We Apologize For The Inconvenience

Hello, listener!

Boy howdy, it sure has been a long time since we’ve had a new episode, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, I’m afraid it may still be a while yet before we get to hear the stories behind thorium.

A new and rather unexpected health issue has cropped up for me recently, and it’s going to be an issue for the foreseeable future. It’s nothing terribly worrisome, but it is taking up a lot of time and energy. I’m not sure what kind of schedule I’ll be able to stick to for the next couple weeks or possibly months.

The good news is — knock on wood — all this should be well behind me a few months from now.

Actually, the real good news is that walking the halls of medicine allows for new opportunities to collect chemical elements! A friendly MRI tech let me keep my bottle of contrast agent, pictured above, which allowed me to add gadolinium to my personal collection! (Granted, the bottle is empty, but there’s still a little bit of gadolinium slime stuck to the walls of this vessel.)

Anyway, I’m sorry for the loss in momentum. I would much rather be pumping out episodes at a rapid clip! I’ll be back at it as soon as I can, and as always, thank you for listening.

16 Replies to “We Apologize For The Inconvenience”

  1. I join the others in wishing you good health. During the ordeals of recovery I hope your mental and physical energy, including your humor, will carry you through. Maybe they will need some rests but will perk back up.

    It feels unfair for you to educate and entertain us, and then us to not be there for you, giving something back. I know your podcast is not a diary, though. Anyway, posting messages requires energy, to strangers especially. If you decide to drop a hote about yourself, though, it will be good to hear from you.

    I will be thinking of your well being.

    Good care and good recovery.

  2. Best wishes for a good recovery TR.

    Sad that you are having to navigate this experience, though glad that you are receiving skilled medical treatment.

    Hope to hear presently that you are starting to feel better. In the meantime, all best wishes from a loyal listener in SW England

  3. My best wishes for this hard time, and merry Christmas!
    Luckily for me, I still have many episodes ahead of me before reaching the temporary stop to Actinium!

    One of the best podcast ever: as a (once) chemist, I would have had it when I was a university student back in the 90s 😉

    Greeting from Italy,

  4. Get well soon – I hope this resolves quickly! And thank you for this wonderful podcast. I’m already on the mailing list, btw.

  5. Dont worry about hurrying releasing episodes, your health is far more important, thankyou so much for this wonderful informative podcast, try and have a Merry xmas and happy new year, rest up and recharge yourself
    Once again thanks

  6. Just finished actinium after taking my sweet. old. time. through your fab show. Love your great writing, acting, attention to detail and accurate pronunciations of foreign language. You are also very funny! Having zero science background doesn’t deter from the joy of learning about the history of elements via your presentations.
    Wishing you all the best during your recovery and peace during these troubled times.
    Be well!

  7. Just discovered your wonderful podcast a couple of days ago – what a great resource for someone who stopped studying chemistry at 13 (more than half a century ago)! Wishing you a speedy recovery and many more podcasts to come…

  8. Hoping you have made great strides in the right direction since you posted this! I found this podcast a couple months ago and have been working my way slowly through. I appreciate your wit, vocabulary, and inside nerd jokes (even though I’m sure I’ve missed a few)! Looking forward to the next episodes, however, I’ve got plenty of extra reading to do with the episode pages and Theo Gray’s book! Thanks for such an enjoyable podcast, and I hope your healing continues! Best wishes from Northern Indiana!

  9. Hope things are going okay for you. Happy New Year, and I’ll look forward to new episodes when you’re able.

  10. I just want to say thank you for being a friendly voice through some very lonely time during the current global events. Every episode has been so interesting, funny and I’ve even choked up a few times. Thank you Mr. Appleton and get well soon!

  11. Hope you are doing well, i have really enjoyed listening to your podcast and look forward to your return. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from here in Surrey, UK.

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