Author: Michael Kwan

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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My Top 5 Favorite Movies of All-Time

I enjoy a variety of movies. Movies that make you think, like Dead Poets Society. Comedies like Idiocracy (which is actually a very smart movie) and Office Space. Superhero flicks and rom-coms and Japanese anime. Given that this list only spans about a six-year period, though, there may be a rose-tinted glasses effect going on here. I don’t deny it. That’s probably why I say that 90s grunge and 90s hip hop are the best too. But that’s also why I say these are my favorite movies and not necessarily the best movies of all-time. Let’s get started, shall...

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The Biggest Challenges I Face as a Freelancer and WAHD

At a casual little get-together the other day, someone exclaimed that out of everyone in attendance, I probably had “the best gig.” For the most part, everyone else had a regular 9-to-5 kind of job or they engaged in some sort of shift work. In either case, I was the only one who had a “work from home” kind of career. This statement was then followed up with a question. What is the most challenging aspect to my professional career as a freelance writer and blogger, particularly in relation to how it intersects with my personal life as a...

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Vlog #84: Cheap Nintendo Switch Accessories

I’ve had the Nintendo Switch for just over a year now. It’s a quirky little console that doesn’t fit neatly into traditional gaming conventions. As a result, as fun as it may be, it’s also not without its challenges and shortcomings. But some of these can be overcome with cheap Nintendo Switch accessories! Here I am, splurging twenty bucks at a time in this week’s vlog. This is a little more spendy than loading up on five dollar t-shirts, but perhaps these items are a little more practical. Or maybe not. We’ll need to see how much mileage I...

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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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