It was Saturday. Sam is still in town, four weeks into his annual return to Sydney. This reminds me... I still have to buy a wedding present for AJ's wedding that I missed in October... oh crap. Sorry AJ!
Mum and Dad rarely go out for food... or anything. To me, they are the quintessential examples of homebodies. Dad enjoys working on handyman projects in the backyard, on the work bench he built himself from scrap metals. Mum enjoys lolling around the house, cooking this and gardening that. Occasionally, they would go out to the markets for a bulk buy, and retreat once more to the comfort of their home.
I met someone at a seminar at Squire Patton Boggs on Friday last week who pointed out a problem in modern urban societies - there is a problem of increasing social isolation - she was trying to fix this for a specific segment of society, and I will find out more about this from her when we meet for a coffee later. In the context of folks like my parents, this "problem" of isolation is not really that problematic.
So, we will need to change one limb of the VIVA algorithms to allow for contextual adaptation based on someone's underlying desire to be social.
(that was a rather inelegant segue - I think I need to relax my mind a bit more - shake it up - and this isn't the forum for that - I will be back to post more stuff later - maybe after I work on the algorithms for a while)