Marc Jacobs Special “Interview Magazine” Tee

I love Marc Jacobs. As a designer, he’s the definitive fashion mind of my generation. As a dude, well, I definitely preferred post-grunge, bespectacled, ’90s-haircut Marc to “new and improved,” super-coiffed, gym-fit Marc. But, then I saw this t-shirt. “Andy Warhol” Marc?! Brilliant! Then I looked a little closer and realized that what I had, for some reason, assumed was a illustration was actually a photograph of a powdered and wigged Jacobs as the father of Pop Art. Brilliant times two! The image is taken from the cover of the June/July 2008 issue of Interview Magazine, in which, in honor of the legend’s would-be 80th birthday, a case is made for Jacobs as this decade’s Warhol. The tees are available in-store only at Marc Jacobs shops nationwide, and proceeds from their sale will benefit the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Support the arts. Look cool.

How to Buy Your Own Missile Silo

So, you are interested in your own missile silo? Well first, check out these videos to learn the basics…

Building Your Own Missile Silo

During the Cold War, America was full of holes, and each one contained a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. For every missile there was an underground command center (called a capsule) with two military officers on duty for 24 hours at a time, each one holding a launch key. If the officers got the right command from on high, they would verify with a countersign, insert their keys and launch the missile– bye bye bad guys. It takes two keys to launch, insuring that a rogue maniac couldn’t start his own WWIII, at least not without driving his partner in the capsule to the same brand of crazy.

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(image courtesySeth Woodworth)

Fortunately, nobody ever had to turn their keys in real life, only in training missions that simulated an underhanded attack by dirty commies. Now a lot of these sites are abandoned, decommissioned under anti-nuclear proliferation treaties and other negotiations. When the government sold these off at bargain-basement prices, savvy investors scooped them up and now resell them to anyone with an urge to live underground and with no windows. GearCrave got the scoop…after the jump learn how you can track down and bid on your very own post-nuclear missile silo home.

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(image courtesyKerinin)

Buying a missile silo for your very own is really like purchasing any piece of real estate. You need to scope out the property, see if you like the area and check out the neighbors. Well, chances are there won’t be ANY neighbors anywhere close by. Missile silos were built away from populated areas, behind miles of fenceline and under armed guard. Some people like the idea of all that solitude, and if that’s you, life on the (former) nuclear prairie could be for you. If you are in the market for one of these throwbacks to the Cold War, here’s some food for thought:

  • Buying a missile silo means buying multiple acres.
  • Silos are on decommissioned military bases or military annexes and are often far away from towns or cities.
  • Your missile silo may be located near an EPA Superfund pollution cleanup site. Do your homework before buying.
  • Have the site appraised by a real estate professional, but understand that your costs for the property may be inflated due to the unusual nature of the property. You may pay “seller’s market” rates for such a site rather than realistic prices.
  • You may need a generator or a special arrangement with a local power company for electrical service.
  • Certain features such as blast doors and other unique missile silo construction may require structural evaluation after 30 years or more of disuse.

A missile silo site is what real estate types call “a real fixer-upper.” Some sites are flooded, need serious mold abatement, and will definitely require you to do a renovation. After all, once upon a time, it looked like this:

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Now imagine this space flooded with water, stripped of its electronics, and 30 years of stale air. Yuck. That’s not to say that it can’t be done. In Dover, Kansas, Edward and Dianna Peden converted a missile facility into Subterra Castle, an interesting underground home and event space. Check out what the Pedens did with their site, originally purchased for about $40K back in the 80s.

If you aren’t a DIY type, the renovations for a missile silo could wind up costing plenty, but if you have the spare change to throw around, why not? The only trick now is to find a seller. If you want to investigate, fear not–we’ve saved you a bit of time. Here are two of the key players in missile silo real estate:

  • Siloworld.com –the only drawback here is that you get seller phone numbers and prices, but no photos or other info. Still worth looking into for those seller details.
  • MissileSilos.com–the terms on the properties listed here vary from slightly dodgy sounding (no financing allowed on one site priced at nearly two million–full payment only) to more realistic sounding terms such as investment partnership in exchange for half ownership. This site has photos and descriptions, and is quite helpful if you’re considering going underground. Some prices near a reasonable quarter mil, others closer to two million.

The best advice if you’re looking for a missile silo? Get in touch with these two web sites and ask plenty of questions. Bring a structural expert and appraiser to any site you are thinking about owning and check out the area to make sure there are no serious environmental problems. Does your missile silo have a problem with Radon gas leaking into the facility? Is there a lead paint or asbestos issue in the structure? Know BEFORE you buy. Some additional things to think about:

  • The military stored hazardous waste in some decommissioned nuclear sites. Is the one you’re looking at in need of a serious decontamination?
  • If a particular site is flooded and needs to be drained, is the flood issue a cumulative water problem or the result of a single structural failure somewhere in the facility?
  • How much will it cost to reconnect to utilities such as power, gas and water?
  • How is trash removal and sewage to be handled?

Knowing the basic answers to these questions will help you figure out whether the purchase is worth the asking price. You should also check to see how the area in question is zoned in case you want to run a business from your former missile silo.
Owning a missile silo isn’t impossible–just ask Edward and Dianna Peden. Just remember there are no windows down there and you’ll need to figure out what to do about getting an Internet connection up and running. That and a fridge full of beer. If you wind up buying one of these, by all means drop us a line and let us know what happened.

Enjoy this article? Read about How to Buy Your Own Private Island here on GearCrave.

Bachus Wine Rack by Slide

Marcel Wanders designed the Bachus mod wine storage concept especially for those who crave a more showy display of those lovely bottles of red. With removable casters and its stackable design it makes a nice artistic statement, especially in this more traditional setting. We like the mix-n-match colors, but you can easily buy three white versions for a more minimalist vibe. Or just get one if you don’t plan on buying quite that many bottles of wine this year.

Contact for pricing.

Great Adventure 2009: London to Timbuktu in a Skycar

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Neil Laughton has a big day ahead of himself today, January 14th.  He’s departing from the city of London on a trip to Timbuktu, Mali in what will become one of the strangest adventures of this young century.  Laughton will be driving — and flying — a biofuel-powered dune buggy on this 3,600 mile trip.  Laughton’s Parajet Skycar will carry him by land and by air as it is both street legal and fully capable of flight.  On land, the Skycar is a standard dune buggy with a few extra features.  It includes a rear-mounted propeller and a flexible wing system that is reminiscent of a parachute.  Once the Parajet Skycar hits 38mph and the flex wing is in place, this dune buggy does what none other can do– it will lift off and achieve flight.

In flight, the Parajet Skycar can reach speeds of up to 70mph with a ceiling of 15,000 ft.  Laughton will pilot the Skycar close to these extremes as he passes over the Mediterranean, albeit close to its teeth near the Rock of Gibraltar.  The Skycar journey will then pass across the north of Africa until she touches down on Timbuktu, completing the goal set forth by the Pilot and his team at Parajet.  He won’t fly it alone, he’ll be joined in the Skycar for some of the trip by engineer Gilo Cardozo in addition to a ground crew carrying fuel and supplies.  One thing is for certain, this is likely the craziest way we can imagine to spend your new year– but we are pulling for both pilot Neil Laughton and the Parajet Skycar as they make their ascent into the history books… [parajet via cnet]

How to Buy Your Own Missile Silo

So, you are interested in your own missile silo? Well first, check out these videos to learn the basics…

Building Your Own Missile Silo

During the Cold War, America was full of holes, and each one contained a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. For every missile there was an underground command center (called a capsule) with two military officers on duty for 24 hours at a time, each one holding a launch key. If the officers got the right command from on high, they would verify with a countersign, insert their keys and launch the missile– bye bye bad guys. It takes two keys to launch, insuring that a rogue maniac couldn’t start his own WWIII, at least not without driving his partner in the capsule to the same brand of crazy.

missile silo
(image courtesySeth Woodworth)

Fortunately, nobody ever had to turn their keys in real life, only in training missions that simulated an underhanded attack by dirty commies. Now a lot of these sites are abandoned, decommissioned under anti-nuclear proliferation treaties and other negotiations. When the government sold these off at bargain-basement prices, savvy investors scooped them up and now resell them to anyone with an urge to live underground and with no windows. GearCrave got the scoop…after the jump learn how you can track down and bid on your very own post-nuclear missile silo home.

missile silo tour
(image courtesyKerinin)

Buying a missile silo for your very own is really like purchasing any piece of real estate. You need to scope out the property, see if you like the area and check out the neighbors. Well, chances are there won’t be ANY neighbors anywhere close by. Missile silos were built away from populated areas, behind miles of fenceline and under armed guard. Some people like the idea of all that solitude, and if that’s you, life on the (former) nuclear prairie could be for you. If you are in the market for one of these throwbacks to the Cold War, here’s some food for thought:

  • Buying a missile silo means buying multiple acres.
  • Silos are on decommissioned military bases or military annexes and are often far away from towns or cities.
  • Your missile silo may be located near an EPA Superfund pollution cleanup site. Do your homework before buying.
  • Have the site appraised by a real estate professional, but understand that your costs for the property may be inflated due to the unusual nature of the property. You may pay “seller’s market” rates for such a site rather than realistic prices.
  • You may need a generator or a special arrangement with a local power company for electrical service.
  • Certain features such as blast doors and other unique missile silo construction may require structural evaluation after 30 years or more of disuse.

A missile silo site is what real estate types call “a real fixer-upper.” Some sites are flooded, need serious mold abatement, and will definitely require you to do a renovation. After all, once upon a time, it looked like this:

031208wallacemissiles.jpg

Now imagine this space flooded with water, stripped of its electronics, and 30 years of stale air. Yuck. That’s not to say that it can’t be done. In Dover, Kansas, Edward and Dianna Peden converted a missile facility into Subterra Castle, an interesting underground home and event space. Check out what the Pedens did with their site, originally purchased for about $40K back in the 80s.

If you aren’t a DIY type, the renovations for a missile silo could wind up costing plenty, but if you have the spare change to throw around, why not? The only trick now is to find a seller. If you want to investigate, fear not–we’ve saved you a bit of time. Here are two of the key players in missile silo real estate:

  • Siloworld.com –the only drawback here is that you get seller phone numbers and prices, but no photos or other info. Still worth looking into for those seller details.
  • MissileSilos.com–the terms on the properties listed here vary from slightly dodgy sounding (no financing allowed on one site priced at nearly two million–full payment only) to more realistic sounding terms such as investment partnership in exchange for half ownership. This site has photos and descriptions, and is quite helpful if you’re considering going underground. Some prices near a reasonable quarter mil, others closer to two million.

The best advice if you’re looking for a missile silo? Get in touch with these two web sites and ask plenty of questions. Bring a structural expert and appraiser to any site you are thinking about owning and check out the area to make sure there are no serious environmental problems. Does your missile silo have a problem with Radon gas leaking into the facility? Is there a lead paint or asbestos issue in the structure? Know BEFORE you buy. Some additional things to think about:

  • The military stored hazardous waste in some decommissioned nuclear sites. Is the one you’re looking at in need of a serious decontamination?
  • If a particular site is flooded and needs to be drained, is the flood issue a cumulative water problem or the result of a single structural failure somewhere in the facility?
  • How much will it cost to reconnect to utilities such as power, gas and water?
  • How is trash removal and sewage to be handled?

Knowing the basic answers to these questions will help you figure out whether the purchase is worth the asking price. You should also check to see how the area in question is zoned in case you want to run a business from your former missile silo.
Owning a missile silo isn’t impossible–just ask Edward and Dianna Peden. Just remember there are no windows down there and you’ll need to figure out what to do about getting an Internet connection up and running. That and a fridge full of beer. If you wind up buying one of these, by all means drop us a line and let us know what happened.

Enjoy this article? Read about How to Buy Your Own Private Island here on GearCrave.

Calfskin Briefcase from John Lobb

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When simple leather construction won’t suffice, English leathermaker John Lobb has you covered. This briefcase is made from England’s finest calfskin, in a deep chestnut color. With a slanted, front-flap double-buckle sterling silver closure, there will be no lost papers (or comic books or nudie magazines — whatever you keep in your briefcase) and you’ll be the most stylish guy in the whole office. The top handle is also lined with sterling silver accents, to complete a classy All of Lobb’s leather products are hand-stitched and crafted; there’s no assembly line work done here. It’s imported, so you’ll pony up a pretty penny.

Buy: $3,430

Periodic Elements Rings by itsnoname

Do you ever daydream about those days you spent in Chemistry class memorizing the periodic table of elements? Do you like gawdy, Super Bowl-sized rings? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, itsnoname has the product for you. These solid silver, gold and platinum rings proudly display their metals’ periodic number, weight and symbol on the face of the ring, all the while making you a complete badass. Itsnoname custom makes each ring when ordered, so prices may fluctuate. With the terrible economy, you might want to buy all three right now.

Buy: $6500 (platinum), $2200 (gold), $205 (silver)

ASCII Curtains

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Designer Nieke Sybrandy has come up with a great concept with her ASCII curtains. Many of today’s blog kiddies and Nintendo Wii-heads are too young to remember the great old computer BBS systems of the late 80s and early 90s, with their crude-but-endearing ASCII graphics and ancient green and amber color schemes. These curtains are a direct throwback to those days of yore, but in a much more sophisticated way. Stylish, organic-looking, but realized with the creative arrangement of old fuddy-duddy computer code. Amazing. [JoshSpear]

Leica M8 10.3MP Digital Rangefinder

The Leica M8 has the same type of features you can get in the analog M system, including the rangefinder. If you don’t know Leica or are a “dump analog” digital purist, chances are much of this camera may be lost on you, but for those who are hooked on Leica the very appearance of the name is enough to justify wanting some quality time with the M8. It’s important to note this camera is sold at this price as “body only” which means you’re going to need to pick out a good lens before you can get to work with this beauty. As with many cameras at this price point, the Leica M8 shoots in RAW mode as well as a variety of .jpg sizes.

Buy: $5,495

ASCII Curtains

ASCII Curtains

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 9:00AM

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Designer Nieke Sybrandy has come up with a great concept with her ASCII curtains. Many of today’s blog kiddies and Nintendo Wii-heads are too young to remember the great old computer BBS systems of the late 80s and early 90s, with their crude-but-endearing ASCII graphics and ancient green and amber color schemes. These curtains are a direct throwback to those days of yore, but in a much more sophisticated way. Stylish, organic-looking, but realized with the creative arrangement of old fuddy-duddy computer code. Amazing.