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We’re really internet and we’re really back. A website about things Benjamin , Chuck , Virgil , and various friends & guests think are interesting. Little-to-no specific focus, a bit odd, speling errors, and incredibly culturally relevant.

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Big White Spacehip… Timbaland X Neptunes.

Apparently people hating on Pharrell only makes him stronger… This collaboration is bananas. Timbaland and the Neptunes doing a beautiful track together, what a combination. I honestly wondered if we would ever get a producer collaboration movement… This could be the start of it. This song is just perfect. Well, except Magoo. The Harmon/Kardon system gets turned down when his verse comes on. He has an embarrassing voice, but not near as embarrassing as getting caught listening to ‘Magoo’ all loud with your windows down. Pharrell does his thing (as usual) and I actually really liked Timbaland’s verses. Keep hating on Pharrell everyone, he just keeps getting better. This is just good music.

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Bape X Kaws… This is the remix.

Bape, bape, bape, bape. It’s almost out of control, but this is what ‘hype’ brands are supposed to be about. This particular collaboration is just FANTASTIC. The newer bape-camo pattern mixed perfectly with one of the most famous Kaws characters. As Nigo said, bape-camo is the Louis Vuitton monogram of high-end street street-wear and pairing it with Kaws in such a classic and simplistic format makes you realize how powerful brand-collaborations can be. A full-zip hoody in this pattern would be perfect for your next church youth-group paint ball outing. Check eBay and Concept Shop.

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Alpine Creative Group…Masters of fine printing.

OK so, I got my business cards printed by these guys (What’s up Howie). How do I put this…They are better than the printer you used for your business cards/company stationary/emo band flyer. Put their work up to the thin, perforated-edged business cards your cousin used for his new graphic design “business” bought from Walgreens, and the difference is clear. Alpine Creative is, in my opinion, the only place to go if you want to have in your hand true quality printing. Their list of clients is enough to back them up. They’ve printed for AOL, Cartier, Mercedes-Benz, Lacoste, Sean Combs, David Letterman, and more. Nice samples of their work on the site.

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SVSV - Street luxury for the ninja in you.

In a nutshell, SVSV (Serum Vs Venom) is combining streetwear/urban fashion with high-end, luxurious materials and styling. Perfect. The concept is genius, the photos and vibe to the whole thing is fresh, and the black and white campaign artwork is beautiful. The site has these little circles that you can use to make the next hottest club beat if you move your mouse around fast enough in the right places, and there are all these sayings that Dave came up with one night while he went through a box of fortune cookies. Go to the site, check it out, breathe it in, and enjoy. Truly groundbreaking.

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Concept Shop… Pushing those Things.

The use of the internet at its finest. The team over at Concept Shop is THE go to site for getting everything limited from BAPE, Commes, Undercoverism, W)Taps, Number Nine, and anything else that kids talk about on niketalk.com but never actually buy. They have the whole INTERNATIONAL re-seller game LOCKED DOWN. No one else comes close. With bi-monthly updates that sell-out so quick it’s almost hard to believe. I’ve personally seen the better part of an entire re-up get sold out in about 6 hours. And this is not some $99 Karl Lagerfeld jacket at H&M, this is $300-$1000+ hoodies and $200 t-shirts. And they do it all with a 1992 Geocities-style website that is wild slow. You CANNOT knock their hustle. Get that money.

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Nelson Bench… Buy one.

We all love Ikea. Don’t get me wrong, they got fresh stuff. But lets get our ‘classic’ on for a moment. The CLASSIC Nelson Bench from Herman Miller designed by George Nelson’s in 1946. That is old right there. Minimal design is something that very few can actually pull-off. This is a shining example of PERFECTION. $650 for a wood bench? Yes, and it won’t get you any girls, but neither did your corny $350 Nike Dunks. Buy one of these and stop fronting with those lawn chairs you have in your dorm room. In fact, drop out of college and buy a decent condo.

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The Hudson Hotel NYC… What’s really good?

Philippe Starck, fresh hotel right here. But lets get something out of the way. I have NEVER stayed in a hotel with rooms as small as the Hudson. I mean, wowzers. They should have bunk-beds…for real. Other than the crazy small rooms, it is brilliant. The whole vibe is perfect. The bar is nuts. The lighting and furniture treatments are perfect. The library with the pool table is sick too. The concierge, GREAT service. Is it worth the money? I would say yes.

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Take a vacation to Fiji. I’ll split it with you.

Tahiti, Fiji, Bora-Bora, Moorea. Any of them. We must be wired as humans to be mezmerized by islands and the whole idea of paradise. A trip to fiji is to travel like Louis Vuitton is to luggage. In fact, you should really only use Louis Vuitton luggage when traveling to fiji. I’ll be honest, I have never been to tahiti/fiji. It is my dream destination, I just haven’t made it happen yet. When I do, I have a feeling it may be using a one-way ticket. WHY would you EVER want to leave a place that looks like that? Flights will hit you for about $4750-$5000+ and you can only imagined how many hours. Thats why they keep making bigger ipods, for real, these flights are long. Water that is 16 different hues of blue, empty white beaches, and I am sure the girls that live there are fly.

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Benz CLS500… I’m not playing, I’m just saying…

Cars… Rolling in a Benz… What can I say… Driving a car you dropped plenty of $$$ on, pulling up to valet on your Ave of choice… Wow… Call me vain, but it’s just one of those things. The new CLS for Mercedes is an interesting car. I felt the need to share my thoughts on it. It’s hot, fast, expensive, brings attention to the owner, etc… But take a look at the design, we have something new here. The ‘saggy’ back, the beautiful inteior, the wheels, it really does set a new standard. My favorite car? Not at all. But I did feel it was worth a mention here.

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Chanel Rhinestone Sunglasses… Just something about these.

Chanel on a guy? RHINESTONES on a guy? Remember kids, wear the fashion don’t let the fashion wear you? That’s what’s really good. These (see link below) are what I’m talking about… Clean lines, classic designer, and just enough logo to make people hate on you. I’m thinking a pair of your favorite perfect-fitting distressed jeans (levis/helmut lang), sneakers of your choice (stan smith), a white t-shirt, and if your as perfectr as I am you would throw some sort of hoody on with this… And don’t go to the mall wearing this. Or just don’t ever to to the mall in general. This outfit is for events only. YESSIR!