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“We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”

We have been putting this zine together for nearly 13 years and we truly hope we have touched all of you many wonderful people in some way. You have each held a piece in the puzzle of our history. In Issue 1, we took you back through the years and reflected on where we have been. Check out some highlights from past issues and read some of our favorite visions of what it means to be BrilliantlyMad.

Being BrilliantlyMad is a lifestyle, not just a fancy concept of utopia. It’s not a religion or demanding you to like one thing or do another. Remember that maneuvering through life in the mind’s eye is such a beautiful place to be. You don’t have to be a celebrity or in the top of your class to enjoy it. You are in control of every part of your existence starting from birth by just recalling what really happened. There exists, between everyone, a force of nature.

We can imagine what kinds of energies there are and why things happen the way they do but we never have absolute control over any environment. What we can do is adapt to our surroundings, do what is right and hopefully we can fulfill this mission we call life. Your perception is half the knowledge. Reality is the other. Just like knowing something doesn’t compare to experiencing it.

It’s time to get real about life. It’s time to find out the truths holding to the ropes that tie us down. It’s time to make peace with your families and go home. Come together right now and make a better tomorrow. If there is any one thing that BrilliantlyMad wants from you, it is your commitment to becoming a better human for the remainder of your life.

It’s up to each and every one of you to determine your own fate, yet we hope to inspire each of you to do remarkable things. The past events and zines were stepping-stones to where we are now. Only time shall see where we end up.

You have been chosen by fate to showcase your talents and skills for the improvement of life on Earth. We have lived amongst the destruction of morals, values and humanity itself for as long as time can show. We have been deprived of personal freedoms as a citizen, respect as neighbors and love as humans. It seems that even future generations have already been sold out. Our stressful society brainwashes us to market everything like corporate money hungry pigs, and use this money like a respiratory system sustaining our consumption.

In order to combat ignorance, we have dedicated this media to helping people find themselves out of the matrix.

May the love be with you, The BrilliantlyMad Crew

"With a personal touch and a global expression, participation for the purification of our national and global sovereignty is requested with urgency. Just as many individual flavors must blend to achieve the final taste treat, it is through the effective blending of the ideas and special talents of all our members that will assure our global and zonal success."

BrilliantlyMad Issue 00 circa 1998:

BrilliantlyMad Issue .85 circa 1999:

Looking Brilliant Achieve Dreams Love 4-1-Another Live to the Fullest Fuck The System R U Having Fun Write On Chimeran Star Dust Voodoo Child Am I having Flashbacks? Tony W. Whistle 3 Goodness Carla Starla Carrie Archie Ronnie Juju Marcus Watkins Cajmere Paul Anthony Paul Johnson Jevon Jackson John Aquaviva Judson Nathaniel Firehouse Texas Boogie Knights Kindred Groove Blink True Family Unit Jazz Excursion Transparent Prod. Pride ‘99 Rainbow Gatherin Boogie Tribe Richie Hawtin Vibe Alive Dalia Full Spectrum Have a Nice Rave

BrilliantlyMad Issue .86 circa 2000:

Vibe Patrol Smile Beautifully Shine Share Love AlienLoveNVasion Richard Yuzon Killing the Scene Translating Down Midwest’s PLUR Analogik Theo G Dancing Freely Flashback 2 Isaac Kenley Hardcore Delta 9 Stoner Associates Media Rave TV Got Rave? Emotions Pick Up Lines Shutup and Dance Baramesi Speaks Bob Klosinski Solo Dojo Up Gear Promo The Youth Spot / Candy Kid Pillalo Chyna Adonis Nosmo Rob Hood Traxx Jevon Jackson 13 Monkeys Tetsuo 303 Drive Sober Liquid Combat 2 Speak Eazy Kathy’s poetry Jacob’s Poem If we build it They will cum Get Hammered

BrilliantlyMad Issue .88 circa 2001:

Earthlings Going to Hell? or already there? Mark Gvero Unconsciousness Word of Mouth Fusion Ent. Mad-Hatter Prod. Joe Moreau What is REALity? Burning Desire Silent Bob PRDF Manifesto Shaping-Believe Organizing-Learn Invitation Oriah Mountain Dreamer Poetry in Motion Tributary Everyone Loves TJ Richter DropBass Network Mass Media’s Lie Attention People Sleepwalkers EQ 1118w/Berywn Financial Aid Higher Ed. Act Raise Your Voice Apollo 8 First Prayer from Space Universal Peace Solo Dojo Exist...Live Touch...Feel Look... Observe Hear... Listen Care... Love Marshal McLuhan Powerful Ventilate No Distractions

BrilliantlyMad Issue .89 circa 2002: Somewhere
Circa 2003 … somewhere else

BrilliantlyMad Issue .90 circa 2004:

Where’s Love Regime Change Begins at Home Nov. 2nd, 2004 Voting Guide No Strangers Here Raver’s Manifesto Project Toronto Christine Cegelis Barack Obama Henry Hyde Thomas Jefferson Take Action John Edwards Vote Vote VOTE Rise Up and Resist Days of War Nights of Love Crimethink NietzsCheGueverTransform Environments Horny Hippie The Nun Pop Up Planet Buy Nothing Day John Kenneth News Cast Robert Pirsig Can’t Stop Us Campus Greens Voter Advisory 100 Reason NOT To Vote For Bush Fellow Americans Albert Einstein Patriot Act Stop the FTAA Can’t Stop Us H.U.G.S.

BrilliantlyMad Issue .91, January 2005:

Le Menu Self Improvement Determination Education Evolve Where’s the Love? Rewind Issue .90 Protest What? System Gone Mad Draft This! Protest Slogans Campus Greens 10 Key Values The War on ? Political Movies Digital Rights Downhill Battle Can’t Stop Us CTA Price Hike Best of 2004 Smiles Amongst State of the scene Windy City Rollers JaGoFF Lucky Luciano Dj Seven Chance Local Path to Freedom H.U.G.S. Express... Spirit Art from Caveman Pick Up Lines Thinking in Tao Seth Stauffer Chad Sommer Art by Paulina Art by Rose Art by Rachel Eve Elina Sorokin’s Art Fight the Rich Not Their Wars Harry James

BrilliantlyMad Issue .95, March 2005:

Ghandhi Music... Happier House Music David Chavez RIP Ron Hardy Breaks.... Eon Jungle... MK Liquid Buzz Alfonz de la Mota Techno.. Miles C. Electro.. Live Wire Experimental Noiz Kult 13 ... Peter Live... Just Kevin Silver Wrapper Get in FREE tips Old-School Pics Media Carta Not in Our Name Transit Safety Tips I-Pass Sham Eat It Up Amdrea The Abbey Pub Patience and time The Dalai Lama Kris Heinlein Springing Forward Gramaphone MR Peabody Mattt G on Ego Robbi on 50 Cents Dan Fem 9 from k.c. Humans Divided Sterling on change Negation o Duality Swedish Proverb Wendell Berry Fertility by Bezr EsNtion Records Greg Castellanos

BrilliantlyMad Issue .975, June 2005:

Energy Among Us Intro to Chakras Intro to Capoeira Kings of Steeping Supreme Court Mirrored Image Kult 13 Rob Velev J. Gibson Cycle Logic Zoe Rob Velev NWCC Fang tha Laz Bboyb Check It Chilluminati SPUNN Mother Diva Angela Mylissa Belle Katincat Kay Sileas Prissy Gambrielle Jade Ms Easy Heather Mary Shannon Mark Amy BenJaye Randy Gigi Anneliese Sal-E Nino Lisa Randy

BrilliantlyMad Issue 1, 2006:

Whatever medical science may profess, there is a difference between life and survival. There is more to being alive than just having a heartbeat and brain activity. Being alive, really alive, is something much subtler and more magnificent. Their instruments measure blood pressure and temperature, but overlook joy, passion, love, all the things that make life really matter. To make our lives matter again, to really get the most out of them, we will have to redefine life itself.

We'll start by chasing our dreams, breaking our old patterns, embracing what we love (and in the process discovering what we hate), daydreaming, questioning, acting outside the boundaries of routine and regularity. Others see us doing this, see people daring to be more creative and more adventurous, more generous and more ambitious than they had imagined possible, and join us one by one. Once enough people embrace this new way of living, a point of critical mass is finally reached, and society itself begins to change. From that moment, the world will start to undergo a transformation: from the frightening, alien place that it is, into a place ripe with possibility, where our lives are in our own hands and any dream can come true.

And Life is waiting for you with us, on the peaks of unclimbed mountains, in the smoke of campfires and burning buildings, in the arms of lovers who will turn your world upside down. Come join us!
by Gloria Cubana (from CrimethInc.)

Becoming BrilliantlyMad means uniting your heart and mind in perfect harmony so you can find your soul. All of us are born BrilliantlyMad but along the way we tend to forget how to be alive.

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