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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Free SkypeOut!

This is kind of a big deal. Free SkypeOut within the states (and Canada, no?) till the end of the year. Having just been in Europe, Skype has kind of been on my mind…hot topic for sure with the international travelers (I’m a rookie!). It’s funny cause I don’t really use Skype much personally, not much at all in fact. But it’s funny how they are kind of poised to render even cell-phones obsolete to a certain degree you know? I mean, for example, if you live in a super populated city, or say you live in SF where they are doing the free wifi or whatever all over the city…or even if you had to pay for it – whatever, why would you need a cell phone if you could just get a little PDA with built in wifi and have Skype installed on it?! I mean, seriously. Plus they are making SD cards that are exactly the same size as any other SD card but they have a full wireless card built into them. Gives you an idea of how small or maybe just embedded these new communication devices could be. Also, we all get previews of these amazing cellphones right? Moto Q, Benq, etc…they take forever to come out right? That would quite certainly be a thing of the past if manufactures started making Skype phones…its just a wifi chip, no long FCC or service carrier exclusivity or anything you know? Uhh…this post was long, I love Skype, I think it’s a super serious application, service or whatever. That’s my post…I am at Divani eating that chicken flat-bread…and an Ephemere. And that’s my post.

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Barcelona on the free wifi!

Oh mannnn! I was missing out, honestly. Reporting to you live via some free hotspot at the OFFF event in Barcelona right now. Just amazing. This city is so amazing. Everyone is so…good looking. That’s like the only I can say. The girls here are amazingly good looking, yikes. But yeah, the city, our amazing little loft/apartment (!), the streets, the mo-peds, the buildings, the heritage, the shops, the weather, etc…everything. Just mind blowing. Really. I guess ‘attention to detail’ would be a really good way to describe the city. And the conference is quite nice as well..huge shout to them for all the hospitality. Quite generous. Alright, I’m off to lunch… Chuck (sitting next to me) says: Barcelona is better than any US city… ***We are back state side, and either Chuck or myself will be doing a little flickr page type thing with all the pics and maybe some YouTube for the videos… MANY thanks to everyone we chilled with and everything…!

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THE BRILLIANCE heading to Barcelona!

What’s up dewdskis? Ben and I are heading to Barcelona on Wednesday. I am speaking out there at the OFFF Festival. Should be pretty incredible…I have not yet been to Barcelona. I was going to be bringing my fiance Holly along but she has finals this week, so I asked about 10-25 other friends and none of them could come, so I settled for asking Ben and unfortunately he obliged and accepted my invitation. Totally kidding brohams, Ben’s my boy! We’re going to be so obnoxious on the plane. We’re flying Chicago to Amsterdam. They’re serving dinner and breakfast on the same flight. Going to be hilarious, we’ll be laughing at everybody who walks down the middle of the plane and trips, or when we watch movies on my little DVD player…we’ll be more annoying than the fat sweaty guy who sits next to you eating kit-kat bars and getting crumbs everywhere or the screaming baby sitting behind you spitting up all over the place. You know!? And I’m sure I’ll come back and post pictures from the trip on my Flickr and post about it. Anyways, Formula 1 is this weekend too. Whoa….crazy trip ahead for sure!! Ben - here’s some room for you to add anything if you want to, Brobot. ***Chuck sounds like he’s never flown on a plane before…ha. Uhh, a lot of things I could snap on in this post…but I won’t cause I’m 50% nice and 100% fist-pumping-excited!!! Yeah, it’s gong to be fun…I don’t know about the fat sweaty guy, sounds like we’ll be upgrading those seats. I’m into it!

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The gourmet section on this site. Hmm, we had big plans…but since my diet consist of Diet Coke, KFC, Ritz Koney, Burger King, grilled cheese at Bar Divani, Noodles & Co, and pretty much anything at your favorite corner store…this section didn’t work out. Chuck doesn’t eat very proper either. He also never posts on this site anymore, cause he’s too busy emailing me links to stuff. OMG J/K BFF! This post has gotten off on a terrible foot. Speaking of feet, I just bought those Air Max 90 ‘Clerks’…not bad. ANYWAY, I had to post about my favorite new candy, as I am quite the connoisseur…Pico-Balla. Their tag line says it all: ‘Kids and grown-ups love it so.’ What? Anyway, they are like these weird kind of clay bead looking candy, in fact, they kind of have the consistency of clay. They come in a perfect variety of Bape colors (I said Bape thing so the google bots will find it, get it?) and they are just plain delicious. I mean, they aren’t exclusive, they aren’t expensive, not gangster like a pair of Dickies either…they’re just really good. If you live in GR, go ‘cop’ some at that new market spot on Monroe Center next to Jimmy Johns. Tell them THE BRILLIANCE sent you…but don’t though for real.

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My emails to Chuck!

I think we did something like this before, something similar. Alright, Chuck and I stay in contact via email quite a bit and I occasionally will come up with crazy/weird/unbelievable stories of something that fictitiously happened to me to see if he believes it. There have been a handful, but I’d like to highlight a couple famous ones. My personal favorite is when I was away from my computer for a while and Chuck was expecting and email from me. When I finally got back to my computer (after a hair cut) I told Chuck the reason for the delay was because, out of no where, a stray dog attacked me by my car in my office parking lot…and that I was in the waiting room at the ER using my Treo. Part of his response: ‘Where did it bite you?!!?’ Hands down one of the funnier emails ever. Seriously, I’m laughing right now. A stray dog? One of the more recent ones, today in fact, goes something like this. I was out for a bit and hadn’t talked to Chuck for a minute…and when I got back I told him that I was at the bookstore and got a call about an emergency meeting back at my office about 5 minutes away. I told him that while I was driving back, what appeared to be a black plastic bag was tumbling across the highway and it ‘hit’ my car…and that immediately I got a flat tire and my car limped to a stop…when I got out I discovered that there were quills stuck all over my tire and some blood as if I hit an animal, not a plastic bag. I told him that I must have hit a porcupine. And the best part…I actually had him for a few minutes. Now, if this isn’t the most ‘out there’ and nonsensical post you’ve ever read…then, I don’t know what to tell you. Email us your thoughts.

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That new LR3 commercial!

Another post about car commercials? In all reality, let’s be honest, this isn’t a huge deal. GPS is GPS…and little hand-held nav could probably have done this just as well. But it’s cool, you know? It’s fun/good branding and marketing. I am a huge Land Rover fan, I probably always will be…but I can’t imagine owning one again after my current Discovery until they come out with some sort of hybrid. But anyway…yeah, this is great little commercial. And they also have the ‘documentary’ of how they made it happen as well. Doesn’t beat out the Range Rover Sport commercial done in Tokyo, but it’s cool. That’s my post…

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Man, I’ve never really seen anything like this before…yet another thing I was ignorant to. Man, this service is nuts. They have this flash-based map that allows you to build a crazy trip, all sorts of connections in any city around the world that might interest you…then it comes back with a real-time pricing estimate in like 10 seconds. For example, I did NYC -> Paris -> Rome -> Barcelona -> Phuket -> Cook Islands - > Sydney -> Seattle. It came back with a few added suggestions, some other cool islands and an addition in Europe I think with a total pricing of $3850-$4500. Wow, that doesn’t sound all that expensive does it? Especially when you would be staying at hostels. Anyway, I love the interface on this site…one of the sites that’s fun to play around with. Also, when you are done with the pricing part they connect you with a travel agent to make all the adjustments and actually book everything. Anyway, cool site…check it out.

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Congratulations Kaws!

Honestly, how could I not post this? What, cause Kaws does stuff with Nigo he’s not a creative genius anymore? Drama aside, this store he just opened with Medicom is quite amazing, a lot of spaces these days are amazing…what floored me is the 10ft tall ‘Companion’ that’s sliced down the middle to show what it would anatomically look like…just unreal. The first thing that popped into my head was the logistics and cost of getting something like that made. It’s amazing. Sorry to sound like I’m drooling on it, but this is creativity and passion in physical form right here. I mean, yeah congrats on the store, great biz move, but let this post be strictly about this sculpture, work of art, that he has created. Instead of ostentatious ‘bling’, 14kt shoe laces, exclusivity, etc…Kaws took a different route and simply created a beautifully mysterious work of art that anyone who hits the store up can experience. I don’t even have any Kaws stuff, so this post is non-biased to that degree, you know? Congrats to Kaws, you are truly a ‘next level’ person. ***Thanks for Jason for putting me up to Damien Hirst’s work…sorry, I was ignorant to it!

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Toronto, NYC, and my Flickr page!!

Did that deserve two !!‘s? I don’t know! Anyways, I’m late on the Flickr thing, but I thought it would be appropriate to do since I’ve been traveling a lot and have a new digital camera (Sony W50, which by the way is a great little camera…) Anyways, I was in Toronto last week speaking at FITC as well as attending the reception for my exhibition at Magic Pony with Eric Quebral. So there are pictures from both events in Toronto on there. Then, last week, I traveled up to New York with Nigel Dennis. We went into the Triple 5 Soul stores in Soho and Brooklyn and did an art installation that was, definitely, one of the most fun trips of my life. Even though we stayed up working until about 6-7 AM working for 3 days…Anyways, check the pictures out and see a bunch of cool people having a good time enjoying drinks and our artwork on the walls. Thanks to everyone who came out and found me to say hi, and mentioned how much you liked THE BRILLIANCE! Ben couldn’t go, but he was there in spirit, or something. Anyways, this is my 3rd post within 24 hours. I’m getting better…now I just have to keep it up. Alright, well go check out the Triple 5 Soul stores in person anytime in the next 7 months. That’s how long it’s all staying up. Crazy… And hey, that restaurant ‘Sea’ in Brooklyn, the one they filmed the beginning of Garden State in, is really really good. I had pad thai. Super interesting huh.

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And now some art stuff.

I feel like talking about artsy/design stuff now too. After I mentioned Pearl Jam in that last post about music, I remembered how much I used to love their video for “Do The Evolution” by Todd McFarlane (see it here). I went and watched it again and it got me feeling all creative and inspired. Which got me thinking about a lot of artists whose work I’ve been admiring lately. So I’ll share. I’m going to let all their work do the talking too, so just click the links at will and go into it knowing all these people are unbelievably talented and worth a look. Tomer Hanuka, James Jean, Geoff McFetridge (and while you’re at it, Shynola), NFCTD (good Lord, very nice), Vault 49, Inka Essenhigh, Harsh Patel, and Tiffany Malakooti. Already seen all of them? Half of them? None of them? Just go, they’re all worth a look again or for the first time. We could all use a little creative inspiration…Look at me, getting all artistic on here. This is supposed to be a place to talk about cars, islands, money, cell phones, and cool technology! Ha, well, get your black glasses and your tight pants on and start drawing, grasshopper.