Nixdorf Museum 2015

A sunny day in September 2015 draws to a close. The members of the team Genome Research are perfectly satisfied in their chairs – what had happend there?

Everything begins with an extensive brunch. All participants describe this unanimously as delicate. Reliable sources report that there was scrambled eggs and sparkling wine. Then follows the tragical separation of the group. The members separate into two groups. For the drive to Paderborn the members split up in different cars. A smaller group even uses the train. Retrospectively this turns out to be an advantage. Compared to cars a train rarely loses its way. The reunion takes place at the arranged meeting point in front of the Heinz-Nixdorf-Museum in Paderborn – the largest computer museum in the world, named after the Paderborn computer pioneer Heinz Nixdorf.

Altogether the participants enjoy a „fast“, „interesting“ and „informative“ guided tour through the exhibition. After the tour everybody strays down to their whim through the exhibition. The exhibition comprises everything from the old Mesopotamian characters to the different stages of development of calculating machines, from the first machines using punchcards to stereoscopic printers and KI-characters. When asked for the favourite exhibit Bernd W. answers: „The Nokia 6310i, a real bone handy!!!“, while Thomas R.S. enjoys the baroque calculating machines.

The pocket calculator TI53 takes Melanie K. back to the time at school („It is a long time since...“ she hints dreamily), „I liked the „Schachtürke““ – that is Ann-Christin K.’s statement. Vici P. is pleased to meet „the wonderful moving Petra“. Boas P. likes the exhibit „Peter“ very much. It is generally agreed that another visit to the Heinz-Nixdorf-Museum is worthwhile.

Then the drive back to Bielefeld follows. There also the members of the team who were not in Paderborn arrive at the greek restaurant Rempetiko. There the group loudly discusses and laughs and certainly also eats and drinks. Almost everything the menu offers is on the tables and is shared fraternally. A special winner were the Bifteki and the lamb chops. It was generally agreed: The dinner was „incredibly delicious“, „plenty and delicate“ and afterwards everybody was „very full“ up to „overeaten“.

So it turns up that everybody is saturated and satisfied in the chair and lets the evening end with nice chats. That is what had happened.

Author: Johanna Widmann
Translation: Ulrike Schalk