• 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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  • Eclipse epiphany, or lunar lunacy?

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

    I stood there, gazing at the moon, unblinking in its oranged glow. I had a promise in mind, to myself and for myself. The idea had only sprouted barely an hour or so prior, and it was only getting more potent… and terrifying. But I believe it will work. I’m not superstitious by any means, [...]

    “Motivate me!” I said to myself.

    Thursday, January 31st, 2008

    When the title for this post came to me, I liked it immediately, and I’d like to explore the reasons why. To do so, I will look at the terms “me, myself, and I” and see how each one individually contributes to my entire persona.

    What Do I Want?

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

    What Do I Want? mind map

    Digging myself out of a hole

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    I’ll be the first to admit that blogging right now is not the best use of my time, no problemo.  But I really deserve to publically kick myself in the pants for my situation right now. I wonder if I’m addicted to procrastination or something, or if perhaps somehow my inner child (or inner brat) [...]

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

    So, here I am. Don’t welcome me, and please don’t congratulate me for finally joining the blogosphere. This could, arguably, be one of the worst things I’ve ever done. But if I do this right… I might just come out of it okay. With luck and diligence, I might even be able to turn this [...]