The Brilliance!


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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Real-time Emergency & Disaster info service w/ Google Maps!?!

The RSOE HAVARIA Emergency and Disaster Information Service is “a real-time map plotting radio distress signals from the National Association of Radio-Distress Signaling and Info-communications.” (Source: BoingBoing). So basically, if you want to really depress yourself, spend an afternoon playing God and looking down on the Earth, able to pinpoint every horrific disaster happening that very moment! Fantastic! So like…right now…oh - look…damn…there was just an animal attack in Madre de Dios, Peru! Oh - and there - a biological hazard in Nograd County, Hungary! What a feeling, sitting here in my safe little apartment behind my computer, unable to do anything about the terrible things happening around the world. I’m just sitting back like a fly on the wall watching it all happen. Hmm… All depressing sarcasm aside, let me make it very clear that I think this is a pretty fascinating utilization of Google Maps and technology in a forward-thinking way. Pretty unbelievable…Check out the full list of what all the icons mean. Bioterror, cold waves, fire storms, hailstorms, plagues, tsunamis…sheesh… Oh look - a blip on the map up in Grand Rapids…it looks like…wait…could it be? I gotta go…Ben lost the stylus for his Treo…crap…

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Definitely taking the initiative in using Youtube to build an audience. Just Blaze, Hip Hop producer extraordinaire, is not letting up with the awesome behind the scenes footage on JBTV. The latest installment is the making of that new Nike Air Force commercial. Tapping into Nike’s the endless and wisely spent advertising budget, Just Blaze works with concert master Sandy Park, conductor Rob Mathes and a studio full of strings to create an epic instrumental. The collaborative talk between Just and Rob is so interesting. Rob seems very Hip Hop by the sessions end. Gotta love it when different genres collide and mean something at both ends. Testament to what a real collaboration is all about. Stay tuned to JBTV.

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My new Ultimate Ears Super.Fi Pro 5’s!

Long name right? So I made this post a while back about wanting a custom pair…while I haven’t pulled the trigger on those quite yet I am fortunate enough to be the new owner of a pair of the Super.Fi Pro 5’s…the dual driver ones. So yeah…they are really, really good, that’s pretty much all that can be said. Very good in the mids and highs. Like you’ll read anywhere else on the net, getting them to properly ‘seal’ is the key to good sound…and once you do its quite buttery. In fact I’m listening to this crazy drum and bass Robocop remix on my iPod right now with them, sounds amazing…shout to Nat from ASF for sending me this track like a year ago. The build on these things is quite incredible as well…I have gone thru too many pairs of the Sony Fontopias, so these are very refreshing in their quality. I love the clear cord as well – cool touch. Another thing – people are always yacking how iTunes tracks are128kbps and you can really tell with a quality system – true indeed, you can hear nuances with these that I hadn’t heard before. Beautiful set of headphones. Oh yeah…be on the look-out for a little Ultimate Ears + INDISTR project here in the next couple months…yeah.

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So Long Silver!

I think it was around the time when DVD players were just breaking the scene is when all electronics switched over to silver. For a while there everyone had mismatched entertainment systems. So funny. My inspiration for this post comes from my new found desire for rubbery matte black gadgets. Call me weird, but enough of this silver and no more metal. I just switched my Motorola Q over to that rubberized black case and it makes a huge difference in how it looks and feels. Whoever suggested the rubber texture deserve a raise. When Apple released the Black Macbook I almost had a heart attack. You can’t deny its stealth design. And to round out this triplet, this new digi-camera I have my eye on, the Canon Powershot G7. It balances that line between a huge SLR and a trendy myspace camera. Bottom line is you can take a photo and still look like a serious photographer rather than a tourist. What’s even better is having all your gadgets match…call me superficial, and I’d probably agree. Whoops!

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What?! This is crazy…and I think it’s cool, although I haven’t totally made up my mind yet. So I always post various islands I want to visit someday, places that spark my imagination, places that inspire me to day-dream more often…etc. So I have to post on something like this…just have to. Here is the basic idea: It’s a web-based community where you can actually visit and/or interact with a real community of island dwellers in Fiji. Kind of like the movie The Beach except its each member of the real island is also a member of the web based community…and anyone can join the web-based community then become a tribe member, at various different levels, where they actually travel to and participate in the actual island experience. I’m making this sound super confusing. You’re best bet would be to check the site at the link below. I got the info on this from National Geographic’s Adventure magazine. Hmm…kind of a wild idea…what category should I have put this in?!

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Grizzly Bear, Yellow House!

I’m going to copy Virgil and stick with a short post here… Some music that’s ‘cool as a shop fan’ as my friend Bruce would say…Grizzly Bear. Everyone seems to describe them as multi-layered in their sound. I would have to agree, thickly melodic, smooth, relaxing… I almost hear a bit of The Beatles and maybe Radiohead in their stuff…maybe cause I listen to those groups too much. Anyway, I’m digging their album ‘Yellow House’…all on a suggestion from Chuck…thanks, I know I’m late.

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Monday Randoms!!!

They say today is the unhappiest day of the year. I don’t know who these ‘experts’ think they are, but if you are in Chicago or Indianapolis right now, it is most certainly not the unhappiest day of the year. First and foremost, in regards to the Bears and the Colts both winning on Sunday and heading to the Superbowl, I think it’s important to pay respect to the fact that this is the first time a black coach will be in the Superbowl…of course, actually, two black coaches are in this year which means one will win. Good luck to the Colts and all, but, I’ve got to root for the Bears of course…Chicago and all it’s suburbs are buzzing right now. It’s such a cool feeling. Your team wins, you win…that’s just the feeling that you get as a sports fan. What else…I saw Children Of Men on Saturday night…Very good movie with very good acting and a wild plot…too bad the baby in the movie is so clearly CGI…Anyways, the theater I was in had some problems with the sound so afterwards I went and complained, along with the rest of the theater, and got my money back. Ha…saw the whole movie though. Alright…so the other thing that was good about this weekend was SNL with Jeremy Piven the other night….I mean…come on…those Blizzard Man skits or the MacGruber ones…Haha…anyways…..

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R-R-R-Roc Pastelle with Gucci on!!!

Pastelle is coming soon. The website has just been updated. Click the link below for a look at the site and more information.

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Secret wall tattoos!!!

This isn’t exactly new…it’s been online now for probably over 2 years or so. Maybe longer, I’m not sure…but I haven’t really seen it posted up in many places, and, like most of the stuff we post here on THE BRILLIANCE, I just think this is really just pretty damn cool. So anyways, there’s my ‘get with the times’ disclaimer…According to Wikipedia, Josh Homme started doing this secret wall tattoo thing a few years ago. Basically taking a mirror or piece of framed art off the wall in a hotel room or hallway, painting or drawing something on the wall itself, and putting the painting/mirror back up…or even doing this on the bottom of furniture. What’s the point? None, really…except it would be fun while you’re traveling to do it yourself or look in your room to see if someone’s done it already. Kind of like the poor-man’s graffiti… Too scared to get out and throw something up on a wall in the street? Go in the hotel room, do it in there, and on top of that, cover it up. Genius…for those of us who are real nancy boys I guess. Ha. Nancy boy. Anyways, there’s a Myspace page for Secret Wall Tattoos, and is linked below.

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How to keep secrets…Apple.

I dig this article…and it digged it, ha – that was corny. I have always been fascinated with how Apple keeps products so unbelievably secret until they launch them – its almost unbelievable at times. Especially compared with their competitors and pretty much any other industry where product leaks are totally common place. I think the first time I was really struck by Apple’s ability to keep things secret was when they released the iPod nano – first generation. The huge undertaking that it is to launch a physical product with manufacturing overseas then to announce it to everyone’s surprise and have it be available THAT DAY at retail stores around the country. Pretty unreal. The iPhone is of course even more unbelievable - 30 months in development, way more outside support needed, etc…wild stuff. Check the article. (Does the picture I attached really make sense? Ha?)