Beyond the Rhetoric


What’s Up Wednesdays: Kids These Days

April 8th, 2015 by Michael Kwan


It’s pretty obvious that my daughter’s childhood is going to be vastly different from mine. The world in which kids grow up these days is just not the same… and we’re not just talking about the proliferation of smartphones and tablets either. As Mike Reynolds points out, he thinks he may be raising kids who swear. Between the Internet and an increasingly lax attitude among mass media, curse words aren’t so uncommon anymore. You don’t even need a foul-mouthed uncle to be a bad influence anymore!

Click to continue reading »

On Balance, Flexibility and Routine

April 7th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Flexibility and Routine

Several years ago, I stated that one of the greatest perks to the freelance writing lifestyle is the freedom of time it affords me. I’m not bound to a traditional 9-to-5 schedule. If I want to enjoy some personal time on a Wednesday afternoon, I can do that. If I want to get some work done late on a Saturday night, I can do that too. This presents a double-edged sword, though, as it also means my life can be incredibly unstructured and unpredictable.

Click to continue reading »

The Best Age to Become a Dad

April 6th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

When to Become a Dad

In the journey of life, timing can make all the difference. Easily one of the most profound milestones that you can ever experience is the transition to parenthood. Everything changes when you become a dad (or a mom), and as such, choosing to have a child is not a decision to be taken lightly. So, when is the best time to do it?

Click to continue reading »

Sunday Snippet: Chris Hardwick

April 5th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Chris Hardwick

“You are the proprietor of your thoughts and feelings. And you choose how you frame the many experiences that form the campus of your personality. It’s a weird and glorious moment of self-awareness… the day you realize that you are the warden rather than the prisoner of your emotions.”

It doesn’t take you very long to realize that Chris Hardwick is a hardcore geek… except he doesn’t really refer to himself as a geek. He differentiates himself from prototypical “nerd” culture too by coining his own term: nerdist. The namesake of his popular podcast that would grow to become its own media empire, a “nerdist” is different from “regular” geeks and nerds in that a nerdist is an artist who creates. They don’t just passively enjoy comic books, sci-fi movies and zombie TV shows.

Click to continue reading »

In Defense of Trevor Noah

April 3rd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Two months ago, Jon Stewart dropped an unexpected bombshell on the world when he announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show after hosting it since 1999. He didn’t say where he was going and he didn’t say who would succeed him as host. We still don’t know about the former, but earlier this week, we learned about the latter. It’s going to be Trevor Noah.

Trevor who?

Click to continue reading »

Grammar 101: Hold Down the Fort

April 2nd, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

No one ever said that English idioms have to make logical sense. I don’t think there are going to be too many circumstances where any old fellow could indeed be determined as the uncle of a monkey. I also don’t think that rainfall would ever get quite so torrential as to cause a number of our furry companions to fall out of the sky. You would hope that your thoughts are worth more than a penny. Even so, we must first start with logic.

And that’s why “hold down the fort” is technically incorrect. What you really mean is to “hold the fort.”

Click to continue reading »

What’s Up Wednesdays: No Foolin’ Edition

April 1st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: No Foolin' Edition

You’ll need to be extra skeptical as you make your way around the Internet today. Rather than mess around with an April Fools’ Day gag like I have done in previous years, there’s no foolin’ around today. Instead, it’s business as usual with another weekly speedlink. We start off with Ashley Beolens as he talks about his unhealthy fast food habit. He knows all too well that the mysterious pink goo isn’t good for him or his family, “but damn it tastes good.”

Click to continue reading »

What Is Your End Game?

March 31st, 2015 by Michael Kwan

31/365: Go Doughboy

Someone may have once told you that living as a human being simply isn’t enough and that you should strive to be a human doing. Many of us can fall into a pattern of existence where we simply go through the motions, not actively working toward something greater. While we may think that we have objectives, goals and aspirations, we could simply be running on a treadmill. We must consider what our end game might be.

What is the point of it all?

Click to continue reading »