Author: Michael Kwan

Gift Guide: Interactive Games for Preschoolers

It’s that time of year again, As you make your way down your list, checking who’s been naughty or nice, you’ll want to have to some good gift ideas in your back pocket. For my part, I always try to strike the balance between something that’s fun and something that’s educational. At least for the kiddos. And that’s why I’m so glad to highlight some of these interactive games from Pressman for you today. I had a hard time coming up with exactly the right term to describe this category of product, even though it’s a very popular category....

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Revisiting My Guiding Words for 2018

For a while there, I tried to make new year’s resolutions like everyone else. Instead of something vague, though, I positioned these resolutions as S.M.A.R.T. goals. They had value, to be sure, but I felt they didn’t really encompass enough. That’s why I switched to guiding words. And as barrel our way toward eggnog and mistletoe, I thought I’d take the opportunity reflect back on my guiding words for 2018. Here’s the vlog from January as a quick refresher.   In 2017, I decided that my guiding words would be acceptance, prioritization and completion. It was by following those...

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I’m Trying a New Thing

Well, it’s not entirely a new thing. It’s just a thing that I haven’t tried in a very long time. I mean, the opportunity has always been there; I just never really thought to seize it. Maybe this was spurred on because I decided to end the vlog last month. In fact, it was shortly after the last vlog went up that someone (perhaps half-jokingly) asked me what I was going to do with “all that free time.” But of course, as you already know, there really is no such thing as “free time.” There is only how you...

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Sunday Snippet: Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind; Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind. Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime … Dim,...

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Midweek Musings: Deceptively Simple

You know, it’s been quite a long time since I’ve done one of these. In the past, and I’m talking like ten years ago, I called them random musings and even mindless musings. Realistically, these are just thoughts that cross my mind, but I’m not convinced they necessarily warrant a full blog post of their own. Like the ambiguity of saying something is “deceptively simple.” What Does “Deceptively Simple” Mean? I had considered writing up a full grammar post about this, but I feel like it would be ultimately inconclusive. A dad blogger friend of mine recently said that...

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Nintendo Switch Games (Holiday 2018 Wish List)

All my life, I’ve been a Nintendo fanboy. With the noted exception of the Virtual Boy and the Wii U, I haven’t skipped a generation. Despite its rather unconventional controller design, I really loved the GameCube too. The Nintendo Switch has now officially surpassed the GameCube in lifetime sales, and it’s on pace to surpass the PS4 (in Japan) too. Great Nintendo Switch games certainly have a lot to do with that. The flexibility of the “portable home console” dynamic probably helps a lot too. I got the Switch for Father’s Day last year, but the only physical games...

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Sunday Snippet: George S. Patton (1885-1945)

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. To be perfectly honest, I know very little about George S. Patton. I know that he served as a General for the U.S. Army during World War II, and he is largely celebrated as a military hero. As I understand it, he’s also known for some of the controversial public statements he made over the years. Today’s post isn’t about politics, but rather how a couple of Patton’s lines can be adapted to our modern, everyday lives. Most assuredly,...

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On Recognizing Hidden Privilege

White privilege. Male privilege. The privilege of extreme wealth. Conversations encompassing these topics have become a big part of the public discourse in recent years. As a father to a daughter, I’m much more cognizant of gender equality issues than I have been in the past. As a visible minority, a child of immigrant parents, I’ve always felt the brunt of that too. But there’s this whole other category of hidden privilege that oftentimes goes overlooked. Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I’ve lived a life of oppression or systemic discrimination. All things considered, I’ve led...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: October Edition

Given that today is Halloween, I had considered gathering a collection of spooky blog posts to share with you. Instead, it’s mostly business as usual with the monthly speedlink. Hopefully, there’s a little something for everyone here. Not long after my daughter was born, I blogged about the double standard of gender-appropriate toys. While it might be “empowering” for a girl to play with traditional “boy” toys, the reverse is not so widely accepted. This narrative came back around when a 5-year-old boy decided to paint his nails. He was ridiculed at school and came home crying, confused and...

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Vlog #100: Ending the Vlog With a Dance Party

It sometimes feels like so many of my major career decisions are things that happen “accidentally on purpose.” That’s how I got started with freelance writing, to some degree, and that’s how I got started with the weekly vlog. All good things must come to an end eventually, however, so I’ve decided I’m ending the vlog. But I’m not going out without a dance party first. Life is a balancing act. You’re always going to be juggling all sorts of responsibilities and priorities. Some of these are more clearly defined as others, and trying to “make it” on YouTube...

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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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