Because when you look this good, why make money for someone else (picture by author).

Social media is currently based around a single concept: take someone’s data and monetize it to the maximum extent while delivering a service of minimal complexity and value to them. In turning people into a product, social media firms prey upon the ignorance of people about how valuable their data actually is, and their willingness to permit that information to be used for the sake of convenience or “connection”.

The “like” and “follower count” are simple gamification of the desire to be — or at least feel — important and relevant. Promoting stories of “influencers” making millions creates a competitive…


Get Angry! Give me Money!

Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash

Who benefits from your outrage? If anger makes you feel good, impairs your judgement, and boosts your ego, then someone who can make you angry about something can influence and even manipulate your behavior. The more often you get angry — particularly about a specific thing — the easier it is to keep becoming angry. Thus, you become controlled by someone else, even as you feel it’s your self-righteous choice.

That’s power. It’s so powerful that you’ll take action even if it is against your true self-interest. For example, giving money to someone for their cause, or buying something which…


Companies are made up of people, and it’s important to both inform and reassure them.

On Friday, March 27th, I delivered an all-hands update on the coronavirus to the company I work for. I received immediate feedback from some of the participants on how useful they found it, and how it differed from the corporate executive messages from other firms. At the suggestion of one of my friends, I’m posting it here in full, with minor edits and links to some of the key sources.

I’d like to be clear I’m not a doctor or medical professional — I’m the CTO. This was a distillation of the information available at the time and which I…


Three things to consider when developing your personal style.

Your personal style is a confident expression of your identity. (Photo by Mariya Georgieva on Unsplash)

“A man should look as if he’s bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them,” — Sir Hardy Ames

I’ve always loved this quote from Sir Hardy Ames, who also has a host of other great fashion advice for men. It captures the essential aspect that to feel natural your style needs to be effortless and not affected — in other words, you need to wear your clothes and not the other way around.

We’ve all seen that man who presents themselves impeccably and who looks completely natural in what they’re wearing…


“Be nice. Don’t be a dick.” is surprisingly sage advice.

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From the explosion of awareness around toxic masculinity to more general analyses of toxic behavior and targeted accusations of toxic femininity, references to toxicity have become central to many discussions of modern culture.

While this has highlighted the negative impact of previously unquestioned behavior on significant proportions of our society — including women, minorities, and men who don’t conform to a rigid view of masculinity — there is no consensus on how to meaningfully address toxic behavior in a way which will steadily reduce its impact and prevalence.

Often the advice for dealing with toxicity is to identify and avoid…


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Perhaps because they won’t ask for directions.

“Men are lost.”

I was visiting my cousins in Canada over the summer, and while gathered around a bonfire deep in the forested lakelands outside of Montreal we got to chatting about the project some friends and I have embarked on to explore manliness in contemporary culture.

This statement was the immediate response from one of my cousins, an accomplished guy — married, educated, professional, thoughtful, and just a little tipsy after a couple of Dark’n’Stormy’s. His tone seemed tinged with frustration, confusion, and something akin to despair.

The statement was so unexpected, and so different from my own view…


As a man, dressing for Fall is one of my favorite things.

This is literally what I wore on Tuesday.

I love Fall (or Autumn, as it’s known where I grew up.) I love the crisp, cool weather as a change from the heat and humidity of Summer. I love the afternoon light from the sun low in the sky, washing over the golden and browning leaves of the trees under the clear, startling sapphire blue which deepens into the cold cobalt of evening. I love the darkening skies and sudden rain showers and the occasional thunderstorm.

And I love that after long months of stifling heat I can finally start layering up what I wear, mixing patterns, colors, textures…

LiamAtLarge

Thinker. Technologist. Tasmanian.

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