• 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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  • New Year, New Life

    Sunday, January 1st, 2012

    Many things about my life will be changing this year.  And I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions… heck, I don’t know if I should even bother making any specific resolutions for the year, except perhaps to not go completely mad while I’m facing the madness that is to come. I use the term “madness” [...]

    Time Estimates as Ranges of Possibilities

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    I recently discovered LiquidPlanner, a project planner based on a unique concept:  that plans are meant to be fluid, and that nothing can be planned with exact certainty. With normal planning software, this fluidity causes the need to replan and tweak and fiddle… and in my case, my tendency towards optimism resulted in me letting [...]

    What Do I Want, Again?

    Thursday, May 15th, 2008

    I’ve been pondering my life lately (..again….) and in order to help me get my thoughts straight, I took a look at this mindmap that I made in October of 2007. It’s all still very relevant, as it shows what I think I need in order to fulfil my desires for peace, love, and happiness. [...]