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.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Productive ADD : This afternoon, and now this evening, I've been slowly, slowly grinding through some reading (Boyatzis et al., Innovation in Professional Education). Slowly, because I'm having a hard time concentrating on the text, a hard time getting into some semblance of flow.

Every time I try to focus, my mind flutters away onto another topic. Fortunately, my attention is usually drawn away by a new idea that pops into my head. Ideas on my phd research, ideas for my teaching, for the e-commerce program I'm developing. Really good ideas. So I stop, I write down the ideas, then get back to the book. Grind, grind, grind...

Reading as slow as I do, I get caught in a loop. I realize I'm not focusing, I'm reading too slow, I'm not retaining enough, I have so much more to read, I have to read more, I have to retain more, Do I really need to read this book? I need to read more, faster, more faster...

Stop. I close my eyes, a deep breath... relax... back to the top of the page, relax... start over...