• 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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    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 [...]

    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” [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    Dreaming of a Six Hour Startup

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    It didn’t take much to get [it] up and running. Just an initial idea — which [he] couldn’t get out of his head — a domain name, and a few smart people. All told, about $30 was invested in the project, including the snacks … purchased to fuel developers during the coding marathon. Ready, set [...]

    Inspired by a Blog

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    How to be an Original covers three main topics: * Discovering WHO you are – Authenticity * Deciding WHAT you want – Goal Setting * Learning HOW to get there – Self Improvement and Productivity About | How to be an Original I almost cried reading the purpose of this blog.  I am missing at [...]

    Stop-and-go Blogging

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    I’ve been really wanting to write here, and I even have five posts in progress at the moment (six, if you count this one!) but just can’t bring myself to finish what I’ve been starting. I think it’s because I feel like I have to draw the line at how much time I spend with [...]

    Machines That Can Eat

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    Machines are under development that can digest plants, like we do, heal themselves and even poo. Robot that can build itself to be unveiled – Telegraph I’m sorry, but pooing robots is where I draw the line. Actually, robots that can design and justify a way to destroy humanity is where I draw the line, [...]

    What Do I Want, Again?

    Thursday, May 15th, 2008

    I’ve been pondering my life lately (..again….) and in order to help me get my thoughts straight, I took a look at this mindmap that I made in October of 2007. It’s all still very relevant, as it shows what I think I need in order to fulfil my desires for peace, love, and happiness. [...]

    What Do I Want?

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    What Do I Want? mind map

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