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, February 15, 2005

Moleskine notebooks and the failure of reality : Great post on Moleskine, dare I say it, disappointment?
However, I notice that nobody mentions that most gel pen ink seeps through the silky pages and often stains the facing page too.

Reading this post, I can't help but think that this is how I would feel if I bought a Mac. How to deal with the failure of reality as it crashes up against the allure of the brand.

I have two notebooks: my older Clairfontaine and my newish Moleskine. The first was a fraction of the price of the third, but gets used much more often. The Moleskine has a sacred quality that prevents me from using it to jot down a book reference, a note that I need to pick up kitty litter on the way home, an anxious listing of things I need to do tomorrow. No, the Moleskine is only for the Big Ideas.