Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps


40 Responses to “Boing Boing's secret lair in the Alps”

  1. slida says:

    When I was a kid, you could get ten mountains for a nickel. Hrmph.

  2. Tamooj says:

    Better start that PayPal donation account – I’m sure BoingBoing readers could cough up $.50 each for the Secret Lair Fund.

    And of course the BB team wouldn’t fence off a such a great common space, but are you allowed to hollow out the mountain for your secret lair? Oh, I advise the BB team play a lot of Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress between now and then… practice, practice!

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Mark F has been talking about Minecraft to anyone who will listen. And it’s all Rob’s fault. We’re set.

  3. Teller says:

    Which mod will dance the Godwin jig?

  4. Jake0748 says:

    As cool as it would be to have a secret BB lair in the Tyrolean Alps, (as long as I was allowed to visit whenever I wanted to), I gotta wonder… who “owns” them now? And how exactly do they have the right to sell them?

    Just askin. BTW, I hear there’s a cool underground fort in Nevada that’s not being used for anything. I think its called Yukka or something.

  5. kyfho23 says:

    I take it there’s no skiing there, or they’d be worth a lot more than $170k.

    You could put the “Creative Commons Cavern” between them. ;-)

  6. jjsaul says:

    Sethra Lavode must need cash. I wonder if she had some holdings with Madoff?

  7. Fred H says:

    One thing James Bond villains have taught me: Your lair needs to be as ostentatious as possible for the governments of the world to assume it’s impenetrable. Just make sure the air ducts are small enough that no one can crawl through. You guys know you ARE evil scientists, right? Tsk tsk, if you have to ask who the evil scientist in the room is…..

  8. jnordb says:

    You had me at secret lair…

  9. Varekai says:

    I will bring my diamond pickaxe and carve out well-lit tunnels in an orderly grid pattern.

  10. LightningRose says:

    Sounds like a bargain. You can’t even buy a used ICBM silo in Bumfuck Oklahoma for that kind of money.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Minecraft players and hackerspace organizers. Two communities enter, one epic capital of geek creativity and resourcefulness emerges.

    • Jake0748 says:

      Who’s gonna clean up all that messy scree left over from “the erosion in the last decades or hundreds and thousand of years”? Not me boyos. I’ll tell ya that right now.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t know. From the pictures Antinous posted that place is really falling apart.

  12. Brainspore says:

    Is there adequate parking for war elephants?

  13. Jack says:

    BoingBoing in league with the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft?

  14. Tau'ma says:

    I’m thinking Grosse Kinigat, Mount Rushmore style = Mark, David, Cory, & Xeni carved into the majestic peaks… Boing b Boing, Fuck Yeah!

  15. Ingmar says:

    They’re off the market. Looks like “Austrian Federal Forests” will snap it up.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Whattaya say Boing Boing? Kickstarter to buy the land for conservation and public use?

    • kjulig says:

      Whattaya say Boing Boing? Kickstarter to buy the land for conservation and public use?

      According to Austrian media, the new owners can’t really change anything. It’s just a (rather pointless) investment.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I think df fits the mad scientist type theme better than minecraft.

    Yknow, lots of expendable henches, diabolical execution systems and traps, not to mention magma.

    Strike the earth bb!

  18. Donald Petersen says:

    Both peaks together are going for precisely half what I paid for my century-old 1,600-square-foot Craftsman in the unfashionable end of Pasadena in 2006. And the dishwasher was broken, to boot.

    Jesus wept, that market crash was something else.

  19. Gulliver says:

    Man, I’ll bet D.D. Harriman feels pretty stupid after spending all his money on the moon.–SJKVQQ

    Be careful. I here Ernst Blofeld has the HOA in his pocket.

  20. candycritic says:

    Maybe you guys should start a little smaller, like secret decoder rings, before secret lairs.

  21. Amelia_G says:

    I’m no expert, but this is my go-to economist on Austrian ski $ :)

  22. InsertFingerHere says:

    $170 K is cheap compared to the cost of building in a remote spot like that.

    If you want an evil lair, there’s a lot of empty office buildings on the market right now.

    Give it an obscure sign on the corners, like “Brown & Sons Ltd.”.. something the average Joe can drive by on the freeway to work a million times and never give it a second thought.

    Hide in plain sight, lets you save on construction and redirect those monies towards a more competent security staff.

    Although the loading dock with a rocket pad and submarine base might attract a bit of attention.

  23. Traska says:

    With restrictions like that, isn’t it less “buy a mountain” and more “Adopt-A-Mountain”?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It says that you have to allow right of way; it doesn’t say that you can’t have a trapdoor to the shark tank.

  24. pinehead says:

    Aye, it’s a noble cause. You have my sword!

  25. senorglory says:

    let’s buy it, then copyright troll images of the swiss alps.

  26. Anonymous says:

    $170k is the low bid, or the winning bid?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Instead, let’s build a bridge between the twin peaks of Kilimanjaro.

  28. enkiv2 says:

    > “Twin peaks up for sale in Austria”
    Little did they know it was actually just the two-season boxed set.

  29. PJG says:

    You can’t even buy a one bedroom condo in Vancouver for the price of both peaks! Which now makes me feel even more depressed about living in Vancouver.

  30. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    If we buy this, can the entrance be “Get Smart” themed?

    First, find the telephone booth in the Tyrolian Alps…

  31. kjulig says:

    Bad news, the Austrian government is getting involved and is, as you’d expect, against selling mountains to private individuals for very little money.

  32. Cowicide says:

    At least it’s cheaper than living in San Francisco.

  33. Anonymous says:

    You could probably buy a nice south Pacific island for 340K, which might be more enjoyable.

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