• Who am I?

    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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    On Becoming Awesome

    Monday, September 11th, 2017

      I am currently on a mission to Become Awesome.  My next move is to write about how it will unfold, focusing on the forward direction so fervently that I don’t even acknowledge anything else.  (This introduction has been difficult to write because of the negativity and stuckness I am in the process of overcoming, [...]

    Much-Approved Design Upgrades

    Friday, March 3rd, 2017

      I was happily acknowledging a product’s recent design upgrade, when it occurred to me that this is the third such that I have noticed in the past few years, and I don’t think I’ve done anything about them other than quietly appreciate.  Something must be said, out loud! I have considered writing letters to [...]

    More Creation, Less Consumption

    Friday, January 13th, 2017

    I was just reading my twitter feed for the first time in a long time (weeks, at least, and the time before that was probably weeks before that, and so on, for years) and I got reminded of a few things.  It inspired me to come here and write, which I’m pretty sure is a [...]


    Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

      I have so many partially written Having as many partially written things as I do is somewhat What I’ve decided to muse about today is: is there a way I can accept the incompleteness, as it is, without being harsh with myself, so I can simply And if I do start moving on with [...]

    Yearning for Returning

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

      I have come to the point where I want to say “out loud” that I want to get back here, and write more.  So here I am, doing exactly that. Will I post any of the things I’ve half-written over the past few years?  I don’t know.  Maybe.  I might even backdate them (I’ll [...]

    Where am I?

    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

      I’m about to attempt the shortest blog post I’ve ever written.  It shouldn’t be hard; I tend to write mini-novels, and enjoy the heck out of doing so. But, well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t have time for that, right now.  This time, however, I’m acknowledging that this is [...]

    New Year, New Life

    Sunday, January 1st, 2012

    Many things about my life will be changing this year.  And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions… heck, I don’t know if I should even bother making any specific resolutions for the year, except perhaps to not go completely mad while I’m facing the madness that is to come. I use the term “madness” [...]

    “I Don’t Have Time”

    Monday, August 1st, 2011

    Recently, I’ve been noticing myself thinking that “I don’t have time” for this, that, or the other thing that I want to do. And this is despite knowing that it’s usually unhelpful to think such a thing, because “you’ve gotta make time“, blah blah blah. At the same time, I know there is also some [...]

    Our Northern Ontario Camping Destination

    Thursday, June 9th, 2011

    I kinda wanted to share where we’re going camping, but at the same time, I also wanted to keep it secret… so I grabbed the Google Satellite imagery from the area just to give an idea of the terrain. I will say, though, that it’s deep in Northern Ontario, a little north of halfway between [...]

    Saying ‘Yes’ to Challenge

    Sunday, November 28th, 2010

    The title of this post makes me feel yucky contemplating it, but I’m going to keep it as it is because it is an important lesson I learned recently.  I mean, I’ve known for quite some time that it’s not a good idea to let myself say ‘No’ to challenges just because they’re difficult or [...]

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