“I always have visions and dreams of things you can do, and this is a realization of something,” Dweck, 58, said near his violin-shaped pool, where about 5,600 fiber-optic cables light up like multicolored strings. “The idea is to improve quality of life using technology.” The company he registered last month, Live Better Systems LLC, will have competition from Wall Street veterans working to make the good life better…The renovation of his stone-and-shingle house — whose reverse-osmosis filtration makes his shower water “like bottled water” even if it lacks the Delos vitamins — will cost $3 million, he said. He estimates he’ll spend an additional $3 million fixing up grounds that include the pool, a baseball field, an outdoor kitchen and a movie screen. “Lots of people have that money,” he said. “They’re willing to spend it on, to me, much more frivolous things.” [Bloomberg, earlier]

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  1. Posted by Quant me maybe... | June 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    There are people in the Hamptons that make this guy look like an amateur.

  2. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Being an out of touch wealthy douche quietly > Being an out of touch douche and doing interviews about it.

  3. Posted by Huell Howser | June 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    But what I want to know…can you swim in it?

  4. Posted by Single in FiDi | June 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I think I spot a G string at the bottom

  5. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    What a pompous Dweckhead

  6. Posted by Turnip Truck | June 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Let's have a list of more frivolous things. Cashmere diapers for your kids? Personal New Kids on the Block reunion concert on stage built especially for the occasion out of unicorn horns and butterfly wings?

  7. Posted by AI | June 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    A baseball field? For when all 4 of his friends come over, they can take a round of batting practice?

  8. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    reverse-osmosis filtration– does that mean he's showering in his pee-pee?

  9. Posted by Hobbes | June 3, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    $3MM for a reverse osmosis water system? Are the pipes made of 24k gold?

  10. Posted by guest | June 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Sadly I don't think he needs to worry about such things, but $3 million for a swimming pool that the someday buyer of your home will value at negative $1 million – the cost to turn it into a normal fucking swimming pool and not be a neighborhood laughingstock – is actually really, really frivolous.

  11. Posted by St. Copious | June 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Re: the ex-goldman dbag in the full article, I'm going to introduce a metal trash can lid to the face of the next person I hear use the term "curated" and not be talking about a museum or gallery or something pretty f'ing close.

  12. Posted by guest | June 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    six packs of rolexes

  13. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Epic fail. Violin shaped pool is not as frivolous as a trombone shaped one.

  14. Posted by KingCo | June 3, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    In French, he has what's known as a Douche-Douche.

  15. Posted by guest | June 3, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    tell us how you really feel?

  16. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Jay, let me give you a little preview of your obituary: "Mr. Dweck retired from Goldman not to bring his management skills and personal network to bear on [pick one] hunger / education / housing / healthcare / public policy, but to build violin shaped pools for himself and his fellow plutocrats. Inexplicably, he actually seemed to take this seriously."

  17. Posted by Huh? | June 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    I think I stringed a G spot in the bottom?

  18. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    If he drops a live squid in the middle of the pond it could certainly pass as performance art.

  19. Posted by PermaGuestII | June 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Qu'ils mangeant de la brioche…

  20. Posted by WTF | June 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Why don't you go back down and don't come up

  21. Posted by gest | June 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Yeah yeah, you know french, we get it.

  22. Posted by guest | June 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I don't think you understand how money works…

    -Person who knows that money *can* buy friends, or at least good actors who want to swim in your violin pool and shower in Evian while jamming: 'Ain't nobody dope as me…' in exchange for kissing a little brown eye.

  23. Posted by Guest | June 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    (You Got It) The Right Stuff

    – Jordan, not Belfort; Donnie, not Azoff

  24. Posted by Guest | June 4, 2014 at 3:02 AM


  25. Posted by Guest | June 4, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    "The idea is to improve quality of life using technology"

    E.g. You are on vacation with your family and your overpriced pool guy calls you for the 12th time saying the fiber optic cables are malfunctioning and he needs to drain the pool, again.

  26. Posted by Squeaky | June 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    temper temper

  27. Posted by Xenomorph | June 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    That's too geeky, even for this crowd.

  28. Posted by Xenomorph | June 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I say we fucking rob them.

    – the rest of us

  29. Posted by no accent | June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Yes, but at least it's not rusty?

    ….unless that's your forte

  30. Posted by Confused Canadian | June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    He's doing God's work, eh?

  31. Posted by Xenomorph | June 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Very good, now can you translate guillotine for us?

  32. Posted by Joe Momma | June 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    But…but…but…trickle down economics…job creation…we aren't being lied to…they create jobs dammit, taxes are evil


    – horrified nation

  33. Posted by Guest | June 5, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Rusty trombone?