I’m an “audiophile”…

I play music for a hobby; I am a musician part time. As of now I have about 270 guitar/piano videos on my Youtube (which you can check on the media page on the side). So yeah, I care about audio alot and audio tone. The irony is that I care about audio more than I care about video. Mainstream consumers are the opposite. They love their 4K super high resolution displays and stuff, but for me, video quality has always been secondary to audio quality.

I remember when HD first came out (720p / 1080p) I couldn’t see much of a difference between that and 480p DVD quality videos. But maybe my eyes are just used to 240p/480p VHS/VCD/DVDs. All my computer resolutions have been 720p (that is, 1366×768) and lower, until this year. That’s right! It took me until 2015 to get a computer with a full HD resolution! so yeah no 4K for me for a while. I also don’t like 4K because I would have to redownload all my movies and tv shows and anime in 4K which takes up a ton of space. I would prefer just a FHD OLED display instead.

Anyways for me audio quality has always been more important, thats why I own tube amps and a record player and 180gram vinyl LPs. I listen to FLACs (lossless) whenever possible (My Sony Xperia Z3C has a built in walkman and support for high res and lossless audio), and have owned countless pairs of headphones and earphones. The irony is the average consumer doesn’t really care about audio that much. They are happy listening to their lossy MP3s, listening on their Mac or PC with a terrible built in DAC, or using cheap quality iPod or Beats headphones.

Let me take a head count here. How many of you have heard of these audio companies: Bose, Sennheiser, Fender, Marshall, IK Multimedia, Apogee, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Shure, Etymotic, Ultimate Ears, JBL, Altec Lansing, Cambridge Audio, Boston Acoustics, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Onkyo, Dynaudio, Denon, Pioneer, Philips, Creative Labs, Monster, Beats, Hifiman, Woo Audio, Linn Audio, Meridian Audio, Apple, Audioquest, Focusrite, M-Audio, SRS Labs, Dolby, DTS, Audyssey, Wave Audio, Grado Labs, Audeze, THX, Grain Audio, Audioengine, Master & Dynamic, Audio Technica, Skullcandy, Sony, Samsung, LG, Harmon Kardon, Bowers and Wilkins, Bang and Olufsen, Infinity, Sol Republic, Yamaha.

I even know most of the various amp, effects, and guitar pickup makers: Fender, ESP, Gibson, Jackson, Ibanez, Dean Martin, Epiphone, G&L, Gretsch, Rickenbacker, Kramer, Vox, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Dr Z, Two Rock, Victoria Amps, Tone King, Line 6, Digitech, Orange, Crate, Boss, Behringer, BBE, Korg, Roland, Maxon, Dunlop, MXR, Way Huge, Xotic, Lovepedals, Keeley, Dimarzio, Seymour Duncan, Lace, Lindy Fralin, Bill Lawrence, TV Jones, Fishman, Electro Harmonix, Visual Sound, Teese, Fulltone, Analog Man, I could go on and on….

That’s a wide range of audio companies, from mainstream to boutique, from headphone makers to DSP and effects makers. But anyways you get my point; I know all these companies because I care alot about audio. I even made an article about the best portable bluetooth speakers, and the Best over ear headphones.

Here’s the audio gear I currently use:

Guitar equipment:
Swart Atomic Jr (Tube Amp)
Fender 60s Strat relic w/ handwound Alnico III/V single coil pickups
Martin OMJM acoustic guitar
Boho Moonshine guitar
Boss Looper
Digitech Trio
Lovepedals Dover drive
RambleFX Plexi Drive
Xotic compressor
Xotic booster
Maxon TBO9
Seymour Duncan 805
Keeley magnetic echo
BBE Wah

Audio recording equipment:
Shure MV88 iphone mic
Shure MV51 computer mic
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB interface
IK Multimedia iRig 2
MXL 770 Condenser Mic
Shure SM58 Dynamic mic
Behringer XENYX502 Mixer
M-Audio AV40 Studio Monitors

Listening equipment:
Philips Fidelio X2 open back headphones/monitors
Sennheiser Momentum closed back headphones
Master & Dynamic ME03 Earphones
Bose Quietcomfort 25 Noise-cancelling headphones
Creative Soundblaster E5 USB DAC/Amp
Creative Soundblaster Roar 2 bluetooth speaker
Audio Technica LP60 Turntable
Creative T4W Speakers (for connecting to anything including record players)
Polk Audio Hampden computer speakers
Klipsch R10B Soundbar

Not a bad setup. Unlike some people, I don’t have particular brand devotion to anything. Some people like to have all their equipment the same brand, but I actually embrace diversity of brands. I like experiencing difference. My TV is Panasonic. My phone is Sony and Apple. My tablet is Apple and Nvidia. My computer is Asus and Lenovo. My keyboard is Aorus. My mouse is Logitech. My microphones are Shure. My speakers are Creative, Polk Audio and Klipsch. My headphones are Sennheiser, Philips, and Bose. My camera is Nikon and Canon. So yeah I am not a ‘fanboy’ of anything although you could say the closest I come to that is Sony. I have a Sony phone, Sony camera, Sony UMPC, Sony PS4 and Sony PS Vita. But even then.. I like to diversify.

Diversity quotas are BS and gaming madness

there are alot of articles like this proclaiming that tech companies should be more diverse.

The results are largely disheartening: While firms may be talking a big game, most have made very little progress.

I have a problem with this kind of criticism in general. Why is it the tech companies fault that they are not diverse? Should they just go out on the street and hire some random blacks and women? No, my point is, the reason why tech companies are full of whites and asians is because whites and asians are the most qualified, period. If more blacks and women applied to engineering jobs, then there would be more diversity, but speaking as a tech interviewer I can tell you the majority of candidates I interview are Indian men. If there was a qualified black person or woman, of course we would hire her. I don’t think we would hesitate given the gender imbalance in the workforce.

Its the same with top universities. They use affirmative action to increase their diversity quotas even though its not merit based and therefore unfair. Some schools restrict the Asian population there. But its not right because the reason why there are so many Asians at top schools and top companies is simply because more Asians work harder and study harder to get into those places. If more blacks and Mexicans worked just as hard as Asians do, then of course they should get in. But my point is that we shouldn’t limit people simply because there’s too many of that race. That sounds like reverse-racism to me.

If we do the same with universities and tech companies, then we should do the same for everything. For example, the NBA has too many black players and not enough diversity, we should let in more Asians and Mexicans. Does that sound absurd to you? Because thats using the same logic.

On another note, I got my Asus beastly gaming monster:

Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502
Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502

Asus G751 + Aorus K3 + Logitech G502 + Creative Soundblaster E5 + Sennheiser Momentum + (soon) Shure Motiv MV51 for streaming. Awesome setup. Especially love my mechanical keyboard. Once you go mechanical, you can’t go back.

I played the game ARK Survival Evolved and man it looks fantastic. Unreal Engine 4 my goodness. On my Nvidia GTX 970M I can get about 15-20fps on high now you might say thats unplayable but with G-Sync on my Asus it is actually quite playable. Here are some screenshots below, and yes these are from the actual gameplay:

ark2

ark3

ark4

ark13

ark15

ark20

Pretty crazy right? Oh and Hearthstone finally released a new expansion, which means new decks to play with! Here are three decks I’m testing with right now:

Oh, and a tin can shaped guitar. Yup. $300 and doesn’t sound too bad.

I’m not known to spend money wisely…and how I use my facebook

How bad is my spending habits? Well I logged into Mint.com, and took a look – and it ain’t pretty. Here’s where I spending went:

-Kickstarter projects: $1,849 (since 2014)
-Steam games: $2,747 (since 2014)
-Magic online: $333 (since 2011)
-Amazon: $24,751 (since 2011)
-Ebay/Paypal: $14,422 (since 2011)
-SFMTA (parking tickets + scooter towing): $3,987
-Diablo 3: $285
-iTunes (Hearthstone,movies,music,apps): $1,411
-Playstation online games: $400
-Nintendo online games: $350
-AT&T (phone bills): $6,564
-Comcast (internet): $1,718
-UPS (shipping): $1,265
-Management fee for condo (since 2013): $13,503

Yeah.. thats alot of money spent. Especially on phone bills and parking tickets. Yikes. I usually buy all my computer & guitar stuff and Magic physical cards on eBay so u have an idea of how much I spent there. And everything else on Amazon.

But yeah… 265 Steam games is way overkill. 60+ PS3/PS4 games is overkill. 1000+ magic cards, both physical and online, are overkill. PS Vita/DS games i never play are overkill. I gotta stop spending so much on things I don’t use…

One thing I want to say about me, is that I’m not afraid to share my opinions online, and I’m not afraid of people judging me. That may be the most un-korean thing about me, but I don’t care. I’m not Korean. I’m a mix of Korean thinking and Western thinking. I don’t want to cause any conflict or offend anyone, but since I tend to use my Facebook as my diary to write down my thoughts, some people take issue over that. The thing is I don’t only want to post “happy” things on my Facebook because thats not an accurate depiction of my life. Facebook tracks my life at certain moments in time, and certainly I’m not happy all the time. I want to remember all my emotions, happy, sad, depressed, lonely, etc. so that’s why I write everything online. That’s why I would rather have some controversial posts than to have it be devoid of nothing at all. And despite what some people say, Facebook is not a “public” place. It’s a private place! It’s limited to a circle of people that you let in. It’s not a public blog like this, where everyone and anyone can see it. Facebook posts are private to your friends only unless you make it public. So.. if some people take issue with the fact that I’m brutally honest with my posts, then I’m fine with that, because those people who matter, won’t mind, and those who mind, won’t matter.

All time lakers/celtics vs All time non lakers/celtics
Since the Lakers/Celtics have won approximately half of all the NBA championships I’ve decided to pit the all time combined Lakers/Celtics team against the all time non lakers/celtics players, and the matchup is pretty even according to my NBA 2K simulation runs.. each team wins about half the time against each other. Take a look here:

All Time Lakers-Celtics:
Magic/West
Kobe/Havlicek
Bird/Baylor
Russell/Mchale
Kareem/Shaq

All Time Non-Lakers-Celtics:
Oscar/Isiah
Jordan/Wade
Lebron/Erving
Karl/Duncan
Hakeem/Moses