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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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Explore the Abyss!

I know Ben and I both are always talking about stuff like this…deep sea life, or stuff in space, NASA stuff, galaxies, Captain Planet, Aquaman…you know. Anyways, this is just one of those cool things I felt like posting because it’s really just incredible to me. Explore The Abyss, maybe you’ve seen it before, is just this site dedicated to deep-sea and oceanic life. You need to go there and just start looking through the photography gallery. It’s nuts…The octopus in the image you see to the right is one of the craziest looking things…check out the Bioluminescence section…check out this dude! Damn! Don’t want to make him mad, he’ll rip your lips straight off your face if you aren’t careful. I love stuff like this, I think, because it’s something that is so foreign and so mysterious. Just imagine the kinds of things that haven’t been found yet, you know? Probably hundreds of thousands more undiscovered species of crazy Trillfish and Octopizzles. Probably!

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New SVSV - so you won’t catch on fire!

SVSV is back at it with a new collection and an online boutique that is now open. I know this isn’t brand new news, but I don’t like posting news about something at the same time that it goes around on other sites…it’s nice to spread it out sometimes…so anyways, once again, the SVSV campaign images shot by my man Kareem Black is gorgeous…very simple and elegant. Just enough to complement the pieces in the line. Check out the bullets too, very nice. Cashmere hats, scarves, New Era fitted, tee’s…lots of cool stuff on here. And most of the stuff is fireproof, in case you are ever walking around at a party or friends’ house and someone pours gasoline all over you while you light a match…it should come in handy then. But for real - what if someone was wearing the fireproof hoodie and they really did get caught in a fire somehow and it saved them?! THEN WHAT?!

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Riding Giants!

Whoa…just mind blowing. I have always been just a bit infatuated with surfing. Am I a surfer? I really wish I was…I mean, I have surfed the clear warm waters of Maui, but it was my first and only time. Trust me that I’ll be back out there. But anyway, I don’t know what prompted me to hit my local Block Buster for this movie…actually I think I was trying to get The Beach but they were out of it. So yeah, this movie just floored me. The sheer size of the waves these guys are riding is just mind numbing. 60+ foot walls of water. Picture like a half a city block, 6 stories tall of water overhead…unreal. Absolutely unreal. Greg Noll, Laird Hamilton, Pat Curran…all those guys. Just so wild. I would highly, highly recommend this movie. Just Greg Noll’s commentary parts are worth it alone…that guy is hilarious, and wild. Surf movies are the new dunks…you heard it here first on the brilliance.

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Bet you ain’t know I had a fake arm! Of course..of course I’m going to post about the new Ghost album. I mean, come on, every arty-emo-kid-turned-downtown-scenester-type pledges their allegiance to Ghost…to the point where its almost corny. Anyway, enough of the low-key snaps… This album really is pretty wild. No it’s not Supreme Clientele…but if this album just happened to be the first Ghost album you ever heard…you would be ‘bugging’ as the kids say. Favorite tracks: The Champ, Beauty Jackson, Barbershop, Underwater, Jellyfish…and all the pre-release stuff too you know. Seriously, this some classic Ghostface. Classic, like…it gets better with more listens. But yeah, of course the question is always if it can got platinum, etc… I don’t know, I hope so…I hope it’s huge, I really do…but it’s still a bit abstract for the whole MTV setup…and it will certainly be heavily bootlegged. Speaking of bootlegging, when the hell are these artist going to just skip regular CDs and release on iTunes only? They would skip all the bootlegging thing…right?! So I didn’t even talk about the album that much, but Ghost is perfectly ‘out-there’ and is true artist…top 3. And yo, how weird is that ‘Heart Street’ skit…ha?!

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Cobra Snake on Page Six!

Page-Sssssssssssix! Get it? Like a snake? Sssss!?! No? Yo, anyway…the main dude who takes them snaps landed himself on NY Post’s infamous Page Six column today. I’ll be honest, I don’t even sweat living in New York or anything, but I would love to see my name on Page Six some day…of course in positive regard. Is that corny? Maybe so…but who cares? So yeah, check the link…it’s about him throwing his first photography exhibit/opening downtown NYC at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. Seriously…hats off to the guy. A true member of ‘genre now.’ As Mr. Mark Hunter would say himself…’fools know, fools know.’ Best of luck at the show Mark!!!

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Business 2.0 & Space 2.0!

Am I late on this one? I think I might be, I don’t know when this issue came out. So this is like the ‘new’ space race I guess you could say…but what makes this one entirely different, and way more important to ‘regular’ people, is that all the contenders are private companies. No more government only space missions. We all saw the SpaceShipOne thing go down…I thought it was great, very historic and all that…but kind of like ‘cool, who cares though? The stuff is still way too expensive!’ You know? But after reading this latest issue of Business 2.0 my mind has changed a bit. Just like any damn dot com idea in 97-99 could get venture capital funding…the new privatized industry of space is getting some heavy funding, and with results to match. The idea that people could be living ‘off of earth’ in the next 50-100 years is entirely possible according to the people that are trying to make it happen. It’s almost like yappy loft developers talking about some terrible neighborhood that they have a vision for. They sound crazy when they first pitch it, but when you’re trying to parallel park between that G500 and XK8 in the newly gentrified area 3 years later…you sit back and think ‘when was this area not nice?’ Who is to say that will be our thoughts on space 50 years from now? So yeah…I always have to put some real-estate spin on it…but honestly the whole idea of privatized space travel is pretty wild. I think my favorite piece from the Business 2.0 write up was the space elevator. Just the idea that a massive counter-weight could actually hold it in place blows me away…so cool. Anyway, this was a long post about space…which is kind of weird. Off-topic…does anyone else thing the official NASA logo is really, really well designed…like the one that is always on the circle patch? Not just the plain one, but the more intricate one? Wow, this post is too long…what a joke, I can’t believe your still reading it.

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Deep Thoughts

Wow been a while huh? I think too hard sometimes when I want to make a post. I forget to just have fun and talk about what I want. So without further ado…

-Anybody else check the Drudge Report on a constant basis throughout the day? I really like to keep up on news and Drudge is how I do it…but I think deep down inside I just love the times I go there and get to see the awesome Drudge siren up top. Makes my day. Silly sensationalism at its best.
-I’m about to go watch Mike Mills’ “Thumbsucker.” I hope it’s good.
-I’ve been listening to less hip-hop lately and a lot more Tortoise, Thelonious Monk of course, and M83. It’s a nice mix. Especially when I splash a little Matchbox 20 or Creed in there, or occassionally if I’m feeling crazy I get down with some Lit. Remember Lit? I liked them a LOT in freshman year of high school.
-Is it just me or is Settlers of Catan the single most enjoyable and fun board game of all time? Completely geeky, I know, but I was introduced to it by some friends and it is fun. Next up? Collecting Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
-Surprised we didn’t make a whole post about this but the new stuff Apple put out, not that this is news, but it’s terrible. That big iCinderBlock they put out…yikes. And those $100 leather cases? Fendi makes one that’s cheaper. Explain that.
-I recently got some Nike iD Air 180’s and they’re really comfortable. We never talk about shoes on here because, well, neither of us are really much about the whole sneaker thing, plus HypeBeast has it locked down anyways, but while we’re at it I’ll just say I endorse these 180’s, Adidas Sambas, flip-flops when it’s warm out, and anything Vans. I do not however endorse those Nikes that are sneakers but there’s a separation for your big toe. You know what I’m talking about? Are you thinking ‘Ha. Yes.’ ? Well you should be.

That’s that. It’s 2AM and I have to go to bed now because I’ve gotten awful sleep all this past week. Gnarly! Bye!

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See I’m pro-positive. I don’t like stir up any amount of negativity. But I kind of felt like doing a quick write up on this new ‘Origami’ product Microsoft is launching. First of all, it’s really just not a good product…but that’s just an opinion. I mean, I think it does have a very innovative keyboard, the idea of using your thumbs while naturally holding it…good stuff…that’s about it though. What made me write this little ‘hater’ post is how they tried to shroud its launch in this really, really corny secrecy and talk about it like it’s the most innovative new thing. Honestly…nice try. It was such an obvious, but poorly executed attempt to copy how Apple or even Google launch products. Having Steve Balmer get all unprofessional and talk about ‘killing’ Google and Bill Gates talking about ‘defeating’ the iPod…then to turn around and just bite their whole style with a product that just isn’t innovative…not a good look. And seriously, its not innovative at all…and that’s no opinion you know? I guess its really just weird to see Microsoft not handle their business…it’s like they are officially too big to be considered agile anymore…which will of course be their downfall eventually. And what a dumb name…I can’t figure out how they associated ‘Origami’ with a big-ass ‘small’ tablet PC. That’s my nerdy haterade post.

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The Royal #7

Something new here…and I’m loving the cover you know? So the Royal Magazine is back, under new control, and heavy, heavy with content…good content. And honestly each page of the layout, it has this ‘stern’ look to it. Weird word to use though, right? But honestly, this is something I’m feeling. And as I was saying, I’m loving he content…here is a quick break-down: mickey avalon, hellovon,karborn, bijules nyc, blacksmith, scott langton, yoko devereaux, indian larry, plain gravy, 10 deep, burton, b-more lacrate, lmac, artful dodger, david choong lee, vault 49, visionary vehicles, monster children, tofer…and more. I’m feeling the Bijules write-up…I love what she does. And she is gangster! So yeah…check the little SVSV graphic feature, quality. The KDU is doing their thing. ***Oh snap, I got a shout out in the ‘thank you’ section too…OMG!! TTYL!

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I could not love The Office more… (Entertainment!!)

if I tried. I am in love with this show. Not the BBC version. I don’t want your emails about how it’s better, more original, whatever. I don’t care. I like the American version, it’s not up for debate. I love it and Ben loves it too, which means THE BRILLIANCE fully endorses and loves The Office on NBC Thursday nights at 8:30 Central Time. No, I don’t know anybody at NBC and no I don’t know anyone who is involved in making The Office, but I love it enough to plug it here. Did you watch last week!?! Dwight’s speech?! Are you kidding me? That was one of the funniest things I’ve ever watched in my life. And Pam - what are you doing?? Roy is walking all over you! You need to accept the fact that you love Jim! And Jim loves you! But at the end of the day it’s all about Michael Scott. That’s what she said. But for some reason, my favorite characters on the show are a tie between Toby and Kevin, although Creed and Daryl are pretty hilarious too…I don’t know. Anyways, this has worked before so maybe it’ll work again, if there’s anyone reading this who has an in with NBC or anybody who is involved with The Office and can help us out getting an interview with anybody, we’ll send you a surprise package filled with BRILLIANCE goodies. Which means we’ll send you an email saying thanks. If we remember.