Episode 34

Episode 34:

This week it’s Gavin’s turn to be hit with the deadly flu bug, and as such, he brings in the topic of why the flu sucks. Meanwhile, Jack – in a moment of self-deprivation – attempts to call out his own people, by bringing in “being Asian” as an issue. We end up basically having the same discussion as on episode 14 when Jack claimed that Asian men are pussies. We then hear about Jack’s dreams for Asians in the future, as he hopes we one day rise above the “superior race.”

Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about the five signs a shy girl is into you during the latest segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Additional Sources

We talked a bit about overpopulation, check out this video explaining the population boom, and why we shouldn’t be worried about it.

Jack mentioned this video by the Fung Brothers, who talk about the changes to Asian Americans during the past ten years.

Loose Ends

I used the examples of China and India when talking about countries with high birth rates (as third world countries, in the example, where the average women might give birth to 5+ children). Of course, that is no longer the case now. In India, births per women is at about 2.5; and in China, births per women is at 1.66. Compared to America, the same statistic is 1.88 (all numbers from 2012 statistics from the World Bank).

Jack mentioned countless times how a CEO position (for TD Bank, as was his example) would always belong to white people. However, a quick Google search tells me that the current CEO for TD Bank is Bharat Masrani (who was born in Uganda and of Indian descent; and is clearly… not white).

In my impassioned rage against Jack’s topic, I fucked up by confusing Harry Shum Jr. with John Cho #AsianFail 

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Image: sneeze 

Episode 30

Episode 30:

Jack announces that he (once again) has attempted to quit smoking. However, as with anything on DIU Podcast, we will make a big deal about his words; which would hopefully get him to quit for good. He then goes on to talk about how many call centre customer service representatives are being verbally abused by clients. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about Amazon Go, a new store aiming to get rid of checkout lines.

Afterwards, the Love Guru gives some tips on how to be a good wingman. Is Jack actually a good wingman? Tune in to find out.

Additional Sources

The real reason why marijuana is banned.

Call centre workers speak out about abuse by public.

Amazon Go website (and video).

Only Amazon can make a checkout-free grocery store a reality.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Episode 25

Episode 25:

As a first in DIU Podcast history, a non-Asian guest – Steve – joins the show. Gavin brings in a topic of how a recent TTC campaign with the National Ballet of Canada has been criticized for not representing actual TTC riders. The conversation heads towards the direction of how beauty standards are created and maintained. Meanwhile, Steve brings in the issue of how people pretend to agree with their peers in an effort to fit in. We also discuss why individualism and free-thought are dwindling among today’s youth.

Afterwards, the love guru interviews Steve (or Jack’s superior) in this week’s segment of the Kao Lui Corner.

Check out Jack’s new hat:

trump-hat

Additional Sources

TTC campaign with the National Ballet criticized.

Beauty Confidence Canada’s statement against the TTC.

Loose Ends

Jack mentioned how there are more girls than guys on the planet. A brief Google search tells me that is not the case. In fact, the human sex ratio is fairly close to 1:1. Furthermore, depending on how it is measured, there could be more males than females on the planet.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: ballet

Episode 18

Episode 18:

Gavin brings in the topic of self-driving cars as we discuss possible safety concerns and what implications the technology will have on everyday life. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how he feels emasculated when women earn more money than him. We also learn about why Jack is in constant fear of being overshadowed by females.

Afterwards, the Love Guru explains how to look good on Facebook to attract more girls.

Additional References

NuTonomy rolls out automated taxis in Singapore.

Tesla autopilot crash story.

Loose Ends

I briefly referenced isolated tribes, and how there are only a pocketful of such people.

Some statistics which were referenced but specific numbers were not provided:
– There are more women in colleges than men: in America, 57% of college students are females
– There are more women in Canada than men: women account for 50.7% of the population (17.2 million)

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: Rosie the Riveter, Tesla, artificial intelligence, apocalyptic background 

Episode 17

Episode 17:

This week Jack brings in the topic of social conformity; we discuss if it is detrimental to society. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about whether it is more important to conform towards sportsman-like behaviour or win at any cost. The conversation derails as we end up talking about what it means to “win” in life.

Afterwards, Jack provides some tips on how to chase girls on a budget.

Additional References

Check out Grace’s blog post about social conformity (and watch the video we talk about on the episode)

More examples of Groupthink.

Hope Solo’s comments after team USA’s loss.

Loose Ends

I mentioned the experiment with the monkeys which has been described countless times to explain social conformity. To be clear: the actual experiment was never conducted (but is often referenced).

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for Free/ CC By 3.0

Images: monkeys, thinker, thumbs up