Less than a month before the JLENS aerostat got free of its Aberdeen proving Ground mooring and sailed into Pennsylvania, APG posted a want ad for an aerostat minder. "The candidate will be a Field Service Technical Support Representative who will be required to learn to monitor JLENS equipment, Snow removal procedures and/or other site support duties by training on-the-job at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) where he/she will be managed day-to-day by the Site Manager," the ad reads. It specifies a candidate who can work a flexible schedule with day and night hours shifting, "perform physically challenging labor," and "work in extreme weather conditions for extended periods of time." The candidate would need to have or obtain a "secret" clearance and—this is key—must have the "Ability to apply logic and common sense to overcome obstacles." The Linkedin ad we found had, at the time the runaway blimp touched down, zero applicants. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
Via Michael Farley on Facebook: Along with a link to a 2010 The Onion parody video with the headline, "Obama Replaces Costly High-Speed Rail Plan With High-Speed Bus Plan," the ArtFCity editor and City Paper contributing writer added, "Okay, I have remained largely silent about the insane #LarryHogan transit plan that seems to just involve renaming everything LINK and drawing a series of seemingly random color-coded lines on a map. Because at this point, caring about infrastructure in this stupid country is like doing a raindance in the Sahara except its bad for your health instead of at least providing exercise. BUT can one of my friends at Baltimore City Paper please do a 'Wandering Eye' about how Hogan's post-Red Line transportation plan is literally ripped from the headlines of an old Onion article?" Farley even added, "Brandon Soderberg I think you're the only one left at CP who is snarky enough to handle this linkage with the vitriol and wit it deserves," which I will take as a compliment and take him up on that challenge.