Laptop recommendations for Epi?
Hi Epi friends! I'm finally wrapping up my MPH and about to start my first Epi job in a couple of weeks, and gearing up to apply to PhD programs this winter. My laptop is old and tired, and likes to crash if I'm trying to run too much at once, so I'm shopping for a new one. I'm wondering if anyone out there who has been doing this work for a while has recommendations? I'll be mostly using R and Stata, and will usually have Word, Excel, and Endnote open at the same time, along with at least a few browser windows so I can download from or refer to NHANES... which is causing my current laptop to glitch out and/or crash every couple of hours, specially if I try to retrieve anything from Box while I'm at it. I'm particularly wondering if I should focus more on the fastest processor I can get, or maybe take a step down on the processor and go for a ton of RAM.
Thank you for any suggestions/recommendations you can offer!
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EDIT: One thing is for certain: Wallace did provide a form of entertainment that was an alternativite to TV and movies of the 80s and 90s: reading IJ, even only 150 pgs in, it obviously eludes any film or TV adaptation (maybe even moreso than GR). And the activity of flipping to the endnotes as a requirement for the experience is something he obviously knew was exclusive to readerly-textual interaction. The problem remains for me that Wallace is very transparent. I simply dont get the ecstatic "what the fuck?!" moments that i do with Pynchon. Perhaps DFWs transparancy is illuminated by so many interviews and comments by the author himself that are at our fingertips.
Original post: So i am on page 100 of Infinite Jest by David Wallace. As many of you here are aware, this book was marketed to perhaps a similar readership that was built around GR? Wallace has his own voice, but so far i am picking up on a White-Noise-in-the-style-of-Gravitys-Rainbow vibe in a heavy way.
The novel is pretty dark with a thin coat of satire. Wallace famously gave Vineland a portion of its undeserved bad critique. The opening scene of Vineland with Zoyd the candy window and disability check, however, is very much like IJ.
What do people here think about Wallace and pynchon comparisons?
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