Episode 12

Episode 12:

Kyle returns to the studio as Gavin briefly recaps his jaunt to Vancouver while presenting the greatest souvenir ever (in DIU Podcast history). Jack rants about Pokemon Go, and how the augmented-reality game is causing trouble in real life. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the #AllLivesMatter debate and why it’s a shitty hashtag despite the good intentions of the message.

Afterwards, Jack talks about the do’s and don’ts of a first date in the latest segment of Kao Lui Corner.

Additional References

Check out some of the weirdest incidents surrounding Pokemon Go.

A brief explanation about why the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is controversial.

Loose Ends

The story Jack mentioned about the man walking onto the highway in an attempt to catch a Pikachu turns out to be false; the story is published by Cartel Press, a satirical website known for publishing hoaxes.

I tried looking up the story Jack mentioned about a mob of people flooding a highway trying to catch a Mewtwo in Pokemon Go. It seems that story was also fabricated. The real story is that the mob was created from a Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland.

Pokemon Go released officially in Canada on July 17, 2016 – Jack has since downloaded the game.


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Episode 11

Episode 11:

Jack takes over the role of the host as Gavin is in Vancouver this week. Our good friend, Kyle, joins Jack in the studio for a condensed episode in which they talk about sustaining friendships and the plans for their trip to Asia in September.

Afterwards, Jack questions Kyle about the previously discussed theories on Kao Lui Corner.


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Episode 10

Episode 10:

Our good friend, Seb, joins us in the first double-digit episode of DIU Podcast. This week Gavin compares the schooling of Asian countries to that of the West. We discuss how culture could influence students to be more studious and tackle the stereotype of all Asians being great at math. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how Hong Kongers are always looking down and complaining about the people from mainland China.

Afterwards, the Love Guru asks Seb for some feedback in regards to the Kao Lui Corner.

Here is the infamous Lexi tweet as published by Jack in 2013:

Jack Tweet
Shout-out to Jack for putting my face front-and-centre on his Twitter profile picture.

Additional Resources

I mentioned the phenomenon “education fever.”

And here is a brief excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, in which he connects the linguistics to stronger mathematical abilities.


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Images: China’s flag, Canada’s flag, Earth

Episode 9

Episode 9:

This week Jack rants about how he hates people who talk behind other’s backs. As the discussion advances, we learn about one of Jack’s biggest insecurities. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the issue of cyber-bullying. The conversation surrounds what constitutes cyber-bullying and how it may influence the youth of today.

As a first on Kao Lui Corner, Jack brings his own theory known as the Rule of Three.

Additional Resources

Read about the feud between RiceGum and Travis Barker

Travis Barker defends his children’s social media usage.

RiceGum responds to the incident.

When I mentioned the hypothetical situation of a Jack Hsieh Facebook account with nudes, I was making reference to this story.

Edit: the original RiceGum video about Alabama Barker is now back on YouTube.

Loose Ends

I mentioned how my neighbour’s home was raided by the police, so here’s a photo of dudes in the hazmat suits going into their house.

Hazmat suits
They ain’t fucking around when it comes to drugs.

There was nothing about this on the news, so I doubt I’ll ever know the entire story.


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Images: laptop, back-talking

Episode 8

Episode 8:

This week Gavin brings in the topic of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. The conversation includes topics such as media manipulation, gun control, and mental health. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of people who humble-brag.

Afterwards, Jack brings in the Dobler and Dahmer Theory in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional References

Recap of the Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub

Some of the gun industry numbers as of 2015

Loose Ends

Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers for winning the 2016 NBA Playoffs. It was an amazing series, and both teams put on a great show.


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Image: gun store photo

Episode 7

Episode 7:

In this news-heavy episode, Jack brings in the topic of the Stanford rape case. The conversation heads into the direction of social privilege and gender inequality. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the topic of the missing seven-year old boy from Japan and a discussion about proper parental discipline ensues.

Afterwards, Jack brings in the Settlers and Reachers Theory in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Resources

We briefly talked about the story of a 24-year-old English teacher sleeping with her student from the eight grade.

We did a pretty shitty job recapping the Brock Turner rape case, so you can read the full story.

Why we can’t call Brock Turner a rapist (in California)

Recap of the Yamato Tanooka missing child case.

Loose Ends

I talked about how there are differences between jail and prison. I didn’t know the sentencing length which separated being thrown into jail or prison during the time of recording. However, it seems that jail is mainly for people who are convicted of misdemeanor and are serving a sentence less than a year.


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Images: Brock Truner mugshot (via Santa Clara County Office), Yamoto Tanooka (via KYODO), newspaper clipart

Episode 6

Episode 6:

This week, Gavin brings in the Cincinnati Zoo shooting incident. The conversation dives into discussions about what the value of life is. Meanwhile, Jack brings in another woman-based topic; this time, claiming that women who drive luxurious cars bad drivers.

Afterwards, Jack changes up the Kao Lui Corner for the week. This time catering to the women, as he talks about the seven signs that a guy likes a girl.

Additional References

Cincinnati Zoo gorilla killed to save a child.

Animal experts claiming that Harambe was acting aggressively: Greg Tarry and Jack Hanna.

The Justice for Harambe online petition; aiming to call for the parent’s of the child to be investigated.

I briefly mentioned how plants can feel pain (well technically they can react to it, whether or not it’s actual pain – in the sense humans feel – is still unclear).

I mentioned the California study which found that people who luxurious cars are assholes. (On the episode, I said this was a 2003 study. I actually meant it was a study from 2013)

Jack briefly mentioned a Middle Eastern country where woman can’t be Uber drivers. After a brief Google search, I believe he was referring to the situation in Saudi Arabia.

Loose Ends

The Cincinnati Zoo is planning to re-open the gorilla exhibit with a higher, reinforced barrier.

Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high — a half foot taller than before — with solid wood beams on top and at the bottom, plus knotted rope netting at the bottom (via Daily Advocate).


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Images: angry driver (Flickr user John Greenfield), gorilla, speed limit sign

Episode 5

Episode 5:

You’re listening to the University episode of DIU Podcast! This week Gavin brings in the issue of whether or not he should go to his university graduation ceremony. Meanwhile, Jack hijacks Gavin’s issue by bringing in the topic of how post-secondary education isn’t as cracked up as its made out to be.

Afterwards, Jack continues the second part of the Friendzone in this week’s segment of Kao Lui Corner.

Additional References

I made reference to former NBA referee Tim Donaghy. Check out this Sportsnet article from 2014 where he talks about how the NBA referees are biased towards specific teams.

I also mentioned this video from the School of Life (Why Arts Graduates are Under-Employed).

Loose Ends

One more huge shout-out to the Toronto Raptors who were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs on Friday May 27. They went further than most people expected and we’re looking forward to seeing the Raptors back in action next season!


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Episode 4

Episode 4:

This week Jack brings in the issue of how women claim to want equality with men, but also want additional treatment. The discussion morphs towards the idea that maybe perfect equality isn’t achievable. Instead, we should seek equity among the sexes in hopes of balancing the playing field of life. Meanwhile, Gavin brings in the topic of whether or not second generation immigrants should learn their mother tongue when living in North America.

As part one of a two-parter, Jack introduces the three different types of friendzones in this week’s edition of Kao Lui Corner.

Additional References

In the discussion of Jack’s topic, I mentioned the idea that women carry the bulk of the load for housework. While husband and wife are more likely to share the responsibility of housework in the contemporary era, we still see woman take on the more important, time-pressing, chores.

For example, men are tasked with mowing the lawn (something which can be done whenever the husband feels like it), whereas women are generally tasked with prepping the meal (if dinner is at 6:00 p.m. there’s no way she can procrastinate). Check out the film, Chore Wars: the battle over who cleans the toilet for more information about the housework debate.

I briefly referenced a 2002 study in the journal Demography, titled “Only English by the third generation?: Loss and preservation of the mother tongue among the grandchildren of contemporary immigrants.” by Alba et al.

Loose Ends

I recently saw a video floating around Facebook where a company named Waverly Labs is developing wearable technology to allow for instant translation. Each person puts an earpiece into their ears and when they talk, the earpieces (connected to a smartphone) translates the

conversation into their desired language. So far, the language selection is limited to (English, French, Latin, and German).

While the technology is still developing, it’s interesting to think about how new technologies such as this can influence or needs to learn multiple languages in the future.


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Images: Male and female symbols, Donald Trump via Flickr user Gage Skidmore, green checkmark, red X

Episode 3

Episode 3:

Building off last week’s issue, Gavin brings in the topic of how Internet filter bubbles subject users to confirmation bias. The end result is a narrowed worldview for millions of Internet users worldwide. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the topic of “girls who fish for complements.”

After the issues, Jack brings in the topic of confidence in this week’s Kao Lui Corner.

Jack’s boi, DT, also gave the show a shoutout via Twitter.

Trump Tweet
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I mentioned looking for a kendama in Japan, and ended up getting this one for around $13 CAD (and the price of getting spammed by kendama-related ads; thanks to filter bubbles).

I still don’t know how to play with this properly…

Additional References

This is the Gizmodo article I made reference to regarding Facebook’s censorship of right-leaning articles on the trending stories corner.

Check out Eli Pariser’s TED Talk (Beware online “filter bubbles”) as mentioned in this episode.

Idea for the topic of filter bubbles from The Biggest Problem in the Universe (Podcast episode 85).

Jack made reference to Europe banning ultra-skinny models; he was referring to France’s 2015 ban on skinny catwalk models.

Loose Ends

This episode was recorded on Thursday, May 12. Since then, the Toronto Raptors have advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Jack did not send me any pessimistic messages during the Raptors 116-89 beatdown of the Miami Heat in game seven. He is officially back on the Toronto Raptors bandwagon! The debate is still ongoing as to whether or not he is a #LoyalFan.


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