• 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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  • Buddhist Personality Type: Deluded/Speculative

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    The spiritual task …[for] the deluded type [of person] is to transform spaciousness into a state of rooted equanimity. Deluded types need to learn how to reel in their minds. Practices useful for a deluded type include: noting (labeling); mindfulness of the hindrance of doubt; body awareness; somatic experiencing; qigong or yoga; precision; mindfulness of [...]

    My Brain Lateralization

    Friday, October 17th, 2008

    Brain Lateralization Test Results Right Brain (66%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain. Left Brain (38%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain Are You Right or Left Brained? personality tests by similarminds.com I wouldn’t have guessed that I am [...]

    Small Talk Fail

    Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

    I totally feel like this sometimes. “Small Talk” – xkcd – by Randall Munroe. NOTE: There is more to this comic than meets the eye… you must go to the site to hover over the comic and read the punchline!

    Thoughts on Dream Analysis

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    Some of the dreams I’ve been having lately seem to really be saying things that could be useful in my own personal development.  I’ve been intrigued by dreams for many many years, and have even at various times attempted analyzing symbols in dreams in order to interpret their meanings.  Recently, this intrigue has become more [...]

    Joys of Being an Introvert

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    via www.toothpastefordinner.com The joys of being an introvert far outweigh the loneliness. Yay introverts! :)

    Am I a Nerd, Geek, or Dork?

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    According to the The Nerd, Geek, or Dork Test test, I am Pure Nerd: 78% Nerd, 17% Geek, 30% Dork … and as confirmation, I’m nerdy enough to be bothered that the percentages don’t add up to 100%! Are the three supposed to be taken as independent scales, despite the fact that the test is [...]

    I Procrastinate, Part 3 – Personality Analysis

    Sunday, March 30th, 2008

    I’ve been doing more listening than writing with regards to the fabulous iProcrastinate podcasts, because I’ve been walking with my pod* more than I’ve been procrastinating at my computer. Hey, maybe that means the podcasts are helping me kick the procrastination habit! (*I use the term “pod” to describe my non-iPod mp3 player that is [...]

    I Procrastinate, Part 2 – Basic Personality Traits

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    I have been listening to a really inspirational podcast series called iProcrastinate, and decided I would benefit greatly from reviewing the details discussed and relating them to my own procrastination. Yes, I realize that this is probably just another way for me to procrastinate, but the pull is just too strong to ignore.. I must [...]