October 20th, 2003


Business Idea

With the move towards more separate living arrangements, expensive housing and therefore smaller amounts of living space, there is a frequent lack of provate space for people to meet in. Should I wish to get together with a few friends for a board game, it's a problem. If I want to have more than 4 people over to watch a video, it's nigh impossible unless they're happy to be very squashed or sprawl at odd angles.

It seems to me that there's a gap in the market there. What I want, for a few hours a week, is a space with a large tv and enough comfy seating for 10 people. A mini-cinema, if you will. I don't know what the economics of the situation is, but the set-up costs of this kind of thing wouldn't be high - the main expense would be in rental of the building and repairs for any damage.

Basically (he says, thinking about it properly) we're talking about a private club, with members lounge, etc. I seem to recall that, sadly, these tend to be incredibly expensive. If I had the cash, I'd be tempted to try and put something simple into place along those lines.


I can always tell when I'm feeling better, because I have the urge to write. When I'm tired or ill nothing seems interesting enough to write about - it's all just the usual mess. When I'm feeling well and rested there are at least 20 things a day that form the core of an idea for something.

For instance, today Stephen had a small Visio problem. He got Greg to give him a quick hand with it, but I wandered past him a few minutes later and asked him what it was. This is because I've been using Visio on and off since almost the first version. It's a lovely program that allows you to produce and change charts incredibly easily, and while it still has the occasional niggle in laying things out, generally speaking it's a lovely piece of kit.

But it's one of those things that I've always felt I wasn't getting nearly enough out of. As far as I can tell you can use Visio to plan your databases and then create them automatically. You can use it to map out your network through auto-discovery. It can be used with add-ons to produce UML and help with program-design. All I use it for is to do flow-charts. Which it's great for, but I'm always left feeling that I'm using a rocket engine to cook sausages over, when it could be flying me to the moon.


Tired. Head Hurts. I think it's just tiredness and a little dehydration (even if I have drunk about 2.5 litres of water today), but I'm not sure.

I'm going to collapse into bed, and hopefully life will be shinier tomorrow.