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.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Last night we watched a documentary on CBC about Khalid Jarrar, an Iraqi student (and blogger) who was given taught how to use a camera by a CBC reporter so that he could report on life in Iraq from his point of view. It was a good piece, although I would have prefered to see more of his footage.

One thing that wasn't mentionned, unless I missed it, was that Khalid Jarrar was recently arrested by the Iraqi intelligence service.

This is one story of one person in one part of the world, sadly one of very many. Our technologies enable us to hear many more of these stories then is possible through mainstream and even alternative news channels. I hope that this new, overwhelming awareness does not lead to dispair and apathy.