Brandon (episode 24) returns to the podcast to confront Jack about trying to sell him overpriced concert tickets. We also hear about how he had spent the past semester studying in Edinburgh and travelling around Europe.
Jack brings in the issue of the impending minimum wage increase expected for Ontario. The plan would see Ontario’s minimum wage jump to $15 by January 1st, 2019. We talk about the pros and the cons of this decision and how this will ultimately impact us. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the unexplainable trend which is the fidget spinner. More importantly, should Gavin get one?
Afterwards, the Love Guru discusses a situation happening to his friend.
We briefly touched upon the minimum wage in Alberta. The current minimum wage over there is $12.20 (compared to $11.40 in Ontario) for general workers. The minimum wage in Alberta is expected to raise to $15 by October 1st, 2018.
Robin (episode 37) rejoins the DIU gang for the big 5-0 episode. We briefly cover various ongoing Jack C subjects such as the results of the Instagram model project and a biotin update. Robin, returning from a two-week trip to South Korea and Japan, also gives his take on the two Asian countries.
Jack brings in the topic about the K-Pop group, BTS, winning a Billboard Award. Their victory in the Top Social Artist category over the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Shawn Mendes caused a huge commotion among social media users who didn’t like seeing some Asians win the award. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in a new study which suggests that social media applications may be causing significant mental health issues for young adults. We talk about an appropriate approach and mindset for using social media… and what it means to have FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Afterwards, Jack and Robin answer a fan question on this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Jack brings in the issue of over-sensitivity as we talk about Toronto Blue Jays’ centre-fielder Kevin Pillar being suspended for uttering a homophobic slur during a MLB game. Jack suggests that people need to chill-the-fuck down as the only reason Pillar was suspended is because the people (millennials) are too sensitive about progressive ideologies. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about how humidity and the heat. Being sweaty, the inability to dress nicely, and fending off insects are just some points covered on this issue.
Gavin confronts Jack about why part two of the California vlog still hasn’t been released. Jack also retracts a point about Gen Z kids and drug use he made on episode 31.
Jeremy Lin recently mentioned that he faced more racism during his college career when compared to his NBA career. Jack is distraught to hear that racism (still) exists in the 21st century and can’t believe that college students can be racist. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the issue of how a school district in California may be overstepping their boundaries by disciplining students who “liked” some Instagram posts. The conversation spirals into a discussion about online behaviour and its real-world implications.
Afterwards, the Love Guru tackles a listener’s question in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.
Gavin is shocked to find out that May is Asian Heritage Month, as he brings in the issue of how the event isn’t being publicized efficiently. The duo talk about what they would like to see happen for Asian Heritage Month and what something like this means to Asian-Canadians. Meanwhile, Jack is under the impression that Gavin would be a perfect candidate as a partner on the Amazing Race. Jack tries to convince Gavin that they would be a successful team. Is Gavin convince? Tune in to find out!
Join the DIU Podcast gang as they celebrate a year of this very podcast. Accompanied by Seb and Kyle, Gavin and Jack look back at the first year of the show as they talk about their favourite moments, episodes, and issues. We also talk about the growth and development of the two hosts and talk about moving forward in life.
Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about his favourite moments from a year’s worth of Kao Lui Corner segments.
Shout out to all the listeners and fans of DIU Podcast! Please join us in wishing the show a Happy Birthday!
We mentioned a lot of past episodes this week, you can check them out in our episodes archives.
Gavin, who is now in control of the @jackhsieh123 Instagram account, brings in the issue of trying to become a celebrity. We talk about how Gavin came into ownership of Jack’s IG account and what the hopes of the account actually are. Is Jack willing to sacrifice his morality for fame? Find out by listening…
Meanwhile, Jack brings in the very serious issue of working out vs. keeping his hair. After many hours of research (see episode 43), Jack has come to accept the fact that his constant obsession with #gymlife might be the root of his thinning hair. According to Jack, working out and taking supplements will imbalance DHT levels, causing male pattern baldness. Will Jack stop working out to preserve his hair? Again, tune in to find out!
Jack gives us an update on his hair loss situation. We also talk about the phantom California vlog which was introduced weeks ago but somehow still has yet to be released… Sike! You can now watch it here!
Jack brings in the issue of tall people – specifically people who are between 5’11” and 6’5″ – and how they need to use their height more appropriately. Jack brutally attacks Gavin for being so nonchalant about his 6″1 frame. Jack claims that Gavin’s height should be enough to propel him into being either a NBA player, professional singer, or model. Meanwhile, Gavin gives a passionate speech as he talks about making life decisions. There are going to be a lot of people telling you how to live your life; but at the end of the day, you’re the one who should decide how to live life.
Jack tries to attack my reputation as a tall person by claiming I don’t post-up while playing basketball. I want to clarify that I in fact DO post up while playing ball.
At the same time, the pace of modern basketball emphasizes speed, quickness, and three-point shooting. This is true especially in pick-up basketball where teams are not set in advance. Playing post requires a lot of coordination when compared to playing isolation or shooting threes.
In addition, the simple fact that I am playing basketball is already an example of me “taking advantage of my height.” This is true regardless of if I am under the basket or behind the three-point line. The primary advantage of being tall is that you can shoot over your defenders. Tall people shooting threes are still more advantageous than shorter people shooting threes (assuming both players are equally skilled shooters), because the taller shooter should have an easier time shooting over their defender – in theory. This is true regardless of where the player is shooting the ball from.
the NBA’s influence on today’s game:
Because the NBA is the best basketball league on the planet, viewers often try to mimic or replicate how the NBA game is played. The modern NBA game has seen the rise of the stretch big – a big man who can shoot the three point shot. Having a big man who can shoot the three is an asset because teams can space out the floor and attack more quickly. The phenomenon of the big-man shooting threes arises because of its increased popularity in the NBA game.
The modern NBA is also more favourable towards guards and quick players. Newly implemented (well, somewhat new) hand-check rules allow for guards to drive to the basket more easily, allowing for a faster-pace of gameplay. Small-ball and quick baskets will always be more entertaining to watch than slow set-plays for the big man down low. The NBA will always want to promote the most exciting game possible, to gain more viewership. As a result, kids on the playground would rather emulate Steph Curry shooting half-court threes instead of Tim Duncan shooting a hook shot.
Gavin and Jack rekindle their heated Power Rangers debate from last week before Gavin jumps into his issue for the week. He talks about the dangers of nostalgia, specifically, nostalgia used to compare the present with our idealized memories from the past. Nostalgia often leads to higher expectations for present times – whether you are comparing Generation Z kids with millennials or Power Rangers 2017 with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (two random examples) – the nostalgic version will always seem better… but is that really the case? Meanwhile, Jack brings in a topic which is very near-and-dear to himself – male pattern baldness. We learn more about the affliction which has caused Jack to lose his former trademarked confidence.
Afterwards, Jack completes the third week of his “road to redemption” as he brings in an article about Confidence (Part Two). Jubilation is in the air as Jack finally regains his long-last Love Guru title at the end of the show.
Lastly, Gavin and Jack talk about what went down in Jack’s kitchen as he cooked a meal for the members of the DIU Podcast team.
Producer Seb joins us as we briefly revisit the “parking vs. standing” debacle. Jack also updates us on his “hair situation.”
Gavin then talks about how journalistic integrity could be threatened if the sources of journalists cannot be protected. We talk about government intervention in personal life and weigh freedom of speech with personal safety. Meanwhile, Jack talks about the new Power Rangers movie. According to Jack, Hollywood directors are trying to push a progressive agenda in their new movie remakes. He claims Power Rangers “ruined his childhood” because they added a bi-sexual character. What’s worse is that the rangers are not wearing the same colour outfits (i.e. the black ranger isn’t a black guy)!
At the end of the show, we hear about the lasagna experiment. Somehow, we lose sight of what the real reason for Gavin to cook was. We end up with a pissing contest as Jack claims he can also cook food for the DIU Podcast gang… so yeah, that’s happening next week now.
The original Power Rangers’ series was titled Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Jack said the new reboot also had the same movie title. However, the new reboot is simply named Power Rangers (or Saban’s Power Rangers).
Some guys (Henshin Grid) already put together a page for Power Rangers and their ethnic backgrounds. One of Jack’s points was that the black ranger should be played by a black person, because that’s how Power Rangers should be. But the franchise has long found ways to deviate from a notion of matching skin tone with suit colour. In fact, African-American actors have portrayed the black, yellow, red, blue, green, and pink rangers throughout various Power Rangers series. However, African-Americans have never been the white, gold, silver, nor sixth ranger.