This blog has almost 200 comments right now. When Heidi announced that she would give a prize to the reader who wrote her blog’s 300th comment, she was flooded with words of wisdom like "yup" and "didu". So my rules are: the 200th comment gets some sort of reward (though what this actually is will depend on who wins, as I don’t meet everyone offline), but I can delete any comment I want to, and I would like the answers to these questions:
1. What kind of computer should I buy?
I’ve never had to worry about this before. I grew up surrounded by computers. They were named after characters in the Lord of the Rings. I’m not kidding. You’d think I would have learned enough geekiness in that kind of environment to be able to make this kind of decision on my own by now, but no. Geeky I may be, but not in that way. I’ve never had to choose a computer because there was always one (or two) around that I could use. I’ve asked some individual people about this and everyone just tells me to buy whatever they have themselves. This brings me to the conclusion that it doesn’t really matter. So I go and find an ok-looking laptop with plenty of disk space and a low price. And then everyone starts saying: "NO! Get what I have!" And then the whole Apple/Windows discussion starts, but no one has ever been able to explain to me why it really matters, especially since I’m not going to play around with music or pictures or anything; I just want to store stuff and write stuff and use the internet. But I have people saying: "I want you to have a Mac because they’re prettier." (What is it about guys? They won’t notice a new haircut and they couldn’t care less what you’re wearing, but they care whether your laptop is pretty or not.) I know that the Apple/Windows debate is huge, but what are they really fighting about, and is it worth the extra cash?
2. What should my bachelor thesis be about?
I’m writing a bachelor thesis this semester. It’s 10 credits (30 credits is a full semester; I’m taking 40 now), and should be 15 pages. So it isn’t huge, but it’s still the conversation topic with my classmates. It can be about pretty much anything within international economics, political science, history, globalization, international relations, international law etc. I have a few ideas, but none that really stand out as the one perfect idea. So is there anything you’d like me to figure out? I’m serious; I ued to have a list of questions I wanted a psychologist to answer (no, not about my own head, I mean research I would have sponsored if I had money). So maybe someone who doesn’t talk about globalization and foreign policy every day can still come up with a good suggestion for what I should write about.