Netflix Recommendation- Selling Sunset (Seasons 2-4

Selling Sunset? More like occasionally selling sunset….. with a regular unhealthy dose of catty office drama!

Okay, I think I need some therapy after binge watching Selling Sunset seasons 2-4 back-to-back over a 2-month period. Argh! For those who haven’t had the privilege to meet the Realters from the Oppenheim Group before, there’s Jason and Brett Oppenheim (twin brothers and co-founders of the firm); Mary and  Christine (once besties now frenemies); Chrishell (for better or worse, she’s always at the centre of the office drama); Maya (a Miami FIFO Realter); Heather (a reformed mean girl); Davina )probably the most cunning of the lot);Amanza (interior decorator turned Estate agent); and Vanessa and Emma (the two latest Realters to join the O-group). Wow! That’s a lot of lipstick mouths to feed!

The Oppenheim Group are based in Los Angeles, with a focus on representing high end buyers and sellers, moving mansions which go for no less than $2Mill, and as high as $40+Million! Which lands the Agent, a nice 6-figure commission- enough to pay for the Ferrari or Lamborghini (the standard set of wheels for a high-end LA Realter).

However, as high-end mansions don’t sell themselves, sales are infrequent, which leaves much time for office cattiness to fill in the downtime between sales. Seemingly an open house, the idyllic time to pull a colleague aside to catch-up on the office gossip, which inevitably only inflames the problem. And over the span of 3 seasons, best friends have become frenemies; the office dynamics were split clearly down the middle with pro Chrishells and anti-Chrishells’ an attempt to introduce some much-needed diversity to the office unfolds in an unexpected ways; and where we left off in Season 4, it was Christine verses the world! With the entire office seeming to turn against her.

While in the midst of all the office drama, there’s also personal dramas (which the Netflix film crew has unrestricted access to)- 2 weddings, 2 births, many parties (too many to count), a custody battle, and a very public divorce. Not even daytime soaps have enough manufactured drama to rival the goings on at the Oppenheim Group! But the team still bring in their celebrity listings, and they do sell those houses- ring that bell baby!

So, if you want to lose yourself in a completely mindless real-life soap opera, with the occasional property sale in the mix! Check-out Selling Sunset, just click HERE for all four seasons! Let’s just say they’re not your usual folk from your local Century 21! Haaha.   

Personality Spectrum of the Oppenheim Group:

Conscientiousness: Mary, Maya, Emma, Davina (as much as it pains me to say), Jason, and Brett.

Extroversion: Christine and Heather 

Agreeableness: Chrishell and Vanessa

Openness to Experience: Amanza

Neuroticism: I wanted to put Christine here, but to be honest she’s more extraverted than neurotic. An extravert with a very mean streak.

Audiobook Recommendation- The Trials of Apollo

A young adult fiction series which will help you remain ‘young at heart’!

He’s done it again! Prolific Young adult writer Rick Riordan has completed another outstanding mythological fiction series. This time featuring Lester Papadopoulos, an unremarkable chubby pimple faced teen….. who by the way is the god Apollo, banished from Olympus by his father Zeus, to earth as the mortal Lester- until he can complete a series of trials to regain his immortality and return to Olympus to re-join his fellow gods! If this all sounds too fanciful for you? Then Rick Riordan’s books are probably not for you, and I permit you to skip this blog post.

However, if you are a fan of Rick’s, or you’ve always loved the Greek and Roman mythologies, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy this 5-part series which includes the books:

The Hidden Oracle (2016)

The Dark Prophecy (2017)

The Burning Maze (2018)

The Tyrant’s Tomb (2019), and

The Tower of Nero (2020)

But if you’re new to Rick Riordan’s books, reading his earlier series will greatly help you to fully immerse yourself into the Trials of Apollo series, as it leans heavily on prior knowledge and re-visits many past characters from his earlier series (Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus).

   What I liked:

Like an episode of ‘Where are they now?’

For us, a few years had passed since we last heard from Percy, Jason and the rest of the Greek and Roman demigods, so the Apollo series acted like an episode of ‘Whare are they now?’ In this series we learn that the kids are all grown up, now in senior school or about to head off to college. And it was great, some open-ended storylines from previous books were finally closed off. So, for many who grew up with Rick’s character’s, there was a sense of closure- although not all endings were happy ones…….

Surprisingly educational

What Rick is good at, is introducing the subject of ancient history in a fun and culturally relevant way to kids, who otherwise wouldn’t have found it an interesting subject if taught at school. So, suddenly ancient history is totally cool now! Not something irrelevant and out-of-date for kids of the 2020s. Which then translates to more kids wanting to do their own further reading, which is the aim! Rick’s goal of making reading fun and cool for all kids. Not to mention, it has once again piqued my curiosity in Greek mythology, I wouldn’t mind doing some additional reading of my own. 

Humorous

Rick has always worked into his books a healthy amount of chuckles for his readers. As previously he mentioned, the original reason why he got writing books was for his kids- and you can picture him working in these jokes, so he could make his own kids laugh. And to date Trials of Apollo has been the funniest, if the amount of times my wife was laughing out loud is an indication. The chuckles begin right from the funny titles Rick gives to his chapters, to re-occurring supporting characters like the Karpos aka ‘Demon Baby’ Peaches, and Lester’s Shakespearean sounding companion, ‘The arrow of Dodona – each of their appearances are bound to result in chuckles.

Robbie Daymond

And for those who will listen to the book rather than read it, the narration by Robbie Daymond was truly next level! Robbie’s voice acting added to the entire experience, his voices for characters utterly surprised me at times. I honestly couldn’t believe that it was one person who was doing all the voices, they were totally convincing. And the brilliant thing was that the Publishers maintained the same narrator throughout the 5-book series spanning 5 years. Oftentimes in series like these, they change narrators between books, for one reason or another- which frankly ruins books as a different voice applied to the same character can ruin one’s mental image of characters. But the consistency of narrators, and specifically Robbie, this was truly an upside for the series and the whole experience!

What I didn’t like:

Inclusiveness

I know where Rick is going with this, he’s trying to make his books inclusive so none of his young readers would ever feel left out or feel like they don’t see themselves represented in mainstream culture. I get that. But in his attempts to be inclusive and embracing of all, was he unknowingly discriminating and derogative to a large segment of the youth population? That being those who might be unremarkable, or chubby, or pimply, or all the above? I just didn’t like Rick’s/Apollo’s constant self-deprecation and self-loathing of Lester’s outward appearance. As what does that say to his readers who happen to be as he describes Lester to be? How are they meant to feel? So, I can see why he does this, for the sake of the story to highlight how far ‘Apollo has fallen’, but if he could have toned it down just a little? As being a former chubby kid with acne, on-behalf of my 13-year-old self, I felt outrage and was getting pretty put off towards the end. Rick, in attempts to appease the minority, let’s not ostracize a good majority of our youth.

But all in all, The Trials of Apollo series has been a real enjoyment, we literally read the 5-book series back-to-back, taking us at least 6 months to complete. It has been a great quest and if you want to check out the Trial of Apollo series for yourself? Just click HERE!

Product Recommendation- WATERPIK Waterflosser Nano

A more compact and affordable mouth blasting experience!

It always happens to me, I think to myself ‘Man, this thing is reliable, what would I do without it!’ And literally the next day said item fails on me! I mean it, it literally happens to me every time I have that thought. And this occurred again just before Christmas. I was cleaning my teeth with our WATERPIK WATERFLOSSER Ultra, and halfway into the clean, the motor starts to splutter and then it completely died on me! Nooo! I was annoyed for 3 reasons, the Waterflosser was doing the job of replacing conventional flossing (which I hate doing); the Ultra wasn’t cheap at $144.99 (as you want a bit more longevity out of a product at that price point); and we only had this thing for less than 14 months (still within its 2-year warranty period, but we didn’t keep the receipt. D’oh!).

Our untrained diagnosis for the reason of mechanical failure was probably water damage- hilarious considering this thing shares its space and existence with water. We came to this conclusion as whenever we lift the Ultra up, we always found it to be sitting in a puddle of water and the underside of the device isn’t completely enclosed in plastic to make it entirely waterproof. So, I concluded that ‘it was great while it lasted, but I wouldn’t be buying a replacement’, as at $144.99, it was too expensive for what felt like an annual subscription. So, I moved on with life, just brushing my teeth as well as I could, but I could tell that I wasn’t getting the same deep clean as with the Waterflosser.

Fast forward to the first week of January, my wife was scheduled in for her annual Dental appointment just for the regular check-up and clean, and this year I decided to tag along, after almost 5 years since the last time I saw a Dentist (had a really bad experience the last time). But since I had been using Waterpik for a year, I was confident that the dentist wasn’t going to find any major problems this time, so it should be a routine check-up. And yeah, I was right! After feeling a bit embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t been to a dentist in over 5 years, the dentist concluded that my teeth were in an ok condition considering the length in-between treatments. And I proudly told her that it was due to being a Waterpik user. She laughed and told me as a dentist she wouldn’t usually recommend Waterpik, but if it worked for me, she told me to continue doing what I was doing. And then I allowed my wife to have her turn on the recliner-of-torture. And after my wife’s dental treatment, the dentist concluded that she needed to floss more, but the funny thing is that she does each night, but with conventional string dental floss as she doesn’t like the Waterpik. But I thought this was the strongest product endorsement of the Waterflosser, a side-by-side comparison of two people who flossed nightly, one the conventional way and the other using essentially a high-pressure hose for the mouth and I had been commended for the condition my teeth were in? Considering I had been avoiding the dentist for half a decade!?

So, I left the dentist feeling smug and needing to buy a replacement Waterflosser. Fortunately, on our way home there was a Chemist Warehouse, and we were pleased to see that the Waterpik product line-up had been extended to include a few more things, and one was the Waterflosser Nano.

The Nano is half the size of the Ultra, but only 25% less when it comes down to water capacity. So not only does it take up less space on your vanity, but it is compact enough so you can place it in smaller spaces where it’s less likely to sit in a pool of water (Ultra used to sit next to the cold tap, where there was the largest vanity space). With the Nano, the water container (reservoir) doubles as a lid, so again when you’re not using it, its more out of the way (Ultra was easily 20cm tall all the time). And it was only $89.99 at Chemist Warehouse, which is a price point I can live with when we’re talking about like-for-like or similar-enough replacements.

What you do lose out on with the Nano compared to the Ultra, is that you lose 25% of your cleaning time- which isn’t a problem if you’re mentally prepared that you might have to stop and top-up your reservoir mid-clean. Or you just need to be more efficient in how you go about cleaning your teeth (you can almost make a game of it!). You also lose the on/off switch on the handle, which is also fine as towards the end I was finding the on/off switch on the Ultra was also failing and I was just controlling it with the on/off switch on the actual device. You also sacrifice a level of control over the cleaning power, with the Ultra it had a dial which enabled you to scroll through a spectrum of water intensities, while the Nano only has 3 pre-set intensities- and admittedly the middle setting is too weak for me, and the high setting is probably a bit too intense. You also get a lot fewer cleaning heads, with the Ultra you had like 6 or 7 different tips, from a tongue scourer to even a toothbrush attachment, with the Nano you only get 2 of the standard cleaning tips (but that’s fine as you use the standard tip 99% of the time). And the last thing, the Nano feels a bit cheaper than the Ultra, with cheaper feeling plastics (especially with the cleaning handle).

But now that I’ve been reunited with my Waterflosser, I’m confident that I can maintain my perfectly clean teeth after my dental appointment. And now that I know the design flaws of the Waterflosser, I’m also more regularly picking up the Waterflosser Nano and making sure that there isn’t a puddle of water underneath it. So, Like I told the dentist, I’ll see her in another 5 years’ time…… Ok, I might be a bit more regular with my dental appointments now, since I’ll be going with complete confidence that it’ll be a super routine clean with no surprises, as I’ve been maintaining my teeth to a high standard, with my pocket sized (it’s probably more suitcase sized) personal high-pressure hose!

To check-out the Waterpik Waterflosser Nano for yourself, click HERE!

Product Recommendations- Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ

A user review of the Fender short-scale bass, after 3 months of ownership.

I know, I know, back in August 2021 I made the bold statement that I would not purchase my own bass guitar until the new year? But as the Sydney Covid19 lockdowns were lifted in October for fully vaccinated people, I couldn’t help but go out and buy myself a short-scale bass, and here is my user review after 3 months of use.

Pros:

Bass sound with a guitar like body

The absolute benefit of the Mustang (Fender’s product line of short-scale basses) is its compact body +lightness, while still sounding 85% as Bassy as a proper bass ought to be. Granted, it is still not as bassy as a proper bass, but its close enough. The trade-off of comfort is worth the sacrifice in sound!

The Fender brand power

The ‘Fender Player series’ is the made in Mexico Fender line which is around a third of the price of a made in the USA Fender. Not having a point of reference to the Stars and Stripes made version, personally I think the South-of-the-border version is still high quality enough in my opinion. And you still get the Fender prestige which is important to us brand conscious Asians. *nods*.

  High quality

Building on the point above, the Fender Player Mustang quality is top notch, the maple neck has a superb smooth finish; high quality chrome frets and vintage tuning pegs; and the iconic Fender guitar look makes you look the part (even if you’re still a so-so player).

   Versatility

With a single toggle switch you can flick between Precision or a Jazz sounding bass, in video recordings it’s difficult to hear the difference. But in person, there is a clear distinction between the two styles. When flicked to P-bass, the sound is clearer with less reverb, as the sounds of the strings are picked up by the pick-up near the bridge where there are less vibrations. While the J-bass option has a more rock feel with ample reverb, as the pick-up for the J-bass is a split pick-up near the neck where there are more vibrations. While if you want a mid-sound, toggle the switch to the middle and the sound which is amplified is taken from both the P and J-bass pick-ups. A sound to suit every mood and every song!

Playerability

And because it is a short-scale bass, it is much easier to pick-up and play. The frets are closer together for those who have smaller hands, the strings are much closer to the fret bord thus less effort is required to hold down the strings. And because the weight is also less, it means the inevitable shoulder and back aches from playing a bass hits you much later, so you end up playing longer- which is the main thing!

Cons:

Temperamental

The main downside of the Mustang is the short-scale set-up has resulted in one super annoying characteristic. That is, on the A-string, when playing a B-note (second fret), there is an annoying buzzing sound. It is due to the combination of the length of the string, the thickness of the string, and the closeness of the string to the fret board. So, with the presence of these 3 characteristics, plus you playing the B-note, these converging elements result in a string vibration where the actual string touches the frets near the base of the neck- resulting in this annoying buzz, which is heard by you the player but perhaps not heard through the amp. But I found it to be super annoying. But after mucking around for 2-3 months to understand the character of the Mustang bass, I’ve worked out the temperament- if you’re going to play the B–note on the A-string, then toggle to Jazz bass setting- as the reverb sound will mask the sound of the unwanted vibration. While if you still want the nice Precision tone, unfortunately you can only use this setting if the song is played on the higher notes closer to the middle of the neck- as a shortened string does not create the level of vibrations resulting in the string touching the frets.

Durability of the toggle switch

The toggle to select between P and J bass, that toggle switch is thin, an inch tall, and a bit on the cheap side. If taking your bass on the road, I’d be super careful when storing the guitar, making sure that I don’t have it lying face down when in its padded gig bag- as there will be a high risk of snapping off the toggle switch if too much weight is placed on-top of it.

The missing 15%

And as previously mentioned, the Mustang short-scale bass has 85% of the bassiness of a proper bass, however you do leave 15% of bass on the table. For example, I’ve heard many tracks and other bass players, and I must admit to myself, that my short-scale bass will never be able to replicate their same deep tones. But hey, that was the pay-off which I made when electing comfort over a true bass sound.

Conclusion:

After owning the Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ for 3 months, I have enjoyed every moment of it! I’ve been able to play more, learn its intricacies, and now understanding its temperament and learning how to work-around its limitations-I have really enjoyed mastering (or ongoing process of mastery) of my instrument and the art of being a song’s bass presence. With the short-scale I now have an instrument which has a bassy enough sound to perform with a live band, while knowing it is user friendly enough to allow me to put in the required hours of practice to be stage-ready! So, Bass-Guitar Hero here I come! To read more about the Fender Player Mustang Bass PJ, click HERE!  

Masterclass- Stephen Curry Teaches Shooting, Ball-handling, and Scoring

Elevate your game with the greatest 3-point shooter of all time?

I know, it was kind of silly of me to watch the Stephen Curry Masterclass, considering that I’m completely blind- but I was so intrigued in what Steph could be teaching in his class, that I had to know even if there was no chance that I’d ever put this learning to practice. And here are my thoughts on the Man’s Masterclass!

First thing, I was super impressed by Steph and how eloquent and impressive he was as a teacher. As with these things, they point a camera at you and just get you talking and not everyone feels comfortable in those situations. However, Steph was super chilled and comfortable in front of the camera and explained everything so clearly and easy to follow, that even I, someone who was not seeing what he was doing, I was still able to follow on throughout the lessons.

The next thing which was a stand-out, was that Steph’s class is totally achievable and relevant for everyone who will watch it. As he’s not teaching you dunking or other superhuman basketball traits which 99% of us aren’t physically gifted enough to do. But the class is on shooting, ball-handling and scoring (if you follow his teaching correctly), which doesn’t require size or height. And the steps which he divulges are all about mechanic’s- which you can replicate and are totally repeatable. So, no joke, after the class you could be shooting and scoring like Steph Curry!

And throughout the class I was just thinking to myself…… Only if this Masterclass thing was around when I was 12-15 years old when I was playing high school basketball! If I knew these tips and tricks, I guarantee you I would have been a better basketball player. Hands down! I just remember our coaches (old boys or Math teachers), telling us to do some weaving passing drill, or just go dribble a ball, or take turns shooting at the Free throw line. But at no point did they ever teach us technique, I didn’t know about ’10 toes to the basket’, none of this ‘hard dribble’ stuff, nor the concept of the ‘shooting pocket’! Even if my 13-year-old self was shown these 3 tips, I think I would have been a more consistent shooter, perhaps I might have mastered the between the legs dribble, and perhaps I might have scored more than 4 points in a game (which was my highest scoring game……).

Who would benefit from these classes? I hear you ask. Realistically, I’m thinking if you get a 12–15-year-old who already plays basketball, get them in front of the TV during the school holidays before the start of a basketball season and have them watch all the lessons? I think they will be the ones who will benefit the most from the Masterclass. But what would this really mean? It’ll mean that kids of privileged parents would have access to this awesome resource, as realistically the target audience of a Masterclass membership are individuals like me, a 30-40 something professional with money to burn on non-essentials like Masterclass. So, there will be a bit of inequality in who will see these lessons and who will elevate their game. While imagine this!? If you’re a basketball coach, say if you’re a high school teacher or you coach your child’s basketball team. Imagine sitting the team down for 10 minutes before each practice session and show the team Steph’s Masterclass on a tablet. Then have them go away for 30 minutes to practice what they’ve learnt in that Masterclass lesson. I’d guarantee that the team would improve in all facets of the game. No joke.

But could I see an aging white-collar professional elevate their game from watching Steph’s lessons? Probably not. Just because knowledge is one thing, but it does come down to practice. Requiring time and energy which old folk like us just don’t have. Besides, who has access to a full-sized basketball hoop, which is purely yours to use for hours and hours a day? Oh yeah, this reminds me when I once had access to one! In the early days my parents had a full-size basketball hoop in their backyard, but it was right next to the swimming pool. I’d be practicing my shooting for around 10 minutes, before inevitably the ball would take an unexpected deflection off the ring and go straight into the pool. And that was the end of my shootaround, as trying to shoot a wet ball? That was nasty. *Sigh*.

 So yeah, mastery of basketball is a young person’s game, so leave it to the next gen to benefit from Steph’s wisdom and sage advice!

 So, in the past 18 years in which I’ve been blind, there has been very few moments where I’ve felt regret, regret that I couldn’t see. But during Steph’s lessons, I honestly felt this rare occurrence where I wished I was sighted again. Even just for one hour, so I could go to a gym somewhere and try and implement the lessons that I’d learnt from Steph. I really mean it, I wanted so badly to get a ball in my hands and attempt a 3 pointer, applying all the things I’d learnt from Steph, the greatest 3-point shooter of all time! I just wanted to see if his knowledge could make me, an unremarkable person, able to do the remarkable!

So if you want to check out Stephen Curry’s Masterclass- Shooting, Ball-handling, and Scoring, prior to committing to a year’s subscription of Masterclass? Just click HERE to watch the trailer to see if Masterclass is right for you!      

Product recommendation- Masterclass

Is this learning or entertainment?

I’m the first to admit that I’m a real sucker for radio advertising, and the latest product which I’ve purchased after hearing a radio advert promoting a buy one get one free offer was a Masterclass subscription. And here are my thoughts, the pros and cons of this E-learning platform.

But before I get into the pros/cons, just for those who haven’t heard of it before, Masterclass is a subscription-based website where you can learn from those in the know i.e., song writing with Alicia Keys, acting with Samuel L. Jackson, architecture with Frank Gehry, Cello with Yo-Yo Ma etc. So, imagine a celebrity guest speaker coming to a local Community College near you, to run a semester’s worth of classes! And Masterclass is kinda like that, but you learn from the comfort of your own home, anytime, anywhere- if you’re willing to fork out $276 (Australian dollars) up-front. Not all that much if you’re enrolling into a training course, but a bit of money for a 12-month subscription based streaming service. So, the value proposition is dependent if you perceive Masterclass to be learning, as you can’t place a monetary value on knowledge! Or is it just entertainment? Because if it’s just entertainment, it’s more expensive than any other streaming service out there!

Pros

Star power- you’re learning from household names, so that already makes the learning experience super appealing and fun! And even if you might not be interested in the topic beforehand, but you probably will be after completing the class which encourages you to do further investigations afterwards. That’s big right!?

Quality production- the production which goes into each video is super slick, each class has its own music soundtrack which suits each teacher and topic. So, you can tell that much time and resource has been invested into each video’s creation.

Accessible- the website and smart phone app are super easy to use, so you can be learning or picking up where you’ve left off within seconds! Although there is a bit of a IOS bug when using Voiceover to access the app, which makes for some amusing moments (SESSIO N? anyone?).

Unlimited access- the year’s subscription gives you unlimited access to all the classes currently in their library (over 150 classes at last count). And new classes are added each month, alerting you of new classes/instructors via email.

Multiple modes of access- you can watch classes from their website, or on their Smart phone app, or as audio only like a podcast (on IOS only), and you can also download the class workbook as PDF for later reference for those who prefer to learn by reading.

Refundability- if you find that Masterclass is not for you within the first 30 days, you can request for a full refund of your up-front payment.

Buy one get one free offer- and for the month of December only, you can get two subscriptions for the price of one. You pay for one and you have another year’s subscription to gift to a friend or family member (gift to be redeemed within 12 months of purchase)- this offer ends on 31 December 2021. However, once the offer is redeemed, you wave the option to cancel your subscription within the first 30 days.

Cons

Have I learnt anything? Classes can be perceived to be more like entertainment, than true learning. Or it might depend on the topic in mention? I’ve been telling people if the class divulges 10 tips/tricks, and I walk away with one which I might adopt, or is interesting enough that I can drop like a fun fact as a conversational starter? Then that is probably deemed a successful class/learning experience for me. But realistically after watching Stephen Curry’s Masterclass I doubt I’d be hitting 3s like him, nor making beats like Timberland after completing his class.

Do you really get 12 months use out of it? Realistically if you powered through the classes, and only engaged with topics which you have a true interest in- you’d probably watch all you want within 3-6 months. So, for the rest of the year, you might re-watch a few, or a new class might take your fancy. But because of this, I think therefore they make you pre-pay for an entire year, or otherwise if it was a month-by-month subscription, I can see most people cancelling their subscriptions after the first 3-6 months. So, it’s a smart business model, but not in favour of the consumer though.

The topics are Niche. The topics which the experts teach are so specific that you just might not like 95% of what is on offer. As people just aren’t that eclectic with their interests. So again, you might not get your money’s worth from your subscription, if say you got through 12 classes in a year? Because you might have 6-10 different interests, would you say that’s money well spent? That’s $23 per class.

New recently added classes aren’t as good as the old stuff. It’s bound to happen, after they’ve released upwards of 150 classes, covering all sorts of topics, their bound to reach a point where the new stuff aren’t as interesting as the original content. What I’m finding is, that the new classes are exploring ideals, opinions or are topics which don’t deserve 15-20 lessons on, rather than hobbies or trade secrets from experts. So, if the original stuff was good just for its entertainment purpose (even if you didn’t have a true interest in the topic), and the new stuff on face value probably can’t be called entertaining either, so if it’s not true learning and it’s not entertaining, then what is it then? BTW, you can tell what is new and what is old by the class titles, where it has ‘teaches’ in the class title, then these lessons are old, and are the good stuff!

Spam. And OMG! Since signing up to Masterclass, I’m receiving so many emails from them! On average like 3 emails in a 2-day span. Some are informative, like alerting you to the latest new class which is now available. But some are like ‘we’ve noticed that you haven’t been learning recently’ type emails, but I literally just watched that class 2 days ago, I wouldn’t say that has been a long-time in-between drinks? Not worth nudging someone for inactivity? Right? I’ll soon find out if all these emails are due to the fact I’m still within the initial 30 days and they’re worried that I might ask for a refund. But if the spam is still this frequent after the 30 days, then I might need to start blocking the sender. It’s really that annoying!

Classes aren’t available forever! And the last con, is the fact that classes don’t last forever? From what I can see, they add and remove classes on a regular basis. So, you don’t have the assurance that a class which you’d love to get to, would still be there when you finally have the time to watch it. So, this feeling of FOMO, isn’t a feeling I enjoy having.

So, in the end, it is everyone’s own decision if Masterclass is right for them. Is it really learning? Yes, if you happen to be specifically looking for the topic in mention, and you already possess the foundational skills required and it was the final 10% or nudge required to push you across the line. But for most people, it isn’t. So, if it’s entertainment then, the question would be do you have a vast enough array of interests that you’d find skateboarding, guitaring, baking, floral arrangements to yoga, meditation, and science entertaining enough to devote on average 3-4 hours to get through 15-20 lessons just for its enjoyment value? Therefore, Masterclass is probably not for everyone, but if after reading this list of Pros/Cons, and it still sounds like your thang, then please take the next step and give it a go! Just click HERE to begin your journey of discovery!