Without looking at the links, it sounds interesting! I was always a sucker for the clips on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood that showed how crayons were made, lol! And I love Unwrapped (an adult version). Seeing how it is all done is fun. And I love the water....river, lake, ocean....it doesn't matter!
Welcome!! I have a laptop because it's portable but started out with a desktop. When I was shopping for a laptop the first time (I've had several over the years), I looked at laptops that were good for graphics and gamers (good graphics on gamer computers). When it comes to memory, processor, etc, I'm hopeless, but I know there are several members who could help you out!