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

This morning on CBC Newsworld I saw an interview with someone from Environment Canada talking about the 'wacky weather' we and the rest of the world has been experiencing. At one point, the Environment Canada employee said something along the lines of, "it's as if the weather has gotten less predictable".

I nearly threw my coffee mug at the TV.

The lead piece on the news was similarly frustrating, a piece on Hurricane Emily, which read something like "Thousands of tourists affected as Hurrican Emily slams into Mexico." What about the people who live there? Why focus on the tourists who decided to vacation in Mexico during hurricane season? Why focus on those who, after the warnings, decided to stay and chew up valuable relief resources?

And that's the CBC news. Lingering on any of the main US channels is far, far worse. Entertaining drivel.

I think I'm going to stop watching the news in the morning.