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    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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  • Twitter as a hangout

    Posted by Qrystal on January 8, 2009 at 16:54.
    Category: Miscellany. Tags: twitter.

    Twitter, as it turns out, is a bar. It’s a bar. It’s the local neighborhood bar/cafe thing where you hang out.

    Why do you hang out in your neighborhood bar/cafe thing? Because it’s your local. It’s your place. It’s where your friends are. It’s where you make new friends. It’s where you go because sometimes being smart and funny in your head just doesn’t cut it.

    You know that inner voice … that narrates a steady commentary of funny, meaningful, goofy and profound things that you usually just say to yourself and no one ever gets to appreciate? Twitter is that voice’s new home. It is where that voice goes to hang out. Because that voice … needs a bar.

    Finally, someone explains it exactly right, and at the same time, shoots down all those other people who keep doing it wrong. Twitter demystified and debunked is a great article by an inspiring person who really seems to know what she’s talking about — and not just when she’s talking about twitter. But I digress — I am just pointing at this twitter article for now, while I am still giggling about some of the great analogies Havi uses. Please, do check it out! :)

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