Beyond the Rhetoric


Sunday Snippet: Jesse Itzler

August 14th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Jesse Itzler

“He showed me, proved to me right there, that there was so much more, we’re all capable of so much more than we think we are.”

The quoted statistics on the matter can vary considerably, but it is generally assumed to be true that the majority of new businesses will fail within the first few years. Among the thousands or even millions of young hopefuls who aspire to compete in the Olympics, only a small handful ever qualify and an even smaller number come up with some hardware. What sets those who succeed apart from everyone else?

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My So-Called Instagram Life

August 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

One of the best ways to keep up with my life is to follow me on Instagram. While I might share links on Twitter or spark conversations on Facebook, Instagram is where I post pictures and videos that offer a glimpse into my daily existence as a work-at-home dad, food lover, and tech blogger. If you haven’t been following along (or even if you have), here are a few highlights from the last few weeks.

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Video: Engulfed in a MIRAGE (Metropolis at Metrotown)

August 11th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

MIRAGE at Metropolis at Metrotown

When is shopping more than just shopping? Metropolis at Metrotown continues to provide added value and new experiences for shoppers and this summer is no exception. You might remember when I visited the Lightroom installation last year. This year, they’re running a new “virtual experience” called MIRAGE. The art installation consists of a 2-minute walkthrough, surrounding you in a visual and audio experience.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: FOMO Edition

August 10th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

PNE 2011

I’ve written about the concept of FOMO (fear of missing out) before. When you see all your friends doing all sorts of amazing things on social media, your life can feel awfully ordinary by comparison. But FOMO extends beyond Facebook and Instagram. For Alison Tedford, one of the bigger challenges is trying to overcome this sense of missing out as a working mother. Your kids are only going to be young once and you want to be there for every moment. It’s just not realistic.

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Chimichanga, Burrito, Enchilada, Taco, Fajita… What’s the Difference?

August 9th, 2016 by Michael Kwan


Culinary terminology can get awfully confusing, especially when you approach a culture other than your own. Did you know that garbanzo beans and chickpeas are really the same thing? And just as some people might get confused over sushi, sashimi, nigiri, maki and onigiri, the same is true with delicious tortilla-wrapped food by way of Mexico. And Mexico-inspired by way of Tex-Mex. Do you know the difference between a chimichanga, an enchilada and a fajita?

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Sunday Snippet: Walk a Little Slower, Daddy

August 7th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Walk a Little Slower, Daddy

“Walk a little slower, Daddy,”
Said a child so small.
“I’m following in your footsteps
and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you.”

I’ve been reading books with my daughter since long before she had any idea what we were doing. Now that she’s almost two, I really do get the sense that she is following along, at least with some of the stories. When Mandy the monkey steals Ryder’s Pup Pad in one of her favorite Paw Patrol books, Adalynn will say, “Uh oh.” It’s really cute. She also requests books by name… sort of.

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Video: My First Mini Drone Flying Experience

August 5th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Parrot Mars Mini Drone

Getting to play with new tech toys is probably one of the better perks of my job. Over the years, I’ve gone through countless smartphones and tablets, as well as smart speakers, arcade sticks, dashcams and so on. More recently, I’ve been spending some time testing the new Kindle. Last night, I did something different. I went to the park and flew a drone for the first time.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Feel the Force

August 3rd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Feel the Force

As has become tradition around these parts, I’ve gathered up another collection of blog posts to share with you on this fine Wednesday. We start off with Brandee and her “one crazy kid” as they binge their way through Star Wars on Netflix. By the time her son Quentin was 4, he had already watched through two trilogies a few times over. After The Force Awakens showed up on Netflix a couple weeks ago, Brandee knew it was once again the beginning of the end. Oh look, there’s The Clone Wars too.

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