Author: Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Detective Lt. William Somerset (SE7EN)

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part. “What’s in the box? You lie! Shut up! No! No!” I edited out some of Brad Pitt’s cussing, because this is a family-friendly environment… even if I’m talking about the decapitated head of a police officer’s wife, delivered to the middle of nowhere in a nondescript box by some random courier company. Because that’s still family-friendly and PG-13, right? Right. Oh, and spoiler alert. Directed by the incomparable David Fincher, Seven (officially stylized as SE7EN) is easily one of...

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On Sleep Quality and a Persistent Sense of Fatigue

It doesn’t matter if you catch me first thing in the morning or some time in the middle of the afternoon. Chances are that I’m going to be pretty tired (and look the part too). Maybe it’s a little cliche to say that all parents, particularly of babies and young children, suffer from chronic fatigue. Maybe this is further exacerbated by my life as a freelance writer and stay-at-home dad. I don’t feel like I ever get enough sleep. But here’s the thing. Even if I am so lucky as to go to bed early or to sleep in...

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The Puzzling Paradox of Day Off Self Sabotage

I’ve stated so many times before that the flexibility afforded by the freelance lifestyle is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve said that because I can work at any time, I feel like I should be working all the time. That’s not fair, of course, and I understand that perfectly on an intellectual level. It also means that almost anything can be put off until later in the day, later in the week, or even beyond. This slippery slope presents a very dangerous situation, one rife with temptation and opportunities for procrastination. I justify these decisions to myself...

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Vlog #29: Switch Up for Father’s Day

I’ve been a “gamer” pretty well my whole life, starting out with Defender and Missile Command on the Atari 2600 some time in the 1980s. I grew up in the arcades, putting my quarters on the display ledge to call “next” with the best of them. While I did (and do) play on PC and I did eventually get an Xbox 360, Nintendo will always hold a very special place in my gaming heart. So you can only begin to imagine how elated I was to get a Nintendo Switch for Father’s Day. And then I thought it was...

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Sunday Snippet: Ryan Reynolds on Father’s Day

Nothing better than spending an entire morning staring into my baby daughter’s eyes, whispering, “I can’t do this.” He was once named the sexiest man alive by People Magazine. And he played the merc with the sewn up mouth and friggin’ laser beams shooting out of his eyes too. Oh, are we not supposed to ever talk about that ever again? My bad. How about the time he held the emerald-hued beacon of infinite light? No, not that either? Well, at least Ryan Reynolds is the picture of perfect fatherhood… or rather he plays one on Twitter. For Father’s...

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The Emergence of a Kid’s Personality

They may have their individual quirks and “every baby is different,” but if we’re going to be perfectly honest, newborns don’t have much of a developed personality. Instead, while there are glimmers and glimpses leading up to it, I’d venture to say that a kid’s personality doesn’t really start to emerge until right around his or her first birthday. It’s right around this time, on average, that the child will likely achieve a number of major milestones. She’ll take her first steps. She’ll learn to utter more than a small handful of words, possibly even combining them into rudimentary...

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Can You Disable the Autopilot?

I remember turning 16 and learning how to drive for the first time. My mom took me to the quiet part of a mall parking lot where I was far less likely to be a danger to those around me. Fair enough, I suppose. Having only been exposed to driving in a video game, it took me a little while to get used to pedal feel and more precise turning. It’s not like I could go full throttle and randomly crash up against a guardrail. After a couple sessions like this, she asked if I was ready to drive...

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Vlog #28: Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Life is what you make of it. And you can make it with paint, fabric, metal, discarded computer parts, LEGO bricks… or you can use a 3D printer. Makers of the world (or at least in the general metropolitan area) united over the weekend at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire and I was there to take it all in for this week’s vlog. It’s not very often that you see so many creative people from so many different disciplines gather under a single roof. Resident 3D printing expert John Biehler was there at Mini Maker Faire to show me around...

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Sunday Snippet: Former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell

I had a great mentor early in my career give me advice that I’ve heeded until now, which is that you should have a running list of three people that you’re always watching: someone senior to you that you want to emulate, a peer who you think is better at the job than you are and who you respect, and someone subordinate who’s doing the job you did — one, two, or three years ago — better than you did it. If you just have those three individuals that you’re constantly measuring yourself off of, and you’re constantly learning...

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The One Time I Got Visibly Upset Over a School Report Card

See that cute kid reading the outlandishly enormous book? That was me, I think in grade 4. For the lack of a better term, I was a “nerd.” I think one of my favorite games at the time was Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, which might explain why I was posing with a gigantic book about different places around the globe. Report card time was never especially stressful for me, because I always got good grades. Always. A Note on Demographics and Environment I don’t say this to be boastful. If anything, my good grades made me...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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