Brian Gilham

Engineering leader, husband, and father

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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.


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.


Over a year ago, I decided to close my Facebook and Twitter accounts. It’s done wonders for my mental health. Browsing a heavily curated Instagram feed still feels mostly positive (concerns about Facebook as a company notwithstanding), but I don’t really contribute anymore.


Reminding myself to get outside when it’s nice out and not just at 8pm.


~10 hours later Time to eat!


Almost ready to pull!


~4.5 hours in


Pulled pork tacos later.


A growing family, saying goodbye to our wacky boy, great @_twg_ moments, adventures with my love @stephaniev, and random TO life. So long, 2019. Can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store.

A growing family, saying goodbye to our wacky boy, great @twg moments, adventures with my love @stephaniev, and random TO life. So long, 2019. Can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store.


Look what happened 😀


Every season is smoking season.