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, August 03, 2005

One of the ways in which weblogs are different from traditional academic publishing is that journals publish information that is supposed to advance the knowledge of the field, while weblogs publish information that has advanced the knowledge of the individual.

In other words, people can use their weblog to write about the things they have learned, insights they have had, regardless of whether other have had the same insights before them. This post is bound to be an example of that.

This realization takes the pressure off writing to my blog. It also removes some of the frustration I feel when I come across other people rehashing hold ideas on their blogs.

Is this an efficient system for knowledge generation? No, but I don't think that is, or should be, the point.