Author: Michael Kwan

Healthy Family Expo 2018 Is This Weekend

And just like that, almost faster than a blink of an eye, it’s already the middle of March and Healthy Family Expo 2018 is this Sunday! It’s a positively massive event that’s meant to be fun and entertaining for the whole family, including plenty of activities and entertainment that’s all included in the ticket price. Oh and samples. So many food samples. To give you a whirlwind sense of what Healthy Family Expo is all about, here’s the vlog from last year’s event in case you missed it the first time around. At this fifth annual event, we can...

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Vlog #67: This or That (Mic Check One Two)

Do you prefer burgers or bratwursts? How about Black Panther or Wolverine? Where you do fall on the Apple or Android side of things? And when it comes to upgrading the audio on your video project, are you better off with a shotgun mic like the Rode VideoMic Pro or a lavalier condenser microphone like the Boya BY-M1? This week’s mic check literally has me beside myself. For a sizable majority of my life on YouTube, videos were shot on some version of the trusty Flip Mino. When that ship sailed and I decided I didn’t want to shoot...

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Sunday Snippet: Jay Shetty on Passion

We live in a world where day dreams are more common than dream jobs, where money clouds our search for meaning in search for profit. We sacrifice our quest for purpose and in the pursuit of those paychecks, we give up our passion. The idea of being able to choose your own career path is actually a relatively novel concept. And the idea that your job should be able to fulfill some sort of personal passion, that it should relate to your personal interests is newer still. It really wasn’t all that long ago that nearly all of us...

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Relatively New Technology That Has Changed My Life

In my 12 years as a professional freelance writer and blogger, I’ve written about everything from mesothelioma to homeopathic medicine, from social media best practices to the best places to eat in Maui. But one subject area or industry that has always played such a huge role in my career is that of consumer electronics and new technology. Part of this comes simply from following the latest developments and trends, and part of this comes from actually reviewing the products themselves. I get a fair bit of hands-on time with quite the range of gadgetry, even if I don’t...

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Grammar 101: Sound Byte or Sound Bite?

Who has the time to listen to every interview conducted by every podcast or news organization on every topic imaginable under the sun? Most of us can’t be bothered to listen through the entirety of every State of the Union address and every congressional hearing either. We just capture the gist of it and that’s why we’ve come to love the sound bite. Or is it sound byte? Take a Bite Out of This On some level, one might argue that either spelling can make logical sense. We oftentimes think of a “byte” as a relatively small unit of...

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Vlog #66: The Girly Hair-Raising Episode

As a dad to a young daughter, I’ve been exposed to all sorts of things that were never a part of my own childhood. I never really participated in any tea parties, for instance, and contrary to what you may have heard otherwise, I never donned a “pretty dress” either. At least to my knowledge. But all of that is changing and my world is getting consumed by girly things, like with a bag full of Goody hair accessories.   Something that you learn (and see) very quickly from great parents is just how far they’re willing to go...

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Sunday Snippet: Evan Hadfield

Creative work, no matter how many times you do it, never really gets less intimidating at the outset. It is hard to make something more beautiful than a blank canvas. That challenge, and fear, is what makes me love my job. I feel privileged to be in a situation where I don’t just get to express my ideas, but also have the means to follow up on them. Particularly if you are a fellow proud Canadian, there’s a good chance that you know about Commander Chris Hadfield and his astronomical adventures in space. Even beyond our borders, millions of...

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Which Winnie the Pooh Character Are You?

Many of the world’s greatest works of fiction are regarded as such because we as audience members can’t help but to identify with the characters. Maybe I’m a glutton like Templeton from Charlotte’s Web or clumsy like Marshall from PAW Patrol. And when we turn our attention to Winnie the Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood, I don’t really see myself in that silly old bear. Instead, I see aspects of myself in the other characters. Piglet and Stuttering Anxiety Meeting me in person for the first time, you may be greeted by an individual who is mostly quiet...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Journey Continues

Would you look at that? It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so let’s dive in with another speedlink. My heart always grows three sizes when I see one of my blogger friends get the recognition they deserve. Over at the Parent Life Network, Melissa Robertson shares her interview with Janette Shearer from Ava to Zoe. They talk about how Janette got started with her award-winning blog and her successful online business selling handcrafted items like dream catchers and stamped leather keychains. The world of blogging has helped to connect me with so many incredible people, including the one...

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Vlog #65: This Is The End

We all knew this day was coming. While the initial announcement may have come out of left field, they did at least give us a month’s notice. And it’s not exactly an eviction notice or a forced evacuation either. You can stay. It’s fine. It’s just on fire. And you’re on fire. And the few bucks a month you get from this YouTube gravy train has come to an end. It’s over. Hello, bottomless pit. If you’re at all interested in the business side of creating content on the Internet or if you are an active YouTuber yourself, then...

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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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