Episode 57

Episode 57:

We are joined by DIU Podcast’s substitute co-host, Kyle – who recently hooked the entire team up with fidget spinners!!! Gavin recalls Jack’s hatred for the toy on episode 51. Times have since changed, as Jack is the most obsessed with the toy out of the entire group.

Gavin brings in the topic of China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo passing away from multiple organ failure. Serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for “inciting inversion of state power,” Liu was denied access to medical treatment abroad. Many critics are outraged that China would not release the prisoner. We discuss if there is a “right” or a “wrong” approach to this situation, as well as brief thoughts on China and Communism. Meanwhile, Jack, undoubtedly self-conscious about his current position in life, talks about how many young adults are still living with their parents. We talk about how this was stigmatized in the past, but is slowly becoming more and more acceptable as cost of living continues to rise.

Afterwards, the Love Guru tells us about the three different types of men in this world – alpha, beta, and omegas – in a part one of this week’s Kao Lui Corner topic.

Additional Sources

China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo dies

Beyond saving money, here’s why I’m 24 and still live with my parents 

Loose Ends

PS: I’m still waiting for the fidget spinner I ordered off Amazon for $3.57 – as mentioned on episode 51.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0

 

Episode 56

Episode 56:

We’re joined in studio this week by our high school friend and aspiring podcaster, Shiv. We quickly dive into the realms Tantan – the “Asian Tinder” Jack briefly mentioned on last week’s Kao Lui Corner. What is it? Who uses it? Is it better than Tinder?

Jack then brings in the topic of erasing memories. Triggered by a new study which aims to erase traumatic memories from the minds of PTSD patients, the gang talks about whether or not they would want to have their memories erased. Keep listening for an interesting story about Shiv publicly urinating INSIDE an active classroom?! Meanwhile, Gavin talks about the awesome giant rubber duck which was docked by the Toronto harbourfront this past Canada Day long weekend. A lot of people were angry because the city spent approximately $200,000 to bring in the duck… but Jack – being a wolf – has his own reasons for disliking the lovable yellow animal…

Afterwards, the Love Guru interviews Shiv in another week where no article has been prepared (classic)! Is Shiv a Love Guru? Tune in to find out!

Additional Sources

Painful memories could be erased, new study says. 

Giant duck gives Toronto waterfront a boost. 

Facts about the duck!

Story about the Hong Kong rubber duck.

Citations

Intro and outro music: Night Owl by Broke for FreeCC By 3.0

Episode 53

Episode 53:

Grace (episode 14) returns to the studio, clearly distraught, after hearing the big announcement from last week.

We hear about Jack’s college graduation ceremony as Gavin talks about optimistic graduation speeches. Should graduation speeches preach (false?) optimism to young adults or should we be giving more realistic speeches.  Maybe optimistic graduation speeches set up unrealistic expectations of the world after schooling, or maybe we’re just a bunch of jaded old people… Meanwhile, Jack recounts the recent tale of his near-death experience. We talk about what our final thoughts would be under such circumstances.

Afterwards, clearly spooked by his near-death experience, Jack asks Grace if his standards of getting married by the age of 28 is realistic.

Check out Grace’s blog (and relationship advice) and Chinese novel translations at liveandlearn88 and volarenovels (check out Grace Time)!

Citations

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

Episode 51

Episode 51:

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.

Additional Sources

Ontario goes ahead with $15 minimum wage.

Some pros and cons of an increased minimum wage.

Fidget spinners don’t help with ADHD.

Loose Ends

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.

Citations

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

Image: fidget spinner

Episode 50

Episode 50:

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.

Check out Robin’s cool stuff:
Podcast – Rap Nerd Problems on Soundcloud and iTunes.
Concealed Art Facebook group

Additional Sources

People are upset that BTS won Billboard Music Award

Instagram worst social media app for young people’s mental health

Citations

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

Images: South Korea flag, Japan flag, BTS, Instagram logo 

Episode 45

Episode 45:

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!

Afterwards, the Love Guru talks about how ugly folk can appear more attractive to women simply by demonstrating (or feigning) their creativity in the latest article for the Kao Lui Corner.

FOLLOW JACK ON INSTAGRAM (@jackhsieh123) and use the hashtag #langjai to tag along for the ride (Lang Jai 靚仔 – is a Cantonese term roughly translating to handsome).

Jack recently cooked the DIU Podcast gang a meal, see how it went down in our latest video!

Citations

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

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.

Citations

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

Image: gun store photo