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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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.

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Monday, back at it, kind of. We get a fair amount of emails…and sorry to say, but most of them are kind of corny. Lots of sneaker stuff, ‘fashion’ stuff, etc…but we got an email yesterday that kind of blew me away. Anson from Gridlove hit us up about his new product, Gridlove, and how he did a Gridlove x The Brilliance thing for us. Wow. I’m still not explaining the service as well as I’d like, but it’s a beautiful example of creativity and new technology smashed together. Anson likens it to a game of Dominos…users are collaboratively placing images next to other images that have some inherent commonality. It’s one of those things one the web that can become highly addictive. I see it applying to a bunch of pictures all your friends took at a party last night, to a modeling agency using it to organically find similarities in pictures while viewing them all at once…or, honestly, whatever the end user can come up with. This is one of those open ended web-things that kind of takes a life of its own…wild stuff. Yeah, so many thanks to Anson. Check the one he did for the brilliance at the link below, then explore his site a bit to learn more on how it works. Web 2.0 at it’s finest.

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Music and some other stuff!

Hi! No, I’m not dead. I know I haven’t posted in a while either, or been very consistent with it. Ben sends me harassing emails about it too. I’ll get better, I promise. I just spent about a week and a half traveling. I was in Toronto and then New York. Both trips were great. Thanks if you came to see me speak at FITC or my gallery at Magic Pony, or came out to the Triple5Soul store in Brooklyn on Thursday night. ANYWAYS! I’m going to write about music, because I want to. Let’s start with the Crystal Skulls’ new album Outgoing Behavior. What a great album. You can listen to this over and over and not get tired of it, it’s a very smooth album. I got the new Tool album 10,000 Days. It’s Tool, so you know it’s technically incredible…no doubts there. As for the album itself, it doesn’t seem to be as great as past albums, but it is still good without question. Haven’t heard the new Pearl Jam yet, but I listened to a bunch of old Pearl Jam over the weekend and remembered how good they actually are. New Red Hot Chili Peppers single ‘Dani California’ is pretty fresh, and the video is great, so I’ll be checking that album out… No hip-hop in my little write-up today, mostly becase it’s all dried up and stale…that Gnarls Barkley stuff is pretty refreshing actually, Cee-Lo can sing too! Damn! Other than that, I’ve been listening to the best of Bob Dylan non-stop lately…Threw some older stuff on too today…Frodus’ And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea is such a good record…I’d definitely pick that one up if I were you. Then again, I’m not you, and you’re probably listening to Matchbox 20. Wah wah. Anyways, check the link below too for my favorite band when I was in high school. Yes, I’m serious.

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We’re still alive!

Whoa! No posts in quite a while. Chuck’s on the road touring with his screamo band and I’ve been tending to my rare orchid garden. Just kidding…? Anyway, yeah, let me do another one of these posts. This whole ‘Second Life’ and virtual world gaming stuff is a bit weird to me, cool they are making money, but still weird. Where the hell is Sprint’s new Treo? I’ve been biking quite a bit lately, check for me in traffic. The big-wig got back to me, but it was a ‘no’. Still pretty amazing that he even fielded my proposal. I have a visitor in for weekend, they’ve never been to the Midwest, should be interesting. I heard DG got attacked by a rather large rat in the wee hours of an NYC night. I’m addicted to those Starbucks Frapp things in the glass bottles. Nice weather, finally. A real good friend of mine took a vacation from life and is currently 4 months into his travel around the world, very inspiring, shout to Johnny B. Speaking of traveling, I just watched ‘The Beach’ the other night, hadn’t seen it in a while, great flick. I gotta go to the airport in 1.5 hours. Lynx Air is an awesome company, google them. ABC’s ‘Lost’ is…enough to drive you crazy. I heard they are making all sorts of web sites that are mysteriously linked to the show. Unrelated, and they haven’t launched yet, but is pretty nice. I go there too much, but Bar Divani just never gets old to me. Keep grinding, keep moving…we’ll start updating more next week.

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Eric Elms!

I don’t really post up specific designers, or artist… We get a lot of emails on them and all that, but never really post them up. And me personally, I don’t always feel very educated in the whole scene…so you know you gotta walk on egg shells and all that. But whatever, I just like what I like. And I like what Eric Elms does. I love hand drawn illustration, I love that his stuff isn’t all ‘arty’ even though it truly is, I love the playfulness, the heritage his stuff seems to have – could last forever, I like how he has quite obviously hustled and fully understands the business aspect of things…he has done a lot at the age of 25. I have so much respect for that. Yeah. His stuff for Supreme is next level…wow. The stuff just gives a nostalgic feel of ‘downtown’ New York imagery…again, it has this feel of heritage. And the stuff he did for Rudy’s Barbershop…classic stuff, Rudy’s is perfectly executed…what’s up Alex? But yeah, Eric just did an interview with Being Hunted, a good one. We should have tried to do one. Either way, check it out at the link below, and check his site right here. Man, I’ve been eating those Babybel cheese things and drinking diet coke all day today.

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Woodchuck, tonight!

I think Chuck posted on this before, but I wanted to follow-up on this. It’s tonight! And I’m totally not going to be there, kind of sucks. But the opening is going to be wild, so be there. Woodchuck is Eric Quebral & Chuck Anderson doing a joint show juxtaposing the organic wood working of Eric with Chuck’s overtly colorful aesthetic. Both Eric and my main man Chuck will be there…be sure to mess with Chuck since I can’t do it…cause, again, I couldn’t go. Yeah, check the link attached for all the official info. Shout to Clarence from

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Kiplinger’s ‘How to Make a Million’...

I was at Borders last night because, well, I always go to Borders…but also because they finally reopened their new cafe as a Seattle’s Best Coffee, which I might add is very nicely designed and the cafe has very nice chairs and tables. Anyways, I’m looking through my usual stack of magazines, KING, Ebony, Hackers Quarterly, High Times, Pen World, and Kiplingers. Kiplinger’s had a great article on “How to Make a Million.” But it wasn’t about investing in stocks or winning it big in Vegas…actually, the headline for the article says ” You could marry rich, win the lottery, or, like these 12 people, have a goal and a plan for getting there.” I like that. The ‘Get Rich Quick’ thing is not a realistic perspective for 99.9% of people. The realistic perspective would be, like they said, having a plan and carrying out a dream or a vision for something. One of the most fascinating parts of the article is about the guys who started College Humor. 4 college kids with a good idea and now they’re expected to make, get this, $9 MILLION in profit in 2006. That’s unbelievable…very inspiring. Not trying to tell you to start a site that has fart jokes and girls gone wild videos all over it, but really, these guys just had a good idea and made it happen. Someone on linked THE BRILLIANCE one time and said we were a cool blog, but we were “wealth obsessed.” I thought that was kind of funny, kind of cool…but not true - it’s not about being wealth obsessed, it’s about being passionate about success and reaching dreams. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth. I love seeing other people be successful if it’s been done in a way that they wanted, not what others wanted for them. Or someone who brings themselves from nothing to something. That’s what this is about. Anyways, check the article linked below or go buy the magazine. GIVE ME THE GOLD, I WANT THE GOLD.

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Viceland Rap!

Gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gimme-da-gold. I honestly like that ‘track’, anybody got it on the MP3? This little write-up here, which I had never read before, is perfect. I mean, I listen to hip-hop/rap and all that, but it pretty much all sucks. It’s not dead, it just sucks. That’s why I like all that ignorant screwed & chopped stuff by like Lil Keke and Slim Thug…it just is what it is. Talk about driving a nice car to the club, that’s it. Ehh…maybe that’s not entirely how I feel, but honestly who cares. So continuing…this dude ‘Macho’ is a funny, clever, and an on-point dewdski. Tell ‘em why you’re mad son, tell’em! Talks on everything from this whole Gnarls Barkley thing, making fun of Pharrell (I kind of liked the track), makes fun of Cam a little, and talks about how the south seems to be the only place to keep it punk-rock with the hip-hop. Bia bia!! This post wasn’t very good…but the article linked is, ch-ch-ch-check it out hip-hoppers.

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VW, safe happens!

Had to do a quick post on this. 2 reasons why. One, I made a ‘snap’ post on the new Jetta when it first came out. While I’m not 100% into the design, the interior is fantastic even on the base models and the overall execution is great. Two, this new ‘Safe Happens’ commercial is great. I literally just saw it, jumped on my computer to make this post. Jetta is perfect at this whole ‘regular life’ commercial atheistic..honestly, its almost hard to describe, but they get it perfect in each commercial. I just loved the commercial. I wish I had a link to the video…couldn’t find it on their site or on youtube, so if you got a link to it hit us up. Just in case, the one I am referencing is the one where the two guys are driving and yakking about using the word ‘like’ too much….and then bam! That accident is wild how you see the airbags pop real quick…and the guys gets out like ‘holy…’ Simple thing, but I’m into it! That’s my post…time for dinner. ***New ink directly to the YouTube of the video…many thanks to Craig.