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Friday, August 30, 2002

The current Mr. Taco is Jason, from his stunt two years ago at the Murky Transport Disaster show.
David - 10:14:00 PM

I agree with Kevin. Who is the current Mr. Taco? Anyway, I think toughing out an 18 hour old taco is worthy of the award, plus any bacterial infection gained from the consumption.
Skip - 9:37:00 PM

The semester is over!!!! Thanks for the inspiring words, mike. thank god that's over. i'll be seeing everyone in the next week or so :)
K.Steeze - 2:46:00 AM

Thursday, August 29, 2002

You can do it, Steeze!
Mike Wilson - 6:28:00 PM

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Mike, I myself am not sure how to check, but you being the manager of our account, I'm fairly positive that if there is a way that you'd have access to it. Try finding some kind of blogger settings or statistics section within your account. God, one more day of class left and it's going right to the wire.
K.Steeze - 9:13:00 PM

How many people read this thing? Recently, I've discovered that all manner of people visit my individual blog, people whom I never would have guessed were reading. That's all fine and good, but then several comments were taken out of context and I've been reaping the whirlwind since. How many people visit this blog? There are ways to find out, but they are lightyears beyond my sorry skills.
Mike Wilson - 12:07:00 PM

I'm down with David being the new Mr. Taco. Not so much because it beats out anyone or anything that's been done before but, rather, because of the large Mr. Taco drought as of late. Wordy word, boys. Wordy word.
K.Steeze - 1:02:00 AM

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Steeze, yes I have seen The Anniversary Party starring, among others, the luminous Parker Posey; it would be a quality rental. I also highly suggest Unforgiven and Van Wilder.

And while I do not wish to rain on your "Mike's wife will be Asian" parade, I feel compelled to point out that the lovely Ms. Shaw is, in fact, not Asian.

Last but not least, the issue before us: David's tristate eating of a taco. My thought are as such: ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a new Mr. Taco and vote thusly.
Mike Wilson - 7:03:00 PM

Monday, August 26, 2002

Another cool thing is that I just installed Avid Xpress DV software onto my computer that one of my friends stole off of the internet. I just looked online and it normally costs $2,500. Now BTW Films have the ability of color correction and Avid online linear editing. Go me.
K.Steeze - 2:22:00 AM

Hey Mike, did you ever see The Anniversary Party with Parker Posey? I was wondering if it'd be a good rental.
K.Steeze - 2:19:00 AM

I was in Indiana all weekend for a Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia event. It was dreadful. Anyway, I was wrong about picking up sticks being the most constructive thing I did all day. It actually turned out to be #3.
#2: Getting a smile, a hug, and a free pizza from a pretty girl.
#1: Eating a taco in three states. Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. It took me eight hours to eat that thing. And I had to get it the night before. When I finished eating it, it was 18 hours old. Do we have a new Mr. Taco? Discuss.
David - 1:11:00 AM

Sunday, August 25, 2002

David, way to spread the loss of your day to a loss of 15 seconds from each of us. God Bless the Blog!
Skip - 10:33:00 PM

Why the hell was David in Indiana?
K.Steeze - 4:45:00 PM

It's 10:40 A.M. Central time. I'm in Evinsville, Indiana at a compound called Lyrecrest. I won't be home until 10:00 tonight. The most constructive thing I have done and will do all day is pick up sticks. Today is a total loss. And to make things worse, I just got an email from Lube saying my couch won't fit in our room. I love my couch. The 2002-2003 school year will be significantly worse without my couch. I want my day back.
David - 11:44:00 AM

you mean your Asian-American kids?
K.Steeze - 11:36:00 AM

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Any meal with parents is a trap, even those from which you escape unscathed. I'm of two minds: on the one hand, I hope that my kids and I will have this really bizarre relationship so that breakfast with me won't seem a trap to them, but on the other hand that seems rather unlikely, because probably no matter how good a job I do, they'll view me with suspicion. I want my kids to desperately wish for a more normal father in high school, but then by adulthood realize that I kicked ass as their pop. And I want my kids to call me Pop.
Mike Wilson - 2:06:00 PM

Here's a thought. Breakfast with parents is a trap. They know you want food. And if they get you to a restaurant, then they can have their way with you and you can't leave. They can pester you about your life, and you can't get up and leave until you've finished your eggs over easy.
Skip - 10:58:00 AM

Oh, and on October 10th (as you probably know) RBF will be at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac. I know I'll be there. God damn, I wish I had more Fish.
Skip - 2:28:00 AM

I saw Simone this evening with Sarah. I know, I wasn't actually planning on it, but I asked what movie she wanted to see and then I rejected all the movies she offered. Then we got in a fight because I never want to waste good money on bad movies. So we compromised and I told her I'd take her to any movie she wanted. . . except Enough. Well, we watched Al Pacino play Pygmallion, and it wasn't bad. And Catherine Keener wasn't bad, either. In fact, I enjoyed the movie. It made fun of stuff like Hollywood, and the press, and stuff. Then I went to her place and saw in a catalogue an Espresso Maker that, at the push of one button, makes espresso in fifty seconds. Damn, it's cool. But it's also $900. And that wasn't even the most expensive one in the catalogue. I'm going to sleep now.
Skip - 2:02:00 AM

Friday, August 23, 2002

Yeah, sounds like my friend Branden. At least he's not Joel Schumacher.
K.Steeze - 11:50:00 PM

Dumbasses. As far as Full Frontal, I'm intrigued by the presence of Catherine Keener, but I'm repulsed by that of Julia Roberts. And I'm not sure, but I think I'm beginning to hate Soderbergh.
Mike Wilson - 3:16:00 PM

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Battlefield Earth
Skip - 6:35:00 PM

Kevin, see it. It's so good.
Skip - 6:34:00 PM

Maybe Zach and I are just artists who want to bend the rules. Bold movie titles all the way. Anybody see Full Frontal yet?
K.Steeze - 4:30:00 PM

Also, guys, movie titles are italicized, not bolded.
Mike Wilson - 2:46:00 PM

Kevin, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You cannot even imagine how bad Battlefield Earth is. Oh, sweet merciful crap, it was so bad that I blacked out. Seriously. Once, David and I were watching Silent Running late at night and I fell asleep, thus sparing myself most of that horrendous experience. But with Battlefield Earth, I didn't fall asleep, I just don't remember large chunks of the movie. I swear that I did not fall asleep. Time is just... missing. Not that I'm complaining. It was awful. Awful. Awful. Awful. I didn't think even Travolta was capable of being that awful.

Let me put it this way: the movie could not have been worse even had it been directed by and starred Quentin Tarentino.
Mike Wilson - 2:45:00 PM

I have seen Battlefield Earth. I watched it for free on my free HBO. Maybe this is why I thought the movie was good. I didn't pay a damned cent for it. I was playing video games, eating, and reading while I "watched" it. I even showered during a slow part and returned to it. I didn't think it was that bad. It didn't have commercials.
Skip - 9:04:00 AM

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Lucky for Zach those movies still exist. Today at work we had a long discussion about Battlefield Earth. Andy, one of the guys I work with, told everyone that no matter how bad people say it is or how it's the worst movie ever made, he can garauntee that it's 100 times worse than that. I think I have to see this movie.
K.Steeze - 11:53:00 PM

I miss the movies of the olden days. Like The Day The Earth Stood Still and Attack of the Body Snatchers.
Skip - 11:41:00 PM

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Kevin, I don't miss you.
David - 9:56:00 PM

We miss you too, Kevin.
Mike Wilson - 2:51:00 PM

Zach Nie is partially right, but mostly wrong. Okay, notice that after you enter your name and password on the main Blogger page, you then come to a two-windowed page. The bottom window contains posts. The top window is blank until you type a post into it. Above these windows, to the upper right hand side, are two buttons. They are called Post and Post & Publish. Clicking on the Post button will send your latest bit of brilliance to the bottom window. However, if one of your friends visits the BTW Blog page, they will not see this post. After you've selected the Post button and your post goes down to the bottom window, you will notice a new, orange button at the top of the bottom window. This button is called Publish. If you want your post to appear on the publicly accessable page, you have to not only post, but also publish.

A simpler way to do this is to click on the Post & Publish button. This will automatically send your post to the bottom window and display it on the public page. Now, as the "owner" of this blog, I do have the ability to publish and edit all the posts. On many occasions, I have found days worth of posts unpublished. So, the first thing I do after logging in is check to make sure that everything that has been posted has been published. I never edit your posts, except to occasionally italicize an unitalicized movie title. (If you want to learn how to italicize, just ask me and I'll be happy to fun a tutorial. Why? Because I'm anal and it bothers me to see unitalicized movie titles.)
Mike Wilson - 2:48:00 PM

Monday, August 19, 2002

Hey, I'm hitting Post & Publish for this post, but I wanna know what the difference is. My only guess is that posting it sends it to the Blog Master (Mike), and then he has to publish it for me if he approves. Or another way to look at it: Hitting Post makes more work for someone else. Is that right?
Skip - 11:19:00 PM

Man, I miss you guys.
K.Steeze - 8:04:00 PM

Odd that RBF's horn section didn't fill in like they did at last summer's Goldfinger show and like they did, ya know, ... on the album.
K.Steeze - 7:38:00 PM

For me, one of the worst parts about yesterday was running into this guy I know from Interlochen music camp, Eric. He's a cool guy, but we have absolutely nothing about which to talk. And we had to do so until his friend could give me back my pen. One of the best parts of the day was running into Larkin Brown.
Reel Big Fish was the best act of the day. New Found Glory played a great set, but all the bullshit little kids in the pit made it suck. I've never seen a crowd surfing debacle like that ever before, except at the last New Found Glory show. And then people started throwing pizza. The biggest musical disappointment was Goldfinger playing "Superman" without horns. It just didn't work.
David - 3:12:00 PM

Hey, guys, also remember that when you want to post a comment, you have to both "post" and "publish". If that seems dauntingly complex, I recommend the "Post & Publish" button. Thanks.
Mike Wilson - 2:54:00 PM

Yeah, RBF rocked, but I'd have to say that while their set was very good, the best half hour I've experienced this summer woul dhave to be the last half hour of Attack of the Clones. Of course, since I've seen the movie (and thus the last half hour) sixteen times, it actually comprises the best eight hours of the summer.

And though I love the Warped Tour, I will not go should it ever again be held at Comerica Park.
Mike Wilson - 2:52:00 PM

Kyle Geda was there.
Skip - 1:20:00 AM

Warped Tour 2002. I'll tell you what. Comerica sucked. Bring it back to Pontiac. If you want to know what it was like, the messages posted on the web page accurately describe the hellish bottle-necking traffic, the inadequate refreshment accessiblity, and the overall poor planning of the behind-the-scenes guys. The weather was great, the line-up was promising, and the Good Charlotte fans didn't piss me off directly. But without water and the ability to quickly, briskly, moderately, or even slowly move between stages; what could have been the best Warped Tour yet turned into a ho' lotta frustration. Regardless, Reel Big Fish was the best half an hour I've experienced all summer.
Skip - 1:20:00 AM

Sunday, August 18, 2002

So I just watched Total Recall for the first time today. It was a lot different than I thought it'd be. But I must say that the futuristic '80s look that both that movie and Back to the Future Part II have is very appealing to me. I'm not sure why. It's futuristic, but it's simple. Everything is black, basic, and to the point.
K.Steeze - 4:17:00 AM

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Revolving Whores. I love that RCY song.
Skip - 4:56:00 PM

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Sarcasm is lost on you people. The concept of seeing ABBA live doesn't actually frighten me, I merely thought saying so would be a humorous and inoffensive way of registering my dislike of disco. Okay, okay, the thought of seeing ABBA live does frighten me, but only a little. Nothing like the race against time for AOTC tickets.

So, what RCY songs do you guys think we should send to Mike Park? Liz, Kevin, David, obviously suggestion for actualy Yams should take precidence, but Zach, Jon, Jason, et al., I'd like to hear what you have to say.
Mike Wilson - 2:28:00 PM

So Saturday afternoon I saw Dashboard Confessional perform live on... CNN Headline News.
David - 4:31:00 AM

Monday, August 12, 2002

What about that time that you had to race from Flint back to Ann Arbor not knowing if there were any Attack of the Clones tickets available for opening night?
K.Steeze - 7:06:00 PM

ABBA live. I don't know if I've ever been more frightened.
Mike Wilson - 3:46:00 PM

Saturday, August 10, 2002

I just thought y'all would be interested to know, I saw ABBA Monday night. They kicked ass!
Liz - 10:25:00 PM

Does anyone want a Blue Tree Whacking email account? you can have whatever you want.. ex: Sorry for not asking this earlier... like when I first registered but I think i'm going to change mine over because scad email has been fucking me lately. Let me know.
K.Steeze - 9:24:00 PM

Friday, August 09, 2002

I shot against my very first green screen today. Awws yeah.
K.Steeze - 10:18:00 PM

Ace Mace Windu is Michigan?! Aw, kick ass!
Mike Wilson - 9:47:00 PM

Whoa, yeah, Warped Tour rocked as hard as I have ever seen it rock. I concur with all of Kevin's points made for all those seeing the show in Detroit, and sincerely wish, for everyone's sake, that there is more than one schedule posted in the whole entire place. On another note, I just drove home to Michigan a couple of days ago on a whim. So BTW folk here expect me to drop by sometime. However, on my journey I did see a couple of things worth mentioning... Macon, GA: there were a number of billboards espousing the greatness of the barter system and urging businesses to rely on that instead of cash or credit. Their slogan, "Barter is smarter," should, however, be replaced by "Barter is better." I also got somewhat lost in the incongruous maze of Atlanta freeways and ended up in Duluth, but not the one in Minnesota. While I was there I searched for the origins of the lobster of truth-- no luck. I also drove through four different places all named Lake City (FL, GA, TN, KY) that kinda makes you wonder. Saw Sugarcult open for RBF, and had to review one of their albums. Horrible, and their lead guitarist looks like he shold be playing in an Aerosmith cover band, one that only covers stuff they have done since 1989.
Ace - 1:14:00 PM

Thursday, August 08, 2002

Zach, I want my Green Arrows back.
Mike Wilson - 6:40:00 PM

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

That's cool that Sugarcult opened, although so far I have yet to hear more than two cool songs by them. I guess I'm the only one lucky enough to have seen LTJ play "Scott Farcas" live, and boy did it kick ass.
K.Steeze - 2:54:00 PM

I can distinctly remember one time when my T-shirt was more thoroughly drenched than it was after the Less Than jake concert last night. It was after the LTJ concert two years ago in Toledo. I've seen LTJ four times, but I have yet to hear "Scott Farcas," "Danny Says," and "Big Crash" live. LTJ kicks ass anyway.
David - 2:32:00 PM

Unfortunately, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will not be at the Detroit Warped, but that's okay because I saw them in San Francisco and nobody else likes them nearly as much as I do. Also, out there RBF was the very first band to play; so, of course we missed them. (Scheduling fuckers can go to hell.) But, I highly expect my ass to be rocked by Molly, MxPx, NFG, et al. Eleven days...

Last night's show was wicked cool. The last opening band's, Sugarcult, lead singer was exactly the guy that John Duffy wants to be with The Hot Flashez. It was uncanny. At the end of the encore, Roger dove off the stage and surfed for a while. It was awesome. I don't think I've ever left a show with a more thoroughly drenched T-shirt. Man, I love the Jake.

And We Were Soldiers was very good, except for the cheesy family parts. The Vietnam parts were excellent.
Mike Wilson - 12:51:00 PM

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

So, the car decal design is in the capable hands of a friend of the father of a roomate of my girlfriend's. The guy actually makes his living producing and vending stickers, how cool is that? Anyway, by the time I actually get them, the next logical step will be to turn them over to Kevin Bacon.

Does anyone particularly want a full screen version of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring? I intended to buy the widescreen, but I sort of snapped when I saw a store display full of DVDs and grabbed the first one I saw.

I have yet to Signs. I've been a little skeptical of Mel Gibson's recent work as of late, I must admit. The last two films of his that I saw, We Were Soldiers and Million Dollar Hotel, were both very dissapointing, in my opinion. I've heard good things about Signs, though, which makes me ecstatic: I haven't seen a really cool alien movie in quite some time. Leah and I saw Road To Perdition a few days ago, and I highly recommend that.
Jay - 8:03:00 PM

Mike, you were hanging out with Brad and.. Dan, sadly enough. Warped Tour was yesterday for Jon and I, and I've devised a little "to do" list for you Detroit Show Kiddos.

1. Wear Sunscreen, my face is fried.

2. Get there early. I missed seeing Five Iron Frenzy because of having to wait in the longest live ever (yes, ever) in order to get in. Doors opened at 11:00, we got there at about 10:30, and Jon and I actually entered the gates of the Jacksonville Nascar Mudpit of Hell at 1:00

3. In the process of figuring out who plays where when and hopping from stage to stage to ensure maximum punk carnage, if at all possible make it a point to check out Something Corporate. Despite most likely falling short of Mike Wilson's approval as a great band, having a piano as a lead instrument, and their lead singer looking like a "typical college guy" in board shorts and sandals they somehow manage put on a great show and have insane amounts of energy. If the crowd gets into it, expect a good time. They can be found on the main stage.

4. If you feel up to it, go check out Rx Bandits' set at the Drive Thru Stage. It's.... weird. I think the only remaining member of the band who was in it during the show that we saw 2 years ago is the singer and they didn't say one thing in between songs the whole set. Not even their band name. weird.

5. Take time to listen to how bad Good Charlotte is, along with hearing the thousands of cheers from the thousands of girls watching their suckiness. (note: this one can conveniently be done while waiting for the next band to perform without actually having to watch Good Charlotte!)

6. Expect amazing sets by the sultans of ska, Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and if you're lucky they'll play back to back like they did for Jon and I.

7. Punch one of those annoying fuckers in the face who constantly give out free flyers and cd's.. or worse yet, try to make you buy one. if not for yourselves, do it for me.

8. See Flogging Molly.. again. No matter how many times one sees this band I can only imagine that it's fun everytime.

9. Fuck the kids.

10. Stick around for New Found Glory. Even though you might have to wait a little bit later than you'd hoped and most likely will have to bump elbows with a 13 year old, it's definitely worth it. I'm not sure if I had forgotten how much energy they have or if they have matured as musicians an incredible amount (when I left, I was but the learner. Now I am the master.), but when they came out they kicked everyone's ass. In my opinion, they are the best show on the tour and outplayed everyone there. Their set was incredible.
K.Steeze - 4:26:00 PM

Less Than Jake tonight at Clutch Cargo's! What the hell was I doing with my life before I discovered ska and punk?
Mike Wilson - 1:38:00 PM

Monday, August 05, 2002

All that, plus rich. Hey, extra points if you're watching a movie in the credits of which your name appears and you can pull of the Kevin Stermer Manuever. Kevin, get your name into Episode III and maybe this dream could come true.
Mike Wilson - 7:32:00 PM

Sunday, August 04, 2002

I'm going to be in Hollywood someday. I think my dream is to see my name in the credits of any movie while sitting in the theater with my best friends, the Blue Tree Whacking crew. I can't think of anything cooler in the world.
K.Steeze - 1:55:00 PM

Saturday, August 03, 2002

Kevin is incredibly right. Signs is fantastic. I need to take some time to think about it, but there's a really good chance it will beat Spider-Man to be the second best movie of the Summer.
Mike Wilson - 3:59:00 PM

You're going to have to go to the Ask the Professor section for that question. Holy shit, I just saw Signs and it's freaky as hell.
K.Steeze - 4:26:00 AM

Friday, August 02, 2002

Holy shit, dude, Kevin has essentially become Ben Burtt! Sweet! Hey, hey, Mr. Burtt, how the hell did you generate the sound of those seismic charges in Attack of the Clones?
Mike Wilson - 7:17:00 PM

Thursday, August 01, 2002

So I counted today.. I'm in the middle of 7 movie projects. This semester on through the break is going to suck and kick major ass at the same time. On a majorly good note, the new Avids came in today. Each system costs roughly $125,000 a piece and we received 10-12 of them. That's right kids. I edit on the same thing that Ben Burtt does.
K.Steeze - 10:56:00 PM




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