• 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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    Classic Blunders of Western Civilization

    Thursday, March 18th, 2010

    Getting involved in a land war in Asia. Going against a Sicilian when death is on the line. Holding an important meeting the day after St. Patrick’s Day. via meetingboy :)

    Twitter’s New Retweets: a proposal for change

    Thursday, November 19th, 2009

    Here is the feedback I just sent to twitter about their new retweet feature: The new retweet feature has a lot of potential, but it’s being overshadowed by the fact that it isn’t the same as the organic retweeting that emerged from how we use twitter.  It seems the main problem is that people expect [...]

    Accepting twitter changes

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    …a new [twitter] feature which will give folks far more control over what they see from the accounts they follow. This will be a per-user setting and it will take a bit longer to put together but not too long and we’re already working on it. — From the Twitter Blog: “We Learned A Lot”. [...]

    In support of CJAM, University of Windsor’s campus radio station

    Saturday, March 7th, 2009

    CJAM is in trouble, and they have been asking their listeners to write to CRTC to express their support and love for CJAM. I was reminded of this today by @jodilicious, and also reminded that the deadline for expressing my concern is Monday… so I sat down and wrote the following letter immediately. I love [...]

    Good Choice of President, Neighbour!

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    Even in the most trying times, amid the most difficult circumstances, there is a generosity, a resilience, a decency, and a determination that perseveres; a willingness to take responsibility for our future and for posterity. This is a quote from President Obama’s Address to Congress, one I found particularly inspirational. Doesn’t he make you want [...]

    Best Website Fail Ever

    Friday, February 20th, 2009

    Blip.fm was failing today, and their fail screen had me LLOLing madly! It was so great, I had to capture it as a video and share it. Way to go, Blip.fm, you ROCK at failing gracefully and with humour! Fullscreen this, or else you’ll miss the small print. By the power of Greyskull… teehee~! :)

    Twitter Haiku Thieves

    Monday, February 16th, 2009

    Today, I finally got around to reporting to Twitter Support the plagiarism of haiku that is occurring on twitter. Below is the content of the support request I sent, with a bit of extra emphasis added for better readability here. I (and many others) have been concerned about a user by the name of @haikutwaiku [...]

    Base 10

    Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

    “All your base” – Cowbirds in Love My thoughts on reading a handul of posts in this comic series: “YAY! A new comic to add to my Amusement category in Google Reader! And a new geeky source of giggling to add to my life. I [Heart] the Internet!”

    An End to Worn-Out Dogmas?

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address – NYTimes.com Is it any wonder that so many people worldwide absolutely love what Obama represents? Even if someone else [...]

    Twitter as a hangout

    Thursday, January 8th, 2009

    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 [...]

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