November 13 07

heard last night while playing the new star wars lego game on xbox:

“Wahoo! Mommy, i just kicked the bad guy’s ass!”

“Joshua! We don’t use words like that.”

“oh, sorry…i just kicked the guy’s ass!”


he sure showed me. showed me that i need to teach my son to use the word bum. or bum bum. or tooshie. or butt, even. or heiney. or behind. or bottom.

just not ass. please.

Some of you may have noticed – and some of you may have alerted me to it – and some of you may have stuck around while i was panicked and psychotic – that my site went down on Friday.

and not only did it go down…but when you (or I) tried to access may have seen this old chestnut:

This Account Has Been Suspended     




Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible.

so, it seems that i’m not as anonymous in the blog-o-sphere as i’d thought. It seems that i used an image – of Britney Spears in her completely horrific and offensive Halloween costume, in case you were wondering – that was copyrighted.

the irony of this is that part of my job is permissioning photos. Paying for the usage of images. I do it every day. I spend hours and hours searching for photos. I spend thousands and thousands of dollars buying the rights to use them. Corbis, Getty, Firstlight, AP, i have besties at all these places. (and sometimes, since i’m so good to them, they buy me presents, like ipod shuffles or ticketmaster gift certificates.)

and i didn’t get any sort of warning. no email that said, “please take down your copyrighted image”. nothing. they just went in and shut me down. i couldn’t even access my wordpress page to remove the photo. my host-who-should-be-sainted couldn’t even access it.

anyway, the host-who-should-be-sainted got me back up and running by late friday night. and i love him for it. (yoohoo…benefits of a small host. you’re not just a number) and i took down the image (so don’t you go searching for it. it’s gone with the wind).

my point? yes, i do have one. just be careful what you use on the internet. you never can tell, no matter how small and insignificant you think you are, who’s going to rat you out, or who has watermarks on their photos. just be careful.

so, if you’re thinking of stealing, oh, say, a photo of a little girl with a cow…don’t even think about snatching up this one

even if it’s the cutest, most hilarious girl-and-cow photo you’ve ever laid eyes on. it’s mine, folks. all mine.

just a wee bit of housekeeping…

yesterday i spent an ungodly amount a little bit  of time on a brand-new plug-in for this site.

if you look down in my sidebar, under my tunes, you should see this:

and it should tell you exactly what i’m listening to. kind of like the MSN one. come on, it’s pretty freakin’ cool….


  1. That’s awful, Ali! They should have at least given you a warning. I wonder if the other blogs, especially the celeb gossip ones, were shut down with the same vigilante force.


    Comment by hello insomnia on November 13, 2007
  2. That’s hilarious.
    Clearly Britney herself was reading your blog :) You should be flattered.


    Comment by Laural on November 13, 2007
  3. oh oh, that’s terrible about the photo! I’ve heard of a few people that have gotten into trouble recently for use of images, songs, songs in backgrounds, etc. It’s surprising to see it happening to people who are using them without any bad intentions. I get it, it’s just surprising.


    Comment by jennie on November 13, 2007
  4. It’s difficult in this day and age to keep kids from using cuss words. Especially if you have a tv in the house! There are words said on tv that I can’t say myself, but I hear them on the tube. How do you tell a kid that it’s unacceptable if they can hear it on the tube? I don’t know the answer to that. I’m just glad my kids are grown so I don’t have to deal with that particular issue!


    Comment by teebopop on November 13, 2007
  5. What a dumb ass reason for shutting you down! I mean, would you have really cried taking down that horrific picture anyways?

    My guys are jonesing for that Star Wars game. And about 50 other games as well…


    Comment by Miss on November 13, 2007
  6. Really!!! Shut down for using a picture? I wonder if I can shut down the porn site that stole one of my copyrighted pictures??


    Comment by Jennifer on November 13, 2007
  7. They SHUT YOU DOWN?! That’s CRAZY!
    Excellent new plug-in. We DO have the same taste in music.


    Comment by Rebecca on November 13, 2007
  8. cool new plug in! and i luv the image and colour too!


    Comment by Tova on November 13, 2007
  9. Holy crazy!!! They just shut you down with no warning? Crazy!


    Comment by Cynthia on November 13, 2007
  10. How sad that anyone would expect to be paid for any photo of Spears at this point.


    Comment by Mike S on November 13, 2007
  11. Your musical taste is excellent:)


    Comment by Mike S on November 13, 2007
  12. how ’bout “arse”? ;)


    Comment by Haley-O on November 13, 2007
  13. Love the plug in. Damien Rice – good taste!

    And that sucks so much about the photo/being shut down. Yikes!


    Comment by b*babbler on November 13, 2007
  14. Your just kicking booty all over the place :)


    Comment by FENICLE on November 13, 2007
  15. So what you’re saying is, I shouldn’t post my post with the Donny & Marie album cover?


    Comment by Stacy on November 14, 2007
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