Hidden Passageways

Have you always wanted to build that secret hiding place, meeting room, or dungeon, but can’t afford the maniacal henchmen builders?  Tired of wasting precious turns with uncertain dice-rolling, just to get from The Library to The Study?  Well now you can resolve all your secret passageway needs at one place:

http://www.hiddenpassageway.com/

Check out the gallery – they’ve got a full working pantry that folds back into the wall to reveal a hidden dungeon, er, basement.

Things Younger Than McCain

http://www.thingsyoungerthanmccain.com/

Some of my favorites:

  • The invention of the ball-point pen.
  • Alaska.
  • Mount Rushmore.

Disclaimer:
I don’t advocate age-ism – he’s apparently in fine health.  But I do happen to dislike McCain’s bid for president for other reasons. (He’s disturbingly nonchalant about war. He’s admitted in his own words he knows very little about the economy. His “flip-flopping” to quickly court the hard-line religious right this year, after a lifetime of finding middle-ground between parties makes me suspect any position he takes.)  It’s a shame really, because I used to really respect him for being “different” from the hard-liners.

And I suppose there is an argument to be made for having more of relevant life experiences.  But when the average official in congress was out of college before the Internet even began, and the nation is facing so many new technological challenges, maybe now’s not the time to elect our oldest president ever?

Spy vs. Spy

I saw Iron Man last night, which was definitely in the top 3 comics-type movies I’ve seen (behind Batman Begins and Transformers).  Me and Casey also invented our own comic book series on the way there, but more on that later.

But then I wasn’t tired when I got back, so I did something that I’d never done before:  I watched C-SPAN.

And it was awesome.

It just so happened they were showing a talk held at the International Spy Museum by two high-up ex-counter-intelligence agents, one from the FBI and one from the USSR’s former KGB, Oleg Kalukin.  Oleg really impressed me with how friendly and knowlegable he was, despite speaking to an audience in the country he once spied on, and sharing the presentation with an agent of the FBI, which he had to avoid most of his life.  I instantly liked him.  (which is, I suppose, how he infiltrated America so well).

I came in half-way through the talk, but it seemed like a back-and-forth history of these two very successful spies as they rose through the ranks of each country, and showing how their paths crossed several times.  I think my favorite story was when Oleg took his family on vacation in Florida in the 90’s.  He saw the FBI tails changing cars on every state line so he knew they were following him.  On the way back, his car broke down, and the FBI actually drove him to a diner with his family, waited outside while he ate, drove him back to the motel they found, and fixed his car overnight.  Can you imagine the FBI doing something like that these days with a suspected middle-eastern spy?

The whole thing is 2 hours long, but I highly recommend it.