Beyond the Rhetoric


My Vancouver Restaurant Bucket List

October 24th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Lamb Popsicles

Unsurprisingly, ever since Adalynn entered the picture, our culinary adventures have slowed considerably. There is just so much great food to eat in this city and it feels like a new Vancouver restaurant is opening up every week. We fully intend on continuing our dining exploits in the near future and, in the meantime, I’ve been accumulating a list of places I’d like to try.

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The Greatest Feeling in the World Is Not Accomplishment

October 23rd, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Smiling Baby - Coco Isabella

We could talk all day about the true meaning of life and, at the end of the day, we could just as easily be right back where we started. Instead, most of us would likely agree that we share the common goal of happiness. It’s a terrific feeling, but it is inherently far too vague to have any practical applications. What does it really mean to be happy? And how do you get there?

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Kids These Days

October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Lexi Unboxing Videos

What’s the deal with political correctness anyway? When does being cheeky and topical go too far? With Halloween right around the corner, Deborah Ng is tackling some of these very issues as she ponders how (in)appropriate an Ebola hazmat costume for her son might be. She took to Facebook and was quickly bombarded with over 90 comments. Is the humor too dark for a kids costume? What if it were “just” a hazmat suit and not an “Ebola” hazmat suit?

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Have You Already Quit Ello?

October 21st, 2014 by Michael Kwan


Go back a few weeks and you may have noticed that Ello somehow became the talk of the early adopter town. People were talking about just how much of a game changer this new social network was going to be, because it completely changed the way that it approached the typical social media game. It doesn’t have any advertising and the people behind Ello say that it will never have any advertising. It sounded like a neat idea.

And now, here we are toward the end of October, and my Ello feed is practically a ghost town. What’s more, at least among the early adopter and social media crowd in Vancouver, talk about Ello has ground to a halt too. It’s funny, really, because even in those early weeks of Ello, the majority of chatter about Ello was taking place on Facebook and not on Ello itself.

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Grammar 101: Extract or Exact Revenge?

October 20th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Perhaps you’ve heard the line in a Hollywood blockbuster involving a superhero and his quest for vengeance. Maybe you’ve heard it in the context of a video game or television show filled with explosive action and intense drama. When a character says that he will not rest until he exacts his revenge, what exactly does that mean? Or maybe he wants to extract his revenge instead?

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Sunday Snippet: Colin Grant

October 19th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Colin Grant

“And the old adage that with age comes wisdom is not true. With age comes the veneer of respectability and a veneer of uncomfortable truths.”

We all like to think that we get a little bit wiser with each passing day. We like to think that we learn from experience, gaining those extra touches of wisdom by suffering through our failures and celebrating our successes. We look upon the younger generation with a sense of quiet resignation, sighing over the ignorance and unbridled overconfidence of youth. Kids these days, right?

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Five Ways Adalynn’s Childhood Will Differ from Mine

October 17th, 2014 by Michael Kwan


The generation gap is obvious enough. For my parents’ generation, color television may have still been relatively new and the channel selection was certainly more limited. For my parents, it was a struggle to make a new life for themselves in Canada, whereas I’m firmly established and ensconced as a Canadian. When Adalynn showed up last month, it got me thinking that I’d be reliving some form of my own childhood all over again.

Except, this time, it would be completely different.

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The Android Apps I Used the Most in 2014

October 16th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

The Android Apps I Used the Most in 2014

Yesterday, my friend Bob posted about the iPhone apps that he used the most this year, so I thought I’d follow with the Android apps that found the most use on my smartphone in 2014. Some are for fun, some are for work, and most likely fit somewhere in between. Who needs work-life balance when you have work-life integration, right?

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