• 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 Limerick Haiku

    Friday, September 11th, 2009

    Oh wow, a limerick haiku! I thought ‘twas too tricky to do! But then I found this, and I’d be remiss, if I didn’t share it with you! –a limerick by Qrystal, to introduce the following clever way of meshing limerick and haiku styles: … There was an old man From Peru, whose lim’ricks all [...]

    Base 10

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

    “All your base” – Cowbirds in Love My thoughts on reading a handul of posts in this comic series: “YAY! A new comic to add to my Amusement category in Google Reader! And a new geeky source of giggling to add to my life. I [Heart] the Internet!”

    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 [...]

    Non-Prophet Religious Organization

    Thursday, November 27th, 2008

    The Church of Reality is a non-prophet organization. I recently discovered the Church of Reality, and I am totally amazed. What a great collection of musings on what a modern, thoughtful religious notion could entail! I’m not done reading yet, but so far I haven’t found anything that didn’t send a shiver down my spine [...]

    On the Forwarding of Emails

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    This comic gives the definitive answer to the ever-present question, “Should I forward that email?” Now please, forward this informative comic to everyone you know and get them to forward it to everyone they know, so we can stop the forwarding madness once and for all! (I mean, of course, don’t.)

    Be Scared, get Extra Candy!

    Friday, October 31st, 2008

    According to the Halloween Candy Code, this symbol sketched in chalk at the bottom of a driveway advises fellow trick or treaters to “Be Scared Here for Extra Candy Portion”. What a brilliant idea! Credit for the idea, according to the above site, is this tweet from @cabel.

    Politicians as Star Wars Characters

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Amusing U.S. politics thread going on at Fark. This one I chose surely betrays my geekiness… but perhaps other people will find other examples they find funnier! Go look!

    Death Star Pumpkin

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    Of course, Star Wars Pumpkins will catch the attention of geeks like myself! This one in particular totally has me in awe! I’m not yet sure what I’m doing for my pumpkin this year, but I sure expect to have fun with it!

    Dollar Calamity

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    Thanks @Lodewijkvdb for tweeting this link.

    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 [...]

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