Saturday, September 26, 2009

Where's Blog Blockwatch When You Need It?

There are so many wicked-awesome blogs out there. (Um, besides this one, of course.)

I'm a glutton for outstanding photos, interesting stories, descriptive writing and humor. When I find these qualities in a blog, I am all over it, like a stalker, but one who lacks the free time to actually stalk. (Oh, wait, that's called a fan.) Sometimes I am inspired to emulate them, but one thing I would never want to do is rip off their postings and present them as my own.

This has happened to an outstanding blog called House of Annie, where foodies Nate and Annie post mouth-watering photos of foods they enjoy as well as share some really interesting cultural stories, as they have recently moved from California to Malaysia, Annie's home turf. The writing is terrific, and to call the photos food porn is an understatement, kind of like saying Deep Throat was just another dirty movie. (Disclaimer: I never actually watched Deep Throat but I HEARD -- that's right, I HEARD -- that it set the benchmark for many porns after that. Don't judge me.)

So you can imagine how incensed I was when I visited their blog tonight and found this entry, in which they detail how another blog re-posted a House of Annie posting (verbiage AND photos) and passed it off as its own, which is kind of hard to do when Nate and Annie's trademark is on each of the photos. The blog-thieves even changed internal links to point to their own site.

Personally, I think that in the time it took to do all that copying, they could have done something more original, like create their own blog entry about blog-thievery with a cute little graphic of a thief stealing something. And maybe reference Deep Throat. I'm just sayin'.

So what have we learned here? Plagiarism is BAD. Nate and Annie put their copywrite on all their blog photos and that is SMART. I'm obviously way out-of-touch when it comes to porn titles. And Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches are surprisingly yummy. (Guess what I had for dessert?)

Oh, yes, I also learned a very cute new haiku, created by Nate and intended for the blog-thief:

I wish you would get
A hundred thousand bug bites
Where the sun don't shine

See? I copied his haiku. But I used attribution. So there.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Under the "Good Intentions" Heading

Aren't they precious? The Lil' Drums are just as yummy as the original-sized Drumsticks, and they are the perfect-sized portion, except for people like me and my if-one-is-good-another-would-be-better congregation.

They really help me in teaching my kids the importance of portion control. Then, after the little darlings have learned this important nutritional lesson, they will go to bed and I can help myself to another crispy sweet cone of dreamy goodness.

Years ago I used to bake tiny little cookies, just smaller-sized versions of the original recipe, for portion control. And guess what? I'd eat twice as many. So now I bake cookies as big as they were meant to be baked and I just eat one or two.

Portion control definitely has its place in our daily nutrition, but leave my ice cream alone.