TheChemBlog Closes Shop

Kyle Finchsigmate
Kyle Finchsigmate

One of the pioneering chemistry blogs closed their doors earlier this month. As a brethren to the class of 2006 [1], I feel the need to pay homage to the great Kyle Finchsigmate’s influential chemical blog. TheChemBlog came online in June of ’06 and with his anonymity still intact he was able to get away with his potty-mouth antics in a way to be informative, cutting, and always entertaining.

All good chemistry blogs have a mix of literature reviews, opinion, and funny life as chemists posts. If you examine his early writing they focused mainly on dissecting the chemical literature. The blog served as a vehicle for his wry sense of humor and to develop his capacity to analyze literature and communicate his insights to the chemical community. I mention this only because an examination of his final posts at the blog reveals a complete lack of the literature reviews, and I think this switch is telling for why he closed the doors.

All that being said, I am sure we will hear from Kyle again. As Web 2.0 platforms continue to expand and evolve everywhere in our lives, it will only be a matter of time until Kyle finds a new one to his liking. With the recent very promising blogs Chemical Crystallinity and Chiral Jones he leaves a chemical blogosphere that I believe is in good hands.


[1] In 2006 this blog was started and known as the ChemicalForums Blog; it was January 2008 when we moved to this domain.


  1. Kyle smells like poop and can die in a fire. He will be missed.

  2. It is not many who get to be flattered at their own eulogy. Thanks, Mitch!

  3. I’m going to miss the combination of reliable shit-talking and chemistry. Hope we see ya around, Kyle.

  4. Wow ?the picture is Woodward?

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