• 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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    A Shivanaut’s Maiden Voyage

    Friday, October 22nd, 2010

    “Pull tab to open,” suggests the label on the padded envelope containing the Shiva Nata DVD I’ve been so eagerly awaiting.  I’m so ready to crank this practice up, and lose myself in blessed befuddledness that is meant to challenge my mind into untangling itself. So why have I not torn open the envelope yet? [...]

    Level Zero Shivanaut

    Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

    As described in my last post, I am starting to learn Shiva Nata, a mental exercise performed with physical motion.  Since the introductory material suggested that journalling my progress might help me better appreciate it, I figure I may as well share my thoughts on it publically in case there are others who are interested [...]

    Starting a New Dance

    Friday, October 1st, 2010

    I’m a little bit nervous about a lot of what I am about to write, even though I have written many times about self-analysis and transformation attempts and steps to help me get moving in the direction I want to go.  I’ve just never thought of it as a dance, and I rarely openly admit that [...]

    Concept Mapping with VUE

    Friday, October 17th, 2008

    Concept maps are … free form, [with] multiple hubs and clusters [that] can be created, unlike mindmaps which fix on a single conceptual center. This quote from the concept map article at Wikipedia clearly summarizes why I should’ve been looking at concept mapping all along, instead of trying to constrain myself to the formats available [...]

    Hello, Michael.

    Thursday, September 25th, 2008

    My jaw literally dropped and hung open for a few moments while this notion sunk in: this is the Mio™ Knight Rider™ GPS Portable Navigation Device. Yes, it actually speaks in the voice of KITT (William Daniels); and yes, I would seriously consider buying this because yes, I grew up in the 80’s and was [...]

    Benefit of Open Source Mobile Devices

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

    I’ve just added a new comic to my “Amusement” feed: The Joy of Tech comic… laughter is the best tech support. I was hooked, from just this one comic, well … and the title of the comic … and the fact that the whole site is about Geek Culture… ANyways, this comic spoke to me, [...]

    Riding the Chrome Bandwagon (A Personal Account)

    Thursday, September 4th, 2008

    It’s all shiny and new, and I had to get it:  Google’s new web browser, aka Chrome.  In fact, when I heard about it and its features, I was completely agog.  But I’m a geek, I must admit, and as I explain myself it will only become more clear… I’ve already twittered some of my [...]

    Time Estimates as Ranges of Possibilities

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    I recently discovered LiquidPlanner, a project planner based on a unique concept:  that plans are meant to be fluid, and that nothing can be planned with exact certainty. With normal planning software, this fluidity causes the need to replan and tweak and fiddle… and in my case, my tendency towards optimism resulted in me letting [...]

    Twittering with glee

    Sunday, April 13th, 2008

    Twittering with glee! But what does it mean to me? Read on. You will see. I’ve never written a rhyming haiku before, mostly because I like that it’s not required. I think I just got a little overboard in my giddiness, and it came out in rhyme. I’d apologize, but .. nah! :) Anyways, I’m [...]

    So many time management options, so little time!

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    “If you don’t have time to DOWNLOAD and use this software then you really need it.” — from the ThinkingRock homepage. I’ve been through a lot of time management software and webware in the past year or so… I’m almost afraid to estimate how much of my time was eaten by such endeavours. I’m trying [...]

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