This is a nice small computer, and xp works well, even fast – !? I skipped the new firefox and took Iron. That is the google chromium browser just without all the gimmicks – lean, fast, no nonsense. I like it.
What I did not like tonight was to read the “corrections” a professor penciled down into a foreign students manuscript. The additional letter dripped from selfish narrow-minded arrogance. He threw the student into plain depression with a summarizing unfair critic choosing inadequate words. And when you look at the “corrections” it is pure hairsplitting, sheer cosmetics: It is of no scientific interest whether the student writes “sie schauten aus dem Fenster” or “sie blickten aus dem Fenster”, both describes that people look outta the window! He canceled 5 pages as “untolerable redundancy”, I guess without having read them. It is terrible.
The German Language is not easy to learn and when you switch on the tv or listen to “talk radio” you have to realize that a large part of the aboriginal population is unable to master its native tongue. I read scientific papers that were nearly un-understandable authored by native speakers.
But what we have here is a fairly readable text written by a foreigner – of course it needs a make-over, corrections and further editing – but there is as far as I can see no substantial fault to it, there is simply no reason to condemn it, there is no reason to offend and affront the writer.
What stings me most is the arrogance. This attitude like “Ha, you poor uneducated … yer here to learn from me. Yer stupid as hell, but I know how history has to be written. And in my unbearable mercy I will allow you to write a paper, I will even take your examination with both eyes shut – piss off and be thankful, and honour my name loud in your dirty third world country”. That’s the subtext I get when I read the letter and look at these “corrections”. No, this man is no adornment for Minerva’s temple.