“I will never again curse the ground on account of men, for the intent of a man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.”
In an interesting quirk, it appears that Haloscan may, or may not, support a thing called gravatars. They are globally recognized avatars, little pictures that appear next to a person’s comments. To get one you have to sign up at gravatar.com, which is inoccuous and asks only for your email and a password. Then you submit an 80×80 pixel picture, they give it an MPAA rating (mine is rated G), and it starts appearing on comments that support it. For an example check out the comment I left on yesterday’s blog. What I don’t understand is why some people can have the little gravatars (if you can and don’t, a little blue square appears next to your post) and some people can’t.
Another thing I don’t understand is how I’m going to make a decision on the MQP that Professor Trimbur unearthed for me. On the one hand, any MQP would be a good experience, this one no less than any others. On the other hand, I really wanted to do an MQP that would help me get some journalist experience, maybe even get something published. Or, if not that, at least produce written work I can show to future employers as an example of my abilities. Even internships at newspapers require prior experience and 5 – 10 pieces of published work as examples. I was hoping the MQP would help me obtain some of that experience. This MQP has a marketing/PR/branding focus that immediately turns me off from it, given my marketing IQP experience. I do not want to get into marketing or PR work and I fear that too much school experience in those fields will make employers happy to hire me on for such work in the future. Then again, the description of designing – display boards, brochures, redoing website, posters, etc. They want to think about new and more effective ways to project the image of the organization as vital, fun, funky, young, creative. – hardly sounds bad. I did enjoy designing a public-interest campaign for my first Tech Writing class here, designing the ads about eating disorders. But I really, really like writing and that is what I want to do in the future. Am I putting too much stake on the MQP as future job experience? Should I think of it as just a valuable experience in general? Maybe, in fact, I would be good at PR/marketing-type work and that’s what God wants me to do. But maybe I would hate it, even if I were good at it, and I don’t want to slip into a career that I dislike just because I have the skills to execute the job well.
So I’m in a quandry. Sorry this was so long and, I’m sure, boring. I just don’t know what to do, or how to decide.
– KF –