Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

I really enjoyed Sean Parker's wedding.

No, I wasn't invited, but just looking at the pictures made me swoon.

Should you have missed this ethereal 2013 event -- Parker married singer Alexandra Lenas --  it was a massive Lord Of The Rings-themed affair, set in the California woods.

I fear that Parker -- Facebook's former president -- moved fast and broke more than a few twigs, as he didn't actually get all the necessary permissions to build a cottage, a stone bridge and a dance floor -- yes, in the middle of the Redwoods at Big Sur -- among other standard wedding accoutrements.

Soon, though, it transpired that he'd been levied millions of dollars in fines by the California Coastal Commission and that the Ventana Inn resort, host of his wedding, should have kept the location -- a campground -- open to the public. He paid the Inn's fines too.

Oh, there was one other, perfectly delicious punishment.

The commission insisted that he finally put some of those Facebook-type skills to good use and create an app that would help visitors to California find trails, public beaches and parking.

On Thursday, that iPhone app emerged into the light.

Called Your Coast, it's available free on iTunes and it's already garnered stellar reviews.

One reviewer called it "truly magical." Yes, just like Parker's wedding.

There was, though, a touch of gloating from the commission.

Lisa Haage, the California Coastal Commission's chief of enforcement, told the San Jose Mercury News

This is a case of turning lemons into lemonade​. We literally ended up working with some of the world's best tech engineers to create something that everyone can use and enjoy.

And, just beneath her breath, I feel sure I hear: 

Finally, finally someone stuck it to a tech billionaire.

In truth, Parker has seemed a touch chastened in recent years. He's dedicated time and resources to many good causes. He's even begun to wonder whether Facebook has done dire things to children's brains. (I suspect it has.)

There is, though, a certain poetry in seeing a few groats of Facebook fortune being dedicated to the public good.

In 2013, Parker claimed he'd spent $4.5 million on prepping the site. He added that he'd had "a very specific aesthetic vision for this event that was subtle, tasteful, and carefully orchestrated."

I hope that users say the same about his new app.

Published on: Dec 14, 2018
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