….It’s been a while.
It’s been such a long while, in fact, that I forgot my password and it took several tries for me to log in.
I would like to start getting thoughts down on this platform again though, and have had a few topics rolling around my head. Rather than scare myself by promising I’ll write a separate, long, detailed post about each one, here is a one-shot update with poorly researched, ill-informed, not very well thought-out thoughts. You have been warned.
First up – the JIS rape trial. In case you are not aware, I am an alumnus of Jakarta International School (now known as the Jakarta Intercultural School due to a weird law that was passed in 2014 banning the use of ‘International’ in school names in Jakarta). I’ve been staying well clear of talking about this because a) Hopefully no one cares what I think about this case that has nothing to do with me and b) I disagree with the conversation that’s being had around this trial.
I’m SURE that not personally knowing anybody being affected by this trial makes it a lot easier for me to say what I’m about to say, and I apologise ahead of time for offending everybody I’m about to offend. Because what I basically disagree with is the flat-out blanket agreement by the JIS community – including alumni who have never met anybody involved with this trial – that the mother is clearly making up allegations, the child is fine, and all the accused are innocent.
And that makes me squeamish because it’s
a bit lot like exactly the same as calling rape victims liars, that they’re fabricating their rape allegations and the accused are clearly innocent because they’re football players they’re football coaches they’re JIS teachers, and therefore upstanding members of the community for goodness sakes (and I’m very sorry to Mr Vahey’s family, who I do know, but I’m trying to make a point here).
I’m not saying that the accused have done what they’re accused of, because I don’t know. And, unless you’re the victim or the accused, neither do you. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be crying out for the Indonesian government to be upholding proper legal procedures, certainly we should be asking that they do this, not just for the accused, but also for the victim. Because, at the end of the day, something has happened to this child. Maybe he was raped, and that is a terrible, terrible thought, but by trying to believe it didn’t happen doesn’t make it not true, and if it were true, wouldn’t you want to find the perpetrators and see them held to justice. Maybe his mother is insane, in which case he probably needs to be removed from her custody and the Indonesian courts of law should look into that. But the thing is: We. Don’t. Know. Can we just please ask for the Indonesian courts to Do The Right Thing, fully investigate the case, hear all the evidence, and try to really figure out what has happened?
I know, this is a little late, as the trial is over and we’re just waiting for the verdict. But I kind of felt like it needed to be said.
Okay, that was a bit heavy, and I apologise. Onto the next thing. I’ve started a Coursera course on programming in Android for mobile applications, partly because my brain gets way too excited about creating useless excel models and needs some real programming and partly because apart from an Easter weekend attempt at making a game, I’ve never programmed for mobile before.
Well, I haven’t gotten very far. Because, even though it was easy enough to download and install Android Studio (after installing the JRE, of course), it’s like every time I want to take the next step I find something else I have to download and install, or change the settings, or point something to a path. And right now, I’m stuck trying to get my DDMS to talk to my Android Studio debugger. And that’s the thing I’ve always hated about programming. The actual programming? Not actually that hard (from memory, because I haven’t actually managed to get to programming yet). I read a blog post recently by a programmer who said that he spent a lot of time installing and learning linux, studying which text editor was the best for coding (VIM or emacs? VIM or emacs???), setting up the text editor, etc. etc. etc. and at the end of the day… when he finally got a programming job… they all used an IDE because it was the easiest thing to use. Basically, the point was, that as a beginner, the learning curve is so damn steep, and that’s even before you start programming. I left computer science 8 years ago and I’m wondering…. why is that still the case?
I recently finished Ben Goldacre’s book ‘Bad Pharma’ and would highly recommend it to anybody who’s interested in their own or somebody else’s health. A real eye-opener about how much evidence there really is in evidence-based medicine and I hope to write a summary here one of these days. That doesn’t mean I support ‘alternative therapies’… unless they’ve been tested out to be effective. And for goodness sakes, no to the homeopathy and yes to the vaccines.
Speaking of books, I recently turned 30 and would like to do a ‘Books I read before I was 30 and which changed my life’ list. I don’t want to name it ’30 books I read before I was 30′ because that’d be too long or ‘Books you should read before you’re 30′ because just because they changed me doesn’t mean they’ll change you. So hopefully I’ll get that up one of these days. I’ve been keeping a list on my phone as they come to me, so I have a general idea of how many they are. About 10, if you’re wondering, and you’d like to read through them.
I’ve never had a gym membership and never been to the gym before this month. However, thanks to a friend, I’m trialling a closeby gym and taking Les Mills’ Bodycombat and it’s been pretty fun! I haven’t had the opportunity to punch and kick much recently, and it’s essentially punching and kicking thin air, and actually more just aerobics disguised as martial art, but I’m really enjoying it. I have a bad feeling that 22 year old me would have SO disapproved / thought the whole thing was ridiculous, but she was far too serious.
So once my trial runs out I’m going to see if I can try Muay Thai.
Alright. That’s it for now I guess. See you guys next time.