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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

Get more familiar with Michael Arrington.

The undisputed blogging champ…Mr. TechCrunch. I think I’ve said this before: blogging is a funny thing. I didn’t ever think I would be writing a blog on a regular basis and beyond that, writing for one like THE BRILLIANCE that a few people actually read. I bet Michael Arrington would say the same for himself – except its not just a few people that read his blog…it’s everyone and anyone that matters in the technology and its respective venture capital world. I know this post is probably a bit late, but Wired magazine did a fantastic write-up/interview on him in the latest issue…check the full story below. Beyond all of the power/pull/income he has generated with TechCrunch…I just love how he started it to network and build relationships. Now look at him – he’s literally Mr. Make-Or-Break-You. Hit the link for the full story.

Mr. Hudson & The Library!

Ahhh…some new music. Different style, different feel. Virgil put me on to these guys last weekend when he was in town. I’m not sure exactly what ‘style’ of music I would classify this as…its chill, but its not just like acoustic or mood music, etc. It’s actually got some tones of like Madness and The Specials but has absolutely no reference to ska or 2tone at all – just a feel. Maybe its just me cause they are out of the UK – which always has a ‘thicker’ and maybe slightly more introspective style to it…no?! Its different, relaxed, fresh – good. All my trying to explain their style aside, they are just really good music. I’m digging the track ‘Bread & Roses’ and ‘Ask the DJ’. Check it out at the link below on Amazon.com, although I’m sure you can get it on iTunes, just haven’t checked. Its crazy taxed on Amazon.com for some reason…so yeah, check iTunes.

Paper Route Recordz – Wood Grain?! Weirdo rap!

My goodness…thank you to Paper Route Recordz for this song…And yeah, I’ve never heard of Paper Route Recordz either, but The Fader has…and they steadily put me on to brilliant new music. So yeah…this song is ‘perfectly weird’ as Virgil called it. I would have to agree. This kind of like grade school choir of kids singing as the foundation for the track with some classic southern style snares and bass lines…and my favorite part, of course is the chopped (both ways - screwed down and up!) vocals. I’m just…really into this. The part around about at 4:05?!? Come on man…that’s perfect. So yeah, check the link to The Fader below with a full version. All you ‘right-click-view-sourcers’ know what to do – keep it really internet!!

J Davey Don’t Care!!!

In keeping with my random post titles, I channeled the House of Holland. Since I am primarily stuck in the the world of Hip-Hop and spaced out soul music I am sure all other genere have a J Davey. Yes they are myspace-ers, yes they are original, yes they live up to the hype. Are they having label issues yes. Hopefully their progress doesn’t slow up because the duo’s music deserves the David Bowie-esque comparisons. In many ways I feel like their woes are indicative of where the music industry is headed. Seeing them live I needed no more convincing. Thanks Hustle for making that happen again. And as for the groups composure, their cryptic blog leads me to believe they’ll be ok.

Siiiiike! I got it!

Call me weak-willed…I don’t care. I went past our Apple store to hold the phone, play with it, check the form factor…and about 2 seconds deep I had to have one. I can sum up almost everything with this: Yes, it is exactly like the commercials – if not better. So gone is the 8800 Blackberry, and my beloved push-email. I was actually quite surprised at how quick the email connects + checks when I manually sync, very nice. I honestly almost don’t even know what to type here…its just an amazing device. The internet is nothing short of amazing – full browsing, just amazing. So…maybe I’ll have more updates later, but Virgil just got into town and we are on our way out for the evening. ***This phone is nuts. Done and done. ******Yeah, the pop3 email problem that other people are having issues with…so am I. This is an issue!!

Vignelli’s All Over Print!!!

I am by no means a design history expert. All us self-taught kids learn at our own rate. I just stumble upon designers, read up on them, get inspired and retain what I find most interesting about them. There’s nothing worse than super crazy fanatics….”like you don’t know such and such…your not a designer?!?!” I read this article a while back in the superior Bene magazine that highlighted the Vignelli’s. When you look through their portfolio its one of those “aha” moments for sure. I’ve always liked the NYC subway signage, A+U magazine layout, the American Airlines Logo, the Knoll branding and this stackable plastic cups when I was a kid…and yeah, that’s all them. The husband a wife duo are still at it too. Each one, teach one…

This iPhone…not sure.

Yeah, I’m sure everyone wants to read yet another piece of writing regarding the iPhone. I mean, I guess all things aside – its pretty damn amazing to look at the animal, or monster, that Apple + public have created. This is really just insane stuff here – and while yes, its just a phone/gadget, it stands to make or break a lot of people and a lot of bank accounts at its launch. The effect on Apple stock could be pretty crazy – in either direction. So am I getting one? If you asked me 3-4 weeks ago it would have been a total no-brainer. I had to have it, period, no questions asked. My plan was to use a Blackberry during the day, then swap the sim into my iPhone for at night…that kind of a thing. I have been informed this cannot be done. And having an email app that only checks my messages every 15 minutes is a no-go for me. I love push email, one of those things I’d have a hard time giving up. So I guess that’s the deal breaker for me…its not a super, super powerful email device like Blackerry. Now, if Steve Jobs somehow gets the Blackberry gang to do a collaboration – that would be a whole different story. So I’m honestly pretty bummed – I really, really want the device… But 60-70% of my email is mobile – so its not looking good. ***Obviously the second after one of my friends gets it I’ll have to have it…but in the mean time I’ll be enjoying a Coors Light on Friday instead of waiting in line at Cingular.

New interview with Heron Preston…it’s a video!

Ahh…was kind of a long weekend, nice weather though and I can’t knock that. So I have been a Heron Preston reader for a while, not sure exactly when I started. Always was how Heron used the web to document his life…blogging + Flickr + YouTube. I have always tagged him as one of the people who truly understands self-branding and how to use it…plus he just has a fun blog to read. A member of what I’ll call ‘current-culture’ and someone doing something worth paying attention to. He just took a job at Naked Communications as a ‘Junior Strategist’ and we figured we should catch up with him before he gets too busy, ha. Thanks for the interview man – see you around, real-life and the internet. ***And yeah, this is our first video interview…! Let us know what you think about it. Email us or just throw the comments on the YouTube video page.

Melting Ice Cream in Chicago!!!

Another hot Thursday afternoon…this week is flying by. Last weekend I got a chance to kick it with Nino and crew as they were in town getting their Transworld Skateboarding Magazine on. It was cool to get a snapshoot into the professional skateboarding lifestyle 2007. Of course hotel room antics, watching videos, and running around different spots. More than that though, it was cool to see how the “work” end of being a skateborder pans out. Just like all other sports in that vein its all about producing while the camera and video is rolling, getting the shots for the magazine is job number 1. Those kids had every dope rail and skate spot in their sights within a 100 mile radius. No joke. Who new the handrail styles vary from coast to coast. It was kinda like big game hunting on 4 wheels. All a cool bunch of down to earth dudes. Check out the blog diary thing of them staying cool in the Chicago heat.

Saturn’s ‘Rethink’ campaign!

This post kind of came from the latest commercial they are airing on TV right now…they call it ‘Anthem’ on their site, check the link below. I need to be honest and say I’ve never been like ‘wow, I want a Saturn’ you know? But I do dig their branding, they’ve had pretty good marketing thru the years, and its funny cause I guess I never really thought of them as an ‘American Car Company’ because they don’t seem so bumbling like Ford or GM, etc. And they were always kind of an underdog, always like that. But yeah, I dig their new commercial – I hope its an action from them to actually start doing things different more than just a commercial to make us think they are. Their whole ‘rethink bling, rethink strength, rethink power’ in the commercial was well done I’d have to say – all in the context of car companies which are often quite played and boring. So yeah…that’s my post this AM, another beautiful day here in GR shaping up.