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.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

A Wonderful Fall Day : Back at work after the long, Thanksgiving weekend. Nathalie and I spent most of it studying, although we did take a break last night to have a traditional supper with her parents and sister. I headed into town this morning feeling refreshed and ready for the week.

The morning is crisp, cool, and colourful. Fall is in full swing here in Montreal. After dropping Nathalie off at GSLIS, I took my regular morning walk across the campus. It was such a perfect campus morning that I decided to have my morning coffee on the front steps of Arts instead of at my desk. Sitting, watching the students shuffling to class, the early-morning professors and grad students walking up to their offices or off to the library, steam coming off my coffee, the sun poking over the buildings of the downtown core, warming the cold stone steps.

Every morning the buildings, the people, the walk across the university grounds awaken my motivation. This morning, however, the campus outdid itself. I have so very much to be thankful for.