »
Nice! I've heard his name.  So let's have him join the forum? Lol
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014, 12:52:57 AM »
Lol I wish
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014, 03:52:09 PM »
Does he have any clothes on in this picture?


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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2014, 03:53:59 PM »
Rofl wtf it doesn't look like it
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2014, 03:57:34 PM »
Naw, dude is naked making drugs in an old hippie bus somewhere on Dead tour in California.  It's like my late 20's all over again ;-)!
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 02:46:59 PM »
I am sure he has shoes on. PPE would be nice, maybe he had a rubber on hahaha.

That is a pretty unsafe way to work though in most every place one could work that does not require one to dance for dollars.

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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2014, 10:11:40 PM »
Maybe he feels chemical scars on his body are a sign of honor.
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2014, 07:05:05 PM »
Lol Baba.

Well he is more than welcome to Toady's. Would happily trade him those for an 8th of herb and a bag or two of good H :D

Let's see...what have we on offer...?

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Ever since though, long-distance sight in the eye that recieved the gout of boiling water/MeOH/lactone/NaOH is very, very, very poor, although he can still read with it just as long as the text isn't more than a couple of feet away, other than that everything is blurry and indistinct.

Also, inhaled a bit too much of various things by accident over the many years of his chemistry/mycology/microbiology/pharmacological experimenting giving his chest a tendency to get somewhat irritable and prone to coughing, mainly when the weather gets cold, and a (completely unrelated) self-iodination, which left him with multiple, but each one quite small, scars and a heavy shirt that has ever since been his lab coat, as its fit for nothing else, since its riddled with holes, and big dark violet-black iodine burns :P
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2014, 01:15:38 AM »
This story will most definitely pop into my mind the next time I'm feeling too lazy to go hunt down my safety glasses and give me the needed motivation to do go find them. Sheesh, that one had me cringing.

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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 07:48:59 PM »
What do you mean that story had you cringing?

Was no fun, but at least 1.5kg ish of the lactone/end product of its ring opening.

Think that was bad?

Molten sodium covered in fuzed anhydrous NaOH up Toady's nose wasn't his idea of enjoyable either :P
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2014, 09:13:32 AM »
Me likes to work naked too, never had an issue. Private parts only suffered once when working dressed and going to the toilet for a pee not realising that there are some spots of KOH on my hands which came from just opening a container with this.
That was considerably unpleasant.

Working naked is somewhast like doing electric installations under energy (only up to 400V) - this is common in many countries, gloves and rubbershoes are mandatory but only an extra, they work without touching blank wires at all.
The rate of injuries is lower then in countries where energy is switched off.

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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2014, 10:04:57 PM »
One time I was cleaning up some potassium hydroxide that had absorbed a lot of water from the air, became liquid and spilled on a table because the lid leaked.  In the bathroom, I found some strange black junk and wondered what it was.  Then I felt my forearm stinging, looked at it and discovered that there was a bare spot where there used to be hair.  That's when I found out KOH is a lot more corrosive than NaOH.  I washed it off and it didn't leave any scars.
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2014, 07:56:29 AM »
One time I was cleaning up some potassium hydroxide that had absorbed a lot of water from the air, became liquid and spilled on a table because the lid leaked.  In the bathroom, I found some strange black junk and wondered what it was.  Then I felt my forearm stinging, looked at it and discovered that there was a bare spot where there used to be hair.  That's when I found out KOH is a lot more corrosive than NaOH.  I washed it off and it didn't leave any scars.
You must be some hairy guy... :o
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2014, 07:28:47 PM »
Toady likes to wear a thick fabric long-sleeved shirt while working. It serves as a labcoat, as it can't be worn for day-wear anymore, as its blackish-violet all over the place and covered in chem stains and burns.

Fucker has gotten iodinated to kingdom come over the years, but for lab work, rather than day-wear its just fine. Other than that, goggles, gas mask or O2 supply depending what is being done, with elbow-length heavy rubber gloves, sometimes with a second pair of nitrile gloves over the top or underneath.

Other than that, a leather jacket is favoured lab-wear, as the leather is tougher than fabrics and can bee rapidly wiped off/decontaminated and has some resistance to corrosives of many kinds, gives one time to act before ending up receiving an injury.

Accidents happen, for instance, when barefoot, almost had a major burn from a bottle of 93% H2SO4 after the cap loosened and allowed the bottle to drop to the floor. Toady jumped out of the way JUST in time. Only damage in the end was to the bathroom floor, and bog seat, looks like someone shat on the floor and bog seat with the big brown stains that it left. But if Toady had not got lucky, and moved as fast as he did, that conc. sulfuric WOULD have ended up splashing down his legs and onto his bare feet.

No NEED to be naked in the lab, its just dumb and irresponsible IMO. Injuries recieved that way if a hospital job, just brings a bad reputation and more chemophobia to the mindset of that kind of person, and gets ALL amateur/hobby chemists a bad name.
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2014, 08:20:28 PM »
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2015, 08:01:09 PM »
toady is the new FMan.

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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2015, 06:03:07 PM »
Who is FMan? Tsath' recognizes the handle from his days on the hive under another username but cannot bring to mind anything in particular about that bee's nick.
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Re: welcome home the legendary casey willams Hardison
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2015, 05:13:16 AM »
Hardison didn't come up with it, Professor David Nichols did (I have the paper), Hardison just saw it and applied it commercially (actually experimentally since he got busted before he could sell it from that procedure).
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2015, 12:59:29 PM »
Hardison didn't come up with it, Professor David Nichols did (I have the paper), Hardison just saw it and applied it commercially (actually experimentally since he got busted before he could sell it from that procedure).
They should have thanked him for the peer review then instead of putting him away for all these years....
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