• 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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    Research Paper MadLibs!

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    PHD Comics: Abstract Mad Libs I laughed out loud at the blank labelled “buzzword”. In the case of my thesis, the buzzword is “quantum gravity”. I’ve been encouraged to toss that word into grant applications more than once. It’s not really a stretch, even though my thesis has nothing to do with gravity. I am [...]

    Sometimes, I Bake Cookies

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    This Cookie Recipe from Recipezaar got turned into something quite different today. Instead of the coloured pineapple filling the recipe called for, I used the cranberry-orange sauce that was leftover from Xmas dinner! The result: a shortbread-like cookie with a tart burst of fruit flavour, and a sweet finish of lightly toasted coconut. Which, of [...]

    The Creative Itch

    Monday, December 1st, 2008

    Creativity has no bounds, certainly no right/left restrictions, its rather an approach to how to…solve an itch, whether that itch be how to express something one feels/thinks that needs to be said, how to express things better for others, or how to pay ones rent without a ‘normal’ job. Actually, that last one can bring [...]

    My Mind on my 30th birthday

    Monday, December 1st, 2008

    I keep thinking about the future, and what I will be doing in it. I contemplate the things I will do for income, and the things I will do with the income. I want to work to live, not live to work! I want to enjoy my work. I want to follow the crazy ideas [...]

    Thesis Struggles: Analyzing the Cause

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008

    If you’re filled with strong negative emotions – particularly when they don’t make sense to you, you’ll do what it takes to avoid those feelings. Hence, procrastination and paralysis when it comes to scholarly writing. So says Gina Hiatt of AcademicLadder.com. I’ve been subscribed to the free newsletter from this site for a few months [...]

    Laser Tag – What Fun!

    Monday, October 27th, 2008

    Laser Tag was amazingly fun! We’re all gung-ho about going again. The arena was big enough to get lost in, and it was all blacklit as shown in the picture here. It was maze-like, with lots of walls and turns and passageways and multiple ramps up to the second and third levels, but it also [...]

    My First Computer

    Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

    My first computer was a Radio Shack MC-10. With it, I learned elementary BASIC programming, and I’ve been a geek ever since. According to my research just now, the MC-10 was released in 1983 but discontinued in 1984, which means I was about five or six years old when I started programming. I can’t remember [...]

    Career Inventory Test Results

    Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

    Yet another personality test that tells me all the stuff I already know, and doesn’t help me decide what to DO about it …. but it’s amusing nonetheless. Career Inventory Test Results Extroversion ||||||||||||||| 46% Emotional Stability ||||||||||||||||||||| 70% Orderliness |||||| 20% Altruism |||||||||||| 40% Inquisitiveness |||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 90% You are an Architect, possible professions include [...]

    My Brain Lateralization

    Friday, October 17th, 2008

    Brain Lateralization Test Results Right Brain (66%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain. Left Brain (38%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain Are You Right or Left Brained? personality tests by similarminds.com I wouldn’t have guessed that I am [...]


    Friday, October 17th, 2008

    INTP – “Architect”. Greatest precision in thought and language. Can readily discern contradictions and inconsistencies. The world exists primarily to be understood. 3.3% of total population. Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI) Deeper analysis told me that I’m actually fairly close to halfway between E and I, as well as F and T. Thus [...]

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