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Trying to ID a sneaky camera book from 1980-ish

Taking a wild swing: I'm trying to locate a book I had as a kid, likely published in the US somewhere between 1977 - 1984 or so, that featured instructions on how to mount & hide a 110 camera in a hardcover book. [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Oct 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Why does Google think SPY and DIA have a PE ratio?

Noticed when I was looking to see what the low was, and saw a PE ratio reported for SPY and DIA (but not QQQ) on Google finance. For SPY, it's currently reporting 9.52, which is surely not the PE ratio of the S&P 500 as a whole. So what gives? I guess you could count dividends as 'earnings' for an ETF, but you're not getting 10% there so what is Google calling earnings here?
posted by PMdixon on Aug 26, 2015 - 11 answers

I want to watch all the spy movies. Which ones should I watch?

Any recommendations for espionage movies? I somehow let a decade and a half go by relatively movie-less. I do have Netflix, but please don't limit your recommendations if Netflix doesn't have it. Classics are fine, too. Thanks so much!
posted by Klaxon Aoooogah on Aug 25, 2015 - 68 answers

Have you seen this spy?

Do you have information regarding a (fictional) secret agent for a Commonwealth country? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 1 answer

Spy fiction

I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like. [more inside]
posted by blub on Oct 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Family-friendly spy movies

Just watched Hopscotch (thanks carsonb) with my 12 year old and we both really liked it. Can you point me to more spy movies that would be good for a tween and an adult? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 13, 2014 - 36 answers

Was Grandpa spooky?

Can I find out through a foia request, or some other means, whether my grandfather was a spy, code-cracker, or somehow involved in Cold War hijinx? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Name the movie I am thinking of! (Or tell me it is all in my head)

Name the movie I am thinking of! (Or tell me it is all in my head) [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Spies Like USB

I won a camera pen similar to this one. I don't have any meetings I need to spy on. Is there anything interesting or useful I can do with it?
posted by Jakey on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Tinker Tailer Soldier ... Poor Man

Question about how Smiley investigates the role of Esterhase in both the book and film versions of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Spoilers within (plus a bonus request for similar movies). [more inside]
posted by arha on Feb 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Books for people who like Homeland

I love the TV show Homeland. It's very different from the kinds of things I'm normally into, but now I'm hooked. I would like to find some books that would scratch the same itch, to keep me going untl next season. Ideally I'd like non-fiction, because I'd like to learn more about how all this stuff goes down, but I realize that due to the nature of the topic, it's hard to get detailed non-fiction accounts. So I'm open to fiction if it isn't really over the top. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Jan 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Sitcom about a former hero and former villain living in suburbia together

Okay, so there was this show (maybe on the USA network?) around 1990-ish, maybe. The premise was that a former superspy/secret-agent/hero had retired to the suburbs, and his former archnemesis moves into the house next door. They're still kind of enemies, but in a Simpsons/Flanders "friendly" way, instead of trying to kill each other like they used to. What is this show? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Make me Smiley.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (the movie, I'm a Philistine) gave me a hankering for realistic quasi-historical espionage fiction. Please recommend the best books/movies/comics/all media from other time periods. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jan 8, 2012 - 46 answers

I want cyborg teeth. Help?

What electronic devices could I have implanted in my teeth, next month? [more inside]
posted by American Christmas Devil on Jan 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Post-Cold War spy novels?

Have any recommendations for post-Cold War spy/espionage novels? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Dec 22, 2011 - 20 answers

TV Spy Drama help

Help with name of 70's (may have been early 80s) TV spy Drama [more inside]
posted by maxmix on Aug 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Thrill me

Looking for recommendations for thriller novels. Preferences insdie. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Retired spy, looking for some movies to watch

I really like spy movies where the main character is trying to retire/extricate themselves from The Company. I've seen a bunch from the library, but which ones have I missed? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 20, 2011 - 32 answers

Back in the USSR

Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Who are these two dancers?

Who are the two dancers preceding Cyd Charisse in the title sequence of The Silencers (1966)? (mildly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Nov 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Auto-didacts out in the cold!

Tradecraft For Dummies: How can a pair of auto-didacts teach themselves the techniques and skills of the intelligence community? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Is she watching everything I do?

Is there a way to find out if someone is spying on my computer? Or is it even possible for someone to do what I think their doing? Or is this just garden variety paranoia on my part? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 - 41 answers

What is this old flash cartoon about a spy/detective?

Looking for an old, old flash cartoon. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jul 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Why is my laptop's webcam light flashing on and off, sporadically? (Is someone watching me?)

Why is my laptop's webcam light flashing on and off, sporadically? (Is someone watching me?) [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on May 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me put together a espionage themed mix cd!

Help me put together a espionage themed mix cd! [more inside]
posted by bluloo on May 11, 2010 - 69 answers

Am I being bugged?

I am a British national living in Beijing, China. I know of no reason why I would be deemed interesting enough to spy on, but something weird is happening here. Has my cell phone been bugged? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on May 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Asking the way to Slough

In which black and white film (Probably from the 40s, UK) were german spies detected by their mispronounciation of "Slough"?
posted by Artw on Feb 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Best Discreet Subway Camera?

DigitalCameraFilter: I am trying to find a small, discreet point-n-shoot camera that I can use on the subway to take pictures of my fellow-passengers (think Walker Evans - Many Are Called). Trying to find something that is: small (fits in pocket), quiet, sharp, can disable the rear lcd, and has minimal shutter lag. Good high-iso performance also a plus. Zoom not necessary. [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Dec 10, 2009 - 15 answers

I am La Femme Picky-ta

Serious movies with a female spy or secret agent as the main character, preferably about her working solo to solve a case/perform a mission --that somehow involves her own past? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 22, 2009 - 25 answers

How can I make my house into a home fit for a spy?

I've always been interested in spies, secret passages, and gadgets. How can I transform my home to incorporate these things? [more inside]
posted by kurmbox on Jul 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Do you spy the spy?

Help me find this essay about a spy... [more inside]
posted by overglow on Jul 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Suspicious foreigners

Imagine you are a suspicious foreigner in another country... [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Jul 5, 2009 - 26 answers

Who is sending me secret spy software

Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
posted by wrok on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Port Snoop / Spy Tool

How can I Spy the messages being exchanged by 2 programs on 2 known port nos. in my computer ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive on May 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Help me understand the cold war--or at least a mediocre movie

I have several questions about the 2006 movie The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon, and I haven't been able to find answers from my usual sources. I'm hoping Robert DeNiro is a secret MeFi fan and will step in, providing closure. [spoilers ahoy!] [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Mar 16, 2009 - 7 answers

Guide me to well written books about financial crimes

I want to read more about financial crimes, real and fictitious. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 25, 2008 - 12 answers

I'm being sniffed!

Should I worry about a WiFi access point owner spying on me? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jun 19, 2008 - 18 answers

Xander Cage + James Bond?

Resources for thrill seekers and general superhero/spy training in Texas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2008 - 11 answers

I need a tiny camera...

Where can I find a tiny wireless camera, and how much will it cost me? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Apr 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Where can I find Pearl Cornioley's autobiography Pauline?

I saw the question in the blue a few days ago about Pearl Cornioley. Wikipedia mentions a book she wrote. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Your mission, should you choose to accept it...

Help me come up with some spy trivia for a Customer Service appreciation quiz. [more inside]
posted by quin on Sep 25, 2007 - 8 answers

Yes, I'm reading your email...

I need a good email monitoring program for my workplace. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 on Jun 5, 2007 - 14 answers

The Spy Who Wrote Me

In the movie Breach, notorious spy Robert Hanssen obsesses briefly over a specific brand/model of pen. Anyone know the brand/model Hanssen preferred so much? [more inside]
posted by basicchannel on Feb 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Spy kit

What should I put in my spy kit? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 17, 2007 - 49 answers

Suggestions for spy novels.

I like Len Deighton. I like John Le Carré. Who else is there, and what is their best? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Nov 25, 2006 - 17 answers

Yes, you're correct. I don't trust him.

I want to monitor activity on my computer, but I'm totally at a loss. Can you recommend any software? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel on Oct 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Help to identify this music

Can anyone identify the music in this MP3 file?
posted by queue_strategy on May 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Clearing up the sound on a low quality avi recorded with a Casio EX-Z57?

Clearing up the sound on a low quality avi recorded with a Casio EX-Z57? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Apr 28, 2006 - 7 answers

Mission Impossible(?): Spy Games

Hosting an adult birthday party centered around the ABC show "Alias" as its theme. I'm looking for a good game or activity that could fit an espionage type theme. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Apr 13, 2006 - 14 answers

short titless

Spyfilter: Suppose I wanted to rig up a room with a few microphones in order to covertly record conversations, etc, and I want to spend less then $100. I understand the general concepts, but what stuff would I need to buy? I realize there are legal issues, but let's assume that won't be a problem in this situation, since the person will have signed a (lawyer-aproved) release at some point. [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Feb 1, 2006 - 19 answers

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