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, September 05, 2005

Labour Day : Jay Cross suggests that we rename Labour Day, since "knowledge work and service work have largely supplanted manual labor." I disagree.

Most of the work done by people on planet is still manual labour: hard, physical work. And while the productivity of those of us who work in the knowledge and service sectors may not be as dependant on physical exertion, I believe there is still a strong physical component to what we do.

It isn't the same as working in a field, a mine, or even a factory (although some days...), but our jobs are physically demanding. Stress, lack of sleep, often on the move, or not moving at all for long periods of time, carrying our offices on our backs (or over our shoulders). I think one would be hard pressed to find a knowledge or service worker who didn't feel physically drained at the end of the week.

(And when does the work-day end? The work-week?)

So, yes, Labour Day, a day for all of us.