Well, I don't know
how the hell you found this place, but here you are. This page
is basically the ass-end of the Rossman web world. I write boring
stuff down here about me and things that happen to me. Don't
ask me why.
If you read this you're even lamer than me for writing it.
Rossman" Readings: At the ARCHIVEs
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Note to self 43: 03/22/1999
fun weekend down the drain and a harsh reality this morning.
I actually ended up going to Animazement 99 in North Carolina
at the last minute and shared a room with 11 other people from
the old club... It was tight, and when the power went off early
Sunday morning it got a bit stuffy too, but it was fun (well,
except for one belly-acher). I had a pretty good time (don't
know about the others) even though it wasn't as good as last
year's first Animazement. Oh
well, at least I got to ask Imagawa some more questions I've
built up over the past year about Giant Robo, got to know
the Teletubbies a little better (you had to be there ^.^),
bought a bunch of cds in the dealers room, got an incredible
Shirow Masamune art book (@_@) and played a bunch of puzzle fighting
games.... On the bad end, still no SM CDs in the dealers room
(well, not out in the open ;), and the cosplay sucked arse!!
But the music video contest more than made up for that (I LOVE
that "Dance the Night Away" set to KOR)!
I think I made the return to reality safe and sound
except for the sleep deprivation. PCD set in like clockwork but
quickly left as I ran to work this morning (almost) late. And
I now have a deeper respect for Pocky (which I learned
is pronounced "Poh-kee" and not "Pah-kee").
Can't wait till next year's Animazement when they're saying they'll
have a great manga star (hopefully a little better than Yu Watase
[who's a cutie pie and all, but face facts! She drew FY!
FY sucks!])!!! I may have to come out of retirement and
cover that con^_^
The FFVIII soundtracks (along with Xenogears
and Xenogears - Creid, Parasyte Eve and
Brain Power'd 1&2) Rock!!!!
Oh yeah, I also found the anime version of the dancing
hampster at: http://www.angelfire.com/la/pikachu/pikadance.html
You have been warned.
Note to self 42: 03/15/1999
What a weekend! From Saturday thru Sunday I was able to plug
in about 23 hours into Xenogears in order to finally beat
the b****!! And now for my review on the Playstation game, Xenogears:
after a total of 51 hours (and that was by just breezing through
it, not powering up my levels the whole way!), another Squaresoft
RPG is finished by the Rossman.... and it's about damn time!
I started this game a little before Christmas, but lost interest
in it early due to its lack of interactivity and gameplay (which
only gets worse as the hours click by). But soon, after forcing
myself to continue after only 10 hours into it, I really started
to get into the whole storyline, which is the main draw of Xenogears
is one of the most complex stories I have ever seen! Even though
FFVII tried the same thing (no gameplay, totally linear
path, some full motion video cut scenes) it came nowhere near
as close as Xeno. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed playing
FFVII when I was playing it, but now that I've witnessed
the complex chronicles of Fei, Lacan, Elly, Sophia and the rest
of the gang it is incredibly hard to take the seventh Fantasy
game serious again. There's just no meat to it! And the music
in Xenogears actually does the impossible, it outdoes
a Nobuo Uematsu soundtrack! But, what can you expect from the
guy who put music to Chrono's adventures?
to be perfectly honest with you, I'd have much rather prefered
that Xenogears had been made into a 52 episode animated
TV series (preferable by the same people who did the opening
animation and not the rest of the FMV scenes). It would have
been awesome! Then I wouldn't mind watching it again and again
in half-hour increments.... But right now I just can't see myself
sitting down in front of my Playstation anytime soon for hours at a
time (between the times I could save) just to watch everything
from the beginning again, and catch the many many things that
I must have missed.
story had everything in it! It was kind of like a mix of Total
Recall, Raising Cain, Night of the Living Dead and the last
two episodes of Eva (now you know why I like it so much
:). It really was very impressive how well everything tied together
in the end too! They had sooooo many loose strings going into
the last disc (the last 9 hours of the game), and about 98% of
them were cleverly dealt with and made you think "Oh yeah!
That makes sense!" IF ONLY IT WAS A TV SERIES!!!!!! Urgh!
many little things that went way over (or under) many people's
heads made me love this story even more (I am only refering to
Xeno as a story from now on because there really is no
game until the final dungeon [holy CR*P was that not fun!] and
the final 6 bosses). For instance, when the avenging women warriors
combine their mecha into a very Voltron-eque weapon there
is an incredible cut-scene that looks just like the lions uniting!
I was just waiting for Keith to appear and say "Dynotherms
connected, intracells up, LET'S GO VOLTRON FORCE!!!" Also
the entire set up of the second disc was taken right out of the
final two Shin Seiki Evangelion television episodes! Just
a dark room with the characters talking about who they are, were
and what was going on in the real world with images flashing
upon a giant screen behind them. Very minimulist, and difficult
to get used to, but once you do you really begin to enjoy it.
finally, as to the FMV sequences, well, except for the opening
animation of the starship getting destroyed and the computer
rendered cutscenes with the gears, it was kind of disappointing.
Not too much of it (most of the scenes are acted out in "bit-map
theater"). And after battling one of the hardest final dungeons
and the hardest bosses I've faced in a long time (six of them
in a row!!) the ending left a lot to be desired. I really wanted
a lot more animation of the whole gang together and I really
really wanted to hear Rico, the Blanca clone, talk. But the ending
song rocked! "Two of Pieces" is one of my fave slow
songs now ^_^ It's just soooo soothing and a perfect end to everything
that had just happened.
to wrap things up, go play Xenogears, but not for any
RPG value or gameplay. Do it for an incredible and unforgettable
I also got to meet the Provost today at a breafast gathering.
What a nice woman. Hope she makes the University as good as she
told us she was gunna ;)
Note to self 41: 03/11/1999
has been an EXTRAORDINARY day. Only got half of my cds and art
books that I ordered on line last week, but I got to see the
new Star Wars trailer and my Urusei Yatsura DVDs
are becomming a reality!!! ^_^ Happy days are here.
Work's okay for now, but there's a whooooole lot
of it. I plan to finish Xenogears this weekend and maybe
go to Animazement the next. We shall see. Anyways, just go over
to starwars.com and check
out the new trailer!
Note to self 40: 02/24/1999
a week! Cats was pretty cool (for a bunch of singing and dancing
Cats that is), got a bunch of my Sarah Brightman import cds in,
got a new computer at work (that keeps screwing up though) and
it snowed 4-5 inches this morning (which I didn't even realize
until I walked out my door and looked at the parking lot). Needless
to say, work wasn't cancelled, but a lot of people didn't show
Well, all things considering, nothing much to bitch
about this week so I'll just rant about my club. Maaaaan are
they letting it go to pot (right now it's not any fun and there's
really only one show I go for). As soon as the MegaPlayboy gets
me my KOR tapes I'll have no more reason to go.... Well,
that's just about it. They have to shape up soon or it'll just
get lamer and lamer..... Right now I just want to go home and
play Xenogears and Rival Schools.
Note to self 39: 02/16/1999
things have been looking up again, but no "Peak of Pleasure"
or anything of the sort has been reached. I have been able to
complete a butt-load of work for my work's
webpages though and the new look is underway. I also had a fun
weekend slacking off and got a lot farther in Xenogears
than I had been able to for a long time (I decided to give it
a second chance). But then V-Day had to rear its
ugly head and remind me of the pitiful existence that I choose
to inhabit on this malevolent little mudball we call "Earth".
I'll try to get drunk tonight after Cats.
Note to self 38: 02/08/1999
Wow. This past
week even beat out last week for craposity. Didn't think it was
possible. At least I found out that I'm gunna get a lot back
for taxes this year so I went out and bought a LOT of cds that
I've wanted for a looooong time. That makes up for a small part
of the over-all suckiness.
Note to self 37: 02/01/1999
This has without
a doubt been one of the worst weeks in the Rossman's life.
Note to self 36: 01/19/1999
a full week behind me and nothing but fun ahead... well, almost
nothing but fun.
This past weekend I drove up to North Carolina to
visit my Grandmother and Uncle and I towed the parents along
too (couldn't very well leave them home alone now could I 'uv?).
Nana's doing fine and PineHurst is gorgeous! If only I knew how
to play golf.
This coming weekend Jen and I are gunna go ice skating
for the first time in years and I can hardly wait:) She's been
rollerblading for a long time though so she'll probably skate
circles around me and have the ice cave in like all those Bugs
Bunny cartoons. I'll bring extra longjohns just in case.
It appears that Angus is actually going to leave
the office in the near future so it's a gimme that things are going
to go downhill fast around here very soon. That's going to SUCK!
*Sigh* Well, life does go on.... and hopefully Just Kidding will
help ease the pain@_@.
Note to self 35: 01/11/1999
a lonely weekend. Just hung around the apartment and watched
some old classics that I haven't seen in a while (namely Goodfellas,
Casino, A Night at the Opera and Brain Donors),
played some Zelda (still haven't beaten it dammit) and went to
the gym. Nothing more than that other than waiting for Just Kidding
to break away from her inhumane schedule and return my call.
(She's self-imposed 10Xs busier than I ever was when I was taking
classes. Hopefully I can teach her how to slack like a pro and
enjoy all the free time that it brings sometime soon. It's all
for her own good).
The Atlanta Falcons did me proud this weekend, but
I just can't seem to get into any football team that isn't in
the NCAA. College teams are much more fun to root for.
Well, back to being lonely. Oh yeah! I just LOVE
that "Hit me baby one more time" video (especially
that hot chick in the school girl outfit @_@)! The perverted
Rossman signing off.
Note to self 34: 01/05/1999
New Year everybody! I don't know about you, but I had an INCREDIBLE
Christmas break. First and foremost my longtime (and sexy) friend,
Jen, has agreed that we should start dating @_@ I am in
pure bliss! She's smart, beautiful, funny, and a great cook.
Nothing more need be said.
Now for some less exciting news but still cool news
in its own right. I bought myself a brand new '99 Ford Explorer
(red and black :) over the break! It's sweeeeeeeeeet! It has
everything inside of it too: cd player, moon roof, cd player,
a radio, a cd player, etc. etc. I'm just glad I don't have to
wear headphones in the car again in order to hear my MeatLoaf
(BOoH I and II are nothing but perfect driving
songs!). She's my Big Red now. Oh yeah, and Xenogears
blows donkey (No friggin' gameplay and the plot is lackluster
to say the least).
from all the goodness that happened in the last week of '98,
'99 didn't start off too well itself. First of all, the computers
at work have been farged up for the past few days, so this is
the first time I've actually been able to do jack since I got
back. Secondly, yesterday morning at around 3:30am the power
went out in my apartment complex. This would have been okay by
itself, but when it is 12 degrees outside and one's walls are
pretty much paper thin it sucks! Especially when the power doesn't
come back on till around 10. By the time I woke up at 6:50 (thanks
to my wrist watch :p), the temperature in the room was 43 degrees.
Trust me, that's very cold. And taking a shower in a freezing
pitch black bathroom was definitely a new experience for me.
No shave that morning.
Actually, the experience really wasn't all that bad
except for the fact that I found out later on that my ice-cream
had melted and then was re-frozen in the freezer.... -_- And
it was cookie-dough too. Oh well, at least Jen and I are going
Note to self 33: 12/21/1998
Clinton's getting kicked out, Operation "Perversion Diversion
98" is going on in Iraq, My boss is leaving the office for
another job across campus and Christmas is just a few days away....
it's been a week to remember.
All my shopping's done, I mailed Just Kidding her
card, gunna meet the Wolfman and Chi-Chi sometime this week to
exchange gifts and I'll start playing Xenogears on Wednesday
night (if I'm lucky). Busy busy busy. At least AnimeVillage finally
remailed me my package (which they really never mailed in the
first-place). *Sigh* Morons.
I got my Final Fantasy arranged albums last
week too. All of them ROCK! Pray is one of my all time favorite
CDs now! And I just love Celes' "Aria" opera track
on 87-94. I've been listening to all of them while playing my
gold Zelda (@_@) this past week. Pure heaven.
I also crammed all of Nadesico in again over
the past five days (you catch so many references to Inez and
all the other characters with mysterious backgrounds so early
on the second time through!). I love this show so much! I'm just
gunna have to hold my breath when ADV releases it and all the
lemming-like otaku start praising it for all the wrong reasons
(i.e. Ruri). I can already sense that this will almost destroy
my love for the show (like the over abundance of worship that
followed EVA [it'll be a while before I can sit through
that show again due to millions of non-thinkers making webpage
upon page of nothing but crappola like "I luv Rei^_^"
and "Kaworu is my big gay idol" and so on and so forth])
*Double Sigh* What a world. At least I'll always have Master
of Mosquiton and Boku no Marie.
Note to self 32: 12/14/1998
now if you actually found yourself getting anxious and nervous
because I didn't do an entry last week, let me assure you that
if you're a lifeless, no talented hack who has to live vicariously
through others... hey, it's only natural. But if you still did
and you're not, then let me assure you that you are. Trust me.
Urgh! Work is piling up like there's no tomorrow,
there almost isn't a tomorrow due to Christmas break, AnimeVillage
is trying to screw me out of a present I bought for a friend,
I found that I truly hate the being known as "the BLOB"
more than I thought possible and I had to get a B-day card for
Just Kidding. Let me tell you something, Christmas time sucks
when you work in the real world. It really does. Not much other
than that. Seeya in a bit and don't forget to try and stand under
as much mistletoe as possible! It's the best part of the season.
Note to self 31: 11/30/1998
Now that was a Thanksgiving weekend! My family ate the
bird on Thursday with a few friends over to make up for my brother's
poor misdirection (he chose to go to Utah for some Godonlyknows
reason). But we also had a second feast on Sunday with a few
more friends over for when he actually got back into town. I
got two meals out of it so I won't complain too much.
I also got to see the new Pixar movie A Bug's Life
on Thursday night too. It rocked! Just don't forget to sit through
the ending credits!
for the time you've all been waiting for.... Yep, my 5th year
high school reunion. Before I get started, I feel I must tell
you that I did have fun at it, but it wasn't anything I had thought
it would be (is anything ever?). Contrary to what the reunion
rep told me (i.e. half our class was coming), only 55 class of
93ers showed. Sure some brought their fiances or girl/boyfriends,
but only 55 kids from our class of 650+ came.... Fairly disappointing.
I only really knew about 15 of them well. Well, we talked for
a while at the hotel, but the dj was a d*ck and kept the music
at deafening levels (nobody could hear what anybody was saying!
I was two feet away from Sacha and she couldn't hear my screaming
over the Snoop Doggy Dog blasting from the monster speakers).
So then our group of 10 or so headed over to Chi-Chi's favorite
watering hole so that we could actually communicate. It was fun
to see what everybody was up to (I just wonder what ever became
Also, I got engaged just in time for the reunion
too... well, just FOR the reunion actually. This really cute
chickie who was friends with one of my old high school friends
came with us and was my fiance for the night so that we could
rub something in the faces of the kids we hated five years ago:p I
guess that "cute" is really an understatement, she
was "hot!" We joked around all night and we really
had a blast, but she had such an incredibly low self image of
herself that it was depressing-_- Let me tell you something,
the Rossman has a tendency to fall "in crush" with
funny cutie pies at the drop of a hat, but knowing that this
sweetie would never think of herself as "good for anybody"
hurt even more than getting slapped in the face by a chickie
that you like.... Uhhhhh, not that I would know anything about
that. Oh yeah, the wedding's in June:)
yeah, Georgia lost to Tech too...... Pisser.
Note to self 30: 11/23/1998
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more needs to be said? The Rossman is getting the word out (what
word, I have no idea). I'm the "Guest Pick" on the
Anime Web Turnpike for
this week^_^ I'm happy.
Not much really happened this past week. I got my
Yoshitaka Amano art books from AnimeNation (the best money I
ever spent!), I played some more Wild Arms on PSX, and
I went to the UGA vs Ole Miss romping on Saturday. After the
game I even got to run out on the field and stand in the giant
"G" :) Then we did the 50 yard dash. It was an experience
I won't soon forget.
This Tuesday I plan to finally get my GOLD copy of
Zelda: the Ocarina of Time. That should probably take up most
of my time this Thanksgiving, the rest of the time will be for
the UGA vs GT game and my 5th year High School reunion this upcoming
Saturday. A busy busy week.