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I like that the Dutch word for boombox is "ghettoblaster"
posted by delmoi at 6:16 PM on November 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Awesome.
posted by piratebowling at 6:16 PM on November 5, 2007


OH SHIT! I TOTALLY FUCKED UP THIS WEBSI...oh.
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 6:19 PM on November 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Very clever.
posted by amyms at 6:19 PM on November 5, 2007


I mean,

OH CRAP! I TOTALLY MESSED UP THIS WEBSI...oh.

/family version
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 6:21 PM on November 5, 2007


I can only imagine what the pitch meeting was for this.

"The web department has lost their fucking minds."
posted by ColdChef at 6:27 PM on November 5, 2007


"The web department has lost their fucking minds."

At least they didn't come in shooting.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:28 PM on November 5, 2007


absolutely, stupendously, outrageously awesome.

no seriously, that was cool.
posted by strontiumdog at 6:32 PM on November 5, 2007


That really is amazingly cool.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 6:34 PM on November 5, 2007


Very neat. I liked that a lot.
posted by octothorpe at 6:38 PM on November 5, 2007


For fuck's sake. What did you people do to my Web site?
posted by Astro Zombie at 6:41 PM on November 5, 2007


beautiful
posted by caddis at 6:42 PM on November 5, 2007


I like that the Dutch word for boombox is "ghettoblaster"

Well of course technically that would be the British English word for boom box, that the Dutch have adopted. The same device was also sometimes called a Brixton briefcase.

/derail
posted by kcds at 6:43 PM on November 5, 2007


I like the tune at the end. Well done.
posted by Mr_Zero at 6:45 PM on November 5, 2007


I laughed, I cried , I blew snot out my nose which hit my cat, she leapt off the sofa and clung to the coat rack that fell over and knocked my wife unconcious....


she doesn't think it's funny.


Do I live a sad-sad life of Rube Goldberg love?
posted by Sam.Burdick at 6:47 PM on November 5, 2007 [4 favorites]


Surprisingly awesome!
posted by gemmy at 6:51 PM on November 5, 2007


"Ghettoblaster": I didn't even think about it until now. It was the term that older people used, at least to me, it sounded as ridiculous to my born-in-the-80s ears as "boombox". I guess it kind of does have the word ghetto in it, doesn't it. There is, of course, a section in Wikipedia on it.
posted by blacklite at 6:51 PM on November 5, 2007


Ok that was fun and all, but seriously, who's gonna clean this shit up? I need to purchase some jip and janneke bekers and a couple of luierpakjes. It's for christmas gifts, HELLO! It's already November and this site is a fucking disaster! WHAT THE FUCK AM I GONNA DO NOW! CHRISTMAS IS FUCKING RUINED!
posted by jefbla at 6:59 PM on November 5, 2007 [4 favorites]


The same device was also sometimes called a Brixton briefcase

...and I am 100% certain that before it was called that it was known as a 'Harlem briefcase'.

USA!
posted by item at 7:11 PM on November 5, 2007


That was too clever for words. A good idea well implemented.
posted by empath at 7:15 PM on November 5, 2007


item: Unless it's a "Haarlem Briefcase", which would be the original after all.
posted by Mercaptan at 7:18 PM on November 5, 2007


And, of course, bringing it full circle, the original Haarlem is, as you well know, in Holland.
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:18 PM on November 5, 2007


Either we broke it or it's down now or something - what's it supposed to do?
posted by yhbc at 7:18 PM on November 5, 2007


Gaddamtit! What, 30 seconds earlier?
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:19 PM on November 5, 2007


agoddamdorable
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:28 PM on November 5, 2007


And, of course, bringing it full circle, the original Haarlem is, as you well know, in Holland.

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it I can't say...
posted by anthill at 7:30 PM on November 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


still not connecting for me
posted by yhbc at 7:31 PM on November 5, 2007


Maybe they liked it better that way?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:34 PM on November 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


Loved it.
posted by rtha at 7:39 PM on November 5, 2007


Why the fuck are my linens on fire?
posted by loquacious at 7:42 PM on November 5, 2007


"uw bestelling kunt u" - just caught my eye in the right-hand sidebar...
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:44 PM on November 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Am I the only person who can't connect to this website, whatever it is?
posted by yhbc at 7:46 PM on November 5, 2007


Am I the only person who can't connect to this website, whatever it is?

Yes
posted by Mr_Zero at 7:47 PM on November 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, okay then.

Carry on.
posted by yhbc at 7:50 PM on November 5, 2007


Hated this. Not charming at all. Ban everyone in this thread. What were those prices again?
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:58 PM on November 5, 2007 [2 favorites]


beyootiful! udderly fantastic! I loves me some rube, wonderful, flashy rube. In other words, thanks for the link, twas very cool.

try again, commish.
posted by ashbury at 8:05 PM on November 5, 2007


Okay, from googling the tags, I gather this is some kind of flash thingy that was twittered to death about 3-4 days ago, and involves some Dutch company. The twitter comments also frequently reference "Rube Goldberg", sometimes when it's the only english phrase in a sea of Dutch.

I'm at least convinced this is real. Does anyone have any constructive ideas as to why I can't access it?
posted by yhbc at 8:06 PM on November 5, 2007


item: third world briefcase?
posted by Jikido at 8:11 PM on November 5, 2007


yhbc, do you have adblock? If so, you might have the flash overlay thing-y on, or off or something.
posted by ashbury at 8:17 PM on November 5, 2007


mabye try the google cache?
posted by ashbury at 8:19 PM on November 5, 2007


The twitter comments also frequently reference "Rube Goldberg", sometimes when it's the only english phrase in a sea of Dutch.

Hmmm.... which words are English, there?
posted by rokusan at 8:19 PM on November 5, 2007


Hmm. All I get from the google cache page is an ominous-looking

You need to upgrade your Flash Player

I also notice there's a firefox extension on the google cache page. It is a combination of me using IE6 and something to do with my Flash player? I've tried it a dozen times at least, and all I get is the "this page cannot be displayed" screen.

Oh well.
posted by yhbc at 8:27 PM on November 5, 2007


I tried to scroll down. I am a complete failure.
posted by Pants! at 8:38 PM on November 5, 2007


Too bad. It was cool.
posted by Bonzai at 8:38 PM on November 5, 2007


yhbc, that's the problem right there: you need to switch to firefox, years ago.
posted by ashbury at 8:41 PM on November 5, 2007


So great.

I, too, tried scrolling down at first.
posted by defenestration at 8:42 PM on November 5, 2007


As a matter of fact, I said the expression "ghetto blaster" in a conversation today.

And it felt strange!
posted by humannaire at 8:44 PM on November 5, 2007


Hmmm.... which words are English, there?

Why do you have to act like such a total rube?
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:49 PM on November 5, 2007


I love Dutch words.

Cup = beker.
posted by Jenafeef at 9:00 PM on November 5, 2007


Hmm, what kind of astroturfing (in Dutch no less!) crap is... Oh, it's doing something...

Seriously though, this is cool.
posted by philomathoholic at 9:20 PM on November 5, 2007


Now, you see, that IS the best of the web.
posted by unSane at 9:24 PM on November 5, 2007


Well that was lots of fun.

Bets on when we can expect to see the "Animator vs Animated III - Hema Smackdown" mashup?
posted by Zinger at 9:24 PM on November 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, maybe this is Rube Goldberg-inspired.

Maybe, though, it's just haunted.
posted by darth_tedious at 9:34 PM on November 5, 2007


Oh jeez I had my speakers turned waaaaay up- scared the shit outta me.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 9:42 PM on November 5, 2007


This thing is loading slower than RealPlayer over a 300 baud modem.
posted by Justinian at 10:45 PM on November 5, 2007


Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it I can't say...

Because the Grand Old Duke of York kicked their Dutch asses and took it away from them.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:35 PM on November 5, 2007


justinian: The Coral Cached version loads up very fast for me.
posted by zsazsa at 7:07 AM on November 6, 2007


anthill: it's nobody's business but the Turks.
posted by oats at 3:36 PM on November 6, 2007


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