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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...

Music and some other stuff!

Hi! No, I’m not dead. I know I haven’t posted in a while either, or been very consistent with it. Ben sends me harassing emails about it too. I’ll get better, I promise. I just spent about a week and a half traveling. I was in Toronto and then New York. Both trips were great. Thanks if you came to see me speak at FITC or my gallery at Magic Pony, or came out to the Triple5Soul store in Brooklyn on Thursday night. ANYWAYS! I’m going to write about music, because I want to. Let’s start with the Crystal Skulls’ new album Outgoing Behavior. What a great album. You can listen to this over and over and not get tired of it, it’s a very smooth album. I got the new Tool album 10,000 Days. It’s Tool, so you know it’s technically incredible…no doubts there. As for the album itself, it doesn’t seem to be as great as past albums, but it is still good without question. Haven’t heard the new Pearl Jam yet, but I listened to a bunch of old Pearl Jam over the weekend and remembered how good they actually are. New Red Hot Chili Peppers single ‘Dani California’ is pretty fresh, and the video is great, so I’ll be checking that album out… No hip-hop in my little write-up today, mostly becase it’s all dried up and stale…that Gnarls Barkley stuff is pretty refreshing actually, Cee-Lo can sing too! Damn! Other than that, I’ve been listening to the best of Bob Dylan non-stop lately…Threw some older stuff on too today…Frodus’ And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea is such a good record…I’d definitely pick that one up if I were you. Then again, I’m not you, and you’re probably listening to Matchbox 20. Wah wah. Anyways, check the link below too for my favorite band when I was in high school. Yes, I’m serious.

We’re still alive!

Whoa! No posts in quite a while. Chuck’s on the road touring with his screamo band and I’ve been tending to my rare orchid garden. Just kidding…? Anyway, yeah, let me do another one of these posts. This whole ‘Second Life’ and virtual world gaming stuff is a bit weird to me, cool they are making money, but still weird. Where the hell is Sprint’s new Treo? I’ve been biking quite a bit lately, check for me in traffic. The big-wig got back to me, but it was a ‘no’. Still pretty amazing that he even fielded my proposal. I have a visitor in for weekend, they’ve never been to the Midwest, should be interesting. I heard DG got attacked by a rather large rat in the wee hours of an NYC night. I’m addicted to those Starbucks Frapp things in the glass bottles. Nice weather, finally. A real good friend of mine took a vacation from life and is currently 4 months into his travel around the world, very inspiring, shout to Johnny B. Speaking of traveling, I just watched ‘The Beach’ the other night, hadn’t seen it in a while, great flick. I gotta go to the airport in 1.5 hours. Lynx Air is an awesome company, google them. ABC’s ‘Lost’ is…enough to drive you crazy. I heard they are making all sorts of web sites that are mysteriously linked to the show. Unrelated, and they haven’t launched yet, but T3XTER.com is pretty nice. I go there too much, but Bar Divani just never gets old to me. Keep grinding, keep moving…we’ll start updating more next week.

Eric Elms!

I don’t really post up specific designers, or artist… We get a lot of emails on them and all that, but never really post them up. And me personally, I don’t always feel very educated in the whole scene…so you know you gotta walk on egg shells and all that. But whatever, I just like what I like. And I like what Eric Elms does. I love hand drawn illustration, I love that his stuff isn’t all ‘arty’ even though it truly is, I love the playfulness, the heritage his stuff seems to have – could last forever, I like how he has quite obviously hustled and fully understands the business aspect of things…he has done a lot at the age of 25. I have so much respect for that. Yeah. His stuff for Supreme is next level…wow. The stuff just gives a nostalgic feel of ‘downtown’ New York imagery…again, it has this feel of heritage. And the stuff he did for Rudy’s Barbershop…classic stuff, Rudy’s is perfectly executed…what’s up Alex? But yeah, Eric just did an interview with Being Hunted, a good one. We should have tried to do one. Either way, check it out at the link below, and check his site right here. Man, I’ve been eating those Babybel cheese things and drinking diet coke all day today.

Woodchuck, tonight!

I think Chuck posted on this before, but I wanted to follow-up on this. It’s tonight! And I’m totally not going to be there, kind of sucks. But the opening is going to be wild, so be there. Woodchuck is Eric Quebral & Chuck Anderson doing a joint show juxtaposing the organic wood working of Eric with Chuck’s overtly colorful aesthetic. Both Eric and my main man Chuck will be there…be sure to mess with Chuck since I can’t do it…cause, again, I couldn’t go. Yeah, check the link attached for all the official info. Shout to Clarence from DopeFiend.ca.

Kiplinger’s ‘How to Make a Million’...

I was at Borders last night because, well, I always go to Borders…but also because they finally reopened their new cafe as a Seattle’s Best Coffee, which I might add is very nicely designed and the cafe has very nice chairs and tables. Anyways, I’m looking through my usual stack of magazines, KING, Ebony, Hackers Quarterly, High Times, Pen World, and Kiplingers. Kiplinger’s had a great article on “How to Make a Million.” But it wasn’t about investing in stocks or winning it big in Vegas…actually, the headline for the article says ” You could marry rich, win the lottery, or, like these 12 people, have a goal and a plan for getting there.” I like that. The ‘Get Rich Quick’ thing is not a realistic perspective for 99.9% of people. The realistic perspective would be, like they said, having a plan and carrying out a dream or a vision for something. One of the most fascinating parts of the article is about the guys who started College Humor. 4 college kids with a good idea and now they’re expected to make, get this, $9 MILLION in profit in 2006. That’s unbelievable…very inspiring. Not trying to tell you to start a site that has fart jokes and girls gone wild videos all over it, but really, these guys just had a good idea and made it happen. Someone on del.icio.us linked THE BRILLIANCE one time and said we were a cool blog, but we were “wealth obsessed.” I thought that was kind of funny, kind of cool…but not true - it’s not about being wealth obsessed, it’s about being passionate about success and reaching dreams. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth. I love seeing other people be successful if it’s been done in a way that they wanted, not what others wanted for them. Or someone who brings themselves from nothing to something. That’s what this is about. Anyways, check the article linked below or go buy the magazine. GIVE ME THE GOLD, I WANT THE GOLD.

Viceland Rap!

Gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gold. I honestly like that ‘track’, anybody got it on the MP3? This little write-up here, which I had never read before, is perfect. I mean, I listen to hip-hop/rap and all that, but it pretty much all sucks. It’s not dead, it just sucks. That’s why I like all that ignorant screwed & chopped stuff by like Lil Keke and Slim Thug…it just is what it is. Talk about driving a nice car to the club, that’s it. Ehh…maybe that’s not entirely how I feel, but honestly who cares. So continuing…this dude ‘Macho’ is a funny, clever, and an on-point dewdski. Tell ‘em why you’re mad son, tell’em! Talks on everything from this whole Gnarls Barkley thing, making fun of Pharrell (I kind of liked the track), makes fun of Cam a little, and talks about how the south seems to be the only place to keep it punk-rock with the hip-hop. Bia bia!! This post wasn’t very good…but the article linked is, ch-ch-ch-check it out hip-hoppers.

VW, safe happens!

Had to do a quick post on this. 2 reasons why. One, I made a ‘snap’ post on the new Jetta when it first came out. While I’m not 100% into the design, the interior is fantastic even on the base models and the overall execution is great. Two, this new ‘Safe Happens’ commercial is great. I literally just saw it, jumped on my computer to make this post. Jetta is perfect at this whole ‘regular life’ commercial atheistic..honestly, its almost hard to describe, but they get it perfect in each commercial. I just loved the commercial. I wish I had a link to the video…couldn’t find it on their site or on youtube, so if you got a link to it hit us up. Just in case, the one I am referencing is the one where the two guys are driving and yakking about using the word ‘like’ too much….and then bam! That accident is wild how you see the airbags pop real quick…and the guys gets out like ‘holy…’ Simple thing, but I’m into it! That’s my post…time for dinner. ***New ink directly to the YouTube of the video…many thanks to Craig.

NYC Auto Show and me getting mad about it!

Cars, cars, cars…smog, fog, hog…the brilliance is a blog. What? Some fresh cars this year, as there is every year. Blah, blah… On problem with all the cars. The technology they use is ridiculously old. I’m going to get a little ‘weird’ and pop a few snaps about a situation that bothers both Chuck and I quite a bit. How is it, after all these years and the technology revolution…that cars still have pistons and use diesel or gas? Honeslty. Like…honestly! My cell phone can do everything a computer could do 4-5 years ago. But cars are, for the most part, the same. And oh snap, let me get all ‘MTV Rock The Vote’ on this…from articles I have read, we are spending $400 Billion to go to Mars??!?! You could buy everyone in the country a hybrid car for that much. Or at least distinctly change our direction as a country in terms of oil dependence and pollution. Our auto-makers here in the states suck, they lose money and create poverty when they close plants in small towns and out source over seas. Listen to me getting all mad here…ha. Honestly though…I’m not even trying to rely on our government to help us pursue a new direction for cars/transportation here in the states. It’s going to be a foreign company or some tiny ‘started-in-my-garage’ company that takes over the auto industry and helps us head in a new direction. But whatever, I’m uneducated on this stuff. So yeah…um, the NYC Auto Show. Check the slide show at the link below. That Saab Aero-X (bio-fuel) is still one of the more amazing cars out. So is the diesel E-Class. This post was weird; I can’t believe you read it.

Google, killing them softly!

My quick commentary on this. Google is killing them slowly. It’s so innocent how they do it, right? Just a simple search engine, then we’ll do this simple email thing with a bunch of storage, then we’ll do the best mapping/yellow-page type software you can imagine, then we’ll upgrade the email to work even better (AJAX), then we’ll launch a little calendar application…then the rumors about the ‘G Drive’ thing. So if they had all that and a simple word processing piece…what would the average computer user need Microsoft for? Honestly. Don’t come out with a whole new operating system…just grab the ‘low hanging fruit’ as they say. So yeah, this new calendar piece is pretty serious stuff. The ability to share your calendar is what makes it a killer. I know for a fact that we’ll see small companies start using this…and then they’ll grow, and still use it…that is what makes it so serious. Check the calendar thing…it’s simple and straight forward. But again, a very serious move by Google. Didn’t those dudes buy a 767 as their private jet? Amongst the other jets they already own?

Nothing to post!

I did like 3 post in one day last week. Where is all the ‘cool’ stuff to post about today? I don’t know. Somebody email us something cool to post about. No t-shirt companies, or art gallery shows or anything like that…something wild…like how you have fresh green grass growing all throughout your house instead of carpet or something. That would be nuts. Or just something really, really interesting. Maybe if you own/work for a private jet charter company or something you could email us and setup some free travel time to where ever we want and in exchange we’ll give you a ‘glowing’ review. Or maybe we could do something like a ‘Win a date with Benjamin from THE BRILLIANCE!’ Ha…how funny would that be? Or depressing if no girls entered…ha. Wow, this is a weird post. I’ll try and come up with something interesting to post in the next couple hours, or maybe not. Email us, hello@thebrilliance.com!