It's Friday, so we're sure you'll join us in raising a glass to Iberian beast of burden Aladdin - as of right now our official Special Projects Burro. Veteran followers of El Reg will recall that Aladdin was born back in September 2010... Aladdin and mum Susi ...and has since grown into a fine, strapping and extremely hairy …
Duties? No lo sé.
Just keep Aladdin away from any church towers.
Part of the celebration dinner... ;o)
Old jokes are the best
"So who was it who said he wanted to be hung like a donkey?"
.... he's the prime candidate for the donkey work.
SPB Uniform Dress code..
Catarina appears not to be sporting the regulation pipe (or alternative flat cap) That'll be one demerit point.
As for Aladdin.. what is Uniform for a Burro-Boffin anyway?
is too obvious isn't it?
Well, LOHAN would have to be a tad bigger than I suspect, is currently planned. Could be interesting though
A donkey among asses?
> what his future role at the SPB might be...
You could always lend him to a journalist in return for lots of highly favourable reportage
I think perhaps he'd be suited to the role of a general office ass-istant.
Like everyone at El Reg...
...Aladdin's sure to make an ass of himself. Welcome to the IT crowd, amigo!
He can be like the tractor NASA used to haul the Saturn V to the launchpad, except lower budget and more environmentally friendly
If the project needs a spiritual advisor you could make him a bishop. However I understand spanish donkeys don't like this.
Carrying the helium balloons from VAB to launch pad, of course!
(Also politically correct, no fire drawn from animal righters etc.)
you almost had it
Beast of Bourbon.
And maybe successor to James Murdoch, as he's got a longer memory and is less of an ass.
I'll have a quadruple, cos it's friday.
well, there is a precedent of sorts, you'll have to fit him with Oxygen though and is that winter coat thick enough for the altitudes he'll be going to?
Parasailing Donkeys make for great publicity... Well, maybe not great publicity, but publicity non-the-less.
Surely this relates to the Flying Burrito Brothers? Not that I can recall anything of their music - I can't remember why...
Don qué ?
Aladdin could pull the pursuit and supply cart when retrieving descended project bits and bobs. Would a little bag of barley on a stick in front of him get him going ?
Using His Talents
Because one of his stated talents is "Refusing to move," I would think he would make an excellent anchor during the inflation of the balloon, sort of like the gantry towers that hold rockets prior to launch. I'm willing to bet that the SPBW (Special Projects Burro Wrangler) could be persuaded to add her talents as anchor-tender by an appeal to patriotic and scientific duty, thus adding little additional cost to the endeavor.
Isn't it obvious?
Chief Quality Ass-urance Inspector.
The donkey will go stratasspheric
It is a wellknown fact that donkeys have had a disastrous past history with helium balloons. Eeyore for example.
A quick search of Google images will turn up several pictures of the Disney rendition of A.A.Milne's morose character going skyward.
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