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10 Traditional Chinese Superstitions I Never Really Understood

September 30th, 2014

Every culture has its own set of customs, traditions and superstitions. Many of us were told that we shouldn’t break mirrors or walk under ladders, lest we desire to be marred with bad luck for years to come. I suppose some of these superstitions are rooted in safety; shards of glass can be dangerous and […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Work and Play

September 24th, 2014

We kick off this week’s speedlink with Damien Riley, who seems to have a similar philosophy as me when it comes to figuring things out. The best way to learn about technology is to play with it. I rarely take a look at the user manual when I do my tech product reviews, because I’d […]

9/11 – We Will Never Forget

September 11th, 2014

I’m not going to comment on the fearmongering and systemic paranoia that followed. I’m not going to say how this created a culture of unfair discrimination or over a decade of unnecessary warfare. What I will say is 9/11 has, if nothing else, reminded us of the preciousness and fragility of life. Cherish every moment […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Value Your Time

September 10th, 2014

The focus of this week’s speedlink is a simple piece of advice: there is no resource more valuable than time, so treat those precious minutes, days and years accordingly. Self-proclaimed “dot com mogul” John Chow fully understands this philosophy, asking how much is your time worth to you. Indeed, he’s willing to spend a good […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Getting Fresh

September 3rd, 2014

He doesn’t update his blog all that often, but it can be quite the doozy when he does. You might remember Eddie Huang from a Sunday Snippet I posted a couple months ago. He’s the guy behind Fresh Off the Boat, which is the name of his memoir, his Vice series and his upcoming ABC […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Take a Sip

August 27th, 2014

We start our weekly speedlink with Damien Riley. He shares an infographic that describes your personality based on the type of coffee you drink. The list is missing my usual Americano, but as I have been leaning more toward black coffee these last few years, I suppose I’m somewhere between the black coffee and espresso […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Late Summer Nights

August 20th, 2014

That’s right! It’s time for the weekly speedlink here on Beyond the Rhetoric. Kicking things off, Jennifer Mattern from All Indie Writers recently interviewed me about freelancing and my book, Beyond the Margins. In the interview, we discuss such topics as what I hope buyers of the book will gain from reading it, how I […]

What’s Up Wednesdays: Crepes, Groot and eBooks

August 13th, 2014

Two of the best things about summer in Vancouver are the food trucks and the farmers markets. Why not combine the two? We kick off this week’s speedlink with HungrySLIF and his visit to the Creperie la Boheme at the Trout Lake Farmers Market. They serve a range of buckwheat crepes with your choice of […]