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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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  • Integrate over time…

    Posted by Qrystal on January 28, 2008 at 9:56.
    Category: Concepts. Tags: progress, time.

    Recently, I have been contemplating ways to improve my perception of time so that I can make better use of it. I am trying to resist doing too much reading about the subject, because it is very important not to let myself whittle away my time reading instead of doing. I do allow myself to spend a bit of time brainstorming each day, because I find it inspirational to consider my tasks before blindly jumping in.

    The other day, a fascinating notion came to me during one of these brainstorming sessions. It came in the form of a mathematical expression:

    [tex]great\: accomplishments=\int (slow\: but\; steady\: progress)dt[/tex] Essentially, this means that great accomplishments can result from the sum (integral) over time (the variable of integration) of a whole lot of slow but steady progress (the integrand).

    I am inspired by the idea that continual progress over time will bring me to where I want to be.. to where I can really truly accomplish great things. Intellectually, I have known this idea for awhile, but I am still getting used to putting it into practice. This reminds me of a quote I like a lot:

    Practice Makes Progress.

    So now, it is time to get to the practice of making progress, and progressing with the practice I do!

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