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.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Etienne Wenger talk at GSLIS : Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of sitting in on Etienne Wenger's talk at GSLIS. It was a small, informal get-together which made for some very good conversation.

It did feel slightly ironic that I should get a chance to meet Wenger just days after deciding to stop my doctoral research, which was to be based primarily on his theories of communities fo practice. After his talk, I did have a chance to give him my elevator speech, and he seemed to feel that it was a very interesting and worthwhile topic.

The event left me feeling energized and even more interested in communities of practice then I was before. My focus now will be to find ways to apply my ideas, rather then having to spend the next several years of my life thinking about them in a more detached manner.