Brian Gilham

Engineering leader, husband, and father

Steph has been giving me home haircuts over the last ~85 days.

One Twitter account is reposting everything Trump tweets. It was suspended within 3 days. →

Twitter has repeatedly come under fire for its inconsistent policies surrounding abusive and harmful rhetoric on its platform. Though it recently began flagging and hiding some of Trump’s tweets that violate its terms of service, as well as one by Rep. Matt Gaetz, the company has continually stopped short of removing them or suspending his account.

Chris Rock - Tamborine (2018) - Bad Apples →

Leave Facebook →

Om Malik reminds all of us that being a part of Facebook’s empire is a choice. I “deactivated” my Facebook account years ago, but have continued to use Messenger and Instagram. I think it’s time for all of them to go — permanently. As Malik says, folks can come find me here.

I disagree with the company, and its leaders so much that I won’t spend any of my attention or energy on its platforms. My mother will have to actually call me on the phone. My friends will have to email me. And you will have to come to my homestead on the Internet to see my photos and visuals.

I have made my choice, and I encourage you to make yours.

As a quick follow-up to yesterday’s note, I’ve now imported all my Instagram videos and stories. I’ve also brought over all of my old Medium articles. The process continues.

Is This What You Wanted? →

Casey Liss:

If this is the America you wanted in 2016 — our Black community members demanding to be treated like humans, our hospitals fighting for the lives of everyday Americans, our doctors doing their jobs without the protective equipment they need to keep themselves safe — then I don’t know what to say to you.

Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike Delivers an Emotional Plea →

I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday, because I’m tired of seeing black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died, like a zebra in the clutch of a lion’s jaw. And we watch like murder porn, over and over again.

When Police View Citizens as Enemies →

Nor were the armed “Liberate” protesters who swarmed the Michigan statehouse earlier this month removed by force; instead, the legislature canceled its session. But perhaps it was inevitable that officials would turn to military language as demonstrations spread across the country this week. In cities large and small, police departments are now outfitted like military units. When you’re driving an armored vehicle down Main Street, civilians can begin to look like insurgents.

As I continue to reject social media sites and host my own content, I sat down this evening and wrote a script to import my Instagram archives. It worked out to 1046 photos, along with their associated captions.

Next up: videos.

Colleen Davis (1928-2020)

Rest in peace, Grandma — thank you for so many great memories. We’ll always miss you.

Rediscovering the Small Web →

This essay, by Parimal Satyal, was a nice trip down memory lane. And a reminder of what makes the open web so great.

You could of course always just get a pre-made template or a theme and use that, but it’s a different exercise. It’s the difference between buying art and learning how to paint or sculpt.

If you’ve been following me for a few years, you might remember when I wrote the Monday Mailer — an email newsletter about productivity, side projects, and feelings. I’m really proud of some of those articles. Some of them make me cringe. Regardless, you can now find the archives here.

How to Sleep →

This article, from The Atlantic, is a few years old and most certainly out of date. But it’s worth sharing for this line alone:

In a high-school science-fair experiment in 1964, a 17-year-old stayed awake for 11 days. Since then, standards for science-fair safety have changed.

Cyberman smoking behind the scenes on the set of ‘Doctor Who’ in 1968 →

Mad Max: Fury Road’: The Oral History of a Modern Action Classic →

I deeply enjoyed reading this. I still remember walking out of the theatre, five years ago, feeling a bit shellshocked at what I’d seen. A classic.

Coronavirus: Pregnant in a Pandemic →

With my wife and I expecting our first child in roughly four weeks, the latest episode of Science Vs, discussing the risks for pregnant women and newborns, felt timely and reassuring.

We are complicit in our employer's deeds →

A reminder from Drew DeVault:

[…] if you’re a programmer already working at $company and you’re looking for a change, you’re better off than 99% of your non-technical friends. In tech, hardly anyone is “trapped” at a bad job; or at least we don’t have a good excuse for not trying for something better.


Ultimately, however, our decision to switch was driven by our difficulty in hiring new talent for $UNREMARKABLE_LANGUAGE, despite it being taught in dozens of universities across the United States. Our blog posts on $PRACTICAL_OPEN_SOURCE_FRAMEWORK seemed to get fewer upvotes when posted on Reddit as well, cementing our conviction that our technology stack was now legacy code.

This made me chuckle more than a few times. Spot on.

As our 60th day of physical distancing begins, I can’t help but be grateful for the feeling of temporal affluence — a surplus of time and space that wasn’t there, previously. Or didn’t feel like it was, anyway. Forced reflection on how we spend our time, our priorities, and the kind of life we want to build going forward.

Despite the flurries yesterday, some plants in the backyard have started to bloom. With any luck we’ll have warmer temperatures start to stick around soon.