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.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Karl Dubost: Boycott des États-Unis : Karl is no longer travelling to the US, primarily because of their policy that non-citizens be fingerpinted and photographed before entering the country. Although that policy doesn't apply to me as a Canadian (yet), I have been considering a similar boycott as well for some time. I would do so both in solidarity with Karl (and others in his situation), but also for my own discomfort with the US administration.

Unlike Karl, I'm not a big traveller, though. I don't have a bunch of trips set up that I'm going to miss out on, so my sacrifice is admittedly less. However, as I advance in my academic career and have the opportunity to attend academic conferences and travel, I will, for the next four years at least, decline.