@BoingBoing: Invincible Space Lair for sale
A nuke-proof space observation station in Carmel Valley, Ca., is up for sale. The asking price: $2,950,000. Able to take a 5 megaton blast, the Jamesburg Earth Station was built in the 1960s and was the first to receive live images from the moon during 1969's Apollo landing. Also included in the deal is 160 acres of land, an 11-storey antenna able to broadcast worldwide, a helipad, and a 3-bedroom home.
I am fascinated by the idea of secret lairs and desperately want one. I mean, there's a number of directions you can take the concept in, but I don't think I'd like a lair in space. A lair with a space theme, there's something to be said for that. Also for the nuke-proofing. I also think underwater lairs are pretty cool in theory, but I don't know about actually living in one--would you get claustrophobic? Would the pressure be bad for you? Would it get damp? There's the idea of the gothic mountaintop lair (*THUNDERCLAP*), but I don't know how nuke-proof that really is; we have to think about this in terms of modern day-to-day living. Ozymandias had a pretty good lair in Watchmen, but I have to think that the Antarctic must get inconvenient after a while--there are no runs to the corner store at the South Pole. I think, if we are going to be really serious about this, that I am somewhere between a mountain on a tropical island (solitude, lush scenery, fruity drinks; tropics might be too hot for my taste) or a downtown superhero Baxter Building-type setup (convenient location, good shopping; first thing to get attacked when the supervillains come). Hm. I am open to suggestions.