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BatVink
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Posted: 9th Sep 2008 19:05
Another highlight for you...

Phil Scott from NVIDIA will be coming and presenting...something. I've only just found out, so I don't know the full details.

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Posted: 9th Sep 2008 22:50
I am going to go, but since I'm under 16, I have to be accompanied by an adult. Does that mean I have to pay for both me AND the adult? (I'm only a 'day delegate')

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Posted: 10th Sep 2008 01:20
Enter, stage left, the infamous hibernating one.

I just thought I'd stop by to say that, unusually for me, this year I doubt I will be able to attend. My reasons for this, in descending order of importance are:

1. I'm far, far, far, far, far too busy at work and I'm already working weekends on a regular basis. It transpires that my first year of being a partner of a law firm has proven much more successful than my business plan predicted - but with the obvious downside that I don't have "a life" at the moment. I can't give up a weekend to come to the Con regrettably;

2. if I did come up to the Con, my girlfriend probably wouldn't be too amused as she sees very little of me at the mo as it is;

3. the journey up last year was a nightmare which I haven't forgotten sadly;

4. I've been too busy at work to stay in touch with the community this year or to do any serious coding so I'd spend the whole Con saying: "you what?" to people, except Lee, to whom I'd be saying: "that's not a feature - it's a bug!"; and

5. goto 1.

Oh dear, I seem to have just created an infinite loop.

Anyhoo, I wish all the attendees my best and hope to make it next year.

PS: I also think there should be a coding compo at these Cons. The coding compos that Nick arranged for the Chichester Cons were great fun.

Cheer if you like bears! Cheer if you like jam sandwiches!
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Posted: 10th Sep 2008 01:22
PPS: Please try to keep that IanM character away from the beer. The amount of bail we all had to pay last year to get him away from the magistrates after that unfortunate incident with the Nun and the giraffe meant I had to hitchhike home.

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Posted: 10th Sep 2008 01:59
Now I remember the giraffe, but I never saw a nun.

Hitchhiking is one of the most dangerous activities a bear can undertake so I am glad you made it back to "United Kingdom" in one piece.

It is a shame you cannot make it this year, your brand of surreal and random humor will be surely missed!


PPPS: Is entropy ever going to be finished

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Posted: 10th Sep 2008 22:43
Quote: "3. the journey up last year was a nightmare which I haven't forgotten sadly;"


Me too - except I had forgotten it which is even sadder.

Hope to see you at a future Con - but don't leave it too late, none of us are getting any younger.

Quote: "but I never saw a nun"


Neither did I - perhaps IanM can elaborate...
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Posted: 10th Sep 2008 23:05
I got lucky. It turns out the 'nun', Sister whiplash, was on speaking terms with a local MP - can you say 'instant cover-up'?

As for the giraffe - it's now a member of the petting zoo I keep in my Moonbase.

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Posted: 11th Sep 2008 15:33
This thread is going to get locked if it goes on like this.
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Posted: 12th Sep 2008 16:10
Quote: "This thread is going to get locked if it goes on like this"

Why? Are petting zoos against the AUP?

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Quote: "The coding compos that Nick arranged for the Chichester Cons were great fun."

They were indeed.

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Posted: 15th Sep 2008 01:33
Anybody travel to Leeds by train last year who knows how to get to Hinsley Hall by bus from the train station? (Or alternatively the bus/coach station in Leeds, from which I caught the bus last year)

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Posted: 15th Sep 2008 03:01
I got a taxi from outside the station on the way there, but a bus on the way back from near the Hinsley Hall entrance, just kept looking out for the train station from the top deck. Don`t remember the bus number or fare, or even the taxi fare but at least you know there is very little walking involved.
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Quote: "Hi all, can someone see me a good way to go from Londres Stansted to leeds ? Cos, if I can came, I've found a traveil via Ryanair.com (low cost) and it can only bring me to london ..."


get a rental car and zoom up the M11 and then A1(M) and you're there more expensive than bus, probably same price as a train, but probably less hastle than either of those options, shorter journey time, freedom to stop off on the way etc.

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Posted: 15th Sep 2008 16:56
You'd probably find the M1 is a better option

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Posted: 15th Sep 2008 17:09
as someone who lives directly in between luton (M1) and stanstead (M11), and familiar with the roadworks in between, and drives from here to manchester on a regular basis, i'd say stick to the M11 and A1(M)

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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 02:11 Edited at: 17th Sep 2008 03:16
I've paid my convention fee of £180. I will send off my form later today (17th September)

Looking forward to seeing everybody again!




Er,

It turns out that google checkout doesn't very much like my VISA card for some reason. It took it last year. I'll give it another try in the morning, but if that doesn't work, is there any other method of payment I could try. I haven't got a chequebook because the bank hasn't sent me a new one.

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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 12:30
I paid by bank transfer, if you can do the same, Ask Steve for the details offline.

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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 15:26
Cheers jasuk70, I'm going to do it this way too


Saves messing about with cheques, which is a time consuming affair.

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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 17:05
Paid in full via Google Checkout

Looking forward to it!!!!!


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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 18:16
Quote: "I haven't got a chequebook because the bank hasn't sent me a new one."


Same here. Is there a conspiracy afoot? Or is the UK banking system about to fall apart?

Hope I haven't started a rumour which will get everyone queueing outside their banks - or is that happening already?

Quote: "Paid in full via Google Checkout"


I'll see if I can work out how to do it too.
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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 18:36
I am currently accessing this forum from my laptop. I am queuing outside. Currently I am the only one here, everybody else is going inside the bank and I am getting funny looks from people who are walking past.


Little do they know that the Lloyds Tsb bank is about to crash!...Hopefully, or I will look like a right idiot.

Tune into MnemNews Hour later. We will bring you more updates as they happen!

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Posted: 17th Sep 2008 19:44
My bank seems like its going to be called HLTBOS or

Halifax Lloyds TSB Bank of Scotland

I wonder if they are going to try and fit more into the name

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Posted: 18th Sep 2008 11:28 Edited at: 18th Sep 2008 11:30
anyone wanting to pay by Google Checkout:

http://www.devink.co.uk/convention

Since last year, the account that the convention deposits go into has moved from HBOS I was way ahead of the market on this one.

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Posted: 18th Sep 2008 11:49 Edited at: 18th Sep 2008 12:21
Quote: "I was way ahead of the market on this one."


Ah! So you're to blame for all our woes then.

[Edit Paid convention balance this morning. Whether there is any cash left in my HBOS account to actually pay it remains to be seen. ]
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Posted: 26th Sep 2008 17:42
isnt there meant to be a timetable of talks somewhere?

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Posted: 26th Sep 2008 18:34
There will be at some point, plus more details of the actual talks in the next newsletter.

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 14:47
I have just been looking for some information about traveling between Leeds train station and Hinsley Hall. It turns out that there is a free shuttle bus every few minutes from the railway station which will take you to the bus/coach station. From here you can catch the 96 bus which will take you past Hinsley Hall. I think its about 10-15minute journey, so keep an eye out of the RIGHT HAND windows for the sign marking Hinsley Hall. It's a short walk from the main road.

Apparently the 96 is every ten minutes from the coach station.

Hope this information helps somebody

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 19:17
Yes mnem, that information will be handy for those of us who have yet to perfect the art of self levitation and propulsion. Personally, I'm currently ripping some groovy transport out of a jeff minter game, nothing moves from A to B like a mutant camel or a space giraffe. Do they have a drinking trough at hinsley hall? just in case it gets thirsty, I don't want to have some video game sprite cause a riot in the bar.

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 21:06
What have I told you about being surreal?

DON'T. Now get back to your floating mushroom before I beat you to death with a pancake!

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 21:12
The Coding Area Dude better be coming or he is in trouble!

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 21:14
geecee - The Minter was a legend until I met him and had to set the time for him on his new watch as he couldn't figure it out (true story!)

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Posted: 30th Sep 2008 23:21
Quote: " I don't want to have some video game sprite cause a riot in the bar"


You're not so far from the truth. The guy who served us last year is now (or soon will be) a character in Cash Curtis' Geisha House.

Quote: "The Coding Area Dude better be coming or he is in trouble!"

He's not on the list Gone to the Dark Side - Mac Attack!

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Posted: 1st Oct 2008 14:36
Then we must have a minutes silence in honour of The Coding Area on the friday evening, followed by 8 hours of larging it.

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Posted: 1st Oct 2008 17:20 Edited at: 2nd Oct 2008 18:10
Alas, at this glamorous assemblage my personage will not be present. Aside from the fact that I have moved on from GSDK, I cant afford it!

However, for those interested in what I'm doing (and I know you all are), I thus present the preview executable of Spots - availiable from http://www.nicholaskingsley.co.uk/MiscThings/Spots.rar

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Posted: 1st Oct 2008 20:08
There he is! Shame you can't come but rest assured there will absolutely be a minutes silence in your honour (although I think 60 seconds is pushing it slightly for Lee to be quite).

I tried the Spots preview, it just crashes for me instantly It comes up loading in a little window then crashes when switched to full screen.

Machine I tried it on was running Vista which may be the prob I guess?

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Posted: 1st Oct 2008 22:27 Edited at: 1st Oct 2008 22:48
Final remainder paid ... I will see you all there

@Terrorist Zero
Did you make it to Teesside Uni?



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Posted: 1st Oct 2008 23:57
Quote: "although I think 60 seconds is pushing it slightly for Lee to be quite"


You've met him then?

Quote: "Final remainder paid ... I will see you all there "


Great! Mine's a bitter, please. (I'll leave the Guinness for Lee.)

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Did you?
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Quote: "Did you?"


Yes I did. I'm posting from one of the labs now (there's no one else here yet, the seminar starts at 10)



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@Scraggle

Yeah I'm at Teesside Uni now, living in Woodland Halls, pretty damn epic if I say so myself! Shout out "Phil!" in a lecture or "Terrorist Zero!" and I'm sure I'll answer, as long as I'm in that particular lecture anyway!

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Posted: 2nd Oct 2008 18:14 Edited at: 2nd Oct 2008 18:15
Quote: "I tried the Spots preview, it just crashes for me instantly It comes up loading in a little window then crashes when switched to full screen."

Works fine on my Vista machine (and the other two Vista machines too), so I've no idea whats going on there. Works fine on XP too. I wonder if your using an nVidia graphics card ?

You do need VS 2005 installed as well.

Not too worried out it at the moment, as its not finished (and wont be for a few months yet).

Instead, you can always watch the Spots video at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=z4zhAsTZSz8

Quote: "Shame you can't come but rest assured there will absolutely be a minutes silence in your honour "

Should be longer really, you know...

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Posted: 2nd Oct 2008 23:48
Yeah i'm using nVidia - 8800GTX

I don't have 2005 installed on this machine infact so that is the problem (i have 2008 on this one)

I watched the vid anyway Spots looks fun!

An yeah I know a minutes silence isnt long enough - but Lee is there and I'm not really known for being a quiet kinda chap either..infact rememebering the (amazing) lot from last year, I don't remember anyone that could be labelled as massively on the quiet side - so a minute is infact a really long time relatively speaking.

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Its an exciting project, so aside from 4 people playing around one computer, its also LAN compatible too...

Quote: "so a minute is infact a really long time relatively speaking."

Good point!

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Quote: "so a minute is infact a really long time relatively speaking"


Especially if we are not allowed to slurp our beer during it.
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Stuff that then! We'll just make do with a seconds silence.

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Posted: 3rd Oct 2008 12:37
I'll second that ( ) - but we should show due respect by standing ... if we can.
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Just dont stand up too quickly.

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Posted: 3rd Oct 2008 14:23
hahaha a seconds standing silence - i like it. As long as it takes us a second or more to hit the ground it still counts

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And even more so if you bounce along the ground afterwards...

But it must be filmed in order for it to be eligable...

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Actually, I was only thinking about the time taken to raise a pint from tabletop to gob without spillage. However, if you guys also want to stand, I can't stop you.

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