Friday, April 28, 2006

Last call to Name The Blimp

The last day for entries is Saturday the 30th, so get those entries in.

Before submitting, it might be helpful to read the official judging criteria:

All eligible entries received will be judged by a panel of judges ("Judges") based on the following criteria (collectively "Criteria"): a) name reflects the storied 80-year history and tradition of the Goodyear Airship (40%); b) name reflects the grace and majesty of air flight (20%); c) name resonates with the Goodyear airships’ long history of public service (20%); and d) name acknowledges Goodyear’s history of innovations and progress (20%).

Yeah, so this pretty much guarantees any of the names I found amusing would stand a chance.

Even so, given that the prize is the use of a FREAKIN BLIMP for a day, I decided I'd be a sheep and think of a name that reflected the tradition of the Goodyear company and all that.

I tried "Vulcan."

Sorry, that Blimp name was already submitted. Please try another name.

Yeah, figures.

So I tried "Vulcan Eyes."

Sorry, that Blimp name was already submitted. Please try another name.


Being too lame to think of any names that had anything to do with Goodyear's history of serving the community (and since I don't really know that much about how exactly they've done this, other than having blimps and pioneering vulcanized rubber...) I decided to go for the path of least resistance.

I named it "eeka."

Monday, April 17, 2006

Hood Blimp recognized as form of local transportation

An official MIT website gives directions to the campus by subway, bus, taxi, car, and Hood Blimp:

by Hood blimp: Take the blimp to the tall building with all the glass windows (that would be the Hancock tower). Head north over the Charles River and have them put you down on top of the large, convex, concrete structure on the north shore of the river (that would be the Great Dome of MIT). Watch out for police cars on the roof.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Oh well, my URL is cooler than theirs anyway

During the course of my never-ending quest to know as much as possible about the Hood Blimp, I discovered that redirects to (the official Hood dairy website).

This makes sense, except that the Hood website makes no mention of the blimp aside from a randomly placed image of the thing.

OK, so I suppose Hood owns the rights to "Hood Blimp" and related references and all, but a URL with "blimp" in it really should pull up a website that involves, well, blimps.

Like this one.

(Still no blimp.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

One smoot short of a blimp?

So, while randomly googling, I found a messageboard thread in which people discuss facts about the Hood Blimp. Unfortunately, the post seems to only be available in cached format.

The best part of the thread by far, preserved here for your reading pleasure, is this:

roxie: You missed a blimp fact .... just how many smoots long is the Hood blimp?

swstone: Roxie,Given that a smoot is 5' 7", and the A-60+ blimp is 39 meters, (hmmm... multiply 39.37, divide by 12, etc., etc.) I would say 22.9 smoots and one ear.

Still no actual Hood blimp to be seen hovering over, so my 2 or so readers and I will have to content ourselves with blimplore from the internet.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Name that Blimp

Name the blimp, get to use it for a day. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced plans Monday for a contest to name its newest blimp. The tire maker based in nearby Akron set up a Web site for entries from noon Tuesday through April 30, It will announce 10 finalists in May.

Hmm, this is going to take some thought...

Regarding the more important blimp, ONE MORE DAY TIL BLIMP!

Uh, I hope.

Sunday, April 09, 2006


I've just heard some assertions that the blimp does not, in fact, start appearing on opening day. Some of my sources seem to remember that it doesn't appear until later in the summer. Others distinctly remember it being present on opening day.

If the former is indeed true, this might be a really boring web page for the next several months. Fear not; I am committed to providing a daily dose of blimpy goodness, even if this means getting really repetitive and ridiculous along the way.


Saturday, April 08, 2006


“If I see it’s playtime at a school and I’m flying over a school, I always do an extra circle around and wave to them,” blimp pilot Katharine Board says in this story that ran on WGBH last fall.

Hmm, how can I get her to change her policy to also circle and wave when she flies over my office on Canal Street on the way to Fenway?


Friday, April 07, 2006

Do I even need to title my posts? It's about the blimp, of course

From last fall: an article about Katharine Board, the Hood Blimp pilot. She's the world's youngest blimp pilot and only active female pilot. Did I mention she flies the blimp? As in, the one and only Hood Blimp. She's the pilot. Dayumm.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Five days and counting

There are five days left until the beginning of blimp season the Red Sox home opener. In eager anticipation of this monumental day, I thought I would devote a new blog entirely to my obsession with blimps -- in particular the Hood Blimp. Check back over the next five days for various blimp-related articles and photos.

The 2006-2007 Red Sox schedule is available here. Dates in red denote blimp presence home games.

If any of my readers wants to donate a camera with a decent zoom lens to my cause, I'd be most grateful. Regardless, there will be blimp photos here once the season starts. Whether the blimp will be identifiable on the days I can't get all the way down to the park during game time is still up in the air. (Get it?)