Beyond the Rhetoric


What’s Up Wednesdays: Crepes, Groot and eBooks

August 13th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Trout Lake Farmers Market, Vancouver

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 sweet or savory fillings, including many of which that are local and seasonal. I was actually so inspired by SLIF’s post that I went to Trout Lake this past weekend for a couple crepes of our own.

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The Best and Worst Parts of Being a Freelancer

August 12th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

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When you choose to strike it out on your own with your own small business, typically operating out of your modest home office, everything changes. It’s not just about your job or career anymore, because that decision impacts just about every aspect of your lifestyle. And what I’ve found over these last few years is that the pros and the cons of being a freelancer are really two sides of the same coin.

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My Life Through Instagram Pictures

August 11th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Pooh and Piglet.

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on my day to day life as a freelancer. My meal schedule can be incredibly unpredictable and I spend most of my waking hours in front of some display or another. Another way to gain some insight into what my day is life, both from a personal and professional perspective, is through my Instagram feed.

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Sunday Snippet: The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)

August 10th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)

“The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.”

I am completely and utterly guilty of this. Just look at the logo for this blog: it’s Rodin’s Thinker (Le Penseur). Not only do I catch myself thinking too much; I get caught up in a lot of meta-thought too, thinking about thinking. And one of the simplest yet most profound lessons we can glean from Taoism is simply to allow things to happen. Don’t think about it. He may be just a “silly old bear,” but Winnie the Pooh sure seems like he has life figured out.

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Movie Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Linings Playbook, From Up on Poppy Hill

August 8th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe keep getting better and better. The Iron Man trilogy was tremendous, The Avengers was thoroughly satisfying and Winter Soldier was amazing. When I first saw the trailers to Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought it looked pretty good. Then, the overwhelmingly positive early reviews started pouring in. There’s no way this film could live up to the hype, right? Actually, yes. Yes, it can.

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Grammar 101: On Parentheses, Commas and Em Dashes

August 7th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

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What punctuation you choose to use and where you choose to use it can have just as much of an impact on the meaning or interpretation of a sentence as the actual words being written (or said). Today, we’re taking a look at three different ways that you can add a little more to your sentence. The topic was suggested by Jim in an earlier Grammar 101 post where he asked about the difference between using parentheses, commas and em dashes.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Life, Work and Death

August 6th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

365.034 Tired and Frustrated

We all have the tendency to make things far too complicated. We allow ourselves to get frustrated when we really don’t need to stress about it. Kicking off this week’s speedlink, Marc Chernoff lists 18 ways that you are making your life harder than it needs to be. Stop looking to others for answers that you can only give yourself, don’t let toxic people get the best of you, and quit being so competitive with everyone around you. Give more and take less. And don’t expect your life to be springing up rainbows and unicorns all the time.

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Graco Travel Lite Crib, Bassinet and Playard (Video Review)

August 5th, 2014 by Michael Kwan

Graco Travel Lite Crib

Easily two of the most lucrative segments of the market are weddings and babies. While they are certainly tough industries to crack with an overwhelming level of competition, many people are willing to spend a lot of money. With weddings, vendors keep talking about how it’s going to be your “special day” and how this is a (knock on wood) “once in a lifetime” experience that you’ll never want to forget. And when it comes to babies, we all want the absolute best for our young ones.

Just Pack It and Go

With the expected arrival of Baby Kwan right around the corner, Susanne and I have been doing a lot of shopping. We also don’t want to be suckered into buying things that are unnecessary (or unnecessarily expensive). One of our first bigger baby purchases is the Graco Travel Lite Crib. This isn’t meant to replace the traditional crib in the nursery; rather, it’s a supplemental product that you can use around the home and on the road.

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