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 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.

Citations

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

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

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!

Citations

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

Episode 2

Episode 2:

As DIU Podcast continues to grow, the show must find ways to co-exist with the heavily PC (politically correct) world of the 21st century. Gavin brings in the topic of what types of online behaviour is acceptable. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how laptops are a huge disturbance in classes and lectures.

Afterwards, we dive into the Kao Lui Corner where Jack talks about the ever important question of why “nice guys finish last.”

Huge thank you to Shane Saravia for designing the cool cover banner photo on this very website!

You can now check us out on iTunes!

Additional References 

Story about the Halloween costume inspired by the Boston Marathon.

Story about the HSBC Bankers who filmed a fake IS execution.

Story about the Tweet which became viral over the span of an international flight.

Story about the fired Toronto firefighter.

Story about the stupid Taco Bell Tweet.

Loose Ends

After this episode was recorded, Jack sends me this link (to CBC Radio) which supposedly referred to his “doing research” for his laptop issue (even though he didn’t bring up any of the points discussed in the CBC Radio episode).

Research has found that those who take notes on their laptops in classes are more prone to type whatever the lecturer is saying (verbatim) but not necessarily retain the information. In other words, laptop note-takers try to type everything being said, without completely thinking about it. Students who take notes with paper and pen have been found to absorb more information. Although paper note-takers jot down less notes, they are more engaged with the actual lecture.

Citation

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

Original cover picture from the Christian Courier website.