Archive for August, 2003

Greetings from Nerdstock

Sunday, August 24th, 2003

According to my watch, it’s Sunday, which means I’ve been here at i17 for 3 days straight doing nothing but playing battlefield 1942 and drinking beer. It’s like a cross between the Glastonbury Festival and my house.

I appear to have been substituted into the Battlefield tournament, which went as follows:

  • Kicked arse
  • Won by 1 point
  • Got raped in the arse by clan MPUK
  • Got raped in the arse by clan FVM
  • Got raped in the arse by clan SAS

Which put us in 4th place overall in the tournament. Which isn’t bad since I’ve only had the damned game for a week.

MPUK are apparently the UKs best Battlefield team, which makes the loss somewhat more easy to swallow, and in the final they beat the shit out of 0wned [sorry] FVM for all to see on the big screen in the bar upstairs.

SAS have their own Team T-Shirts. I don’t think I need to go into depth about that. It’s all very Robot wars…

The font of knowledge

Thursday, August 14th, 2003

I found this really nice looking fixed width font called “Anonymous” by Mark Simonson Studio, which took a bit of a while to find because that site seems to be down. I can’t remember where I eventually found it, so I left a copy online if anyone wants it. It’s somewhere in between Courier New and Arial and (according to the readme) uses all available gliph “slots” so you can use it for programming without having blank blocks appearing for obscure characters.


Thursday, August 14th, 2003

Hrm. Don’t hold much hope for the Sugar Free Megastore. Hancocks sound promising though…

From: Iain


I'm currently looking for somewhere
that I can purchase sugar-free Chupa Chups.
I am assured by Chupa Chups customer
services that a sugar-free range of their
lollipops does exist.

Do you stock them?


Chupa Chups

Wednesday, August 13th, 2003

Chupa Chups. What is surely the king of boiled confectionary on a stick, but not a habit you can keep up for any length of time before your teeth start to go all achy and soft. What I need is the joy of Chupa Chups in a sugar-free, non corrosive form.

I set about my investigations:

Chupa Chups,

Do you make a sugar-free range of your
delicious lolly pops?

...and no, smints don't count!

Thank you,

Reply from Chupa Chups:

Dear Iain,

Thank you for your e-mail message and
for your interest in our company and
products. we have a sugar free range
Chupa Chups available in many
countries in three flavours: watermelon,
orange and cola.

Best regards,

Irene Peregrin
Chupa Chups S.A
Consumer Service

Result! Now to find a supplier. I searched the most obvious choices of shops online, but came up with nothing. So I found a likely shop in the UK for my next line of enquiry:

From:    Iain
Subject: Chupa Chups

Do you stock sugar free Chupa Chups
Lollipops? According to the Chupa Chups
web site they make them in Watermelon,
Orange and Cola flavours.


Fingers crossed…

Woo! Back!

Monday, August 11th, 2003

For the last 4 months, has been pretty much dead after being hurridly removed in what could be described in an unfortunate and foolish set of circumstances.

Now I’m back in full effect, redesigned, but sadly not running on linux anymore.