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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Who Cares?!?!

This is similar to those ‘Deep Thoughts’ post we make. Nothing here is worthy of its own post…just some random whatevers…...............but who cares?!?!
+ Me in Air Max 90s? I’m considering switching out from Stan Smiths. I’m serious too. Chuck doesn’t believe me. I’m getting sick of white-whites…been rocking them for like 4+ years straight. Who cares?!
+ I saw some news article about people who waited in line for 2 days at a Niketown in NYC for some sneakers. I’m sorry, but that is just dumb. Big dummy status. Get a…
+ I went to…get this…a high school football game this weekend. It was a favor for a friend. I felt terribly out of place. But at the same time it was kind of fun. Only because I had my Treo.
+ This ‘Big Boi Presents: Got Purp?’ is a great CD for real. Just listened to the whole thing. The ‘Kryptonite’ track…yessur.
+ Thanksgiving in the Chicagoland area. Super-thick crowds on Friday, $27 3-hour parking, someone insisting we get popcorn from Garrett’s, etc…but I can’t wait. Big shout out to my family.

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Puff (1) Lox (0)...

I like Styles P, I like Jada as well. But Puff is the epitome of true business. Good chance I’ll get a little ‘e-hate’ over this. But I felt like posting…and that’s just whats up. I couldn’t agree more with these quotes and Puff’s whole response. Handle your business, handle your life…just handle it. If you don’t like your current situation then you need to sit down with the parties involved and work through it. Don’t gossip, slander, act gangster, or anything like that. Business is business. Handle it. Some classic quotes: ’I want to see them or any other artist (try this with another label).” Diddy said, “If it wasn’t Puff who you know personally, looks like you, hangs out with you, drinks with you - would you ask them to just let me out the contract, No. You ain’t gonna call Sony with that, because they are not gonna take your call. You not going to call Universal with that, because it’s a contract.’ And one more classic one: ‘When you got a situation, you handle it man to man. Angie can’t help the situation, New York can’t help it. You gotta help yourself. I invested in and I believed in you. You believed in me and I believed in y’all. (If you have problems with me), call me.’ Puff handled it exactly as it should have been handled. Business is business…I hate hearing cry babies mad about their situation and constantly trying to pass-the-buck because they’re lazy. Yikes. Check the link below for full article.

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I signed up for Netflix!!!

Did that title deserve THREE !‘s? I don’t think so. Anyways, I signed up on Netflix the other day because I’ve been getting more interested in film lately and just thought it would be fun. Well, if you know me well, you know I’m the kind of person that goes to a bookstore but doesn’t read, goes to a fancy restaurant but orders a cheeseburger, and goes to the grocery store to buy light bulbs and packing tape. So, I sign up for Netflix and the first 3 movies I get are a sports bloopers DVD, the Mitch Hedberg standup DVD, and The Office Season 1, but the BBC version. Pretty much all of these 3 movies sucked…The sports bloopers one was all this old footage and just pretty lame…The Office had me snoring after the first 10 minutes (I need to get the American version), and the Mitch Hedberg DVD was super short. He’s funny and all, but I don’t smoke weed, so I didn’t laugh as much as i probably would have had I been high on the cheeba. So anyways, those are all back in the mail and the next few I have coming to me are the first Beavis and Butthead season 1 DVD, Paid In Full, and Rushmore. Maybe those won’t suck as much. I know all the people that read THE BRILLIANCE woke up this morning thinking ‘damn, I wish I knew if Chuck signed up on Netflix and if so, what he’s been getting from there?’ So here you have it. I should give Netflix some love though, they are FAST and have pretty much every movie you could want. I know they aren’t new news, but it’s interesting and new to me. AAAAA+++++ Would buy again. **Disclaimer: I know I’m going to have a bunch of doofuses saying ‘you didn’t like The Office? but it’s so funny! dry humor dude!’ No, I didn’t care for it much, but I didn’t give it much of a chance. Maybe I need to watch it with more people. Eh.

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Graves 601 in Minneapolis!

Good morning team. Graves 601 in Minneapolis. A very good look. We usually cover hotels and travel destinations in far off lands or infamous metropolis’. This one is located in ‘don’t-cha-know’ Minnesota. I can’t exactly make fun of it…I live in Michigan, and love it. So the hotel…It’s the only AAA 4 diamond hotel in MN and for good reason. Unbelievable interior space…very, very dramatic. Plasma TVs in every room, Hermes soap in the shower, original art in all rooms, beautiful on-site restaurant and club…etc. All at only $250 a night, quite reasonable. Will I ever stay there? I hope so if I’m in the area. Check the site and photo gallery, well worth it. I dated a girl from Minneapolis once…I wonder what she’s up to. Info via Luxist.

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GAP Jeans, You Punks!

Dood, OMG, these aren’t limited edition!! WTF? Man, GAP jeans are el perfecto this season. Honestly. The website makes them look sub-par. And usually GAP is sub-par. But I just so happened to be in my local GAP not too long ago…I was impressed. They must have taken some queues from the ever popular Japanese brands (Eternal, LVC, etc.) Honestly, they are really nice…perfect colors, ‘3D’ distressing and wrinkling and all that. And I am snobby, for real, I rock the Japanese LVC stuff. So yeah…no selvedge, no crazy price tags, no logos, no limited editions, they don’t show up on eBay really…just regular-ass, any-one-can-get-them denim jeans. Go to the store though, the website makes them look terrible/boring.

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NP&CO – It Feels Like Vacation!

Chuck Anderson of NoPattern just launched a new print today. It feels like vacation when you look at this print. Honestly, it really does. I call it ‘classic’ nopattern style. Very warm, intricate, other-worldly, immersive, etc. You can honestly just sit and look at this print for a while, kind of ‘explore’ it if you will. It’s also the biggest print he has done to date at 20x30. Thing is, I might actually hang this one up…usually I’m just like, ‘wow dude, looks awesome dude, yeah, send me one dude…’ They all end up in the storage area in my loft. Dusty as hell. I actually used one for wrapping-paper once. JOKING. For real, this is a classic print, Chuck is talented, doing his thing. Buy one before his stuff gets all expensive and you have to buy it on eBay. Chuck is going to buy a solid-gold Scrabble set with the funds from this.

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Farm21! Contemporary rural art!!

I love this. I love it a lot. I am a suburbs kid. Never have lived inside a city or urban area. I’m not far from Chicago, but I don’t live there. So after a while, I can only relate to ‘urban’ design and products so much. So it’s kind of cool to find someone marketing ‘rural’ design, since I live within 2 minutes of miles and miles worth of cornfields. Farm21 started in 2001 to create rural-themed furniture and art, and according to their info page, they did it because they felt that it was an area of modern design that was being neglected. I agree. I think it’s genius to focus on the other end of the spectrum like they’re doing. They’re signature item is the straw-packed plexiglas cube, which is really fresh…the bulk of the organic material they use for their products are sourced in their families’ farm in Ireland. I love it, the natural heritage in the concept really adds to it as a whole. Just go check it out. Got to appreciate fresh ideas like this. Also, tons of stuff on the site, so it’s a good look-through. OK…so I just went back and looked through their site more. HOLY SMOKES. The ‘Feather Cube’ and the ‘Roses Cube’ !?!?! LIKE WHOA. Seriously, these guys get my A+ and gold star for the day. Gorgeous. I will get something from them soon.

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Cobra Turkey Shirts!

I really hope you like what Mark The Cobra Snake does. This dude has the life. Wearing sweaty gear to the best parties and having girls ham-it-up for him to take pictures. All those indie girls. I love indie girls. This shirt…which, honestly, I would have called the Cobra Pigeon Shirt, rather than a turkey…but whatever. $30 shipped, and yes, its going to take a while. Screen printed by the J V H himself. Who, by the way, said he could get me a dinner date with a girl from the American Apparel catalog…ha, yesir. Go buy one of these shirts, never go home before 2am, chat-up girls constantly, write graffiti, and visit The Cobra Snake often. Fools know!!!

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Crude Oils, Banksy!!

Perfect. Really. Check out this video clip for the exhibition/opening of Banksy’s Crude Oil in London. I love what this dude does…I really love the whole execution. The guy put about 50 live rats in the gallery that just roam around the gallery as you observe the pieces. And he also dressed up a skeleton in a security guard outfit to serve as security for his gallery. Pretty brilliant. Certainly one of my favorites in the whole ‘new-graffiti’ movement…steady doing his thing, keeping it fun, keeping it satirical but infused with true talent. Whatever though, this clip is quite fresh, a must watch. Many thanks Adnan and Jake for the FYI. I’m a little under the weather…so I got those ‘Soup At Hand’ things you microwave, so good. **I just wanted to add that I think Banksy and this whole exhibition is brilliant and I love it. Also I just ran out of gum. - Chuck

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Jelly Fish by City Aquarium!

This is nuts right here. It’s weird cause I was just doing research on what it takes to have Jelly Fish in a home aquarium. It isn’t easy. So this company/firm called City Aquarium does just what their name would suggest…they have some insane work they have done. Check their site for more pictures and info. But this particular one which is located in NYC at a bar called ‘Duvet’ (club names are so corny, for real) has a massive but perfectly minimal live Jelly Fish tank. Has this crazy blue glow to it with Jelly Fish wafting around. Too fresh. Something very ‘looming’ and ‘quietly dangerous’ about Jelly Fish. I don’t know. They are like minimalist killers. If they had condos, the Jellies, they would have polished concrete floors…or maybe even resin floors and some sparse but well placed Eames furniture. But since Jelly Fish don’t have condos…uh. Check the site. Info via