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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Jim Jones in Mass Appeal!

First off…I’m going to start posting more. A lot more hopefully. That’s just what’s up….anyway. Jim Jones. Love what this dude is doing, so…new. His interview in Mass Appeal is superb as well. Mass Appeal takes him to get a facial at some posh spa in Manhattan and proceed to do the photo shoot and interview while he is getting ‘slathered with moisturizer and seaweed’ by three polish women…James Bond status. The photo shoot is really fresh man, props to Mass Appeal…Jim is so photogenic. But what stood out the most with me are the comments Jimmy made about a young Harlem kid who wanted to work with him but didn’t rap or sing. Jim offered him a job as an assistant / driver for all his daily transportation needs…Jim then went on to explain in detail to this young lad that the Dips as a business are always using an outside driver service for artists/execs/employees/etc and that he should start his own driver service and in-turn he would get all that business. Maybe I am too easily amused, but that is business right there. Jim is doing pretty incredible things as a true business man in the industry. I don’t necessarily like all his music, or everything he has to say…it’s quite insightful to listen to things like this. The rest of the article is good as well. ’…on 45th and Broadway!...’

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Dream Hotel – NYC!

Just stayed there for 3 nights this past weekend for Semi-Permanent 05… I’d have to say, not to be rude, but I wasn’t expecting all that much. These NYC hotels spend crazy money on their lobby’s and bar’s but nothing on the rooms which are often way too small – Hudson. Dream was different…check in was smooth, the two-floor tubular coral fish-tank is just crazy, the huge back-lit murals on each floor are a very nice touch, the room treatments are great – the floor-lighting, the flat-screens, lit desk, great bathrooms with the dual shower-head, what else…the apples on your pillow at night are an interesting touch. Also…the lobby has some weird decoration vibes. Seems like they are trying to have random objects and themes similar to how dreams always have weird juxtapositions and all that. The concierge dude was classic…kind of rude, but helpful I suppose, you could tell he was all about having a job where he can be a condescending New Yorker…funny stuff. I would recommend staying here, the rooms are huge, I like that. If you stay in 201 you can jump from the big dresser all the way onto the bed…but I think we broke the one bed closest to the door doing this. Ha. ***Calling themselves ‘Hautel Couture’ is unbelievably corny, sorry.

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Verified Identity Pass, Inc!

$79.95 and a magical “you’re cool” from TSA will get you through airport security real easy and breezy. This new company Verified Identity Pass, Inc. is trying to get rid of the embarrassing pat-downs, interrogation, luggage rummaging and scary looks you randomly get when going through airport security. Now, personally, I don’t know anything about this…never had any issues. My man Chuck on the other hand has been groped in front of quite a few people @ Midway that one time. I thought it was one of the funniest things I’d ever seen…he on the other hand didn’t. To be honest, I checked their corporate site and couldn’t really find much on exactly what having this new bio-metric card does for me. Do they not check anything?! They said something about not having to take off your shoes…which would be a real good look for Chuck. Ha. Either way…after going through security in La Guardia on 9/11 this weekend, I thought I would post about this. Check this news article from I just realized its V.I.P. – clever.

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Weekend recap! NYC!!

Nah thanks Ben, I’ll just put my comments up here. Wow. What a fun weekend. Seriously thanks to EVERYBODY who came and talked to me after I spoke and who talked with both me and Ben about THE BRILLIANCE. Semi-Permanent was a blast - lots of great speakers, people, food, sponsors, walking around the city…just everything was great. I just have to mention a few specific people who I met this weekend…Brianna and Vivian from XLR8R, Wendy HU!, Johnny Cupcakes, Joel Speasmaker, Barbara and Nicole, Toby from Burton, Ben Eneone, all the speakers of course, The Chopping Block guys, the Star Trak guys, Robert Trautman, Sally from Mass Appeal, Kareem Black!, Chantal the DJ (ha), and last but certainly not least, Mark the Cobra Snake, seen here in this picture of me and him at the closing night party. Look at this, with all my ghetto shout-outs. Anyways, the speakers were all good, food was great, jumping off the dresser onto the beds in our hotel room was great, everybody asking me if I was nervous was great…yeah. We’ll post some pictures real soon for everyone to see. What a weekend though…Sorry if I forgot to mention anyone I/we met, too many people to list. On another note, I just had hot wings and played blackjack and plan to clean my place tonight because it’s really messy. Also I have some stamps sitting on my desk. ***Yo…ditto on all that Chuck said and all the shout outs! Thanks to our Aussie friends for swapping rooms at the hotel - benjamin

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We’ll do a full post with pictures from the Semi-Permanent 05 weekend later this week I think. Either way, it was wild. Super wild. Brief highlights: the Dream hotel is nicer than I expected, the crew from Austrila are mad cool, man these NYC girls are too good looking, Charlie White is one wild dude, Mark The Cobra Snake is fun as hell to hang out with, the VIP gift bags were fresh – shout out to Kiehls, the after parties were too much fun, the subway is way cheaper than cabs (uh), Chuck’s speech was too good – yes, I’m biased, thanks to everyone we met that was cool – so many people. I’ll leave space for Chuck to make some comments here:

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And we’re out…

I think Chuck is already at the airport… I leave in like an hour or two. NYC for a few days, Semi-Permanent, parties, dinners, etc…all that. Should be a nice little vacation. Won’t be any posts while we’re there, at least I don’t think there will be. Hit us up,, with whatever random questions you might have…ask about Chuck’s incredible new tattoo (whoa), ask about what I packed in my luggage, if we had isle or window seats…uhhh…I don’t know, whatever you know? And if someone doesn’t mind, where is the best place to grab a pair of Stan Smiths in Manhattan…we are staying in the 50’s off broadway I think. That’s really all I can think to type. See everyone there. ‘…baby, I’m going on an aero-plane, and I don’t know if I’ll be back again…’

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iPod Nano! I mean…

Yeah, you already heard about it, whatever. First of all, the name is kind of wack, its like…I don’t know, just too chess/computer club status for me. But regardless of what you think about anything…Steve Jobs is the ultimate technology-branding-hustler-extraordinaire. Half these lifestyle technology companies announce their products 6-12 months before they drop…so stupid. The competition gets the jump on them and the market is diluted by the time they drop. See the cell phone market. But Mr. Jobs drops products the same day he announces it to the public. Bananas. Gets people so caught in the hype, including myself, and gives them direct access to it. A sort of exclusivity for the masses…only in comparison to his competition, which is pretty much non-existent. Either way… This thing is beautiful, it really is. I want to see the black design in person. Props where props due. Steve Jobs is Willy Wonka.

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Sprint’s PPC-6700, a new nerd phone!

I’m still addicted to being connected. Its really getting to be an issue. And then this thing is announced! I will be one of the first to purchase this device…I mean, I cant help myself. It’s got the new Windows Mobile 5 which is more one hand friendly so I can email and drive at the same time…I have only been in one tiny accident because of that! For real, whoa. But yes, nice vibrant screen, Bluetooth and all that, wifi (skype punks!), what else…the slide out keyboard! Hopefully it is as thin as it looks in pictures. My Treo is just too big sometimes. I guess this phone comes out within the next month…late September, early October and will hit for roughly $649. Anyone want my Treo? Sorry I didn’t post more specs and all that…check one of the 2 million nerd phone forums, they got more info than you could possibly want.

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Semi-Permanent NYC - this week!!

I’ve posted about this before and I’m posting about this again, one because I am speaking, and two because it’s going to be good and you should be there. Semi-Permanent 2005 in NYC at the Lincoln Center/Avery Fisher Hall is THIS WEEK! Starting with opening night dinners and parties on Thursday night and continuing into the end of the weekend on Sunday, this conference is going to be huge. With a host of speakers including Fafi, Joshua Davis, The Orphanage, Paul Pope, Skinnycorp, Charlie White, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Insertsilence, Lobo, Peter Sluszka, Visionaire, and myself, this 2-day conference is going to really, really be one not to miss. A huge gift bag for all who attend, fun parties and dinners, a great chance to network and meet new people, and not to mention it’s a good price…Huge sponsors like the Art Director’s Club, Vice Magazine, Superfuture, Beinghunted, HOW, I.D., Flavorpill, and more…I can’t stress enough how fun and inspiring this weekend conference will be. See the site for more information. Ben and I will both be there so if you have a question about THE BRILLIANCE or want to see how white Ben REALLY keeps his shoes, come find us.

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The new Royal!!

The new issue of The Royal, Issue 6: Lost in Space, is now online for you to check out. It’s always cool to look at it online but it’s even better to have a copy in your hands. The new issue has features on Marvel Comics (which is really interesting), idN Magazine, Semi-Permanent 05, James Jean, Sneaker Pimps, and more. Brandon, John, Dave, and the rest of the Royal crew do not fail to deliver in this issue. The content is always fresh and the ads in this one aren’t even too bad. I should point out, especially, the James Jean feature. If you haven’t seen Jean’s work, get familiar, right now. Unbelievable. Anyways, check the new issue and spend some time clicking through one of the only online magazines worth reading (then get yourself a real copy of it!) And then go buy some Arizona Iced Tea with Peach, or Rasberry, depending on what you feel like.