Geschlagene Kinder, Brustkrebs, Asyl und der erste Computer

Als Kind geschlagen worden zu sein, eine Last, die man ein Leben lang mit sich herumträgt. „The pernicious, toxic and inescapable lifelong effect of being disciplined physically – either to the point of abuse, or to the point that the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable blurs in your mind – is that you almost have to say you turned out fine, just to redeem the fact of being who you are. That you “turned out fine” is the only way to make sense of having once felt total terror or uncontrollable shaking rage at the sight of one (or both) of the two people expected to care most for you in the world.“

Brustkrebs und wie darüber geschrieben wird. „There is also no disease more voluminous in its agonies, agonies not only about the disease itself, but also about what is not written about it, or whether to write about it, or how. A disease suffered almost entirely by women presents the disordering question of form. The answer is competing redactions, and these redactions’ interpretations and corrections.“

Die Schikanen, die AsylwerberInnen erdulden müssen, nicht nur in Großbritannien. „John was still waiting for documents with supporting evidence to arrive from his home country, but his claim was rejected within 24 hours, before the documents arrived. (One document that had arrived was not accepted because it was in the language of his home country. There were no translation services inside the detention centre.) The rejection letter told him his “credibility” had been undermined by his failure to offer information unless asked.“

Der erste Computer wurde wieder zusammengesetzt. „the machine’s 17,468 vacuum tubes were put to work by the developers of the first hydrogen bomb, who needed a way to test the feasibility of their early designs. The scientists at Los Alamos later declared that they could never have achieved success without ENIAC’s awesome computing might: the machine could execute 5,000 instructions per second, a capability that made it a thousand times faster than the electromechanical calculators of the day. (An iPhone 6, by contrast, can zip through 25 billion instructions per second.)“

Über Karin Koller

Biochemist, Writer, Painter, Mum of Three
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