Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Class Post Mortem : Class last night was ok. I feel better about it this morning then I did last night.

The topic was design concepts. Based on what I heard listening to the group discussions as the class discussion that followed afterwards, few people in the class prepared the assigned readings. I doubt they even read them. Considering the readings were relatively light (the first 100 pages of Krug's Don't Make Me Think, which if you know the text, is not at scary as it sounds), it is a bit hard to understand. True, I didn't ask them to write up and hand in their reflections and thoughts on the readings (as I usually do), but I still expected them to be interested and motivated enough to do the work.

Needless to say, I was quite disappointed. I was tempted to just end the class then, giving them the rest of the night to catch up on the readings. Instead, I pushed forward with the lecture. Feeling no energy from the class, it was long and hard. At the end I was exhausted, unsatisfied with my own performance, glad it was over.

A good night sleep, time with Nathalie, some good coffee and better music has (thankfully) lifted my spirits.