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    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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    Smelly Old Emails

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Stop thinking of emails like precious family heirlooms, and start treating ‘em like pints of milk. Perishable, time-stamped milk that becomes a little less fresh every day until it smells kind of funny and just needs to be dumped. Merlin Mann, at Inbox Zero: Better Practices for staying (near) zero. I love Merlin’s use of [...]

    I Should Make a Life Manifesto!

    Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

    Whenever I have a tough decision to make I ask myself, “What would someone, who lived their life by the darwinifesto, do in this situation? Great advice here from analogDARWIN, about how to make one’s own life manifesto.  I am very keen on making myself a Qrystalifesto!

    Inspired by a Blog

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    How to be an Original covers three main topics: * Discovering WHO you are – Authenticity * Deciding WHAT you want – Goal Setting * Learning HOW to get there – Self Improvement and Productivity About | How to be an Original I almost cried reading the purpose of this blog.  I am missing at [...]

    Trying to Become an Early Riser

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    23. Avoid Naps. It’s a proven fact that nappers sleep worse at night. Naps break critical sleep cycles that keep us from getting the proper types of sleep we need. 24. Track your progress. Use a goal tracker like Joe’s Goals to simply track how you’re doing. Visually seeing your progress is a great way [...]

    The Meaning of Life, to a Child

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

    The meaning of life is to live. An 8-year-old child, as quoted at A Day in the Life of a Pagan Parent. Kids say the darndest things, eh? The author of the article had no idea the child would come up with an answer at all, let alone such a thoughtful one that “not only [...]

    Online Writing Resources

    Saturday, July 12th, 2008

    I hope to add to this list eventually, as I find more sites like the one below!  Suggestions are welcome! The Purdue University Online Writing Lab seems to have a lot of valuable resources, including a fantastic Verb Tense Chart to help distinguish between various verb tenses.  I had learned many of these terms in Latin [...]

    5 Ways to Handle Chronic Procrastination

    Friday, July 11th, 2008

    Link: 5 Ways to Handle Chronic Procrastination Step #1: Take Action.  (Don’t just acknowledge and ignore the problem!) Step #2: Find the Root.  (Search your feelings.) Step #3: Set Goals. (Determination can conquer procrastination!) Step #4: Be Realistic. (Plan, but plan for breaks too.) Step #5: Review. (Reward yourself, and prevent regression.)

    Dangerous cosmetics

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

    I don’t wear makeup often, and nail polish only rarely.  Now I’ve got good reason to avoid most nail polishes:  there are three dangerous chemicals to avoid, according to Green Living Online! Today, I am shopping for a friend of mine who I *know* will be at least as concerned as I am about toxins — [...]

    Mindful of Posture

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    You should not be tilted sideways, backward, or forwards. You should be sitting straight up as if you were supporting the sky with your head. This is not just … a means of obtaining the right state of mind. … When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is [...]

    Begin Anywhere

    Saturday, May 17th, 2008

    “It’s like when people say ‘I don’t know where to begin’ – the answer is ‘Begin anywhere – wherever you begin is the beginning’.” — Suw Charman from her article Procrastination, thief of… ooh! wanna watch a movie? at Strange Attractor: Picking out patterns in the chaos

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