Beyond the Rhetoric


Tech Tuesday: ZTE Grand X 2 Unboxing Video

August 18th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Techie Tuesday: ZTE Grand X 2 Unboxing Video

I like to refer to myself as a professional gadget geek, so I understand all too well the desire to own the latest and greatest from the world of technology. We lust after the new and shiny for no real reason other than the fact that it’s new and shiny. Sometimes, good enough is good enough and that’s how we come to find smartphones like the new ZTE Grand X 2. It’s cheap, but it could be “good enough” for most people.

The ZTE Grand X 2 was announced earlier this month and it follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. It maintains the same “affordable premium” philosophy behind the original ZTE Grand X and the Grand X Plus, bumping up the features that are the most important to the mainstream consumer.

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Sunday Snippet: John Wooden on Reputation and Success

August 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: John Wooden

“Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be; your character is what you really are. And I think that character is much more important than what you are perceived to be. You’d hope they’d both be good, but they won’t necessarily be the same.”

As we make our way through our personal and professional lives, we get caught up in what other people think about us. We like to tell ourselves that the opinions of other people don’t matter, but we know in our heart of hearts that this simply is not the case. Your reputation matters if you want to succeed with work, just as much as your reputation may precede you in your romantic affairs. We’d all like to think that other people think highly of us.

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Fun Free Things to Do in Vancouver

August 14th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Stanley Park Totem Poles by fujitariuji (Flickr)

Vancouver has a reputation for being a somewhat expensive city, particularly when it comes to the booming housing market. The economy of the city is also heavily reliant on the tourism industry with no shortage of opportunities for visitors to spend their money. Don’t get me wrong. Visits to the Vancouver Aquarium or Science World can be a lot of fun. Thankfully, there are also a lot of great free things to do in Vancouver too.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: It Affects Me

August 12th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: It Affects Me

It’s time once again for the weekly speedlink on Beyond the Rhetoric. We get started with a new blog for Ray Ebersole, one that is separate from his blog on education and technology. On “It Affects Me,” he writes about how he has been struggling with a lack of focus lately. This has resulted in quite a scattered and ultimately stressful experience. In order to achieve a sense of inner calm, we mustn’t allow ourselves to get so distracted.

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Grammar 101: Grisly, Grizzly and Grizzled

August 10th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

It was a grizzled night for the man with the grisly beard when he stumbled upon an angry grizzly bear in the woods. Nope, that’s not right at all. While we don’t encounter problems with these words nearly as often as we do with there, their and they’re or queue and cue, it’s still important to know the difference between grisly, grizzly and grizzled if you want to use the right word with the right meaning at the right time. So, which one is the subspecies of brown bear?

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Sunday Snippet: Beki Kazazian

August 9th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Beki Kazazian

“I’m the happiest I can be. I got my two boys. My family. The greatest friends. The dream business. My health. And many more dreams to accomplish. Life is really what you make of it. I have [bad] days. And trust me, things don’t always go my way. But at the end of the day, if you can’t smile and shrug off the bad stuff, what is the point?”

With previous entries in the Sunday Snippet series, I’ve highlighted quotes primarily from celebrities, politicians, comedians, scientists and historical figures. I hope they have been valuable sources of inspiration and insight, regardless of where life’s journey may have taken you so far. We mustn’t forget, though, that the “regular” people in our “normal” lives can be equally insightful and inspirational. And that’s why we turn to Beki Kazazian today.

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The Harsh Realities of Adulthood

August 6th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

I Can't Adult Today

Growing up is hard to do. As a teenager, you have to deal with bullies and hormones, but you’ve still got your whole life ahead of you. In college, you may struggle with your studies and your social life, but you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. At your first job, you fight to learn new skills and earn the respect of your colleagues, but you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. Then, before you know it, you’re an adult.

And those new TPS reports are due tomorrow.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Travel Stories

August 5th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Travel Stories

Kicking off this week’s speedlink of travel stories, we’ve got Steffani Cameron outlining how she plans to protect herself during her upcoming epic adventure. She plans on doing a little globetrotting, so she needs to ensure not only her personal safety (and the safety of her belongings), but Steffani needs to also think seriously about medical coverage and her power-of-attorney too. And I thought staying connected was the biggest concern!

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