Brief mention-in-passing of MeFi on The Register October 31, 2001 3:39 AM   Subscribe

Brief mention-in-passing of MeFi on The Register, in context of Kuro5hin being dropped from VA's OSDN network...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to MetaFilter-Related at 3:39 AM (25 comments total)

K5 is looking to adopt the classified advertising model that's proved pretty successful so far for the MetaFilter blog.

Is it my impression or is this ever so slightly disrespectful? Pretty, I agree. Textads do look astonishingly good. But very successful would have been more accurate. And "classified advertisement model" sounds more like the The Freedonia Telegraph and Clarion than MetaFilter.

I also do not at all like that "so far". Hey, it's only just begun. About the only good thing was teaching me how to pronounce "Kuro5hin". Not that's there much call for that sort of thing round where I live, mind.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:55 AM on October 31, 2001

That there's, dammit.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 3:59 AM on October 31, 2001

No, it's just colloquial English (Register's style).
And the "so far" echoes my own thoughts - that the success may be partly because they're new.
Honestly, I see no disrespect there.
posted by andrew cooke at 4:06 AM on October 31, 2001

Thanks for the translation, Andrew. These are the sort of problems us foreigners keep coming up against. No matter how well we think we know other languages, problems with tone and, er, register, will drive, or at least accompany us, to the grave...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:15 AM on October 31, 2001

Kewro-five-hin? Dammit, I'll never get the hang of this el-three-three-seven five-pee-thirty-four-kay.
posted by rory at 4:31 AM on October 31, 2001

Miguel, it's not disrespectful at all. Last week I had dinner with Rusty and we talked about the system for half the night. Among the things we discussed was what worked, what didn't, and what might work in the future. I have no problem saying that any success with the system may be temporary.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:38 AM on October 31, 2001

Matt: thanks. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall - or one of those annoying pop-up cameras, for once - as Rusty's account sounded very interesting indeed. Happy Halloween to Kuro5hin, too!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:20 AM on October 31, 2001

"Kewro-5-hin." Man, that's leet. I think there's a good chance that the Register is taking the piss, but if it's true that that's the official pronunciation, I just got a new level of respect for Rusty.

Back in my BBS days there were always a bunch of heavy-metal freaks ranting about sub-par bands like Poison and calling them "pu55y metal," which I insisted on rendering "puh-fifty-fivey," to their great annoyance.
posted by kindall at 8:48 AM on October 31, 2001

The Reg was indeed taking the piss. Andrew Orlowski's a friend of mine, and he was tweaking me with that "pronunciation guide." And damn him for creating a whole new era of confusion. :-)

It's "corrosion" dammit. Corrosion!
posted by rusty at 12:22 PM on October 31, 2001

"Corrosion"? I never would have guessed that in a million years.
posted by kindall at 12:53 PM on October 31, 2001

One of the finest moments of my life thus far was forcing Internet AntiChrist Tiffany Schlain to try to pronounce "Kuro5hin" on live national TV, on Good Morning America. She totally flubbed it. "Coersion dot org" she said. God, it was beautiful. I love the fact that if anyone wants to talk about the site, they have to say that idiotic fake word. It is my goal to become so important that no major media outlet will be able to avoid mentioning us, especially TV people. I think making the media look silly is a worthy goal. :-)
posted by rusty at 2:18 PM on October 31, 2001

I think making the media look silly is a worthy goal. :-)

I think I radically need to change my life plan to become more in line with rusty's.
posted by Neale at 3:01 PM on October 31, 2001

Kind of like naming your company YottaYotta or PurpleYogi so that you can laugh hysterically as Maria Bartiromo muffs it...

There was another notable one who IPOd last year or the year before and I can't think of it. I don't think it was an Internet company, but their name was ridiculously stupid, especially coming from Bill Griffeth's mouth. It was two words, and I keep thinking of Loopy Moopy or Namby Pamby. Something ridiculous and similar sounding. Argh! Anyone??
posted by fooljay at 3:18 PM on October 31, 2001

I'm think I've still got the Schlain mp3 on my site somewhere... lemme check..

Here it is. That still cracks me up. Especially the end where they question it.

And I still pronounce in kuhr-oh-shn, as if it were a Japanese word. I've never been able to break the habit.
posted by Driph at 6:21 PM on October 31, 2001

Kur-osh-in for mine. Never would've guessed 'corrosion'.
posted by rory at 3:46 AM on November 1, 2001

Kevorkhian, as in Jack, Doctor Death. Bond, James Bond.
Speaking of death: if you're running MS 2000 Pro with the corresponding browser(*blushes for not knowing if it's 5.0 or whatever*)do not click on Driph's link as it'll crash you to smithereens, being a QuickTime thingamajiggy.
In Portugal computer techies, when summoned to one's house to sort out a problem they can't fix, invariably opine: "O senhor criou aqui algum conflito"(You have created a conflict here). Then they ask if you've installed Real Audio or Quicktime alongside the Windows MediaPlayer you were generously given and, when you confess, they look at you with a beaming grin, forever stigmatizing you as a stupid warmongering conflict-creator... Consider yourselves lucky!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:07 AM on November 1, 2001

Um. It's just an mp3, Miguel. Methinks the problem is more at your end than Driph's.
posted by rory at 4:39 AM on November 1, 2001

I'm sure that's right, rory. Thanks. What I got was a brief flash of the QuickTime logo, a second of sound and then an extravaganza of IE panic-attack messages in unshuttable windows. As I said, it's not easy in the Third World :-)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:10 AM on November 1, 2001

Grab Winamp and install it, Miguel.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:13 AM on November 1, 2001

Now I get it! Hey, thanks, stavrosthewonderchicken! Sorry, Driph. Right again, rory!
*is very happy*
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:32 AM on November 1, 2001

As I said, it's not easy in the Third World.

posted by lia at 6:51 AM on November 1, 2001

I know Andrew Orlowski. Small world.
posted by Summer at 7:05 AM on November 1, 2001

Heh... "It's spelled in an unusual way."
posted by moss at 9:05 AM on November 1, 2001

It's spelled "Kuro5hin" but it's pronounced "throat-warbler mangrove."
posted by kindall at 11:25 AM on November 1, 2001

That's "throat-warbler mangrove dot spodieodiedrinkinwine", I believe, kindall.

(Oh, oh - I'm doing the smartass remark one-upmanship thing, aren't I?

(Oh shit, now I'm doing it to myself.)

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:13 AM on November 2, 2001

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