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The Date: 23rd June 2001
The Place: Cambridge (The Regal)
The Occasion: First Cloudmakers UK meet
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Due to a bit of a mix-up with dates, I (Adrian) managed to organise the
first Cloudmakers UK meet to coincide with an animal rights protest which
was marching through Cambridge. I briefly considered making a 'Coalition
for Robot Freedom' poster and marching up there beside them, but then figured
that they probably wouldn't take it that well.
So anyway, we all managed to get to the pub without any trouble and in fact
I was the second person there (I managed to walk right past Lizzy in my
mad dash towards the bar). Dan Hon and Jeremy arrived shortly afterwards,
with Dan Derret coming an hour or so later at 4PM. Once all the pints had
been ordered, we trooped off to a table outside.
From left to right: Lizzy, Dan Hon
Here's Jeremy, cradling his 'soup in a glass', or Guinness as some people
erroneously call it.
About an hour later, Jeremy has moved onto the hard stuff (coffee) and
Dan Derrett is looking on, resplendent in his 3DLabs T-shirt. Kudos goes
to both people in this photo for buying me drinks.
Someone must have said something funny just now. Probably had something
to do with phone numbers or the far-too-common game-related paranoia that
is setting into all of our lives, e.g. 'So the sign on the door said Muppet
Masters and I was pretty freaked out...'
Strangely enough for the UK, it was an incredibly sunny and warm day which
meant we weren't freezing to death outside.
I think at this point we were warning Dan Derrett not, under any circumstances,
to enter #evanchan if he wanted to keep his job. References to pod-bay doors
and the sheer amount of sofas, chairs, windows and other assorted furniture
littering the channel were made as evidence, as well the epic story Lizzy
had to tell to one of her friends to explain why trout was so funny.
Dan Derrett, looking unusually serious, probably because he was disgusted
to the core by the tales of depravity and madness he was hearing about #evanchan.
Or maybe it was something to do with our discussion of the impending AI
spinoff, 'Coroner Sweborg: The Movie'
Before going to Pizza Hut (no, I didn't take any photos there) we walked
back to Dan (Hon)'s room since people were visibly shaking from withdrawal
symptoms of not being in #evanchan for roughly three hours. People in #evanchan
might recall that Dan turned his webcam on here and you could see such wondrous
images as Lizzy and Jeremy hiding behind cushions, and also my Cloudmakers
T-shirt (only a few left, buy them while you can!)
All in all, it was a good day out and we'll be sure to repeat it in the
UK a few more times, and there'll definitely be a Cloudmakers meet at the
London premiere of AI in September.