Beyond the Rhetoric


Upcycling and Repurposing to Replace Baby Products

April 20th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Upcycling and Repurposing Stuff to Replace Baby Products

Baby stuff can get really spendy, really quickly. It makes sense to consider spending a little bit more money when shopping for a car seat, as the safety and comfort of your little one is at stake, but it doesn’t make nearly as much sense for a lot of other baby products. I remember seeing a $25 “diaper caddy” that looked like nothing more than the TV remote caddy you’d see at the dollar store, except it said the word “baby” on it.

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Sunday Snippet: Han Solo (Star Wars)

April 19th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Han Solo (Star Wars)

“Look, good against remotes is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else.”

Unless you’ve been trapped under a tauntaun for the last week, you’ve probably seen the new Star Wars trailer. As we look forward to the seventh episode in the storied movie franchise, we must also look back at the original trilogy that started it all. The films were filled with all sorts of unforgettable line, revealing the results of a paternity test or boasting about completing the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs.

And there’s lots of sage wisdom too. Do or do not; there is no try.

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Grammar 101: A Nervous Tick

April 17th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Having an automatic spell checking utility built into your web browser, app or mobile device can be a very helpful thing. It can help you catch those random errors and typos that you may make. It can also give you a false sense of confidence that you are spelling your words correctly. This is perhaps why people may confuse the words queue and cue, for example. In much the same way, I’ve seen people mistake the word “tick” for the word “tic.”

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Vancouver

April 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Joe Fortes, Vancouver

Located half a block off the main Robson Street shopping district in Downtown Vancouver, Joe Fortes has been serving up fresh seafood to Vancouver residents and visitors for as long as I can remember. It’s a Vancouver institution and it’s where we decided to take my dad for his birthday this past weekend.

We had some gift cards to use and, doing a little bit of research online, we learned that Joe Fortes is surprisingly kid-friendly. There’s a children’s menu, for instance, as well as high chairs and booster seats. It’s also really helpful that the handicap washroom on the lower level also has a baby change table, a relative rarity among restaurants of this type in the city.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Just Cruising

April 15th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Carnival Victory Cruise Ship

To kick off this week’s speedlink, Stacey Robinsmith takes a moment to describe his recent cruise ship experience. He most recently enjoy a trip with Princess Cruises, but he has also sailed with Holland America and Celebrity Cruises. He enjoyed the central gathering place aboard the Grand Princess and his kids liked the Youth Centre. That said, the food with the other cruise lines was superior to Princess.

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“From My Perspective… You Have It Made”

April 14th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Work from Home

The grass is always greener on the other side.

Many of us have this unfortunate habit of focusing so much of our attention on the things we don’t have that we lose sight of the things that we do have. And we have a lot. I’d imagine most readers of this blog have access to the Internet. I’d imagine most of you have a reliable source of clean drinking water, living in a home that is reasonably clean and safe. We take these things for granted, because we always want more.

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I’m Michael Kwan and This Is How I Work

April 13th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

CES 2015

Every now and then, someone I meet will be surprised to hear that I don’t have a “day job” beyond what I do as a freelance writer. Sometimes, they’ll be even more amazed that I have been able to sustain myself with my humble small business for the better part of a decade. This can lead to a conversation about a typical day in the office, how I operate my business, and how I get things done.

I cover some of these topics in my book, but I thought I would offer up an abridged version of Lifehacker’s How I Work series on my daily operations as a full-time freelance writer. Believe it or not, there is a method to my madness. And yes, I am effectively interviewing myself.

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Sunday Snippet: T. Harv Eker

April 12th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: T. Harv Eker

“The secret to success is not to try to avoid or get rid of or shrink from your problems; the secret is to grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem.”

We all have a comfort zone. It’s a place where we can feel safe from harm, a place where we can retreat from the frustrations and fears of the real world. It’s a place where we can forget, if only temporarily, about the problems that plague us. But it is not a place where we should stay. We need to get out there. We need to act like a pitbull.

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