I spotted this article a little while ago, discussing how one man responded to having his house foreclosed.
The front yard of Williams’ home is strewn with boxes, furniture and trash cans. There’s even some of the home’s air conditioning duct work lying on the lawn. That’s not the only part of the property left in shambles. The inside of the house is just as messy.
And just in case anyone needed an explanation for his actions, Williams also allegedly left the bank a big note –– using spray paint. The words painted on a wall near the front door are hard to make out but it appears to declare: “Brought to you by Deutsche Bank… Eat it.”
My favourite part though was the response from Burbed.com (who I’ve declared my amusement of here, here, and here):
Makes sense. Milpitas isn’t in the Real Bay Area. Full of savages. I hear they’re starting to eat babies because house prices are so low.
I noticed tonight that the GPS error on my running watch means that when I look at the data in aggregate, it creates quite a nice heat map of my favourite runs.
I might try and figure out a way to show this over time. The Palo Alto/Mountain View runs build up during winter, and then during Summer I do far more runs by the bay (when I don’t need street lights to run after work).
I’m completely addicted now. In-n-out. Krispy Kreme. Sibby’s Cupcakes. Fred steaks. And tonight’s indulgence? Chicago style deep-dish pizza from Patxi’s.
We ordered a 12″, which weighs nearly 2kg (it is 2″ deep). It takes 30 minutes to bake (compared to the usual 6 minutes or so for a thin crust pizza). The pizza actually consists of two layers. Ingredients are placed on a bottom layer of dough, another layer is added on top of that, and then the sauce is placed on top. We actually ordered the “low fat” version originally, but the kindly gentleman who took our order swiftly talked us out of that.
I think the most amazing part of this is that the house costs $800,000. After a while you become desensitized somewhat to the Bay Area prices, but I still love imagining what a million dollar house looks like here compared to anywhere else in the world.
As an example of the craziness, a house that sold in Mountain View for $395,000 in 1996 will sell for $1.8 million now.
Very interesting article on news.com about Sarah Lacy’s interview of Mark Zuckerberg, from Facebook. I’ve seen some pretty atrocious interviews, keynotes, panels and presentations in my time, but this is right up there when you think of the scope. Interviewing the world’s youngest self-made billionaire (is that title accurate?) at a conference like SXSW…well, I can’t but help think she was a little blase about it all, even by her own self admission in a post-interview discussion with Valleywag.
Edit: Found the interview in question. Suspicions confirmed! Sometimes the arrogance in the Silicon Valley can get a bit much… Haha and Mark’s rising inflection at the end of almost every sentence is kind of irritating.
Valleywag has become one of my new guilty pleasures. While I can’t but help laugh at the hapless participants, I do feel twinges of sympathy for them as well. Whether it’s Jimmy Wales meetingandbreaking up with his girlfriend on Wikipedia (wow they really seem to dislike old Jim), or the continuous articles on the rules for picking up escorts in the Silicon Valley (link not really safe for work), it’s a constant source of entertainment. Actually, some of its best moments play out in the comments. Maybe it’s like Burbed though, where it’s that much funnier if you live in the Bay Area.
One of the latest articles did strike a chord with me though was reading about poor old Brandee Barker had to announce to the press that she wasn’t getting the vice president position, because it’s her job to. Particularly in a company like Facebook where the billionaire CEO is just 23, you know experience isn’t really a factor (although they did just hire Sheryl Sandberg from Google).
Since moving to the Bay Area I’ve realised there are a whole different set of different rules for pricing and economics here. Salaries, real estate, and commodities are all distinct from the rest of the US. With that said there is one site that I love that perfectly sums up the idiosyncracies here – Burbed.com:
Are they f’ing kidding me? The local economy isn’t generating jobs? Hello, Apple/Google/Facebook are still hiring like crazy. Even Yahoo is hiring (srsly). Most of the In-n-out’s are hiring too.
I don’t know what evil nefarious agenda Shea Homes has, but clearly they hate the Real Bay Area and are acting as economic terrorists. A cynic would have to wonder if they’re doing this to get concessions from the City of Mountain View.