This is my first ever blog entry, let alone the Baran lab blog but on all blogs web-wide. I thought this would be a suitable entry to celebrate this landmark of mine. I (Yoshi) came to the Baran Lab in 2007 and obtained my PhD last year but I'm staying here longer for a pet project of mine. And Ana's. And most importantly for those of you who visit this page for Baran lab news: Phil's vision. Case in point: we have been writing a book mostly on heterocyclic chemistry and today is our official launch date. The book is called "The Portable Chemist's Consultant." This is not a hardcover book but is only offered on the iBookstore; we also have a website dedicated to it. While you can find the book itself and the sample book in the former, and cool graphics and a comments page in the latter, on this blog I decided to put up a quick video of myself talking through the features of this electronic book while holding up my iPad.
Here is an impromptu video taken by Phil using his iPhone... he just stormed into my working area, brought me into his office and said "let's take a video of you talking about the interactive features of this book. Starting... now."
Maybe one day I'll take a better version of this video that has my iPad on a more stable platform and without me stuttering, but for now this will do. I just wanted to showcase here that this is a highly interactive book with all sections hyperlinked to each other and all references hyperlinked to the original literature source on the internet. As well as a lot of Phil Baran videos for those of you who are not fortunate enough to be in San Diego to attend his heterocycles class (which started today, coincidentally... or not). Check it out! --Yoshi