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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...

Annual Creative Industry Salaries!!

Nobody likes to talk about money, but then again, everybody loves to talk about money. Nobody will tell you what they make, but they have no problem waving their new panther skin purse in your face while they drive away in their gold plated 2009 Hummer to the bank. Did that make sense? Was that a joke? I don’t even know. Anyways, Coroflot.com, an online creative job board and search is currently conducting their annual creatives salary survey. It’s anonymous, so you don’t need to worry about letting everyone know you only pulled out with $3,382.24 this year, but still. Just interesting. I really like seeing what other people make in certain fields similar to my own, and also what people make in general. In any field. We should do an anonymous salary survey. THE BRILLIANCE X SALARY X SURVEY. Or not. But either way, an interesting look into the money side of creativity for anyone interested. And if you aren’t interested? Get off my website and go do a pushup.

Tony Starks – Be Easy!

Needed a music post…and who better than Sir Ghostface? I like this track quite a bit…glittery beat, heavy sampling, classic Ghost flow – but some how more articulate than he usually is. Is Mr. Carter pushing him harder? Speaking of that, I am waiting for the official Jay and Ghost track…I hope to see this one day. So yeah, this track is classic ghost and it is thankfully missing any appearances from the Theodore Unit. Sorry, but I just don’t feel those guys, they pale compared to Ghost…but Superb was that dude! Check the track at the link below (Real Player required) thanks to the best hip-hop site, allhiphop.com. Does ghost say ‘whodi’ in this song? Ha… ‘…tell your crew to be easy! running around with the fake frowns, sell ‘em on ebay…’

Clever Homes, more prefab!

These just make too much sense. So modular and customizable…and cheap. I’m not sure I’m feeling the name ‘Clever Homes’, but it’s easier to get past this when you see there designs. Quite nice. Heavy use of glass panels and hard edges which is both a good and bad thing…If you’re looking at constructing one of these in the middle of no where, or on an island in middle of no where, it is quite difficult to the needed glass shipped there…but whatever. These guys, Clever Homes, are based out of Cali and have a great site that has a good amount of information and a great little flash thing that shows one of their homes being built in 35 days. Wow. Thanks to Michael for the link on this. ***Maybe ‘cheap’ wasn’t the right word. These are beautiful, but for a more cost effective solution check these guys.

Homedics Shiatsu Massager!!

A little history lesson for everyone. In 7th grade I was in track&field. Keep in mind that was 8 years ago. I did the high jump and one day in practice, I went over the bar and SNAP! Cracked a vertebrae all the way through. 3rd from the bottom vertebrae to be exact. Hurt bad but couldn’t do anything about it, had to let it heal on its own. So? So…I have a bad back. And I’m 20 years old. Add to that the fact that I work at the computer for a living…So I’ve contemplated buying one of those crazy expensive massage chairs but didn’t really want to drop $2K+. Then one night I went to Walgreens and they had this massage cushion thing, so I gave it shot thinking it would probably suck…but…Wow…works like a real massage chair, is only $100, and feels great. And I use it more than I’m supposed to. I bought mine on Amazon.com so that’s the link I’ll give you. Bad back or not, if you want to sit at the computer and get a massage at the same time, get this thing and save yourself some money. Very minimal and basic settings, but it works incredibly well if you’ve got knots like a little kids shoes in your back.

Moncler Puff!

I got put on to this brand a couple years ago while surfing BlueFly. I liked it then, but I’m really feeling it now. Too bad they aren’t all cheap on BlueFly any more. Either way, Moncler is an Italian outwear label that focuses on skiing jackets. They do really incredible ‘puffer’ jackets as we call them. Incredible colors and even better fits. Real slim ‘puffer’ jackets rather than the ones from North Face that I think are too bubbly. I feel like I can’t bend over to tie my shoes with those things on…I might pop. Moncler also has one of the more classic logo’s I have seen in a while…embroider on felt pad. Fresh. THE BRILLIANCE is into Moncler right now. Also…our server has been up and down today. Big shout out to our hosting company on that…uh.

Bun-B interview…!

I like Bun-B. His CD is dropping soon. It’s called ‘Trill’. You should buy it and put it on your iPod or whatever. Good interview right here, talks about a little of everything including collaborations on his CD which include a track with Talib which is kind of wild, left field. Some other interesting points as well. I mean…it’s not like, and incredible article. This post was made cause I haven’t made one in a while and I want to give Bun-B some shine. That’s assuming he needs shine from a ‘blog’ site that posts about facial cleansers and stuff. Read the article. His CD drops on the 18th of October. I’m out for the night…catch me sipping that Effen Black-Berry straight-up on the rocks.

OMG NYC Real Estate!

Round 3 for these. I’m dedicating this to the Upper East side. Cause I feel like it. ONE - $2.7m, one of cheapest in the area (whoa)…But look at those windows and ceilings man! I love the ‘hard’ edges and corners along with the contrast of the black trimmed windows. I don’t know…just that perfect modern regal feel. TWO – I don’t like looking at computer plans for a building, doesn’t connect as much. But this place is on point. The bathroom is classic, reminds me of the bathrooms @ the Venetian in Vegas. I like this place…has that new building smell. THREE – Museum status. Look at the hallway (pictured)…perfect. This one is considerably more expensive…and it needs to be pictured with a little less furniture. I would go crazy minimal. I love the ceiling style in this one. That was my favorite one by far. That’s it for this round. When you go to any of these open houses tell them we sent you, ha. And no, I don’t buy real estate in these price ranges yet.

Kiehl’s, cucumber status!

I love brands with tons of heritage. Kiehl’s is certainly on of these brands. I personally used Anthony Logistics for a long minute before I got my huge box of Kiehl’s product that was in the VIP gift bags @ Semi Permanent this past weekend. Huge shout out to everyone from Happy Corp for the hookup this past weekend. Anyway… I’m feeling this stuff. Huge variety of products, some of which I can’t pronounce. Like the little jar of Abyssine…I had no idea what it was for until I hit up their site, ha… But yeah, huge variety of products, I particularly like the cucumber stuff. That’s gangster right there man, cucumbers dog…cucumbers. Don’t knock my cleanliness, word to Slick Rick! Plus all the bottles look so fresh in my walk-in shower, all lined up. But honestly, they have good stuff, and really cool stores as well. Go buy some, THE BRILLIANCE said so.

Jim Jones in Mass Appeal!

First off…I’m going to start posting more. A lot more hopefully. That’s just what’s up….anyway. Jim Jones. Love what this dude is doing, so…new. His interview in Mass Appeal is superb as well. Mass Appeal takes him to get a facial at some posh spa in Manhattan and proceed to do the photo shoot and interview while he is getting ‘slathered with moisturizer and seaweed’ by three polish women…James Bond status. The photo shoot is really fresh man, props to Mass Appeal…Jim is so photogenic. But what stood out the most with me are the comments Jimmy made about a young Harlem kid who wanted to work with him but didn’t rap or sing. Jim offered him a job as an assistant / driver for all his daily transportation needs…Jim then went on to explain in detail to this young lad that the Dips as a business are always using an outside driver service for artists/execs/employees/etc and that he should start his own driver service and in-turn he would get all that business. Maybe I am too easily amused, but that is business right there. Jim is doing pretty incredible things as a true business man in the industry. I don’t necessarily like all his music, or everything he has to say…it’s quite insightful to listen to things like this. The rest of the article is good as well. ’…on 45th and Broadway!...’

Dream Hotel – NYC!

Just stayed there for 3 nights this past weekend for Semi-Permanent 05… I’d have to say, not to be rude, but I wasn’t expecting all that much. These NYC hotels spend crazy money on their lobby’s and bar’s but nothing on the rooms which are often way too small – Hudson. Dream was different…check in was smooth, the two-floor tubular coral fish-tank is just crazy, the huge back-lit murals on each floor are a very nice touch, the room treatments are great – the floor-lighting, the flat-screens, lit desk, great bathrooms with the dual shower-head, what else…the apples on your pillow at night are an interesting touch. Also…the lobby has some weird decoration vibes. Seems like they are trying to have random objects and themes similar to how dreams always have weird juxtapositions and all that. The concierge dude was classic…kind of rude, but helpful I suppose, you could tell he was all about having a job where he can be a condescending New Yorker…funny stuff. I would recommend staying here, the rooms are huge, I like that. If you stay in 201 you can jump from the big dresser all the way onto the bed…but I think we broke the one bed closest to the door doing this. Ha. ***Calling themselves ‘Hautel Couture’ is unbelievably corny, sorry.