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2021-04-10 9:39:13 AM  
I always thought this was a typical Steve Jobs world's-biggest-dick move.  Jobs had basically unlimited funds, so why dig in your heels for 10 years and let a historically prominent building of its style crumble to the point that the city lets you knock it down?  Just sell the house you don't like and buy or build one you do like.

The fact that he had to know he wasn't going to beat pancreatic cancer, and basically used his final breath to swing the sledgehammer rather than sell it to someone who would care for it is just dumb.

In fairness in this particular area I am a big fan of "Fix old, No New".
 
2021-04-10 10:30:50 AM  

xrayspx: I always thought this was a typical Steve Jobs world's-biggest-dick move.  Jobs had basically unlimited funds, so why dig in your heels for 10 years and let a historically prominent building of its style crumble to the point that the city lets you knock it down?  Just sell the house you don't like and buy or build one you do like.

The fact that he had to know he wasn't going to beat pancreatic cancer, and basically used his final breath to swing the sledgehammer rather than sell it to someone who would care for it is just dumb.

In fairness in this particular area I am a big fan of "Fix old, No New".


130 years ago in my city there was a huge argument about where to place a monument that thanked those who died in service during the civil war.

The place that they wanted to put it already had a building, and a historic one. It was called Old City Hall. Built in the 1820s, the city of Portland held its business there til 1862. In 1855, the Rum Riots took place at Old City Hall where 1 person was shot to death and many more injured. It survived the Conflagration of 1866 (while the new City Hall occupied for only a few years burned down), and it became the place where aid was passed out to the 10,000 people made homeless. Many speeches from very important people took place from the building to the public.

It was a well known landmark. But in 1887 the citizens of Portland voted to tear it down and erect a monument. After a hard-fought vote, it wasnt even close, 4000 to 1900 in favor. There were people who wanted to save the building by convincing the Soldiers and Sailors Monument Association to turn the Old City Hall into a memorial building instead. But it was not to be.

My city lost an important part of its history. But the citizens of Portland were willing to sacrifice a building for the sacrifices shown by Portlanders during the Civil War. And that saddens me a little bit, to be honest.
 
2021-04-10 10:33:46 AM  

cman: Snip.


BTW, talking about Portland, Maine. Not Oregon.
 
2021-04-10 10:37:41 AM  
Steve Jobs was a dick. News at 11.
 
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2021-04-10 11:35:28 AM  
Jobs was willing to throw-away his own previous design aesthetics from only a few years prior, let alone his wildly successful design aesthetics from the mid-eighties.  Is anyone surprised that he didn't respect the design aesthetics of the Roaring Twenties?
 
2021-04-10 12:22:15 PM  
As time moves on, I think we are going to learn numerous ways in which Jobs was a weirdo, dick, and lunatic. People who worked closely with him are still afraid to come forward with details because his influence reaches beyond the grave.
 
2021-04-10 12:54:39 PM  

cman: cman: Snip.

BTW, talking about Portland, Maine. Not Oregon.


The fact it was built in the 1820s made that clear. Portland, Oregon (the one everyone's heard of) would not yet have existed, and wouldn't be founded for another 30 years.
 
2021-04-10 3:09:52 PM  
Elvis' estate is pulling The King's songs from Apple Music?

(Clicks)

Well I was way off.
 
2021-04-10 3:24:26 PM  
Who cares? Woodside is a shiathole! Just like Atherton, Los Altos Hills, two thirds of Palo Alto, and Hillsborough except for the Flintstone house.
 
2021-04-10 6:05:29 PM  
No dessert for Submitter, for using the word "fanbois". Now go finish your homework.
 
2021-04-10 7:47:15 PM  
Jobs understood the historical value of the estate, and would come to purchase the home in 1984 for $3.5 million, property records show. But as his mounting success continued, Jobs wanted to demolish what he saw as a complicated home, and build a smaller, minimal home.

Starting in 2000, Jobs stopped maintaining the home to force the city to demolish it. He spent a decade fighting local preservationists and the state Historical Resources Commission to tear down the structure.


What a wanker.
 
2021-04-10 8:11:56 PM  
On the one hand, Jobs was a wanker.

On the other, historical preservations societies who won't let you paint your own house just because it's old are wankers too.
 
2021-04-11 5:50:09 AM  

Unscratchable_Itch: As time moves on, I think we are going to learn numerous ways in which Jobs was a weirdo, dick, and lunatic. People who worked closely with him are still afraid to come forward with details because his influence reaches beyond the grave.


I read what I believe was his authorized biography and he comes across as a raging asshole with some mental issues which seems to be a common aspect of revolutionary tech leaders.
 
2021-04-11 10:40:05 AM  

TappingTheVein: I read what I believe was his authorized biography and he comes across as a raging asshole with some mental issues which seems to be a common aspect of revolutionary tech leaders.


And Dictators
 
2021-04-11 12:42:01 PM  

cman: And Dictators


Right, also YouTube "influencers".
 
2021-04-11 1:00:00 PM  

TappingTheVein: Unscratchable_Itch: As time moves on, I think we are going to learn numerous ways in which Jobs was a weirdo, dick, and lunatic. People who worked closely with him are still afraid to come forward with details because his influence reaches beyond the grave.

I read what I believe was his authorized biography and he comes across as a raging asshole with some mental issues which seems to be a common aspect of revolutionary tech leaders.


The Walter Isaacson one?  Yeah, got the same impression.
 
2021-04-11 2:22:08 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The Walter Isaacson one? Yeah, got the same impression.


Yes. It was especially strange when such an intelligent man refused to have a life saving operation and wait an entire year to pursue "alternative medicine" instead. And when he came to his senses it was too late and the cancer was terminal. The lack of furniture and diet obsession stuff were also strange. I'm sure a psychologist can explain the reasoning.
 
2021-04-11 2:51:24 PM  

TappingTheVein: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: The Walter Isaacson one? Yeah, got the same impression.

Yes. It was especially strange when such an intelligent man refused to have a life saving operation and wait an entire year to pursue "alternative medicine" instead. And when he came to his senses it was too late and the cancer was terminal. The lack of furniture and diet obsession stuff were also strange. I'm sure a psychologist can explain the reasoning.


Yeah, time and time again it has been shown that intelligence isn't just a one size fits all trait.

I did find his dealings with Pixar interesting, especially after reading Ed Catmull's book and more recently hearing a podcast where Pete Docter was the guest.
 
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