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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Zopa, get money!

I first read about this in Wired a while back. This, to me at least, will be revolutionary if it catches on. In a very similar format to eBay, Zopa wants to create a place where people who want to loan money can connect with credit worthy people who want to borrow money. So if you want to want make like 5.5% on $4000 you have hanging around you can use Zopa to ‘list’ your money availability and Zopa has tiered credit level users who can borrow your cash at a pre-determined rate. Without trying to explain it too much, you can loan your cash to higher-risk borrowers for higher returns or go with a safer borrower and get a little less return. Basically it’s totally decentralizing banking from a borrower’s standpoint. Unreal. My explanation might not have been the best, so check their site. By the way, this is only available in the UK. I’m not sure when the service drops in the US, but you better believe I’ll be loan-sharking it on this site.

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13th Witness!!

Timothy’s site can seriously pull you away from your work for hours if you get too sucked in. Photos from life in Japan, events, sick cars, boxing, girls, snakes…Very nice dude too. I want to suggest a specific section but I can’t pick one to spotlight. They’re all great…Futura, Ferraris, Pharrell and more. It’s all there. Check out the motion section too. And once you’ve finished looking around the site, go to the Fam Fam section and spend a few days going through all those sites/links too. THE BRILLIANCE loves 13thWitness.

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The Maybach Exlero!

Anyone remember that post I made a while back about wearing ‘gators’ and driving ‘Great Gatsby’ looking cars? Whoa, this is the 2006 version of that. This car right here is insane. Usually I can decide quite quickly if I like a car or not… This one just… It’s just so different looking, and so long! Can you even imagine this in traffic?! Almost a bit ridiculous. But I can’t knock the brand for coming out with something so outrageous and over the top. I think we need that every once in a while. Either way, it’s not slated for production, but it is quite an interesting model to look at. Quick run-down; it has 700 horse power, can reach 354 kmph, and if it came in cream or white Scrooge McDuck would drive it. Check out what the kids on NikeTalk (no, I don’t post!) have to say below…

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‘Liz’ by Andy Warhol sells for $12.6M!

I got to Sotheby’s late, but it would have been $12.7M… Maybe. Either way, I love this. While I can’t say I am 100% obsessed with Warhol’s stuff, I certainly feel he is the originator of what we see today with Kaws, Bape, Futura, and all those guys. His art was more a brand than anything else. And he did it with such perfect execution. The money, the parties (Studio 54), the life-style… All quite wild. Chuck and I were discussing this…you have to wonder if he ever thought it would end up like this? With people paying $12.6M for a screen print. What about the parallels between Kaws and Warhol? Run the numbers, 200 prints @ $150 selling out in a matter of hours… You have to wonder how our whole niche scene will be viewed 10,20,30 years from now. And what prices the items will command… And who will be buying them?

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KAWS ‘Warm Regards’ print!!!!

This JUST dropped (no pun intended) like a few hours ago…if that. I love how there was no heads up about it on the KAWS site. These will be sold out so fast. Titled ‘Warm Regards,’ this is a hand printed letterpress print on Somerset velvet white acid free archival paper, 16x20”. This is an edition of 200, signed and numbered. I already ordered one (OK, so maybe I ordered more than one…) And alright, I love this character. It is one of the most oddly lovable to date…as weird and gross as it is, this will go great right in the kitchen on a wall that faces where people sit to eat dinner. Corn anyone? Very, very nice.

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Mayakoba Mangrove Resorts!

I like this a lot. Nope, haven’t been there, but I plan on hitting this place up quite soon. It’s located roughly 40 minutes from overwhelming Cancun and ‘nestled’ in thick/lush tropical rain forest along with lagoons and mangroves right on the Caribbean coast. They have eco-luxury units that are posted over the water tucked right into the mangroves… Kind of like the famous water huts in Bora-Bora. Either way, this place sounds very James Bond, I’m loving this. Really, check the pictures on the site. All sorts of trails through the rainforest too, wow. Five different spa’s at the various sub-hotels within the resort too, very nice, step your relaxation game up. Mayakoba is next, see you there.

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Rolling Stones world tour!!!

I tip my hat to anybody who is 61 years [young] and is still doing their thing in a big way. I mean - in the sports world, when you turn like 35, you’re among the almost-retired old fogies. In the music world? First off, hardly any bands in the world can manage to pull this off and pull it off well (do they even need this introduction!?), but The Rolling Stones can. Jagger and Richards are 61, Ron wood is 57, and Charlie Watts is 63. I think it’s incredible that they are still going strong. I personally love and admire to death people who never stop growing and are consistently pushing things forward. You can’t really dislike the Stones, you have to at least give some respect to Richards whose face kind of resembles an old boot…So all I’m saying is - this is pretty incredible. Also - the New York Dolls are back on the road. Nice, very inspirational…

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Electric Heat!!

Nigel Dennis has been a close and personal friend of mine for about 6 years now. We met a while back and have been good friends and done work together ever since. I have personally witnessed his style and creative maturity grow and develop like wildfire in the last year. Check out some of his new work and I’m sure you’ll agree - he has become one of the more exciting designers around. Great stuff coming straight out of luxurious Lansing, IL/east Indiana - the art/designer capital of the world!

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Entire KAWS Chum collection!

This is the first time I have ever seen anybody sell an entire collection of KAWS Chums on eBay. They usually end at aboue $300-$400 a piece, if not more…So - this whole collection? 4 days and 15 hours left as of this posting and the 6 toys are already at $1,219.44 with 12 bids. I can’t even make a guess what they’ll end at. No doubt closer to $2,000. Yellow, clear, pink, white, black, and a rare Michelin Man figure which is what the Chums were inspired by are for sale. If you’re a collector but missed out on the Chums when they came out, this is a great opportunity, however, you’ll put a nice dent in the wallet for these. The black one is signed as well. Crazy…One word: investment.

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Perplex&lola fall 2005 collection from 2577!

Perplex&Lola is at it again with a sick new women’s fall line for fall 05… I got a quick sneak peak, and please believe, it’s incredibly fresh. I would describe it as ‘very new’ in terms of it’s overall feel. But it’s not doing that overly conceptual-futuristic thing. It’s very wearable, something that is missing a bit in today’s world. The inspiration for the line is wild creative… Check this… The line is inspired by a futuristic corporation called Nucleus Labs that took over the world by commercializing genetically modified products and NUCLEUS PLAZA is the place where things are happening in 2577.” I love it… Some science fiction type stuff. I’m not sure when the new collection will be on their site but stay tuned for that and their new catalog… Keep doing your thing Milan!