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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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Konichiwa!!!

Man oh man I am stepping up my jetsetting game up. I have been m.i.a. in Asia for the last week in a half soaking up the experience of being in arguably the most influential city, Tokyo. To top it off the people I am meeting….sheesh 2 days ago we bumped into then had an impromptu meeting with Hiroshi Fujwara, ran into the girl a couple posts down Lindsay Lohan at Wendys and did the last miute backstage sidestep into front row at Beyonce first show of her tour in front of 30,000 people all like it was nothing. The things I am seeing are on one of those 6-8 month information time lags too. You know I am gonna blow it out once these things happen but everyone has to wait. I would hate to ruin some surprises. But seriously this is one of those life changing trips and I suggest everyone blows out their vacation time and remembers how unimportant keeping your daily routine can be…lobby call in 10 mins, gotta get ready…

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Blackberry + GQ + Lohan!

I usually don’t buy GQ…or rather, I haven’t in a while…but I was at my local grocery store – the D&W in Gaslight Village and I figured why not, maybe they’ll be some good reading. Lucky I did – cause they did this fresh ‘concept interview’ with Lindsay Lohan… While it didn’t turn out amazing or anything – it was a great concept and execution. The idea was simple: give Lindsay Lohan and the interviewer each a Blackberry and simply print a transcript of their conversations, questions asked, etc…everything. Even how long the responses took. Really pretty brilliant. And of course it they had Terry Richardson to the spreads…that dude…I wonder if he ever imagined working at the level he is at now?! Anyway…good stuff, thumbs up to GQ for the cool concept.

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Jay-Z on Nightline!

Been a while since I did a Jay-Z post…Jay did a cool interview on Nightline with Martin Bashir - I’m actually not sure when it was, somewhat recent, and it’s posted up on YouTube. If you read our site often you’ll know I’m (chuck and Virgil too) quite a big fan of Jay…on all the different levels – music, business, inspiration, trend-setting, etc. Interviews like this one and the 60 Minutes are always fun to watch…catch that inside glimpse…or what Jay convinces us is an inside glimpse. Good stuff. Cool to see Martin Bashir ask the ‘tougher’ questions…about the ‘hova’ name and quoting ‘Big Pimping’ lines…I’ve wondered myself what his answers would be. PART 1 (same as link below) & PART 2

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Randomzzz!

Spring time…or not? It’s like 30 degrees here today, no joke it was 75+ last week! What happened? Speaking of what happened – can I get even just one decent hip-hop track? Seriously, everything is terrible. Although that new UGK ‘International Players Anthem’ is pretty good. So I’ve been using Treo’s for like 3+ years – time to switch to Blackberry? There is this new candy out called ‘Sweet Tart Ropes’ – a-ma-zing, seriously, really good. What about girls? Dear downtown Grand Rapids arty-indie-cobrasnake-hipster-type-girls, I see you walking in Heritage Hill – where do you go on the weekends?! I’ll be at Bar Divani enjoying their amazing new lobster-baked-potato thing, swing by. I got some new jeans, and true story, they are so fresh I can’t even write them up here cause I don’t want to blow up the spot, do some research. People are still starting new streetwear blogs? What do you think will replace email? Seriously, I was thinking – like, will pop3 be around in the next 5 years? Speaking of technology – funny how images are the new focus, like soooo web 3.0. What will be the next funny internet trend? ‘Sad Crab’ is still pretty hilarious, check it. Will DayJets change the way we travel at all? Will it kill first-class? Man, I seriously love ping-pong – what a fun ‘sport’. Well…I think that will do it, have a splendid day everyone. ***I added a new feature to scrimg, called ‘words’…so instead of ‘tags’ they are…you know, words. Ha…

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Oakley Frogskins!!!

I am glad the retro phase we’re still in didn’t die without the Oakley Frogskins getting their due justice. This red flagship model revived by Supreme is a lesson in collaboration. I still have my clear plastic smoked lens ones on my dresser. I remember going to the mall, checking out those bulletproof super 90’s shaped Oakleys and NEEDING a pair of these Frogskins shades. They were a vital part of that laid back BMX culture. Very Ray-ban classic, but Body Glove hip with the wild color combos. Smart move Oakley. Good thinking Supreme.

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scrimg.com!

So I hadn’t personally coded anything in a long time…was starting to feel like all I was doing as of late was consulting, pitching, meetings, etc…I’m not mad about it, its all really good stuff. But I wanted to do something new…scrimg.com. It’s actually a super-simple site…not really ground-breaking, or maybe it is. Basic idea: just like those other photo sharing sites, you can upload a jpg and share it on a form, send to a friend, whatever, etc. Except with scrimg.com you can see where it’s actively being shared, how many times its been viewed, which images are most popular, and you can text it to a phone…yeah. And you don’t have to login to upload stuff. The whole front page is kind of like a ‘Digg’ type model for images on the net, which are most popular – and then a freshly uploaded area too. I mean, really I did this cause Chuck and I are addicted to funny internet pictures, seriously. O rly, I can has, do not want, etc…all the classics. Ha. So check it out and upload something!! ***It’s beta so it might not work perfect…GIFs don’t work I don’t think, embedding on myspace doesn’t work (YET! I got a fix coming!)…and yeah, could be some other weird errors as well. But hey, I programmed the whole thing myself over a couple days. I got a bunch of other stuff I’m doing too…

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Andrew Bird!!!

I’ve been missing out for a while on Andrew Bird, only recently discovering his beautiful new album Armchair Apocrypha…but better late than never. Probably the most fascinating thing about Bird’s music is the story behind the musician himself and the instruments he plays. Violin, glockenspiel, and guitar combined with a very unique style of whistling and a great voice that “...has been compared to such eminent company as Jeff Buckley, Thom Yorke, and Rufus Wainwright, but has a quality all its own.” (Source). And his lyrics? Intense doesn’t really do his lyrics justice… I love the opening song on the new album, “Fiery Crash”... Describing how basically you don’t get on a plane anymore without thinking of 9/11… just really interesting subject matter and words that he chooses. The Amazon review’s first line says “Strip away the music of an Andrew Bird song, and you’re left with brilliant prose (“across the great chasms and schisms and the sudden aneurysms”), vignettes about mentally fending off plane crashes, infiltrating characters like the kings of Macedonia and Lou Dobbs, and titles such as “Yawny at the Apocalyspe.” I’ve got to check out some of his older albums now too…from what I’ve read they’re equally great. Perfect cover too… What if his last name was Lobster instead? Andrew Lobster.

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New Interview: Cool Kids!

Ahh…Sunday hang-overs…still lingering at 4:39PM. Not a good look…but what IS a good look is our new interview with Chicago’s own Cool Kids. Call them what you want, hipster-hop, old-school, genre-new, or whatever – they are fresh, and I dig them. And even more so after Virgil and I partied at Underground with their manager, my man Curtis, and Mikey himself – dancing on tables and everything, ha, I love it. They are truly stars in the making…at least I think they are. Anyway – yeah, check the interview…really good stuff. Check their music as well – I swear, its just so refreshing and fun. Not talking about ice and cars, etc…just good old ‘lets have fun and party’ music. Yeah, much needed. Check for an INDISTR.com release from them soon as well (what, you think I wouldn’t try and work that angle? Ha.) Hope everyone had a good weekend – I did. ***Shout to Curtis and Shannon for helping get this interview together!!

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Triscuits - Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil!!!

My gosh. Seriously. My new favorite snack. You have to buy some of these…I hear the Rosemary and Olive Oil ones are great too. That’s really what I hear, everyone’s saying it. To top it off I bought some fresh mozzarella…goes perfect. That is all. That’s my whole post.

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Holga Cameras…they’re plastic and huge!

These things are too cool. While vacationing this past weekend my friend (who is neck-deep into photography) pulls out this huge crazy looking all plastic camera…that weighed like next to nothing. It’s was a Holga without a flash. ‘Holga’...does it get any more German? Actually really well designed or over-designed perhaps – like the super chunky classic German-engineered setup, seriously, love it. What’s really wild about them though is the super trippy pictures they take…which are in medium format. Check the Wikipedia link below for examples or search Flickr – but basically they are totally over saturated with color, while looking kind of blown-out at the same time…the results just remind me of what I think the early 70s would have felt like, ha – maybe not. Either way, I took a whole roll, haven’t gotten them developed yet but I’ll post the results on our Flickr page.