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Nine Inch Smiles

So the new Nine Inch Nails album came out the other day and I just picked it up. After having followed the absolutely brilliant guerilla marketing campaign / storyline behind it for weeks, I wasn't about to pass up this one. And yes, I am one of the few people who does still buy CDs apparently. I like owning the actual albums, which are often works of art in their own right. Not everything has to be digital... it's OK to own tangible things, people. I promise, owning some albums won't fuck up your feng shui.

Anyway, one of the perks about the new NIN album is that the CD changes colors and reveals things when you apply heat to it. Even touching it with the palm of your hand will do the trick. That's right, the new NIN album is HYPERCOLOR!


I'm sure you guys remember these t-shirt; who wouldn't? You could smack your friend on the back and it would leave your hand impression right on it. Fun for all, right? Well, the only problem with these shirts is they reacted to all kinds of heat... namely perspiration. If you happened to be sweating like a bastard in the summer heat, these shirts would create a vile trail of your uncleanly bodily excretions for the whole world to see. Tasty! So that's why you really don't see those shirts much anymore these days. But NIN is trying to bring the hypercolor technology back in style with their new CD:

Turn that frown upside-down, Trent!

I just couldn't help myself. There's something inherently hysterical about being able to draw a smiley face on a NIN album with my own body heat. What can I say... I work from home. These are the things I entertain myself with on a daily basis.

In unrelated news, we've got a new contest up and running in the forums for Black Christmas. All you gotta do is photoshop/design your own horrific Christmas tree and you'll be in the running to win a copy of the movie on DVD. Christmas in April? You're goddamned right. Check it out and make sure you turn in your entries before the May 15th deadline.

Also, I was at the grocery store the other day and saw that they still had a bunch of Easter shit they were trying to get rid of. Amidst the expired cookies and lame plush toys, I found something that took every ounce of restraint for me to not buy.

Jurrasic Peep?

This Easter basket was 75% off and it came with Dinosaurs for chrissakes... DINOSAURS! It also came with some generic G.I. Joe figures and a helicopter, presumably used to help the soldiers hunt down the dinosaurs. In all honesty though, the last thing I need in the house right now is more clutter. Well that and I don't particularly have the desire to go out in public and skip to my car with an Easter basket in hand... even if it does contain dinosaurs.

Survey: What's your favorite kind of dinosaur and why? (And yes, Wacko-Saurs count because that's how all dinosaurs really looked in prehistoric times. You can't argue with science.)



Surok (Guest) on 04/19/2007 12:36 am

I have always loved Ankylosurus. What is not to love about a huge turtle with spiny shell and a huge hammer tail that one could ride.


Keith (Guest) on 04/19/2007 12:36 am

I hate my parents for never getting me an easter basket that cool. Maybe next year.

The triceratops. The pinnacle of dino evolution before they all got whacked by an asteroid. Stupid wikipedia says they used their horns as mating decoration but we all know they used them to kick T Rex's ass.


protoclown (Guest) on 04/19/2007 12:42 am

Yeah, I noticed the hypercolor thing when I took the cd out of the player and saw that it was completely white, and I was like "Wait a minute, wasn't the cd BLACK when I put it in???" Freaky.


Bizarcane (Guest) on 04/19/2007 2:02 am

The micropachycephalosaurus - and no, I'm not trying to be clever. During my "I-want-to-be-a-paleontologist" years, I liked to show off by demonstrating my vast, encyclopedic knowledge of dino names. This would be followed by, "you know, that's the longest dinosaur name and isn't it ironic that it's for such a small dinosaur?" Good times!


Adam (Guest) on 04/19/2007 2:35 am

Okay, is it gay to say that I was thinking of -RoG- in the shower the other day?

See, I bought this new Axe "Re-Load" body wash—and I don't know what your stance is on Axe-branded stuff—but it's blue. And when I say blue, I mean it comes out looking positively fucking neon blue. If you can close your nose to the oceany, somewhat piney scent, you can even pretend you're washing yourself with Ms. Butterworth's Color Blast Syrup!


Matthew (Guest) on 04/19/2007 4:27 am

Definitely Triceratops. They kicked Arse :D


NotDavid (Guest) on 04/19/2007 6:41 am

Exceptions on Dinosaurs, ey?

Then I vote for Future Dinobot Comix's Rexton.


jack_the_ripper (Guest) on 04/19/2007 7:36 am

What did you like about NIN's new cd? Is it worth buying? The Best song's? I've only heard Survivalism Which is f***ing great. Would Godzilla count as dinosaur?


Courtney (Guest) on 04/19/2007 7:39 am

the dreaded Toonasaurus Rex!!!!!

often described as a blonde haired, green-eyed modern-day dinosaur, the Toonasaurus Rex is omnivorous, with a passion for devouring orange fanta and quesedillas. Don't try to wake up the Toonasaurus Rex, for she will probably bite your head off if she hasn't had enough sleep.

This rare specimen can be found toiling in the accounting department of metropolitan-area moving companies, or grazing with the herd of Friendadactlys at the local watering hole.

Toonasaurus Rex can be recognized by her trademark glasses, and can often be seen with her mate, the deadly Ralphasaurus.

*** Someone wrote this about me once, since my nickname is Toonasaurus (long story!!). So i am my own favorite type of dinosaur.


The Squatch (Guest) on 04/19/2007 8:31 am

I forget what it was called but the best dino was the one with the really thick skull that head-butted shit, either that or the one that ate Wayne Knight in Jurassic Park


Ronin S (Guest) on 04/19/2007 8:48 am

I guess the hyper color shirt thing seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had been hoping to get some peeps at half price after Easter, but all the marshmallow peeps were gone by the time I reached the store.

I'm not much of a dinosaur person.

I'm amazed you didn't have much commentary to go with your art gallery photos. The 8-Bit art gallery is the most awesome thing I have seen in the longest time. Thanks for posting, I'm on the other side of the continent and would never have seen it otherwise.

The Magic Pony Art Gallery in Toronto had a similar showing with stuff from the 80's, such as the Care Bears, My Little Pony and Ninja Turtles.

I suddenly feel old.


JohnBoy (Guest) on 04/19/2007 9:07 am

I never liked NIN, but if they are willing to use reverse "Freaky Freezy" technology on their CD's they may be worth another listen.

I always loved flying dinosaurs, especially the Dsungaripterus; he just looks like he would fuck shit up if he were set loose in a modern city.


Azrael (Guest) on 04/19/2007 10:26 am

The new NIN cd is politically charged. Listen to the tracks: The Good Soldier and Capital G (which is obviously directed at George W. Bush). I think its brilliant!
Trent Reznor is GOD!!!

PS. Velociraptors are my current fav. Their pack instincts and brutality are balanced by their stealth and intelligence.


Courtney (Guest) on 04/19/2007 10:29 am

Toonasaurus eats Velociraptors for breakfast



-RoG- (Guest) on 04/19/2007 10:32 am

Bizarcane, I'm all about supporting creatures with absurdly long names, especially if they're tiny. They gotta make up for it somehow, right?

Adam, I may be obsessed with blue food products, but I doubt I would go quite so far as to bathe with them. I'm pretty sure I'm not able to eat via osmosis... yet.

jack_the_ripper, yes Godzilla would count. As for the new NIN album, it's an improvement over the last one but I've still gotta listen to it some more. I can say one thing for sure though; the best song on the album is easily "Me, I'm Not"... love that one. Musically speaking, I honestly don't think they'll ever top "The Fragile" though.

Ronin S, I didn't add much commentary to those pics because a) just look at 'em, they speak for themselves and b) I was up til about 5:30am after I got back from the show just getting that piece up online so everybody on the web would be able to check it out right away.

For the record, I gotta go with the Kronosaurus as my favorite dinosaur. I have a plastic one and his name is "Wally".

Hi, I'm Wally.


kahl (Guest) on 04/19/2007 11:03 am

I suspect the reason why it's inherently funny to draw smiley faces on a NIN album is because he's always whining and drawing a smiley face on it. It is such a contradiction you can imagine reznors head spinning


teknotheef (Guest) on 04/19/2007 12:26 pm

Radical Rex. He skated, got eaten by other dinosaurs (for a whole stage), pogo sticked, could breath fire, and said all kinds of 90's-rific phrases like, "Radical Man" and "Awesome hangtime dude"


Courtney (Guest) on 04/19/2007 12:58 pm

what about the dinosaurs on "Dinosaurs"?




jesse (Guest) on 04/19/2007 3:22 pm

velociraptor, smart, cunning, deadly and pillowy soft to the touch. also, i am pretty sure that the aliens from "aliens" are the future space evolution of the velociraptor. plus jurrasic park one was the best. word.


JohhnyDamage (Guest) on 04/19/2007 4:52 pm

my favorite dinosaur is there, the 'magical' leopluradon.

Also apparently under the heat stuff is a link to a secret website. Said so on Attack of the Show, thought you'd like to hear that.


jack_the_ripper (Guest) on 04/20/2007 8:19 am

Ok, i just bought The new NIN album and i kinda felt strange listening to it. For the second time i heard it trough, well let's just say that it's the second best cd that Trent has done. Fragile is the best.

Best songs in my opinion: Beginning of the end, The good soldier, Me i'm not, The greater good and Zero sum. Overall, one of my personal favorite cd's ever.


Courtney (Guest) on 04/20/2007 11:06 am

was there anyone who liked "With Teeth"? I thought almost every song was phenominal, but alot of my friends said they hated it.


Blodigar (Guest) on 04/20/2007 11:25 am

I'm voting for the Ankylosaur mostly because you don't see enough of them anymore.


jack_the_ripper (Guest) on 04/20/2007 12:09 pm

To Courtney: I did like With Teeth a lot. Only and Every day is exactly the same were great. I think that The Downward Spiral is the least best NIN album , even if it still is one of my favorite cd's. Yeah, i got all the major album releases from NIN, but i'd rather not collect every goddamn Halo he has released. (Singles and other) Bytheway, NIN performed here in Finland couple of weeks ago. I were there and loved it!


i-mock-you- (Guest) on 04/20/2007 1:19 pm

There's no contest.
Godzilla is the ultimate dinosaur.

Why, you ask? I mean, come on, he had blue RADOACTIVE breath! And he wasn't just constrained to being the good or the bad guy, he could be BOTH!

I had one of those "hypercolor" shirts at one point. Probabally one of the coolest shirt's I've ever owned.


Courtney (Guest) on 04/20/2007 3:39 pm

Toonasaurus Rex Vs. Godzilla -- coming to Pay Per View in 2008!!!


scott (Guest) on 04/21/2007 1:52 am

What that picture of the man and woman is telling me is that rape is easily averted in hypercolor. If only Trent had know sooner. :(


Adam (Guest) on 04/21/2007 9:41 am

I always like the feathered one. Whose spelling escapes me. It was like a raptor, but had feathers.
(Two Adams...)[I call second!]


arg_zombies (Guest) on 04/21/2007 5:57 pm

That shirt is the sole device of any jealous person who wants someone to think their girlfriend is cheating on them :O

My favourite dinosaur would have to be that one with the teeth and the tail. Yeah, that one.


arg_zombies (Guest) on 04/21/2007 5:59 pm

Oh and I thought that With Teeth is one of NIN's best albums :\

It's funny how a guy who records songs from his bedroom has got so famous :D


JohhnyDamage (Guest) on 04/21/2007 8:23 pm

SCANNERS REMAKE!!!! Even though that article makes me cry a little out of fear. You'll understand what I mean.


DSB (Guest) on 04/22/2007 5:43 pm

Stegosaurus by a long shot! Look at him: he's got big ol' triangles on his back and all he wants to do is eat some grass. He's the most sensible and friendly of all the dinosaurs... I want one as a pet.


ColdFusion (Guest) on 04/22/2007 8:09 pm

Umm raptors.


Simon (Guest) on 04/29/2007 4:34 am

Ankylosaurus was my first dinosaurus toy.


yelinna (Guest) on 08/19/2007 7:39 pm

ooh! Dinosaurs!
I think I can recognize those "Generic GIJoes": they are from the Chap Mei Soldier Toy Line. I damn love Chap Mei: cheap and cool. I have some from Wild Quest 2, Pirates, Valley Quest...
ahh! Action Figures :D :D :D

Next time: a LARGE photo of toys please :)

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