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October 25, 2006 6:49 AM   Subscribe

Kim Jong Il's Ringtones and Wallpaper and other fine, fashionable accessories for your digital lifestyle. (via waxy.org.)
posted by loquacious (20 comments total)

 
I'm a huge fan of North Korean software, but now I can't figure out why my Quicken keeps wanting to send $1000 epayments to some wierd website every time I balance my checkbook?
posted by ernie at 7:09 AM on October 25, 2006


The wallpapers section is great. I'm tempted to buy one but I have a feeling that not many in the office would appreciate it.
posted by dead_ at 7:12 AM on October 25, 2006


Well, that didn't take long. I think their servers might be currently undergoing their own particular variety of nuclear testing at the moment. Coral Cache link - currently propogating.

This kind of stuff is fascinating in a weird way. Imagine having access to Moscow's official newspapers at the height of the Cold War.

Also, if anyone is tempted to buy anything, please be aware you may or may not be violating the trade embargo.
posted by loquacious at 7:17 AM on October 25, 2006


Kim Jong Il's Ringtones

"I've got a new ringtone. It sounds like hundreds of thousands of people starving to death."

"Could you turn that down, please? It's really annoying."
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:30 AM on October 25, 2006 [1 favorite]


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posted by prostyle at 7:31 AM on October 25, 2006


The one wallpaper says it all: it's a map of Korea with the globe circling it.

The one with a fist smashing the White House in a fiery plummet isn't exactly awash with ambiguity.
posted by smallerdemon at 7:31 AM on October 25, 2006


I'm also wondering how long until the site gets hacked and this image becomes the front page image.
posted by smallerdemon at 7:34 AM on October 25, 2006


You know, the stupid thing is that they could sell *lots* of Arirang videos because those are visually stunning and unique to North Korea, yet they choose not to.
posted by clevershark at 7:46 AM on October 25, 2006


> this image becomes the front page image.

We are simply big on conservation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea! Turn off your PC! You are fool!
posted by pracowity at 7:53 AM on October 25, 2006


prostyle: Yeah, beats me. I don't know. What are they trying to say?

I bet it's a secret spy code. When the water drop .gif is on the left they have to make their drop at point A. When it's on the right they eat their cyanide pill, because holy crap if I was a spy for the DPRK and I escaped into the "field" outside their borders I'd go get a job at Starbuck's and I would never look back.
posted by loquacious at 8:07 AM on October 25, 2006


Anyone else notice that nowhere on the site does it say "North Korea", only "Korea"? It's almost as if it were our fault that Korea is divided!

They sell ringtones and wallpapers, and forbid their own citizens to have cell phones. They openly proclaim they want to crush us, but are they are willing to take our money. And we are fool?!
posted by Down10 at 10:29 AM on October 25, 2006


It is our fault for trying to force all that freedom, prosperity and non-starvation on the peoples of South Korea. Fortunately, the North Koreans all banded together as one and made huge sacrifices so that a single batshitinsaniac could have gainful employment. Touching, really.
posted by arto at 11:28 AM on October 25, 2006


They take Mastercard and Visa, so buy now!

Um, yeah. Let me just give them my MC number. What could possibly go wrong?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 12:23 PM on October 25, 2006


On another note, I really wish the U.S. government would start selling official ringtones.
posted by waxpancake at 1:27 PM on October 25, 2006


3 hours and 10 wallpaper (5 bucks) minimum to arrive at the checkout. sweet site.
posted by gman at 1:53 PM on October 25, 2006


Just so you know, because I love being able to tell people things like this, if you buy something from this website and you are a US citizen or permanent resident; currently physically in the US; employed by an organization based in the US or a subsidiary, controlled affiliate, or branch of same you are most likely violating the sanctions established by the Office of Foreign Assets Control in 1950 as authorized by the Trading With The Enemy Act, and as recently modified.

"Criminal penalities for violating the sanctions range up to 10 years in prison, $1,000,000 in corporate fines, and $250,000 in individual fines. Civil penalities of up to $65,000 per count may also be imposed."

More information is available at the Treasury department's website, here.

Have a nice day, and enjoy your freedoms!
posted by blacklite at 2:32 PM on October 25, 2006


Anyone else notice that nowhere on the site does it say "North Korea", only "Korea"? It's almost as if it were our fault that Korea is divided!

Actually, all of the Koreans I've met (mostly originally from the south) call the country Korea.
posted by taschenrechner at 4:34 PM on October 25, 2006


Also, we (with the UN) were pretty much the ones who divided it.
posted by blasdelf at 8:24 PM on October 25, 2006


Me, I like that the fist-crushing-the-White-House is right next to the peace-banner-unfurled-by-doves.
posted by dreamsign at 4:47 AM on October 26, 2006


> We are simply big on conservation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea! Turn off your PC! You are fool!

Oh prac, you right-clicked something, you mad fool. p0wN3d by the DPRK. No kimchi for you!
posted by jfuller at 3:32 PM on October 26, 2006


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