Beyond the Rhetoric


Grammar 101: Deep-Seated or Deep-Seeded?

May 13th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Jeff harbored a deep-seated resentment against his father. The XYZ Foundation bases its decisions on a set of deep-seated beliefs. Carol’s deep-seated sense of loyalty convinced her to stay despite grossly unfavorable conditions.

The phrasal adjective “deep-seated” is another one of those English idioms that can be a source of confusion, even among native speakers. In particular, some people may be inclined to use “deep-seeded” instead. And that would be incorrect, even if it almost makes perfect logical sense.

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Video: Unboxing the $400 Amazon Kindle Oasis

May 12th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Amazon Kindle Oasis

In an age where our smartphones (and tablets) have come to replace so many of our other personal electronics, some people might question why you might want a dedicated e-book reader in the first place. Part of it has to do with battery life. Part of it has to do with the e-ink screen. Part of it has to do with disconnecting, if only for a short period of time. But you’ve got to wonder whether you’re willing to drop $400 on the new Amazon Kindle Oasis.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: A Sweet Escape

May 11th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

A sweet summer escape

Oftentimes, we turn to the Internet in search of a sweet escape, living vicariously through other people and their stories. In this week’s speedlink, we get away from the everyday, starting with Bianca Bujan and her recent trip to Summerland. It was a full family affair with several mom bloggers bringing their kids along for the ride. The BC interior is filled with opportunities for adventure, from visiting the vineyards to indulging in the epic Pig Out Festival in Osoyoos.

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Learning to Embrace the Situation

May 9th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Stay at home dad life

As much as parents might complain about sleepless nights and irrational toddlers, most will tell you that the benefits outweigh the hardships. Indeed, having a child of your own is one of the most profound life changes you can ever experience. To this end, it has become a cultural taboo to say you wish you had never become a parent in the first place. We’re told that we must embrace the situation, whether or not the pregnancy was planned.

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Sunday Snippet: Comedian Gary Gulman

May 8th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Gary Gulman

“I figured out how smart I am. I’m not a moron, but this is what I am. This is how I like to put it. I’m just smart enough to be unhappy. Like if ignorance is bliss, I’m right above that. Like there’s no bliss. I have no bliss. I know too much, but not enough to do anything about it. It’s a very sad predicament.”

You’ve probably heard stories of people driving around in their cars, blissfully unaware of the “check engine light” that’s been illuminated on the dashboard for weeks. The car could break down at any given moment, but they don’t know that, so they just keep going on with their day, singing along to the latest Gwen Stefani song playing on the radio. They’re happy.

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Grammar 101: Chomping at the Bit

May 6th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

Let’s say you’ve come up with a brilliant idea for a new mobile app. You’ve worked with your team of designers to come up with just the right user interface. You’ve worked with your team of developers to make sure the app actually functions the way it should. You’ve got all the pieces ready to roll and you’re growing increasingly anxious just to launch the darn thing. Are you champing at the bit? Or are you chomping at the bit?

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Andamiro Korean Bistro on Kingsway

May 5th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Andamiro Korean Bistro

We go to Come Along Restaurant on Kingsway near Slocan on a not infrequent basis, both for dim sum and for dinner. On one of our more recent outings, we noticed that the other Chinese restaurant on the block had been replaced by a new spot called Andamiro Korean Bistro. This intrigued me for a few different reasons.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: The Curve Ball of Life

May 4th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: The Curve Ball of Life

Let’s get started with this week’s speedlink.

When life throws you lemons, you’re supposed to figure out how to make a lemon martini (or something like that). In the case of Marc Smith, he has been thrown a curve ball, because he must move out of the home where he has lived for the last six years. To further complicate matters, he’s also going to be out of town for the next six weeks and his roommate wants to get his own place. But he’s not swinging and missing just yet. He’s just going to take some time to re-assess.

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