• 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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  • My Teaching Philosophy

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    I prepared this writeup for my teaching portfolio, which I needed to submit along with a nomination I was honoured to receive for a GA/TA Award for Educational Practice. Also in this package, I had to include letters from students willing to support my nomination, and the ones who did were motivational almost beyond words. [...]

    The Meaning of Life, to a Child

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

    The meaning of life is to live. An 8-year-old child, as quoted at A Day in the Life of a Pagan Parent. Kids say the darndest things, eh? The author of the article had no idea the child would come up with an answer at all, let alone such a thoughtful one that “not only [...]