Beyond the Rhetoric


Rethinking the Beyond the Rhetoric Content Schedule

June 23rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Content Schedule

For several years now, I’ve adhered to a rather strict posting frequency here on Beyond the Rhetoric. Some items are a mainstay in the content schedule, like the Sunday Snippet and What’s Up Wednesdays. Other items filter through to occupy the rest of the week with grammar tips, restaurant reviews, and–most recently–thoughts on parenting and the WAHD lifestyle.

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Emoticons vs. Emoji: What’s the Difference?

June 22nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Emoticons vs. Emoji: What's the Difference?

You’ll find that a lot of people, including professional journalists, will use the terms “emoticon” and “emoji” interchangeably to refer to a whole family of symbols that are better known colloquially as smiley faces. If you’ve been texting on your phone or communicating over the Internet for any length of time, then you’re bound to have encountered them on more than one occasion. In truth, there is a very critical difference that separates emoticons and emoji and it’s actually very easy to understand.

The term “emoticon” is a portmanteau of the words “emotion” and “icon.” The point is that you are able to use plain text in such a way to express an emotion. There are no real special characters being used and the majority of emoticons have the “face” of the smiley face in a horizontally-oriented fashion such that you have to tilt your head to the left to view it correctly.

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Sunday Snippet: Michael Josephson on Father’s Day

June 21st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Michael Josephson

“Creating a child takes no love or skill; being a parent requires lots of both.”

Father’s Day has never been that big of a deal in our household. We’d take dad out for a nice steak dinner and we might get him a token gift, but that’s about it. And I can’t imagine Father’s Day being all that big of a deal this year either, except that this is the first Father’s Day where I am a father myself. It’s a surreal feeling to know that I am (partly) responsible for a tiny human being. As stressful and exhausting as it may be, the experience is also richly rewarding.

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Grammar 101: Authoritative vs. Authoritarian

June 19th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

The words “authoritative” and “authoritarian” sound awfully similar, because they both share a common root word. Yes, they both have something to do with authority, but their definitions are vastly different. Indeed, confusing one term for the other could have a dramatic (and possibly confusing) impact on the meaning that you are trying to convey in your writing or speech. So, what’s the difference?

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On Establishing a Reasonable Bedtime

June 18th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

On Establishing a Reasonable Bedtime

Babies like to play this fun little game. Once their parents think that they’ve finally got something figured out, the baby decides to flip everything on its head. In few areas is this more pronounced than when it comes to sleep. This not only has to do with preferences in terms of how to fall asleep, but also about when to fall asleep. Most newborns really only have two modes: eating and sleeping. But that changes.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Jurassic Behavior

June 17th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Jurassic Behavior

This past weekend, Star-Lord demonstrated his “raptor whisperer” skills to the tune of over half a billion dollars. To say that Jurassic World has generated some serious buzz would be an understatement. Celebrating our love for all things prehistoric, The Good Men Project collected up some great images of dads and their kids recreating classic Jurassic Park scenes. The original Michael Crichton novel changed my life and I hope this new film instills the same level of enthusiasm in the new generation.

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Unboxing the AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME (Video)

June 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Unboxing the AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME (Video)

Live streaming video games has exploded in popularity in recent years. You see it both among regular folks and professional gamers, playing the titles that they love from the comfort of their homes and broadcasting their (typically online) gameplay for all to see. The most common place to find live gaming is on Twitch, but the new YouTube Gaming service could be a competitive alternative.

While playing PC games and streaming them online usually only requires a bit of software, you’ll oftentimes need a game capture card if you want to stream from your console. Yes, the Xbox One and PS4 offer integrated streaming, but connecting a game capture card and using your computer can unlock far more robust customization options. And that’s how I find myself taking a look at the AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME (GC550) today. It’s the latest game capture device from the company and it comes packed with features.

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Ricotta vs. Cottage Cheese: What’s the Difference?

June 15th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Ricotta Salata by Rebecca Siegel

Every industry and every hobby has its fair share of jargon and lingo. In the case of food and cooking, even if you don’t consider yourself any sort of culinary expert, you’re going to come across all kinds of terms that are commonly confused. A couple of months ago, we discussed the misconception about prunes and plums, for example.

But what about cheese? More specifically, is there a difference between ricotta and cottage cheese?

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