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Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Fuuuuuuuck. It's true, no good deed goes unpunished.

So, Leah's moving to Vermont right away and I'm stuck with her Warped ticket. Who wants it?

Zach, give me my fucking issues of Green Arrow.
Mike Wilson - 12:08:00 AM

Monday, July 29, 2002

HAHA!! Mike, i'm not sure if you've run into this problem before... but beware. Zach's previously gone for stretches as long as several years when it comes to returning personal items that he had borrowed from me. To be honest, I think once it becomes long enough to be annoying, he just wants to see how long he can go. Just long enough so that when you do actually get whatever it is back, you've completely forgotten about it and/or it's return is useless to it's original owner. Oh, and don't forget, he's a partial klepto. Good luck with that one.
K.Steeze - 7:58:00 PM

Zach, I want my fucking Green Arrow comics back.
Mike Wilson - 6:32:00 PM

Sunday, July 28, 2002

So I am at this moment receiving a copy (in mp3 form) of the most recent RCY performance. I've only heard half of it, cause the rest is downloading from her slow ass 56k, but so far so good. man we kick ass.
K.Steeze - 4:00:00 AM

Saturday, July 27, 2002

sure. I'll drop off the $5.00 in a post office box in East Virginia for you. Someday
Skip - 3:58:00 AM

Friday, July 26, 2002

Zach, when I first saw Shrek in the theater, I loved it. I thought it was hilarious. I bought it in December with a Borders gift certificate that I got for Christmas. I watched it that day or the next with Steeze and The Last Angry Man, and somehow I didn't like anymore. It just seemed really hollow and not at all as funny as the first time. I watched it again the other day, and I still don't like it. I don't feel that it lives up to the rest of my DVD library. I have to get it out of there. $5.00.
David - 8:26:00 PM

Wordy word, kids. Pay attention. I would like to take the opportuity to declare the Bald Mountain the best and greatest brother in the world (even better than me). This is based not only on years of dedicated brotherhod, but also on the strength of his second, hidden birthday present, which I did not discover until this morning. Thank you, David. I love you.
Mike Wilson - 6:56:00 PM

The 1984 blockbuster "The Ewok Adventure", directed by the immortal John Korty. No contest

So, I just so happened to be in West Virginia this week. I was whitewater rafting with some friends and my raft capsized in the middle of some bad ass rapids. Anyway, somehow I lost both of my sandals, and ridiculously enough, I found one of them downstream. After the trip, I was approached by a "guide" who claimed that he knew where my other sandal was. Needless to say, I was eager to here what he had to say.

"It's in East Virginia."

He started explaining something about how all lost items in these rapids float to the mysterious East Virginia, but I was laughing too hard to really pay attention.
Jay - 6:08:00 PM

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Why are you selling it for $5, David? That's a wonderful movie, so I can see only on of two things being true. Either you broke it and you suck, or you bought a super-secret special edition Shrek DVD and you want to pawn off the not as special one. And you suck.

So which is it, David?

About my favorite Episode, it's Empire. I love it. Then it is II,VI,I, and IV. Yes, I'm bold enough to say I is better than IV.

And maybe this is how balance is brought to the force:

Most normal people aren't perfect. Most of us do bad things, and a few do very bad things (like the people that made Very Bad Things). Now, since everyone has the force in them, maybe all of those very bad things add up on the dark side of the scale. And then there's the Sith, who are very strong in the Force, and do very bad things. That pushes the scale out of balance. So The Jedi have to take out the Sith, and once that's done, the presence of the Jedi and the normal background "Dark Noise" of the force even out. Balance.

Just a thought.

Skip - 8:19:00 PM

Hey! It's Mike's birthday today. The Last Angry Man is 23. Happy birthday, Mike!
David - 10:46:00 AM

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Who wants to buy my Shrek DVD for $5.00?
David - 7:43:00 PM

1) Attack of the Clones
Best. Movie. Ever.

2) The Empire Strikes Back
Leia: "I love you." Han: "I know." Amazing.

3) Return of the Jedi
I consider the part when Luke almost kills Vader and there's all the choir music to be the single greatest moment in all of cinema. Odd that I put Empire ahead of this movie, but I guess it's because I always get bored right when they arrive on Endor and can't get focussed on the movie again until the speeder chase.

4) The Phantom Menace and A New Hope
I just can't decide which of these two I like better. A New Hope has one battle at the end, compared to four simultanious battles in Menace, but Menace has a lot more Jar-Jar. A New Hope has Alec "Genuine Class" Guinness, but Menace has the most amazingly fast-paced light saber fight ever.

God damn Star Wars kicks ass.

David - 7:43:00 PM

You poor confused bastards. Empire doesn't have to be able to stand on it's own, because all of Star Wars is one incredibly good, outrageously long movie. Now, on to the list! Although I do not have the benefit of hindsight (not the foresight to judge Episode III), Attack of the Clones is the best of the films. It is followed by The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, and the still great A New Hope.

More on Anakin and Sith lightning tomorrow, because right now I'm short on time.
Mike Wilson - 6:30:00 PM

Why is it that if Anakin was so powerful with the force he never got to use that force lightning stuff. I would think he was at least as powerful as Dooku who didn't really seem to have any problem with it. Perhaps he just preferred the long range choking thing as an alternative, which I would guess is a lot less distracting for the other officers walking around. Plus, that lightning must be rather annoying with respect to the phenomenon where you close your eyes and can still see it because it's kinda burned into your retina.

In other news, I agree with Kevin that Jedi is the best. However, I have a nagging suspicion that Clones will take over that top spot once it gets a chance to sink in and I can appreciate the minutae. I think Empire would be a lot higher than third in my book if it had more potential as a stand alone film. I for one cannot watch it without then viewing Jedi in close proximity. From there, I think New Hope and Menace are pretty close, but perhaps the nod towards Menace because in New Hope, Luke is just such a whiny bitch most of the time (that and there really aren't any good light sabre battles, and aging Alec Guinness is not the most graceful fighter). Also, in the first installment of each trilogy the first films don't seem as dramatic because the individual actions don't seem to carry as much importance.

Kevin, excellent work on the comic.
Ace - 1:07:00 PM

For me it's Jedi, which i just watched again last night with my friends Branden and Greg down here at SCAD. It's such a great climax, and that's really what I love in movies are the endings. Especially, when they're kick ass and have the all time best space battle sequence ever while also having two other enormous battles going on. After that it's probably Clones, Empire or A New Hope, and then the lowly, but not at all horrible, Phantom Menace. Oh, and Mike, I just started working on a new comic strip for the Newsletter titled "The Best Damn DP in Hollywood", which features an 11 year old, Peurto Rican boy named Pablo Sanchez who is somehow the world's best cinematographer, even though he's completely blind. It features Ben Savage as his best friend, but not by choice, and James Cameron as his worst enemy!
K.Steeze - 1:21:00 AM

Monday, July 22, 2002

I have no more theories on Anakin, except that something we have in common is being married to Natalie Portman. I want everybody to answer this one: What is your favorite Star Wars movie? Please feel free to list them all in order of preference.
David - 7:19:00 PM

Now, I want more theorizing on Anakin and bring the Force back into balance. Do it!
Mike Wilson - 6:44:00 PM

Nope, it's all my fault. Between going to california and feeling sorry for myself since I got back, I haven't taken the hours necessary to lay it out. Yeah, I feel sort of bad about this, but not too bad. After all, it was Brad and Jim who wanted to go once-monthly for the Summer, and I'm the only one doing an damned work for it. I layout the issues, print off the copies, and address and stuff the envelopes. Jim helps with layout, but he's in Los Alamos right now, and Brad's worthless. So, I just haven't felt like doing it all by myself lately. But, it'll get done this week, and things will be back to the hectic, but easy to maintain biweekly schedule in September. (And I rather liked your column, Zach.)
Mike Wilson - 6:42:00 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Maybe your verbal herpies actually cought on and spread
K.Steeze - 2:00:00 AM

Saturday, July 20, 2002

hey, why haven't I received a The Newsletter in some time? I thought my column on television viewing wasn't so bad that I should be removed from the mailing list.
Skip - 12:39:00 AM

Is that the only reason you feel superior?
Skip - 12:38:00 AM

Friday, July 19, 2002

We all do, Zach, we all do. I was actually in Marin County on Sunday; so, given my recent (relatively) close proximity to George Lucas, I feel vastly superior to you all.
Mike Wilson - 6:54:00 PM

No, I'm serious. I love him.
Skip - 11:25:00 AM

It's a family story. His son redeems him before death. George Lucas, what a softy! I love him.
Skip - 11:24:00 AM

Thursday, July 18, 2002

I agree with David. However, it is through indirect means. Luke brings Anakin back to the light side, causing the force to be brought back into balance, which I'm assuming is represented in the end shot of Jedi by the three holocrons of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin. Without Luke's aid it never would've happened. What a damn good story.
K.Steeze - 11:19:00 PM

I really don't have a theory on what "bring the force back into balance" means. I'm not even sure if George Lucas knows what it means. It might just be a cool-sounding way of saying that the chosen one makes things right again. And that, I believe, does happen. Anakin Skywalker's actions (mainly, killing the emperor) do make things right in the galaxy. The prophesy is fulfilled.
David - 8:30:00 PM

Thanks, Steeze. By the way, Ace Windu, great work on the mommies and puppies question.

So, now, another deeply philosophical and entirely theoretical question (one the answer to which we cannot possibly know now and may not fully understand even after multiple viewings of Episode III): what do you think it means to "bring the Force back into balance"? Also, an inbedded question is, having seen in A New Hope, Empire, and Jedi the consequences of Anakin's fall to the Dark Side (i.e. the destruction of the Jedi Order), does the prophecy come true? Or is it a load of dingo's kidneys? Think, and then bring your thoughts before the group. Or, better yet, embrace the true spirit of BTW and bring your thoughts before the group without really thinking. I look forward to some quality master debating.
Mike Wilson - 6:37:00 PM

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

God, it's good to have Mike back :)
K.Steeze - 3:09:00 PM

In The Phantom Menace, Masters Yoda and Windu have their little discussion by Qui-Gon's pyre for three reasons: a) to establish that the modus operandi of the Sith is the single master-single apprentice system. We see this in operation in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, but as these are prequels it is right and proper that it is explicitly stated; b) to let those who haven't figured it out in on the secret that kindly old Palpatine is the same man as the sinister Darth Sidious via John Williams's brilliant musical cue; and c) to hint at Sidious's power by allowing him to stand in the same room as virtually the entire Jedi Council and not be detected. He does a lot more of this in Attack of the Clones, but this is the first time we see it happen.

The Jedi use the term "master" loosely, but at no point in the five films have we ever seen the Sith throw it around casually. Yoda, Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, et alii hold the level of Jedi Master, rather than the lesser levels of Jedi Knight and Jedi Padawan. Yet Obi-Wan Kenobi, holding the level of Jedi Knight, is called "Master Kenobi" by Madame Jocasta Nu, "Master Obi-Wan" by Yoda, and "Master Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi" by Taun We. So, just as there is a specific level of Jedi Knight at the same time that all the Jedi are correctly called Jedi Knights, there is both a specific level of Jedi Master and an acceptance of the term master as an honorific for all adult Jedi.

Among the Sith, the only one ever called "Master" is Darth Sidious. Darth Vader and Darth Maul both ackowledge his orders by saying "Yes, my master" whereas Darth Tyranus greets him as "Master Sidious." Sidious is heard to address all three of his apprentices by the title "Lord," Lord Vader, Lord Maul, and Lord Tyranus. In the same way as all Jedi are Jedi Knights, all Sith are Sith Lords. Whereas the Jedi have chosen the honorific master, the Sith, probably in a nod to the slavish nature of there order, reserve the term master for the one true Sith master, and instead rely on lord as an honorific, which still conveys to underlings a sense of inferiority and obedience.
Mike Wilson - 1:28:00 PM

Kevin, you know how much bullshit I'm used to getting form you? Not very much. But "I guess i've outgrown the goofy songs" sure sounds like a lot of bullshit to me. "Outgrown"? What, are you growing up or something? You know what adults do, Steeze? They get married and have kids. See you at the wedding, bitch.
David - 12:28:00 AM

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Hey, gang, The Last Angry Man has returned from San Francisco and ready to get back into the swing of things. So, once I've had a chance to catch up on all the posts, prepare for an earful. (Both because I have a lot to say and I need to take my mind off Linz.)
Mike Wilson - 6:29:00 PM

Kevin, you're probably right.
Skip - 3:02:00 AM

Monday, July 15, 2002

I bought Cheer Up! but there's only a couple songs that I really like. It's seems more weird than the typical ska RBF cd i'm used to. They kind of take what they were doing on WDTRSH and amp it up even more so. I guess i've outgrown the goofy songs. And Zach, like usual, I think you're assuming too much.
K.Steeze - 11:42:00 PM

I just got back from my fourth viewing of Episode II. Here's a thought. We may be assuming too much about who the master and who the apprentice is in the Sith. Ponder this: What reasons would George have for the dialogue between Yoda and Windu at the funeral pyre in Episode I? And even though Dooku refers to Palpatine at the end of Episode II as "Master Sidious", and in turn Palpatine refers to Dooku as "Lord Tyranus", does not Yoda refer to Obi-Wan as "Master Kenobi"?

I think the pieces have been offered to us so that we have the ability to unlock some of the mystery behind Episode III. Once we see III, some things might seem obvious to us in retrospect. And I, for one, believe that we may just be assuming too much.
Skip - 8:06:00 PM

Everybody needs to go out and buy Cheer Up! Reel Big Fish is still proving that rock 'n' roll is bitchin'.
Count me in for a decal.
David - 3:16:00 PM

Dude, Sweet. I want a decal! what a great idea. Let me know how much they cost. I like how in all of this "measuring up" of who's seen Star Wars the most, somehow... Katie Groat managed to see Jurassic Park in the theater 7 times! That's more than I saw Phantom Menace, and so far it's more than I've seen Attack of the Clones. Weird.
K.Steeze - 2:12:00 PM

Today is the big day. I'm going to do what I wasn't able to do with Jurassic Park, Episode I, or the Fellowship of the Ring. I'm going to see a movie 4 times in the theater, and that movie is Episode II. Yeah
Skip - 10:05:00 AM

Sunday, July 14, 2002

I'm pricing out massive rear-window decals that say "". you know, for the kids. Kinda like lawn care companies always seem to have. Would anybody else be interested in one? printing companies would probably charge less for orders greater than, say, 1. it would be good publicity, methinks.
Jay - 7:57:00 PM

Saturday, July 13, 2002

My suggestion. Take the bootleg home and play star wars music on your stereo and watch your favorite scenes. Look for Easter Eggs. Watch Mace Windu kick ass. Somebody paid 80.00 for you to enjoy it. Don't waste their precious 80.00.
Skip - 12:13:00 PM

Wow, Punk Rock Jedi, if that was only a trailer I can't wait for the real thing to come out. Anyway, I walked into work the other day and sitting right next to one of the computers was a video cd for attack of the clones all nicely packaged and everything. Now, before you start thinking that God must be smiling on me or something to give me this little gem (or at least a copy) for my very own, I have to qualify it by saying that the nice packaging was all in Russian (this is ironic only because I have a bootleg of Episode I that has subtitles in Yiddish). So I popped it in to see what this was all about, and it was an incredibly high quality copy. The only problem is that it is overdubbed in Russian. However, this kinda screws them too, because you can clearly hear the original english too, at full volume. It also had a price tag on it for "80.00". No unit so who knows if that is dollars, rubles, euros or whatnot. Moral of the story: Star Wars kicks way more ass in English.
Ace - 7:54:00 AM

Friday, July 12, 2002

They should start filming Episode III next summer, not long after my future wife (Natalie Portman) graduates college. The film should be out two years after that, in 2005.
David - 12:28:00 AM

Thursday, July 11, 2002

I just downloaded Punk Rock Jedi. Man, that was some sweet lightsaber action. Good job.
Skip - 11:49:00 AM

Damn. The next fucking post after I post the contest and Kevin whomps my ass. No fun. Well, I still won't have the grand prize completed for about a month. You'll get your prize in 6-8 weeks. Bitch.

Hey, so does that mean they're filming III right now? God, it seems so final.
Skip - 11:10:00 AM

Are you sure it wasn't Save Christmas?
K.Steeze - 12:23:00 AM

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Yeah, I'm sure it wasn't Skip Carmichael. We made The Final Hoe-Down in the summer of 2000, the summer after I graduated high school. They did principal photography on AOTC that summer, and released the movie two years later, in the summer of 2002. If they filmed AOTC in 2001 when we were making Skip Carmichael, how the hell did they finish all those visual effects in just one year? And how did "On Location with Ahmed Best" get on starting in August 2000? Ass.
David - 7:57:00 PM

Are you sure it wasn't Skip Carmichael?
K.Steeze - 5:50:00 PM

Food for thought: when they were doing most of the shooting for Attack of the Clones, we were making Smith and Winkler: The Final Hoe-Down.
David - 2:58:00 PM

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Salvadore Dali, Gala and the "Angelus" of Millet Immediately Preceding the Arrival of the Conic Anamorphosis, 1933, held currently in The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Art school, bitch. Now what's my fucking treat?
K.Steeze - 7:20:00 PM

wow, I never thought one of my theories would be so widely accepted. I'm honored. And I just have to say that this Blog thing is awesome. I'm getting into it and I think it's great to return a couple hours later and see more posts. Good idea, guys.

So, here's the thing. I posed it as a question to the Professor, but I probably should have presented it here at the Blog. There is a painting that has been done by a famous artist within the past century, and it features the Lobster of Truth. Well, there's a guy. And he has a lobster on his head. I just assumed.

I think I want to have a contest. Who can find the painting first? The Grand Prize will be something cool, and worth your effort.

Here are the rules:
You have 1 month with which to find this painting. I want artist, title, year, and current location. The first person to post it on the Blog wins. And if you don't want to find it, that's fine.
If you need a hint, I gave one when I asked the Professor. Check it out there. Peace
Skip - 5:41:00 PM

A New Hope? Never seen it and don't care to.
K.Steeze - 4:14:00 PM

So I hadn't been keeping up with the blog lately, but I (suprisingly) was intrigued by what Zach said about the definition of bringing balance to the force. I had thought along the same lines as Mike that the force had been way out of balance, with way too much on the way of Jedi. However, as a result of Anakin/Vader, at one time there are two Jedi (Luke and Yoda) and two Sith (Vader and Sidious). What an incredibly vague prophecy anyway. I think the reason they never go into what it means is that none of the Jedi really understand it either. It's always like the elephant in the room, everyone is just too proud to ask someone else what it really means. Not that anyone would know.

By the way... why isn't Vader in total control of the Empire. He was Tarkin's bitch in A New Hope.
Ace - 3:03:00 PM

So I just finished reading Leviticus, the third book of The Holy Bible. I am the Lord. God seems to punctuate about every other sentence with the phrase, "I am the Lord." So I'm going to do that, too. I am the Lord. If it's good enough for God, then it's good enough for me. I am the Lord.
David - 2:19:00 PM

Cheer up, everybody. You are somebody!
David - 2:16:00 PM

I want to discuss Zach's theory in great and painstaking detail, but I don't have the time now. So, even if you guys move on, we'll be renewing this in seven days when I'm back.

Also, Kevin, have you even seen A New Hope? Tarkin is the one very much in command of the Death Star and he blows up Alderaan, not Vader.

Hey, you remember how the sidewalk along State Street leading to my house was all torn up and shabbily filled in with soft patch? Well, yesterday the city replaced the deadly soft patch with, gaaah, real concrete. So, now the sidewalk is more safe and usable than it was before. What the hell? Come on, the soft patch would have been even better come Winter. Curses, I wanted my DEATHTRAP!
Mike Wilson - 2:12:00 PM

Well, I didn't intend to say that it was Anakin's plan to become a Sith and take it down from the inside. I did say that the Force guided him into it. I think it was the will of the Force that he was born, that he went to the dark side, and then ended the Sith. And it was Grand Moff Tarkin that destroyed Alderan. As far as we know or can guess, Anakin/Vader only destroyed an entire planetary blockade by the Trade Federation, a tribe of Sand People, a plethora of Geonoshians, all the Jedi except for two, countless officers of the Empire that failed at one task or another (be it letting them get away or bringing him a bad cup of coffee), and Porkins. Never a whole planet. Yet.
Skip - 1:57:00 PM

Monday, July 08, 2002

Yes, I disagree with Zach, like usual. That motherfucker destroyed an entire planet of innocent people, not to mention try to kill his OWN FAMILY! I refuse to believe your proposterious theory that he was planning on ridding the Sith by becoming one of them. Granted, in the end he did do just that... but i doubt it was his idea the whole time. Unless he's really more crafty then Palpatine, myself, and Zach combined. I refuse to believe that. No one is craftier than Zach and I.
K.Steeze - 9:24:00 PM

My only question is, what exactly does it mean to bring balance to the Force? If light and dark are equally powerful (Luke, "Is the Dark Side stronger?" Yoda, "No. Quicker, easier, more seductive."), then wouldn't the Force have been out of balance for millennia? The Jedi are numerous and have enforced peace and stability in the galaxy. This is a good thing, but as they've been much more powerful than the Sith, confined to their order of two, plotting and scheming the downfall of their benevolent reflections, the Force has been out of balance. Of course, this is only an imbalance to a Western liberal mindset heavily influenced by the Mills, father and son. As with so many things, we can only speak hypothetically until after the release of Episode III, the *sniffle* last piece of Star Wars that will ever be produced.

I find Zach's theory about Anakin to be terribly insightful and worth further contemplation. Yeah, most of Zach's theories suck (i.e. Dagobah being Naboo and Boba Fett being identical to Han Solo), but when he's right he 's right. And here, he may very well be right.
Mike Wilson - 6:38:00 PM

There are so many wonderful characters! It's tough, so I've compiled a top 5 listing.
5. Chewbacca - If you think about it, does anyone ( Jedi or non-Jedi) personify honor and determination better?
4. Darth Maul - Granted, he didn't live up to his potential in the movie. But if we had a glimpse of his past, it would undoubtedly be amazing.
3. R2-D2 - That little fucker is full of surprises, and I just want to take him home and keep him in my closet.
2. Luke Skywalker - Take a dorky farm boy from Iowa, I mean Tatooine, and give him a lightsaber. See how he does? He blows up a Death Star and shit!
1. Anakin Skywalker/ Darth Vader - Born of the Force. Destined to restore balance to the Force. Blah blah blah. That's a lot of talk, and Anakin isn't about talk. He tkaes action, and here is how the ends justify the means. I believe that the Force guided him into the Dark Side because only he could defeat the Sith, and the Sith could only be defeated from the inside. "Always two there are. . ." As the apprentice, he sacrificed himself to defeat the master, thus ending the Sith. That's quite an accomplishment.

Strongest in the force? I'd say Palpatine. He's on the Dark Side, which allows him to explore past the Jedi's powers.
Skip - 11:57:00 AM

Sunday, July 07, 2002

At first it seems obvious that Yoda is the strongerst with the force. He is aware of just about everything and only his compassion kept him from bitching Count Dooku. But perhaps the one who truly is the strongest is Darth Sidious/Palpatine. He is a dark lord of the Sith but can maintain the Chancellor Palpatine persona right in the face of the Jedi Council, including Yoda. We know Darth Vader helpd him hunt down the Jedi and bring the Empire to full fruition. But without Darth Vader in existance yet, he seems to have done a pretty good job fucking up the universe on his own. Everything, indeed, has gone according to his plan. So it's either Darth Sidious or Wedge.
David - 3:21:00 PM

I can't believe that guys name is actually Porkins.
Adam - 10:26:00 AM

Okay, it looks like I have to catch up here since I was camping and was able to obtain at least 56 fire ant bites (some may be overlapping, it's kind of hard to tell). That and they keep blistering, which I am pretty sure is not good. Anyway, a total of four times for Attack of the Clones, but I expect that to go up by a few. As for the favorite character it has to be Obi-Wan Kenobi. But what I really want to know is why no one has given Emperor Palpatine his propers? Although he has almost no redeeming qualities as an individual, he has some of the most conniving, deceitful plots. Admittedly, I wouldn't want to be him, the way I do Obi-Wan, that is mostly because I don't think I could deal with the Force Leprosy.
Ace - 9:39:00 AM

To answer Lube's question, I'd have to say that 3PO has the most strength with the force. Either him or Salacious Crumb. Actually. Wait, wait, wait. I don't know what I was thinking. It's definitely Porkins.
K.Steeze - 3:29:00 AM

Anakin Skywalker. He will be the greatest villain of any age, but for all the right reasons. He doesn't want to be in the thrall of the dark side, but he will go there of his own volition. (Now, that said, it was difficult picking him over Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padme Amidala, and Han Solo. Deep down, we all want to be Han Solo.)
Mike Wilson - 12:54:00 AM

Saturday, July 06, 2002

Definitely Yoda. He's got it all... except his youth. Attack of the Clones solidified that for me. I have a question for everyone, you undoubtedly know more about Star Wars than I do. Who do you believe has the most strength with the force of all the characters? I can only begin to reason that out in my head.
Adam - 9:13:00 PM

Either Anakin or Luke Skywalker. and I mean Anakin before he becomes Vader, even though Vader is one of the coolest characters ever created. I'm a total cheese for the hero shit. I think it all relates back to pretending like i'm in the movie, which I am. I swear to god, dude. I saw it on cnn.
K.Steeze - 2:36:00 PM

Okay, now I want to hear from everyone, who is your favorite Star Wars character?
Mine: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
David - 2:31:00 PM

Friday, July 05, 2002

About being good at grammer. I've found it has no use. Sure, you can use it in an interview to impress your boss, but you won't get promoted because they despise you for being half their age and smarter than them. You can use it while talking to a customer to eloquently portray that a 100% polystyrene frame is pounds per inch stronger than steel, but they still won't buy it because it's stiff and it looks like shit. You can use it to impress your friends, but it won't work because you sound like an ass. Grammer is worthless. At.
Skip - 2:30:00 PM

I've seen Attack of the Clones three times, which is a new record for me.
Adam - 12:54:00 PM

Thursday, July 04, 2002

I've never been good at grammer. I never went to Holy Family. Why start now
K.Steeze - 1:52:00 PM

Happy Independence Day, everybody! I hope you all enjoy partaking in such classic traditions as the Backyard Barbecue, the Sleep-In Till Noon, and the Have Fun and Don't Work while the Guy here sells last minute wicker to the Lansing Area denizens. Yes, while you have the potential to celebrate America's fighting spirit and sovereignty through potato-sack and three-legged races, Guy Zach Nie will be selling his summer fun out to the tune of "Time and a Half!"

Oh, and watch out for terrorists. You know how Michigan is such a target these days. Peace.
Skip - 10:12:00 AM

Kevin, please pay attention. Song titles are in quotation marks, they are not italicized. For instance, Dude, Weak is not accurate; it should be written "Dude, Weak." The titles of albums, books, and films are italicized. Thus, "Across the Stars" is the love theme from Attack of the Clones. "Lobster of Truth (Wanted Me For Him)" is a fan favorite from Good or Suck!
Mike Wilson - 2:56:00 AM

Wanna know what's funny? I forgot all about this blog thing, and I spent the past 10 minutes catching up on all the posts. Here's a little sumpin from the Guy.

I've seen Episode II a total of three times in the theater, thus making it tied for first place with Episode I and the first Jurassic Park. If I see it four times, it will take the lead for my most viewed flick in a theater. Can you think of a more appropriate movie for that honor? (Episode III excluded for technical reasons)

Nothing new with me. I've just been playing Sims when I'm not working or sleeping. Sarah is hooked, too. When she went back to Flint, she wanted to play the Sims so bad she went to Best Buy and bought it on the spot for herself, too. Now her sister is hooked as well and I just spent two hours watching them watch people in the computer take a dump and watch television. What a game!

Skip - 1:25:00 AM

Wednesday, July 03, 2002

So this sucks. In reviewing the RCY show tape to a fuller extent I've noticed that my E string was horribly out of tune not only to start Dude, Weak... but also all the way through on Riot Grrl and Carpe Diem. Luckily it's hard to tell amidst all the chaos and liz and john cover it up pretty well, but what's weird is that I had no idea. So I apologize for that if anybody else noticed and thought it sounded like trash. The problem occured when I hastily grabbed the Ibanez guitar as a replacement for The Wonder Axe. I forgot to check the tuning because 1) i'm a hack. 2) Paul played it earlier with the B. Howard Project and 3) I'm a hack. Other than that everything about those two songs is awesome. I don't think the crowd noticed. They were too busy getting their ass rocked.
K.Steeze - 11:51:00 PM

Breaking news from the Bald Mountain:

Less Than Jake just signed with Warner Bros. They plan on going into the studio in September. They will continue a relationship with Fat Wreck Chords for EPs and a live album. Also, Vinnie's label, Fueled by Ramen, is going to release a remixed and remastered edition of Pezcore with all new art and liner notes.

I went to Borders today to look for puzzle glue to put my Obi-Wan puzzle on the wall in the Star Wars Suite. I did not find the glue, but I did convince a cute girl to buy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with the aide of my Junior year Scrapper Bowl shirt with the number 42 on the back. And then I found a brand new novel by the late Douglas Adams compiled from chapters rescued from his four computers. Our Lobster of Truth better look out, becaue this new novel is titled, The Salmon of Doubt.
David - 8:37:00 PM

I've seen it 6 times I believe. I finally got my DVD player on my computer to play through to my tv last night, so I watched the Phantom Menace. Starwars. good god.
K.Steeze - 6:14:00 PM

I have seen Attack of the Clones in the theater five times. That beats my The Phantom Menace record by one, and it's early July. Oh, and Attack of the Clones is my favorite movie of all time.
David - 3:13:00 PM

"Ask the Professor" is just about the best thing in the entire Information Superhighway.
Mike Wilson - 1:42:00 PM

Dude, sweet! Good luck, Steeze. You are all required to post how many times you have seen Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones in theaters. Why? Because this is who we are, and there's nothing else as important as Star Wars.

The Last Angry Man: 14.
Mike Wilson - 1:38:00 PM

So that girl called me back today! Yeah, the conversation wasn't exactly perfect, being that she's a laid back southern girl who hardly leaves her apartment for anything other than class. However, it's way too early to judge anything at this point. Ya never know. Maybe once she gets comfortable she'll open up a little. Oh my god. And today also marks the first time ever that any one of us, has officially used an Avid. It kicks so much ass, and that's what my whole Post Production class consists of using! I heard that in the fall we're getting 11 new Avid machines that'll allow people to print from the video edit straight to film, overstepping the process of having to cut all of your marks that you assign in avid. What does this mean? Yes, my Senior Project will be output to high resolution 35mm filmstock, and it'll kick ass.
K.Steeze - 2:28:00 AM

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

I sent an email to the people at the real about how much it would cost to but the rights to that website. Also, I was wondering why we (the human race) have never used that hippopuamus (different from the hippopotabus) as a livestock animal. There is way more meat than on a cow, and all you have to do is stick them in a river somewhere and they will be fine. Plus, how cool would it be to have a hippo tooth? We could make them into really expensive billiard balls or something.
Ace - 4:32:00 PM

David sez: So the other day at work, what song got stuck in my head? None other than "Ben Wah Balls" by Blink-182.
David - 2:16:00 PM

T.L.A.M sez: Holy shit, I almost forgot! This weekend, I came face to face with... vodka cheese! AAAAAAAAAHHH! Okay, so, I didn't actually encounter vodka cheese (thanks be to the Heavenly Father), but I did come perilously close. A terribly harbinger of what is sure to be the end of our civilization, brought to us by none other than my dear, sweet mother, Mrs. Wilson: cheddar beer bread! Oh, no! Cheese and alcohol... together! Remove the bread and we're one step away from vodka cheese! Oh, no! No! Noooooooooooo!

... the horror... the horror...
Mike Wilson - 1:39:00 PM

T.L.A.M. sez: Be brave, Steeze! Ask and ye shall receive.

You're obviously missing the point here: I want to have my cake and to eat it too. I want a fast, easily updatable* and the cool icons. I want it all. Now, do it! (*I love how we refer to as, and the website identifies itself as such, even though there is a wholly separate and real that has less than nothing to do with our wacky antics.)
Mike Wilson - 1:30:00 PM

Monday, July 01, 2002

So I totally forgot about this. In Zelda there's an actual item called The Lens of Truth, that lets you see secrets that you otherwise would be oblivious to. Seriously, they need to just strap a lobster on Link and call it a day.
K.Steeze - 10:48:00 PM

God. I have to call this girl right now, and i'm really nervous even though I know she likes me. And it doesn't help that I hate talking on the phone. Somehow I'd much rather go on a date, than ask her to go on one. What the hell is wrong with me?
K.Steeze - 7:47:00 PM

Mike, I would like to have Icons just as much as the rest of you, but with the new pages that we've started it was way too much work to update. This way is about 100 times faster, and more convenient. Ok ok, go ahead and tell me that I'm not trying or whatever, but as a result of my lack of effort, we suddenly have the Blog, the blog sign in, and the Ask the Professor sections. Dammit. I wanted Art Truck.
K.Steeze - 7:32:00 PM

I'm not sure why posts are turning up unidentified. I've contacted the administrators and hope to have an answer soon.
Mike Wilson - 6:54:00 PM

Hey, Steeze, please bring back the icons at the BTW site. The links bar is just so ordinary. I really liked the little images of the camera, the CD, the name tag. I thought they were an integral part of the experience.

Also, I think our comments need to come faster and mor furious. And way more random. Jon's done some good work here with Shaolin Soccer, now I want the rest of you to go find the weirdness out there (escluding the weirdness BTW has contributed, and I've got dibs on Art Truck).
Mike Wilson - 6:48:00 PM

I am all about Kung-Football! I've actually dreamed of the day when they would make a movie about that for half of my waking life. All I can say is, "It's about time."
Oh, and David, I remember your argument with Kiel about the Beatles. It was notorious. But I remember the time I had a shouting match with Kiel about Jay-Z. It was phatty. -Word.
Liz - 4:02:00 PM

There is a movie that everyone in the world must see. It is Shaolin Soccer. Yes, that's right, people using their kung-fu powers to play soccer. On the packaging it is billed as "An entertainment spetacular (sic)," if that tells you anything. Two goalies end up naked and their main foe is a group known (officially) as the Evil Team. And if you wonder why some foreigners have such bad english it is because they learn it from reading subtitles such as those on this film that constantly refer to the "ball" as "the soccer."

Visit the Ask the Professor section at the Blue Tree Whacking website and find out the answers to any pressing question.
Ace - 3:10:00 PM




All the BTW madness you've come to know and love, only faster and more intense.