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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...

Google Earth!...and just Google in general!

These guys… Who knew they would change the way we viewed the internet (literally) and would have a stock price over $300?! Ridiculous, congrats to these guys…they represent the new economy and the new way business will run. Any damn way, Google Earth is incredible. When I was first reading about it I didn’t fully grasp what it could do…but after reading Wired Magazine’s write up on it I have officially changed my mind. It will truly be the conduit between the internet world and the physical world. Now that is some corny sci-fi type stuff, but for real. Basically it’s Google Maps in an international format spread across a true-to-size 3d globe. But this time you can import Excel documents with addresses and various other custom bits of information that can be both displayed and shared with other users in real-time. Crazy stuff like real time charts of where buses are, where flights are, etc. Too wild. So yeah, that’s the nerd post for the day. Or the week.

Deep Thoughts, again.

I will be leaving town for a few days, taking a vacation of sorts with some friends until Monday. While I am on my trip and unable to post new, exciting tidbits of life here on THE BRILLIANCE, you will be blessed with the exclusive posts that Ben makes. Anyways, a few deep thoughts before I go…

·I got my pass for Lollapalooza in Chicago this year. Unfortunately, there are really no bands I’m interested in seeing besides M83 and maybe The Pixies. Other than that, I’m bored to death.
·Since we started THE BRILLIANCE, we have gotten hooked up with a lot of good people who have sent us a lot of cool stuff, mostly t-shirts, and I love it. So, thanks.
·You must own at least one pair of Vans slip-ons no matter who you are
·Phil Frost has an exhibition from July 16th - August 27 at the Blk/Mrkt Gallery.
·We got a ton of emails in response to the post I made about Kimou of Grotesk. Seriously, we did. He has a ton of friends
·Ben told me he might start wearing Vandals instead of Stan Smiths. This is big…Post this on your blog and tell a friend.
·My cable bill is $44.35 a month

That is all I can think of for now. Happy early 4th of July.

Tom Cruise… ...?

I mean, congratulations on bagging Katie Holmes, I can’t front on that. But honestly, I give this dude 10 years…max. He will be a complete nut case. While I don’t read tabloids or anything, I do read Page Six, check Getty, and try to follow pop-culture to a certain extent…and if you are the same, you would most likely agree with me, Tom Cruise is slowly slipping off the edge of reality. I’m sorry to knock Scientology, but yo, a dude who writes science fiction books started the religion…! Am I the only one who see’s this?! That’s like the plot to some funny-ass movie right there. But yeah, you got Tom Cruise talking about aliens and that ‘we are not alone’ in interviews (CNN) right after he stars in War of the Worlds. He’s taking his work home with him for sure. Jumping on sofas on Oprah…I don’t care how famous he is, let him put those size 5 ½ cowboy boots on my sofa, I’d rock his legs like Charlie Murphy did to Rick. Making his girlfriend switch over to his religion and constantly making out in public?! The list goes on… He was always a little creepy in interviews, but for real, he is going crazy. You read it here on THE BRILLIANCE! first. Top Gun was dope though.

New VISIONAIRE Toys!

Alright, first off, I don’t like the whole toy thing. Chuck and I ‘argue’ about this often, its pretty funny actually. I mean, I like Kaws stuff, but all that other stuff wierds me out a bit. But Visionaire’s new toys are pretty sick. This is round two for them. The first ones featuring Marc Jacobs and some other sold out crazy quick, I can only imagine these will do the same. The basic idea… a blank template is given to select designers and they can do whatever they see fit. Check the Helmut Lang one…the taxi cab, wild! So fresh, and the Emilio Pucci and Gucci ones are pretty incredible as well. Limited to 2500 for each set and you can buy them directly off the site. Check it!

Adam Cvijanovic’s glacier paintings!!

I almost didn’t do this post because I got so frustrated trying to type this guys’ last name, I almost just quit computers all together. Anyways, Adam is an artist from New York and bascially, he paints big glaciers. It might not sound that fancy, but…these are some BIG paintings. Huge. Enormous, full wall sized paintings. And they are absolutely, unbelievably gorgeous. Not only artistically beautiful, but scientifically beautiful as well since these aren’t just guessed visions of what a glacier might be like, these are researched and accurate depictions. Very inspiring.

IKEA’s new Lund Hogen

I want to work in Ikea’s Naming Department! If they had a big mirror or something I would name it: ‘REFLEKON’ …with a bunch of those dots over the letters, you know? Anyway, Ikea’s new Lund Hogen which comes in both the classic beige and red is similar to the Karlanda, a personal favorite of mine, in its shape but it has these beautiful new galvanized steel legs. I love it. For me, Ikea usually comes really close but misses out on one or two things with most of their pieces…not on this one. It’s the complete package. And it’s only $399!? Super low prices, hopefully the quality matches the design as they did with the Karlanda. I’m seeing this on a polished concrete floor or some of that super thin bamboo flooring. THE BRILLIANCE! loves Ikea. Thanks to Josh Rubin for reminding me to check Ikea’s site.

Nike SB apologizes to Minor Threat!

This is a very, very good move on Nike’s part. Really says a lot about their maturity and integrity to have apologized to Minor Threat and Dischord. If you didn’t know what was up, Nike SB had a skate tour they dubbed “Major Threat” and rehashed the cover of Minor Threat’s famous 1984 self-titled album for the tour poster artwork. It really irked a lot of people because it was done so without Minor Threat/Dischord’s permission. The only thing I’m not sure about is Nike SB claiming a bit of ignorance. I mean, how could they not realize this would be a problem. Honestly…Anyways, respect to Nike SB for taking the right approach to this, and more respect to Minor Threat/Dischord for, well, being Minor Threat and Dischord. Click the link below for Nike’s full apology letter. Also, Nike SB: If anyone from there is reading this, please take my suggestion and do a skate tour based off of either a Gorilla Biscuits cover or a Cat Stevens cover. OK!

Motorola Franklin!

Another fresh cell that won’t drop for like 2 years! For real, what’s the deal with things taking forever?! Basically this phone is like a RAZR version of the Blackberry in terms of how it looks…come on, that’s what’s up. It will run the new Windows mobile 5.0 and doesn’t have a touch screen. I personally like that. I am a one-handed user of my Treo all the way. It has all the needed features…1.3mp camera, 128mb of memory, miniSD slot, big color screen, ‘push’ email, etc… I just want it you know? This one could actually replace my Treo. So Motorola, if you need some testers, let us know…THE BRILLIANCE! will make it official. Thanks to Engadget on this one.

M-M-M-MAUI! And I’m back!

I mean, I could try and put it into words…unreal. I just landed back at my condo and after some of those new boneless buffalo wings from KFC it’s really setting in that I got to spend about 9 days in a straight up paradise. So unreal. Getting off the jet to an open-air airport with view of lush greens mountains covered with clouds…palm trees everywhere…man. I took it all in, stayed busy seeing everything I could… Attended a beautiful 6am (whoa!) beach wedding, chased sea turtles on the reef at Polo beach, body surfing, body boarding, surfing (long board), the crater (cold!), diving into the Olivine Pools, Seven Sacred Pools in Hana!!!, the rain-forests of Hana, that bamboo forest in Hana!!!, Paia, Lahaina, Kihei, all the love we got in Haiku at that dudes house, little partying on Front street, sun sets at the condo, Napili bay (whoa!), all of Waliea…man, the list goes on. All I can say is…I will be back, and it could get serious. Sorry for the quality, these were taken on the fly with my Treo.

Deep Thoughts with ½ of The Brilliance.

·Ben is coming home from Hawaii tomorrow and he learned how to surf and said he might bring back an entire palm tree.
·We spent just $300 to buy thebrilliance.com
·Anyone else seen those OP (Ocean Pacific) ads in almost every damn magazine around? They are…not good.
·“Neck of the Woods” by Baby and Lil’ Wayne is currently one of my favorite songs.
·I saw a girl wearing JNCO mammoth fit jeans at the mall.
·A Silent Flute is one of my favorite blogs because he’s the only one besides us that will step their game up and write things that are actually interesting and funny.
·Too X Many X Collaborations X That X Nobody X Cares X About.

That’s about all I had on my mind today.