Beyond the Rhetoric


Grammar 101: “My Friday”

July 31st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

“Man, I’ve been working so hard these last few days and I’m absolutely exhausted. It’s a good thing that tomorrow is my Friday. I’m going to celebrate by going out for Wing Wednesdays after work tomorrow.”

Do you see the problem with the above statement? This person is referring to tomorrow as “my Friday,” but they go on to mention that they’ll be able to take advantage of “Wing Wednesdays” tomorrow too. How can that possibly make any sense at all? The problem here arises with ambiguous meanings and the notion of relative perspective in casual conversation.

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My Identity as a Blogger: An Introspective

July 30th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

My Identity as a Blogger: An Introspective

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a freelance writer. I tell them that most of what I write has to do with technology, the Internet and the so-called digital lifestyle, but I’ve also covered a range of other subject areas. When people ask me what Beyond the Rhetoric is all about, the response isn’t quite as clear and concise. And this is after running this blog for nearly a decade. As a blogger, who am I?

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Fancy Cakes

July 29th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Fancy That

Every Wednesday, I gather up and share some fun blog posts from around the Internet. This week, we start things off by heading down under to visit with Darrell Milton. While he may not be a fancy baker by trade, he decided to make a custom R2-D2 birthday cake for his son. He documented the process to show other parents how to make fancy cakes for their children too. Thanks mate for setting the standards insanely high for the rest of us!

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Small Victories Really Aren’t That Small

July 28th, 2015 by Michael Kwan


Being a parent is an incredibly stressful experience. You always worry about whether or not you are doing what is best for your child. You always question whether or not you’re doing enough for your child. Why does it have to be this hard? Why does it have to be this exhausting?

As much as you hear about the richly rewarding experience of parenthood, it’s also just as easy to feel like a failure when you don’t live up to those impossible standards. Society is quick to remind you, in a not so subtle way, that you’re coming up short. That’s why you should never downplay any of the small victories you earn along the way. They’re not nearly as inconsequential as you might think.

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Sunday Snippet: Markus Frind, Plenty of Fish

July 26th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Markus Frind, Plenty of Fish

“What I’ve done is unique – there is no one else to relate to. I just focus on beating myself and trying lots of new things.”

How’s this for a local success story? A Vancouver entrepreneur decides to launch an online dating site and runs it entirely on his own from his home for a number of years. Despite the site’s astronomical growth, said entrepreneur only assembles a skeleton crew of employees to help him with daily operations. Fast forward a little over a decade later and he’s selling the site for US$575 million. That’s the story of Markus Frind and Plenty of Fish.

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Grammar 101: Amy Likes Cookies

July 23rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Amy Likes Cookies

The objective behind the Grammar 101 series on this blog is not to be pedantic or to demonstrate my superior grasp of the English language. (I mean, I consider myself to be a pretty good writer, as it’s what I do for a living, but I can make mistakes too.) The objective is more about helping you, the reader, reduce the number of grammatical errors that you make by explaining why certain words are used a particular way.

The thing with good grammar is that it can dramatically affect your reputation and how other people perceive you. This being said, you can write sentences that are perfect from a grammar standpoint, but they can still be utterly ambiguous, unclear, and poorly written. Let’s take a look at one such example today.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Best Part of Waking Up

July 22nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: The Best Part of Waking Up

I’ve never been a morning person and perhaps that’s part of the reason why I embarked on this freelance journey nearly a full decade ago. After becoming a father, however, everything changed and I’ve been forced to alter my sleep routine. If you’re like me or you’re otherwise undergoing similar life changes, you may want to check out a recent post by Michelle Riklan that outlines some key tips for waking up early in the morning. Have you tried the inverted snooze strategy?

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Parenting: Obviously, You’re Doing It Wrong

July 21st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Parenting Practices: Obviously, You're Doing It Wrong

Taking on the role of the parent for the first time can be an incredibly intimidating and daunting experience. You’re fully responsible for everything to do with the health and well-being of a fragile, little baby. Dealing with the so-called “normal” stuff is stressful enough and, should you seek the advice of 100 other parents about nearly any issue, you’re bound to be bombarded by over 200 different opinions. The truth is you’re a horrible mom or dad unless you follow this definitive parenting guide.

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