Beyond the Rhetoric


Kick S Good Restaurant Review (Burnaby)

July 3rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Kick S Good Restaurant, Burnaby

As the largest shopping mall in British Columbia and the third largest in the country, Metropolis at Metrotown attracts a lot of people every day. Some people are there to pick up some groceries at Superstore, other people are looking for a new wardrobe, and some folks might be catching a movie at Silvercity. Despite having all these shops and services, Metrotown doesn’t have too many great options for food. The good news is that you can find better food within quick walking distance of this mega-mall.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Happy Canada Day

July 1st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Festive Terry Fox by Richard Eriksson

To all my fellow citizens in this land of maple syrup, ketchup chips and poutine, I’d like to wish a very happy Canada Day. To celebrate the 148th birthday of our humble little country, let’s kick off this week’s speedlink with a post from Chris Farley Ratcliffe. He recently took the time to visit the Canadian Museum of History where they currently have a special Terry Fox exhibit on display. Terry Fox is perhaps one of the best known and most inspirational Canadians of all time. His legacy is incredible.

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Your Majesty, Your Grace… But My Lord? (Grammar 101)

June 30th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Your Majesty, Your Grace... But My Lord? (Grammar 101)

If you have been watching Game of Thrones for any length of time, you’ve likely heard a variety of different ways that the characters address the kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and so forth. On Game of Thrones, they particularly like to use “your grace,” while the more common vernacular would call for “your majesty.”

But if we are meant to address these royal figures as your grace and your majesty, why is it that we would address these same people as my lord or my liege? What’s the difference? The answer is actually quite simple.

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Sunday Snippet: Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

June 28th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.”

Think back to when you were a young child going through elementary school. As painful as it might be, think back to math class. I don’t know about you, but when I was first learning about basic arithmetic, I was essentially told that an equation like 6 – 8 = ? simply was not possible. I was told you couldn’t subtract a bigger number from a smaller number. Of course, we later learned about the concept of negative numbers. The perception of truth and reality changed.

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The Little Things That Make Me Smile

June 26th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

The Little Things That Make Me Smile

These last few days have been particularly trying for me and my family. That’s a big part of the reason why I’ve been rethinking the posting frequency on this blog and that’s why yesterday was the first time in a long time that I’ve “missed” a blog post. And as difficult as this week has been, it has forced me to reconsider my perspective on life and what truly matters.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Next Step

June 24th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: The Next Step

This week’s speedlink session has to do with moving forward and taking the next step. Starting things off, Ray Ebersole has made a decision about his approach to blogging moving forward. The education and technology blog is going to be focused more on — you guessed it — education and technology, as well as coding, PowerShell and new technology reviews. To accommodate his more personal posts, Ray has started a separate blog called It Affects Me which oddly has “iteffectsme” in the URL as he couldn’t secure the “itaffectsme” subdomain.

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Rethinking the Beyond the Rhetoric Content Schedule

June 23rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Content Schedule

For several years now, I’ve adhered to a rather strict posting frequency here on Beyond the Rhetoric. Some items are a mainstay in the content schedule, like the Sunday Snippet and What’s Up Wednesdays. Other items filter through to occupy the rest of the week with grammar tips, restaurant reviews, and–most recently–thoughts on parenting and the WAHD lifestyle.

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Emoticons vs. Emoji: What’s the Difference?

June 22nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Emoticons vs. Emoji: What's the Difference?

You’ll find that a lot of people, including professional journalists, will use the terms “emoticon” and “emoji” interchangeably to refer to a whole family of symbols that are better known colloquially as smiley faces. If you’ve been texting on your phone or communicating over the Internet for any length of time, then you’re bound to have encountered them on more than one occasion. In truth, there is a very critical difference that separates emoticons and emoji and it’s actually very easy to understand.

The term “emoticon” is a portmanteau of the words “emotion” and “icon.” The point is that you are able to use plain text in such a way to express an emotion. There are no real special characters being used and the majority of emoticons have the “face” of the smiley face in a horizontally-oriented fashion such that you have to tilt your head to the left to view it correctly.

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