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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...

Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka!

I love brands. I mean, whatever, there are plenty of interviews with this guy…but man, I can’t quite get enough. This man defines business. Just so you know, real quick, I don’t use Macs. Doesn’t really work for me. But I did just buy a Nano. Anyway, Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka. I said it. He is one of the worlds most creative hustlers. He has people salivating over an image…over a feeling. And that feeling is for sale at various price points. Just wild. This post wasn’t really intended to state anything new or ground breaking…I just want to give the man the shine he deserves. But who cares about shine when you’re worth $3.3 billion, you move 6 million iPods in 3 months, and have other CEOs ‘catching feelings’ over your product releases…so classic. Did you hear the Motorola CEO say something like ‘screw the iPod Nano!’ Apparently he is mad because his ROKR phone (worst name ever) is super corny and no one is buying it?! I don’t know. Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka…and shout out to the cute girls working at my local Apple Store. Check this interview. ***I mean, how was I supposed to follow-up Chuck’s last post? I wish I was there with you, for real homie.

Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka!

I’m leaving for Mississippi in about 1 hour. Biloxi to be exact. I’m going there with a group of 16 other people from my church to help with hurricane relief and we’ll be gone for about a week. I don’t want to talk too much about this but I need to post it because I really want to ask everyone reading this to keep my group in your thoughts and prayers, along with everybody else still involved in recovery, evacuating, and general involvement with the whole mess. The organization we are working with is Samaritan’s Purse. Anyways…you won’t be seeing anything from me in the next week, you’ll have to put up with more hip-hop posts from Ben and listen to him talk about cell phones…but, shouldn’t be too bad…Ha. Kidding Benz0rtron. Going to be an intense trip..to say the least. Have a good week…enjoy Ben’s posts…

Google BlogSearch!!

I won’t lie. I like to read things about myself. After I spoke in New York a few weeks ago at SemiPermanent, I came home and spent a lot of time looking for reviews of the event and the speakers, hoping to find good writeups on my own. Especially since it was my first time public speaking. I don’t think you can blame me for that though, you know? I just wanted to see what people thought. I found some things here and there, mostly on the news sites, but what I really wanted was to know what people who attended it thought. The crowd. My fans…Ha…kidding. But I didn’t know how to really find that. All the blogs have weak search tools if you ask me, and a few days later I found this Google BlogSearch. I think it’s pretty new but if it’s not, so what. It’s fresh…Google is good. And great. Good and great. So anyways, this is a really powerful search that lets you search, specifically, people’s personal blogs. Want to see if someone is whining about how big of an ass you are because you dumped their friend and now it’s on their Livejournal? Google makes that possible. Need to know if somebody thinks your portfolio website is good or if it looks like absolute steaming hot garbage? Google BlogSearch. Yes, these are the best reasons I can think of for Google BlogSearch. But whatever. Check it out.

Jay-Z: Fade To Black, old news!!

On some messageboard, some bonehead was making fun of how and what we post, and said something about how we post old news. Well you know what? I thought, so? THE BRILLIANCE loves old news! It’s our new tagline. Not really, but still. Everyone wants the newest news but I say, it’s OK to review or talk about something that happened or was news a while ago. This isn’t even that old, but if I didn’t put this disclaimer in, fools would say “That dude is NOT up on the freshest news.” So anyways, now that I’ve taken up half the post with my rant…I just watched the Jay-Z “Fade to Black” DVD for the first time the other night. And I really ‘got it’. I really understood after watching it why Jay is the powerhouse artist and executive that he is. The people there had the same passion for him and his music that people back in the 60’s had for the Beatles. Screaming and obsessing, happy and honored to be there…It was the same thing, only for the hip-hop world. I just found it really inspiring and wanted to post about it. If you haven’t seen it, at least go rent it and check it out. It’s so cool to see behind-the-scenes stuff, ESPECIALLY stuff like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Kanye showing Jay their beats for the first time. I told Ben it’s like these producers show up with a big bag of tricks and go through them one by one until Jay was like ‘that’s it man. That’s it.’ The inspiration though is what got through to me. The time, consistency, determination, effort, and passion it took to get from Marcy to Madison Square should be influential to anybody who is trying to be successful and get their name out there - not just in music and rap, but anything creative. THE BRILLIANCE. We love old news.

2006/2007 BMW M3!

I don’t particularly like BMW’s all that much. Too many ‘dudes’ driving around in a 3 series acting like ‘top-level’ executives…come on buddy, valet parking doesn’t make you a baller. Either way, the M3 on the other hand is a staple in performance based sports cars. It’s almost iconic. It’s also the only car that looks good in ‘Tick’ blue. Remember The Tick? Say it’s not the same color! So apparently the new M3 will be dropping here in the next year and the link below has some spy shots. It looks pretty sharp, but BMW seems to be losing those hard-edge lines that gave them such instant brand recognition. But I’ll be honest; the rear of the new M3 is fresh, very aggressive stance. Good look. And it’s still very M3; V8, 420hp and my favorite – SMG transmission. I sound like a gear head here…trust me I’m not. The M3 is classic.

NASA: To the moon! ME: So?

For real…what the hell are they going to do on the Moon that they didn’t do last time? I saw the artist rendition pictures of what the lunar capsule will look like, and it’s the same as the one we used 30+ years ago. Honestly, they say they will gain a better understanding of what it will take to put a crew on the surface of Mars. Look, maybe I am just getting ‘old’ and I’ve lost my imagination…but what for? What is on Mars? If this stuff was privately funded it would be a little more exciting because it would be out of someone else’s pockets and strictly done by an account of their ambition, not the tax payers. Sorry, I didn’t want to bring politics into this. But it’s going to cost $100 billion. Come on man…$100 billion? If someone did it privately it would be so much cooler, and a terribly lavish/decadent expenditure by the person/group that made it happen…which is the American way. Ha…wow. I’m sorry, I made a hater post. This Kanye Live @ Abbey Studios is just nuts, get it.

Crack Berry, the Treo 700w!

Yes…I am a fiend for these ‘smart phones.’ I admit it…again. So it’s actually really official this time, the new Treo 700 will be running Windows Mobile. Which is really wild…that’s like an iBook running windows. Endgadget, as always, has the jump on everyone by having an actual working model in their possession to play with. I am really interested in how they get these exclusives. Take a look at the pictures shown at the link below…I have to say, it is quite nice. This phone represents a great possibility of surpassing the Black Berry. It looks so crisp too, just clean lines, cool color, nice keypad, big crisp screen. I need this phone, for real, I need it. So is it going to be on Sprint?! I have a meeting in a few and I need to hit the corner store for some Skittles and a Diet Coke, I’m out.

Mark The Cobra Snake & Dopefiend!

Yeah, yeah, yeah…you already knew cause every other blog already posted this. But check the new Mark The Cobra Snake interview on Dopefiend. Dude is a niche-culture icon, all from the ground up…I love what Mark does, his whole aesthetic, his process, the pictures, the girls always around him…Yes sir, a cool-ass dude for real. Check the interview where he covers everything from the blondes vs. brunettes, the cobra snake lifestyle, being lonely and how sea foam is the new color this season. A big shout out to Mark the Cobra Snake, fools know what’s up. Check the picture with myself and Mark at a wild party in NYC…the alcohol was free and now I’m on The Cobra Snake…what can I say. And no, my face doesn’t always look like that, ha. ***Oh yeah, we interviewed the Snake Man a while back, read it here.

Lost!

You have to believe me when I say I don’t get into TV shows. For real, I don’t. I even cancelled my cable (brought it down to basic) just so that I wasted less time on the sofa doing nothing. But this show ‘Lost’ has me. The production, the writing, the whole vibe, the genius-like ability to create mystery and ‘scariness’ out of the seemingly ordinary…even the acting is decent. I’m really into it. And one of the best things about Lost…it’s not a reality show! For real, its contrived, its not real, its got people stranded on a remote island, all the makings of a entertaining non-reality show. Plus how fresh is the opening credit part when the logo rolls in with those tense horns hitting crescendo? Very nice touch. A big shout out to TV on this post.

MocoLoco!!!

I’m browsing around MocoLoco.com looking for fresh news to steal and post on here, and then it hit me. Everything on the damn site is fresh. I would say 99% of what MocoLoco.com reports and posts on their site is incredibly interesting, and the other 1% is still probably pretty interesting. Everything that is new, innovative, contemporary, and, for the last time, fresh, with homelife, product design, and architecture, MocoLoco has locked down. Sinks, homes, stairs, lamps, silverware, glassware, boats…All beautifully designed and intriguing product design and pure creativity right here. THE BRILLIANCE loves MocoLoco and I like these cinnamon sugar Quaker Oats granola bars I bought the other day.