Dissect Podcast

I recently discovered a brand new podcast. It’s called Dissect, and it’s described as a “serialized music podcast that breaks long form musical analysis into short, digestible episodes.” It is currently on season two, where he covers Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, probably one of my favorite albums of all time. If you’re familiar with Serial, the podcast that kind of put podcasting into the mainstream, it is similar in that format. It is highly produced, well researched, and very compelling.

In the first three episodes, the narrator goes over some backstory to set up his analysis of the album. After that, each episode covers a single track. He covers everything from producers, what songs are sampled, guest appearances, and most importantly, overarching themes and lyric meanings. It’s a genius idea for a podcast and I would go as far to say that it is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. I binged on the existing episodes and can’t wait to listen to more.

If you’re a fan of podcasts and/or Kanye West, give it a listen.

Dissect on Apple Podcasts

Thoughts on iPhone 8 Plus

I picked up an iPhone 8 Plus on Friday, September 22. I go over my logic as to why I picked the 8 Plus instead of waiting for the iPhone X on this episode of my podcast. In short, I really didn’t want to wait until November for the X and the increased cost pushed me towards the 8 Plus.

Since I’m part of the iPhone Upgrade Program, I’m able to bring in my current phone and trade it in for the new one. I went to the Valley Fair Mall Friday morning and while the line was short, there were already a ton of people inside. I waited about 10 minutes before I was able to go in and pick up my phone.

The process of trading in is relatively easy if you go in prepared. The main thing is to back up your phone because you’ll have to restore your phone from your backup if you want it exactly how it was before. I was in and out within 45 minutes.

I picked up an iPhone 8 Plus in Space Gray with 256 GB of storage. Going from a 7 to an 8 Plus wasn’t too much of an adjustment since I’ve owned a 6S Plus previously. The glass back is impressive and I’m sad I’ll have to hide it in a case (a must if you have a toddler). The camera is simply awesome. The one thing I regretted from not getting a 7 Plus was not having the dual cameras and missing out on 2x optical zoom and Portrait Mode.

I tested out Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting over the weekend and I was impressed. I’m no professional but the bokeh effect could fool me if I didn’t know it was from an iPhone. I welcomed going back to a larger screen. I know one of the reasons why I went 7 last year was because it got tiring carrying a larger, heavier phone. I did miss the larger screen when typing and watching videos. We’ll see how long before I start to complain.

All in all, no regrets going for the 8 Plus. We’ll see how I feel once I hold an X in hand.

Undrafted Free Agent

Bill Simmons recently interviewed Chargers rookie kicker Younghoe Koo on his podcast. His story is amazing. Koo came here at the age of 12 and did not speak a word of English. He gets a full scholarship to be a kicker at Georgia Southern. He gets picked up by the LA Chargers as an undrafted free agent and ends up winning the starting job. It’s an amazing story and a great interview.

This week, donald trump ended DACA which allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.

Stories like Koo’s is amazing. His story is truly the American dream. The odds were against him, but now he’s playing in the National Football League. Now that trump repealed DACA, stories like Koo’s can no longer happen. Fuck donald trump. Honestly and truly. As a first generation Asian American, I would have loved to see someone who is Asian in a professional sports league. I truly believe if I had someone who looked like me to look up to, I might have taken sports more seriously. I truly doubted myself because I never gave myself a chance. By taking away DACA, people like Koo won’t have a chance here in America.

trump is a shallow, petty, racist old man. It is my hope that he goes away and any changes he made which were rooted in ignorance and racism (which are almost all of them) are reversed.

Go Chargers.