Author: Michael Kwan

Vlog #87: The Vancouver Aquarium Experience

We’ve been to Stanley Park for the Ghost Train and Christmas Train, but several years have passed since we last explored the rest of area. I think it’s been about a decade since I’ve been to the Vancouver Aquarium and, understandably, a lot has changed. But this was the first time for Addie, so it was all new to her. Including witnessing the cannibalistic tendencies of the rays. Ouch!   My Childhood Memories When I was a kid, I remember going to the now defunct Stanley Park Zoo rather frequently. It was usually with either my grandma or grandpa....

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Sunday Snippet: John Hodgman on Facial Hair

Insecurely teasing a teenager is a privilege of fatherhood. And I grew my second mustache for the same reason all your weird dads grew theirs: it is an evolutionary signal that says, “I’m all done.” A mustache sends a visual message to the mating population of Earth that says, “No thank you. I have procreated. My DNA is out in the world, and so I no longer deserve physical affection. Instead, it is time for me to turn away from sex and toward new pursuits, the classic weird dad hobbies such as puns, learning trivia about bridges and wars,...

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Getting Measured, Getting Done, and Getting Overwhelmed

Even though I haven’t watched the show in years, and even though I know it’s not really real, I enjoyed Dragons’ Den for a time. My American readers may be more familiar with Shark Tank, which is basically the same thing. And regardless of what you might think of Kevin O’Leary, he pounded home at least one key business lesson: know your numbers. Over and over again, we’d see these would-be entrepreneurs pitch their product to these “dragons” (and “sharks”). They’d talk about how their product is unique and how it addresses a particular need in the market. But...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Summer Survival

We’re in the full swing of the summer heatwave and all the kiddos are starting to get bored out of their minds. With that in mind, we could probably all benefit from some summer survival tactics, tips and advice for making the most of this gloriously scorching time. It’s time for the What’s Up Wednesdays speedlink! Kicking things off is Salma Dinani from The Write Balance. She offers a number of useful tips for work-at-home moms (that us dads can probably take to heart too). I know from experience that it’s nearly impossible to be productive when you’ve got...

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Vlog #86: The New YouTube Millennium Club

It’s been a long and difficult road, my friends. Okay, it probably hasn’t been that long, but it’s certainly great to be back in the saddle again. And by saddle, I mean the YouTube Partner Program. And by “back in,” I mean currently “under review.” Potato, potato. Oh, I suppose that doesn’t really work in writing. But hey, a cute picture of my kid waving to the crowd whilst sitting on a fire truck has got to be worth something, right?   In case you haven’t been following my harrowing tale, YouTube made changes to its Partner Program back...

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Sunday Snippet: Peter Meehan on David Chang

The most important thing about David is that restlessness, the willingness to throw it all overboard and start again, the drive to always do better, that there’s a palpable, actual dynamism to his places, which is rarer than rare. Just last night, I finished reading Medium Raw by the late Anthony Bourdain. It contains a collection of essays by the former chef and television personality, and you can really “hear” his voice on the printed page. This is Tony, through and through and through. The sections where he discusses his drug addiction, depression, and near attempts at driving off...

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What (and Where) I’ve Been Writing Lately

So, you already know what I’m into these days in terms of TV shows, music, video games and podcasts. What about the stuff I actually make? There are the blog posts here on Beyond the Rhetoric, of course, as well as the weekly vlog, but my day job is that of a freelance writer. Want to know what I’ve been writing lately? I’m a little surprised that, as far as I can tell, the last time I’ve done such a round-up was four years ago! LoveToKnow While I mostly edit the work of other LoveToKnow contributors, I do write...

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On Being Able to Tuck Your Kids In at Night

If you’ve been following this blog for the last few years, then you’ll know about my struggles as a work-at-home dad. I have a tough time trying to balance my professional duties with my parental ones. The third shift is brutal, but sometimes necessary, and I just don’t know how to shut it down. But I recognize my position of relative privilege and I know that it could be worse. I get that. But I still struggle, because I feel like I can do more. That I should do more. But then again, in the last few weeks, I’ve...

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Vlog #85: Embrace the Dongle Life, I Guess

Remember when practically every cell phone company had a different charging connector? You couldn’t charge your Sony Walkman phone with your LG charger, and you couldn’t use your Nokia charger with your Motorola V60. That was just unfathomable. These days, things are a lot better with far fewer standards, but the transition period between standards can still be a challenge. And that’s partly how we’ve ended up living the dongle life. Bring on the adapters! So, remember in last week’s vlog where I discussed some cheap Nintendo Switch accessories I recently picked up? One of those accessories, as you...

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Sunday Snippet: Chris Jericho

I was never interested in being the “next whomever.” I just wanted to be the first Chris Jericho, because I knew if I wanted to make it, I had to do something different. A big personality, a knack for catchphrases, and flashy clothes that are literally flashy. Yup, that’s “Lionheart” Chris Jericho all right. The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla, they used to call him. Or at least that’s what he used to call himself, among innumerable other nicknames. When I highlighted WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in last week’s Sunday Snippet, I had mentioned that the quote was pulled...

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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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