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, March 30, 2005

Putting first things first : So here's that 'big decision' I made over the weekend: At the end of the Winter 2005 semester (i.e. now) I'll be dropping out of the PhD program to return and complete my MLIS degree.

After looking back at the past year, it became clear to me that, given the demands of my work, I would not be able to complete my PhD without putting my work, my health, and more in jeopardy. I decided to bow out now before one or more of the above factors deteriorated to the point where the decision would be made for me by someone else.

The paperwork has been filed, and aside from being gouged by administrative fees, I'm doing ok. I was able to transfer my PhD coursework to the MLIS, so that I have four courses left to take. I expect to be graduating next spring.


Congrats on making a courageous (but wise, I think) decision.

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