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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Jamel Shabazz & Trifling Mental!

A Time Before Crack. It’s a ‘happy’ book with an honestly chilling title. Jamel Shabazz is legendary for capturing the essence of urban living with his camera. Famous for his book ‘Back In The Days.’ Trifling Mental caught up with Jamel for a smart interview on his thoughts around the book, his vision, poverty in the inner-city, viewing his images as fashion photography, and more. Trifling Mental does their thing…very thorough. Check the link below for the interview. Quality stuff. And go get the book ‘Back In The Days.’

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The White Stripes, Michel Gondry, and Conan O’Brien!!!

Wow…there have been some seriously good music videos lately. I’ve been keeping a close eye on all things Mark Romanek of course, and there’s that new Madonna video for “Hung Up” that is really fresh…but this…this is perfect. Michel Gondry is one of the most brilliant minds in film of all-time, no question. The White Stripes are definitely one of the most important music artists today, and Conan is Conan. You can’t not love Conan O’Brien. So yeah, all three of them are part of this White Stripes video and it is hilarious, dizzying, intriguing, and just plain cool. There’s not a better word for it, it’s just cool. Go check out Michel Gondry’s DVD on the Director’s Label series for more of his work. But for the time being, check this music video for the White Stripes “The Denial Twist.” Also, check for all their videos. Ugh. I love it.

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Gordon Gecko x Situationormal

Look. I’ve kind of said this be before…I can’t really get into the whole ‘yo, I’m doing a t-shirt line…’ thing. Not hating, I’ve just been rocking a lot of merino lately. Can’t get mad at that. But Chuck forwarded me a link to this Situationormal site cause they carry aNYthing. What-up A-ron. So I’m checking their in-store line. Qutie impressed. As I’ve stated before I like ‘boring’ or very simple design that speaks loudly. Their stuff is fresh. That Gordon Gecko shirt?! I love that thing. Kind of shirt that looks better the older it gets. They have a couple other classic and some nice creepy ones too. So yeah…I’m giving them some shine. Go there and grab some of the latest aNYthing product as well as some of their own line. Good prices too. I had taco’s and a Coors Light at my sisters place for dinner.

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I got a warrant? I’m in orbit, come after Cam.

You mad Cam? Get mad at college Cam. I love this track. Beat is like 6.5/10…nothing special. And Juelz is just okay on it. Cam on the other hand…yikes. ‘…10 cribs, 8 whips. But the 8 whips I’m about to trade for a space-ship call me NASA man…’ Ha…wow. Only Camron would do it like this. Or talking about only wearing his jewelry once…come on man. That’s ‘ugly’ as the kids say. Whatever…this is a short post. Listen to the track below. Just another Cam track.

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God Bless The South - New Orleans

So, I posted about this site when I got back from my first trip to Biloxi, Mississippi. After that first trip, we were invited to come back down south to help with more relief work only that time - to New Orleans. So we went and I took a ton of pictures. That was a few weeks ago and I finally updated this site with pictures from that trip. It was intense, sad, exciting, and terrible all at the same time. I am going to be heading back down south for a third time in December to Biloxi once more, so keep me and the group from my church in your thoughts and/or prayers if you can. Anyways, check these pictures out. Photography from New Orleans, post-Katrina. ***Chuck is my main man, huge amount of respect for what he is doing. It’s a very sincere effort. What more can I say. - B

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Samsung P300!

Wowzers. I don’t know a lot about this thing. But it’s nuts. Its only like 2-3 credit cards thick and about the same size as a credit card. Plus that brushed metal finish with the super industrial placement of the keys. It’s so incredibly well designed. It’s got the high-res camera, Bluetooth, and like triple the memory of a Treo. That’s all I know about it…go check Engadget for more info. I want 100 cell phones. ***Also, I tried that PPC-6700 one yesterday…ehh. Not going to buy it.

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Myspace & Dip Set & Emo & MTV!

Chea, chea, chea! I mean. Ok…yeah, I have a myspace account. I’m that dude who claims to never use it. While I don’t post actual pictures of myself, I do use it to stay in touch with friends around the country and all that. So anyway…I’m reading this news article about this band that is 100% independent, has sold over 500k records, was on Warp Tour, tours in a big cruiser bus, etc…with absolutely no record label, no backing, no airplay, no mtv…nothing. Just their myspace music account thing. I’ve been telling people…(this is where Dip Set comes in)…why sign to a record label? Dip Set moves hundreds of thousands of their mixtapes. $5-$8 a pop, no sample clearing, no distribution networks really, nothing…just a lot of cash coming in. All the ‘booty/club’ chicks and emo kids are an absolute gold mine on myspace. The article also mentioned that myspace gets more hits in a month (9.4B) than google and is now deemed the ‘new MTV’ for our generation. Tom from myspace, who knew? Good thing I didn’t delete him as my friend….uh.

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IBM slows light!??

Yes, you read correctly. IBM has developed a technology to actually slow down light. In my opinion, that’s not very far from time travel, invisibility powers, and performing miracles on lepers. Slow down light. You couldn’t pay me enough money to develop some kind of technology like that. The chip, called a photonic silicon waveguide, is a piece of silicon dotted with arrays of tiny holes. Ohhhh NOW I get it! Anyways, it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around what exactly this is for but the simplest explaination is that it will allow computer systems to run at the same speed they do now but using a fraction of the energy. I’m no photon scientist but that sounds pretty cool. Slow down light. Ha. It’s one of those things that just sounds completely made up. But alas, ‘tis true. You know, this is one of those things that - whoever actually developed or invented this - has some SERIOUS bragging rights. Like, “Hey Bob how was work?” “Not bad, we got a potential new client and a jeans day on Friday.” “That’s cool. I slowed down light.”

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H&M is nice!

What it do? H&M is too on point. I don’t even know if this is late news or whatever…but the new Stella McCartney line is a perfect example of why I love H&M. We don’t really even cover women’s clothing or anything, but it’s a perfect example of a beautifully executed line that is affordable and each piece can be thrown in with another. Making it all the more cost effective. But whatever though…H&M for guys isn’t perfect but, again, its just so well done in terms of design accessibility/pricing, sizing, cuts, design and all that. Just a cool overall business model. That’s what’s really good. In fact…I don’t think we have ever mad a post about H&M before. Long over due. I want to see them do some other crazy, more niche, collaboration lines. I had Jimmy Johns for dinner and I got a new orchid in my place. I’m posted up like a mailbox.

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The whatever update.

Man…there is nothing ‘cool’ to flap my gums about. For real. Email me if you think different. No more t-shirts, sneakers or nothing like that. Something new. Chuck and I don’t do the sneaker thing or the toy thing or whatever. Sorry. Updates:

  • The chicken-fries from Burger King are a serious problem. So good with that neon-orange buffalo sauce. I’ll take another 12 piece.
  • I know I said I’m not into sneakers and all that…but Vans Chukkas are perfect. I’m about to start rocking worn-out shoes man. No more fresh whites.
  • Young Jeezy and his old BMF friends are probably going to jail. Maybe. What is the old saying? Is it…’get your money and shut-up’? I hope they make a movie about it after all is said and done.
  • I bought Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty off iTunes. Song is so good today. I bet I won’t like it tomorrow.
  • Mambas are the most candy for your corner-store dollar. I am the corner store king. Ask about me.
  • I thought the ‘O RLY’ owl thing was pretty funny man…but it kind of isn’t anymore.
  • ‘Hating’ things. Is this like a recent thing? Like in the past 25 years? The Fonz didn’t hate people. He just ignored them.
  • I like purposely boring design. They need to come up with a name for that style or genre.