Author: Michael Kwan

My Name Is My Domain

Earlier this month, John Chow put up on his post talking about people who use their names as their domains. I, for example, fall under this categorization, because I use for my freelance writing business, and for my blog. This is one of the requirements, it seems, to being proclaimed a dot com mogul. In any case, I’m finally getting around to spreading the word about this list, so here it is. Feel free to add yourself and your friends to this list, putting up a blog entry in your own chunk of internet real estate. ***Start Copying Here*** 1) Write a short introduction paragraph about what how you found the list and include a link to the blog that referred you to the list. 2) COPY the ENTIRE List below and add it to your blog. To avoid duplicate content and increase the number of keywords associated with your site, go ahead and change the titles of the blogs. Just don’t change the links of the blogs. 3) Take “My Adds” and move them into the “My Originals” list. 4) Add 3 Brand New Narcissistic Bloggers that you know of My Adds: Dylan Duarte John Bardinelli Darren Barefoot The Originals: Bob Buskirk Jon Waraas David Lithman Gary Lee Ed Lau Root of All Evil Nate Whitehill Stephen Fung Freelance Writing Consulting Stuart Hannig Make Money Online...

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Newsflash: Greasy Chinese food is not exactly healthy

In related news, the sky is blue when it’s sunny, but grey when it’s raining. We all know that when you partake in Westernized Chinese food like sweet and sour pork, spring rolls, fried rice, chow mein, and egg foo yong, you’re not exactly eating the healthiest food in the world. It’s loaded with sodium, monosodium glutamate (MSG), vegetable oil, and all sorts of other nasty stuff before it gets plunked into the deep fryer and drenched in a sauce that has far too many preservatives and artificial flavourings in it. But that didn’t stop a nice, respectable news source like the CBC from breaking out a newsflash, reporting that “The typical Chinese restaurant menu is a sea of nutritional no-nos, a consumer group has found.” Right, like getting the super sized meal at McDonald’s is any better. They even tossed in some numbers to scare us: The battered, fried chicken dish with vegetables has 1,300 calories, 3,200 milligrams of sodium and 11 grams of saturated fat. That’s before the rice (200 calories a cup). And after the egg rolls (200 calories and 400 milligrams of sodium). Yes, fast food isn’t good for you. It never has been and it never will be. Even those salads at Wendy’s and McDonald’s aren’t exactly healthy. Neither is eating a footlong at Subway for lunch, especially when you accompany it with double...

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Search Engine Optimization Glossary

The following post is sponsored by Apogee Search There’s been a backlash lately about sponsored posts, and while I have no problem with them so long as proper disclosure is made at some point, there is a growing contingent that wants to know up front whether a post is sponsored or not. There are even those who are against sponsored posts altogether, but you’ve got to face it: affiliate marketing and paid posts are the wave of the future, as they can easily make a blogger — big or small — much more money than Google Adsense. Anyways, today I’m going to take a look at Search Engine Optimization (SEO). As a freelance writer, part of my business is search engine optimization, not only for my own website and blog, but also for my clients and customers. Even work that is not specifically SEO-oriented, like news I write for Mobile Magazine, has a significant SEO element to it. After all, search engines are one of the greatest sources of traffic. If you’re new to the search engine optimization game, it can be pretty darn daunting. There are countless terms and phrases out there that would make no sense to the uninitiated, just as the concept of “email”, “IM”, and “blogging” would be foreign to anyone who has never encountered a computer. Luckily, Apogee has an excellent search engine marketing...

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Give me rice or give me death

When I logged into the WordPress admin tool this morning, I discovered that some blog called Nice4Rice linked to me. Upon further inspection, it wasn’t just a backlink, it was a full featured article showcasing yours truly. Without even asking for it, Spud Oregon — known to his mother as Nick Ramsay — reviewed my blog. Ramsay is a British blogger who is currently in Japan teaching English. Unlike most other blogs that I visit on a regular basis, such as John Chow dot Com and Kumiko’s Cash Quest, Nice4Rice does something completely different. Sure, he does talk about...

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Little Nicholas is turning two

Among all my cousins, only one has actually gone on to have a child so far. Edmond, Quincy’s younger brother, is the proud father of Nicholas, who is turning two years old on April 2nd. We went out for dinner (at Rich Ocean Seafood Restaurant in Vancouver) on Saturday night to celebrate the occasion a little early, because Tina, Edmond’s wife, is due with their second child any day now. As such, we wanted to make sure that Nicholas got himself a proper celebration that wouldn’t be “interrupted” with Tina going into labour. Susanne helped me pick out a couple of presents for little Nicholas, and while I’m not entirely sure whether he’ll like the gifts themselves, I know for a fact that he likes tearing the wrapping paper off of the presents. In fact, he refused to sit in his booster seat until we gave him the gifts to rip apart. The first birthday present, not depicted, is an Elmo bedtime storybook that comes with an integrated lullaby music player. The second present, shown in the video below, is Thomas The Tank Engine Right on Time. It’s a book with those buttons on the side that make sounds when pressed. Nicholas is adorable now, but it’ll be interesting how terrible his twos will be. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy his cuteness.   Did you catch his “Wow”?...

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Jeremy Clarkson: Oops, my bad!

Top Gear is easily one of the most popular automotive enthusiast shows on the planet and it’s all because of that stupid Jeremy Clarkson that I’m probably going to get kicked in the chest by Ed Lau a la Frank Miller’s 300. Earlier, Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear responded to the question of whether Top Gear would be back for another season by simply saying, “It won’t be.” This put the blogosphere into a headspin, Beyond the Rhetoric and Leftlane News included. Well, turns out that Clarkson’s quote was taken a little out of context. What he meant is that they won’t be doing a summer special because they’re still working out some kinks. More specifically, the lease to the airfield where they test the vehicles has run out and they need to sign a new one. Jalopnik somehow got a hold of Clarkson, who now says: Everyone seems to think the programme is finished or that I’ve left. Well, sorry to disappoint you all but it isn’t and I haven’t. Top Gear… will be back in the autumn. Thank goodness. Ed, you can kick me in the chest the next time I go to dot com...

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Vancouver is 23 degrees below zero?

Something went wonky with my Google personalized homepage last night, because it was telling me that the temperature in Vancouver was 23 degrees Celsius below zero. That’s minus 9 degrees Fahrenheit, for any Americans in the audience. I’m not sure where it pulled this clearly incorrect information from, because when I click on “Vancouver” on that page, it simply redirects me to a Google search for Vancouver weather. The Weather Network was reporting a current temperature of 10 degrees Celsius (above zero). Weird...

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Canucks vs. Flames – March 31

Just helping out a friend (and I want to test out the new AuctionAds (aff) URL converter feature). He has a pair of tickets for sale for the Vancouver Canucks hockey game on March 31st versus the Calgary Flames. This is a home game for the Canucks at GM Place. He put the seats up on eBay and the auction ends in about seven hours. Happy bidding. Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames March 31 2...

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Video: A spider in the toilet

I’ll let you figure out how the spider got itself in the toilet, but it’s always interesting to see our little arachnid swimming around in a pool of water…. it just so happens that the pool of water is also where we, er, do our...

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“This is blasphemy… this is madness…” “Madness? THIS IS SPARTA!!!!!!” Easily one of the most highly anticipated movies this year is 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name. This is the same guy that brought us Sin City, a gloriously artistic look at a city, well, dipped in sin. They went with the same shooting style for 300, with all the scenes taking place against a blue screen, letting the computers fill in the backgrounds after the fact. It is highly stylized and a little full of itself. There are a lot of dull...

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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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