• 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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  • Playful Cleverness, Applied

    Posted by Qrystal on August 29, 2008 at 19:42.
    Category: Concepts. Tags: fun.

    While the word ‘hacker’ to refer to someone who enjoys playful cleverness is most often applied to computer programmers, it is sometimes used for people who apply the same attitude to other fields.

    Hacker (free and open source software) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    OMG, this and a few of the other Wikipedia articles have me convinced: I’m a hacker, and I didn’t even know it!  This is not to be confused with cracker, the evil version, but instead refers to open-sourceness, anti-authoritarian, fun and non-malicious playfulness.  And April Foolery!  Woot!

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