• 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 [...]

    LaTeX LimeriX

    Friday, November 9th, 2007

    I just had to post this limerick, because I found it hilarious.. and because I want to play with WordPress’ ability to handle LaTeX expressions. [tex]\int_{1}^{\sqrt[3]{3}}t^{2}dt\cdot\cos\frac{3\pi}{9}=\ln\sqrt[3]{e} [/tex] (Hint: If you “speak math”, just say the expression out loud and it will fairly easily fall into the rhyming scheme of a typical limerick. If you don’t [...]