When chemist Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin died Monday night at the age of 88, his legacy was quickly summed up in three words: “Godfather of Ecstasy.” It’s the easiest characterization of the chemist because his ’70s-era synthesis of the Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA) is the most well known of his work.
The “Godfather of Ecstasy” moniker has stuck so firmly to Shulgin because in the decades since his MDMA synthesis, the drug has vastly grown in importance. It’s no stretch to argue that without Shulgin’s synthesis of MDMA there would be no “summer of love” in England in 1988, no rave culture in the United States during the 1990s and certainly no staggering-in-size, billion dollar EDM (Electronic Dance Music) industry today.
Thanks for the fun times in my early 20s.
Thanks for the fun times last week.
erinmargrethe said: 8 years - you guys are on the same timeline as us and Cindy+Tonkin.
Yeah, Tonkin and I were hitting on each other on another website. Damn girls got in the way.
One day, we ALL will have bubbles together.
LOLOLOL and yes, Cindy!
Ross and I keep saying we’ll go back to Chicago (and stay in the same hotel/same room) for our 10th anniversary.
Does the development of the Australian accent in the 1970s mark the nascent stage of our national identity?
Clem Bastow speaks to Georgia Webster about how the 1970s Australian accent came about and whether it is the definition of what it means to sound Aussie-as.
In this episode Ross and Josh speak to professional speaking human Merlin Mann about overcoming or, perhaps, embracing self-doubt, to become better producers of quality work.
Josh and I work pretty methodically. Along with our sometime co-host Jerome Lebel-Jones, we have recorded 20 episodes of The Nudge podcast. Nominally, it’s a show about being better designers –– our idea was to make a podcast for designers that mostly featured people who weren’t designers for their day job –– but really it’s about continuing to grow and learn throughout your life.
We’ve had a rule that we would only interview people face-to-face. Partially, that’s a hold-out from the way I was taught to interview people, and partially it was because to create something interesting it helps to have constraints, even if they’re made of smoke.
For episode 20, we broke our rule. Merlin Mann was nice enough to speak to us over Skype about self-doubt, premature praise, and how hard it is to do an Australian accent. If you have 37 minutes to spare then this is the episode of The Nudge for you.
I (27/M) am not happy with the “open” part of my open relationship with girlfriend (25/F). Together 2 years, “open” 6ish mo.
How we met: We met about 2.5 years…
This is probably fake, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.
Photo by Gilbert Gaona