Tom Maxwell

Facebook Is Killing Me

Or why ego plays a big role in our lives

egotistic: characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance.

I think Facebook is killing me. Something that has been on my mind a lot lately is the success and greatness (or perceived) of the lives of those around me in comparison to my own. So…

In response to Who am I?

Who am I?

After reading Spencer’s post defining his identity through a collection of ordered lists, I thought this could be a fun thought experiment to do myself. Maybe it’ll even help me spark other ideas to write about. So here we go — Tom Maxwell in lists*.

*I’ve tried to order each list by importance, but I found it really difficult to do that so assume they’re not…

Join The Bone Marrow Registry

As I scrolled through Twitter on my phone from bed this morning I learned that Drew Olanoff has cancer again. Hodgkin’s lymphoma, to be specific. I, like many of you, didn’t really know anything about Hodgkin’s. So I looked it up and according to the Mayo Clinic in Hodgkin’s lymphoma cells in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system, grow…

Reciprocation As A Tool On Twitter

I was browsing through the archive of Semil Shah’s blog earlier — one I read regularly — and found myself particularly fascinated by this review of Marc Andreessen’s 2014 on Twitter. In it, you see large numbers for pretty much every metric that quantifies activity on the social network — number of tweets, of favorites, of accounts followed, you get the…

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From where I stand

From where I stand

A lot of my Twitter followers don’t know much about me or what I do. Hopefully this post can clear some of that up.

I’m one of those people who from a young age has known pretty well what field they’d like to spend their life in. I was never a tinkerer, taking computers apart and putting them back together, but a lot of my youth is marked in memories of…

9 Role Models

10 Role Models

How To Travel On Less 

Hint: you have to want it

Travel, everybody wants to do it. Someday, you tell yourself. Just need to save a little more money, you say. Well…

The Life I Didn’t Expect

seclusion: the state of being private and away from other people.

I don’t know how I reached this point. I mean, my time wasting away in school seemed pretty normal. I stuck with the same group throughout all of middle and high school; the group I felt I identified with and which made me most comfortable. But then again, when I think…

Transitory Lifestyle

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationships I have cultivated over time. I really like dissecting and discussing social groups and relationships because of the apparent strangeness of my own. I don’t think my own experiences are necessarily “wrong,” it all just comes down to the idea of cultural relativism and what feels “right” to ones self.

Why nothing is on my mind

Sometimes I have to be reminded why I enjoy blogging so much. The picture you see above is a screen capture from a Facebook chat I just had with a friend. I was telling him about how I didn't have much on my mind today and wasn't very productive as a result.

When you’re freelancing to support yourself while you build a startup, you have to be very…

Are Online Friends Really Not Real?

According to a recent study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, for every 10 minutes we spend goofing around on the internet (i.e. not working), we spend 30.4 seconds less on p2p, offline socialization. But I have to wonder, is this due to efficiency born from these new web services we’re spending our leisurely time on? Are these services…