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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Modern Life

January 21st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Vancouver Chinatown

We start this week’s speedlink with Cathy Browne as she recounts her Modern Chinatown Tasting experience with Vancouver Food Tour. It’s easy to assume that Vancouver’s Chinatown is an old place with medicinal herbs and knick-knacks, it’s also become home to non-Chinese establishments like The Modern Bartender, Calabash Bistro (Caribbean), Bestie (German) and Mamie Taylor’s (American soul food).

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Sushimoto at Holdom Skytrain Station, Burnaby

January 20th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sushimoto, Burnaby

I remember when sushi was still a “new” thing to the Vancouver dining scene in the early 1990s. There weren’t too many places that offered it and, where they did, they’d also have a broad range of other dishes like tempura, udon noodles and teriyaki. Since then, sushi has really exploded and this city, thanks in part to our wonderful supply of fresh seafood, has become quite the raw fish kind of town.

And one of the best sushi restaurants that you may have never heard of is Sushimoto, located just beneath the Holdom Skytrain station in Burnaby.

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Grammar 101: At a Loss for Words

January 19th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

There are multiple levels to the English language. You start with the literal meaning, discern the implied meaning and unearth the symbolic meaning. With so many English idioms and sayings, non-native speakers can sometimes struggle with understanding what someone is actually trying to say. One such example is the phrase “at a loss for words.”

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Sunday Snippet: Maia Szalavitz on Empathy

January 18th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Maia Szalavitz on Empathy

“In a country like the United States that thrives in its citizens’ individualism and competitive spirit, empathy is often seen as a luxury or a frill–a personality trait that is admirable, sure, but far from essential. In fact, the ability to understand the minds of others and then to care about what the world looks like from their perspective is a fundamental building block of normal personality, not to mention crucial to attaining happiness and staying healthy.”

We live in an increasingly me-focused society. What’s in it for me? Many people engage in conversations not necessarily listening to what the other person is saying, but rather concentrating on what to say next. While there is nothing wrong with looking out for yourself and taking care of your own self interests, this kind of perspective is inherently self-limiting for a social species such as we are.

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5 Signs You Should Quit Your Job (and Start Freelancing)

January 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Time to go home

It’s a new year and, for many people, that could represent the opportunity for a new start. And given that we spend about a third (or more) of our adult lives working, we should all have careers that fulfill us and make us happy. As Johnny Carson once said, you should “never continue in a job you don’t enjoy.” Have you been thinking about switching up careers and taking the plunge into the wonderful world of freelancing?

Here are five signs that you may be ready to quit your job.

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BTR Giveaway: Win Geeky Swag from CES 2015

January 15th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Win CES 2015 Swag

This year’s CES was totally different for me in a number of different ways. As I didn’t attend any of the press preview events nor did I actually make my way through the trade show floor, I didn’t return home with nearly as much swag as I normally do. Even so, I managed to grab a few great items that I want to give away to you, the loyal Beyond the Rhetoric reader.

And so, just as I did last year and many times before, I’m once again hosting a great CES giveaway here on the blog. This gives you a little taste of what it’s like to attend North America’s largest technology trade show as a member of the press even if you don’t make it out to Las Vegas in the middle of January. I’m generous like that, you see.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Gobble Gobble

January 14th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Tom the Turkey

It’s time once again for the weekly speedlink. Kicking things off, we have Karly Pinch describing her experience working on a small scale organic farm. In addition to helping out with raising the pigs, lambs and chickens, she took on the personal project of raising turkeys too. This was the entire process from when the two chicks were first hatched at the end of June all the way until they were ready for Thanksgiving dinner. You really gain a lot more respect for your food when you’re a part of the entire process.

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Why CES 2015 Was Totally Different for Me

January 13th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

CES 2015

When I went to my first CES in 2008, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity. I met with tons of different tech companies, I met up with many of my fellow tech journalists, I played in a charity poker tournament, and I hopped between multiple industry parties every night. It was a very busy few days and it was a very rough introduction to the nature of the world’s largest technology trade show. Eight years later, CES 2015 was an entirely different experience.

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