Brian Gilham

Engineering leader, husband, and father

coronavirus

Coronavirus and Credibility →

Paul Graham on COVID-19, credibility in the news media, and remembering who lied to us.

But epidemics are rare enough that these people clearly didn’t realize this was even a possibility. Instead they just continued to use their ordinary m.o., which, as the epidemic has made clear, is to talk confidently about things they don’t understand.


Zoom needs to clean up its privacy act →

As Zoom explodes in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Doc Searls has done a fantastic job of documenting Zoom’s many privacy concerns and publicly holding them accountable.


What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus →

A deeply impactful story from Jessica Lustig, whose husband fell ill with COVID-19. I was close to tears once or twice.

“You shouldn’t stay here,” he says, but he gets more frightened as night comes, dreading the long hours of fever and soaking sweats and shivering and terrible aches. “This thing grinds you like a mortar,” he says.


We had to visit a hospital yesterday — everyone is fine, thankfully — and it further solidified the deep appreciation I have for the work being done by front-line doctors, nurses, and other staff. Folks who have managed, somehow, to maintain an air of positivity through everything they’re facing. Thank you, all.


Life in Toronto

Almost two weeks ago, TWG asked employees to not come into the office unless necessary. It’s been a difficult adjustment — much harder than I was expecting — but it’s slowly becoming routine. We’ve supported remote work for years, so the infrastructure (and culture) were already in place. I feel blessed to work at a company, in an industry, friendly to working from home. A lot of companies are struggling to make the transition.

Almost two weeks ago, TWG asked employees to not come into the office unless necessary. It’s been a difficult adjustment — much harder than I was expecting — but it’s slowly becoming routine. We’ve supported remote work for years, so the infrastructure (and culture) were already in place. I feel blessed to work at a company, in an industry, friendly to working from home. A lot of companies are struggling to make the transition. Some can’t at all.

We’ve stocked up on some extra food and supplies. Nothing over-the-top, just things we’d normally buy. The baby is due in May, so we’re making sure we have those essentials too. Just in case.

Aside from a daily walk to stave off cabin fever, we’ve been trying to avoid places where lots of people gather. I don’t know what the rest of the city feels like right now, but our neighbourhood is noticeably quieter. We went to the pharmacy yesterday and everyone did a great job of maintaining social distancing.

We’re operating under the assumption this is what life will be like for a while. Canada hasn’t had the glut of cases seen elsewhere, but testing is a week or two behind, at best. Everything points to this getting worse before it gets better. How much worse remains to be seen.

I feel extremely fortunate to have a good home, good health, and the ability to be prepared regardless of what comes next. I worry about those in our community who don’t.


Social distancing in the pharmacy line.