Beyond the Rhetoric


What’s Up Wednesdays: Tell Better Stories

August 24th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Tell Better Stories

It’s Wednesday again, so let’s get over those hump day blues with another speedlink. We have Britany Robinson starting things off with some advice on how you can tell better travel stories. Whether you’re recounting the terrific Tuscan dinner you had in Florence or the Napa Valley wine tour you just took, just skip the beginning. Not too many people are going to be interested in how you chose to pack your bag and which route you took to get to the airport. Get to the juicy bits right away!

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Grammar 101: Electric vs. Electronic

August 23rd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Why is it that we can ride around on electric bikes, but we play on an electronic drum set? Why can we shave with an electric razor, but we send messages through electronic mail? The difference between the two terms may sound rather inconsequential. It might feel rather arbitrary, but there is a clear distinction to be made.

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Sunday Snippet: Daigo Umehara

August 21st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Daigo Umehara

“Above all else, the main point I want to make is that I don’t just want to win. I want to keep winning, to stay on top of my game. While seemingly similar, I want to show you that these are highly different goals, to the point where they can be at odds with one another. Some may consider winning as the end goal, but producing a result and continuing to produce results are fundamentally different in nature.”

Many of us go through life chasing a carrot on a stick. That carrot gives us a sense of purpose, a sense of direction. But even if we are so fortunate as to finally get that carrot, it doesn’t feel quite so satisfying once we have it in our hands. Suddenly, our life can feel like it lacks purpose, like it lacks direction. The goal shouldn’t be just to grab one carrot. It’s to keep going after bigger and more impressive carrots.

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Idiomatica: Runs Like Stink

August 19th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Idiomatica with Michael Kwan

In the first ever edition of Idiomatica last month, we looked at the phrase “pardon my French” and how it came to be. No one ever said the English language made a lot of sense. Idioms like that demonstrate just how far modern usage has strayed from the more literal understanding. Perhaps another good example is when you say something “goes like stink” or “runs like stink.”

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Making Decisions

August 17th, 2016 by Michael Kwan


It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time to get over those hump day blues with a whirlwind tour of the blogosphere again. We start off with Trent Hamm coming to terms with being cheap. For the longest time, he insisted that he was simply being “frugal,” because being “cheap” carries a different set of connotations. How far do you go with being smart with your money?

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10 Lessons I Want to Teach My Daughter

August 16th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

10 Lessons I Want to Teach My Daughter

Dear Adalynn,

Despite what I may have led you to believe, your father really has no idea what he’s doing. I’ve just been making it up as a I go along, putting on this show of confidence and competence for your sake. As we continue on this journey together, I hope to pass my 30+ years of wisdom (ha!) on to you. As my daughter, you will face your share of challenges, but know that I will be by your side every step of the way.

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Sunday Snippet: Jesse Itzler

August 14th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Jesse Itzler

“He showed me, proved to me right there, that there was so much more, we’re all capable of so much more than we think we are.”

The quoted statistics on the matter can vary considerably, but it is generally assumed to be true that the majority of new businesses will fail within the first few years. Among the thousands or even millions of young hopefuls who aspire to compete in the Olympics, only a small handful ever qualify and an even smaller number come up with some hardware. What sets those who succeed apart from everyone else?

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My So-Called Instagram Life

August 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

One of the best ways to keep up with my life is to follow me on Instagram. While I might share links on Twitter or spark conversations on Facebook, Instagram is where I post pictures and videos that offer a glimpse into my daily existence as a work-at-home dad, food lover, and tech blogger. If you haven’t been following along (or even if you have), here are a few highlights from the last few weeks.

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