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, July 20, 2005

This morning I held a seminar on using e-resources as part of the Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies program that goes on every year here at McGill. This is my first time participating, and although it required a fair amount of preparation work on my part, it was well worth it.

The students seemed interested and engaged, despite the fact that their access to most of the resources we talked about will be cut off when they return to Indonesia a month from now. I spent a fair amount of time talking about using the web and open resources, but when your home library doesn't even have an ILL service, much less an extensive ejournal or journal collection, what can you do?

I put together a resource page for students to refer to in the future. My slide deck is available there as well, for those who might be interested.