Archive for January 5th, 2004

We Think We Used to Be Married

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A group of friends allegedly stole their pal’s body from a morgue
and took it to their favourite bar in Peru to mourn it.

According to the newspaper Peru 21, the body of 47-year-old Olga Riva was
stolen by her friends who took it to the bar, Viuda, in Junin, to pay their
respects to their dead friend.
But a few hours into the wake, police arrived and took the body back to
her family. Several of the friends were arrested.

A police spokesperson said: "Mrs Riva’s husband Felix knew exactly
where the body was because he knew the friends had some kind of pact to
say their last goodbyes over a couple of beers in their favourite bar.

These people HAVE to be relatives of my first wife……BTW the name
of the bar means "Widow" in Spanish.

from Ananova

Help Getting Started With Weblogs

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Anyone in the Boston area who is free tomorrow afternoon and wants
to check out the latest iteration of Intro to Blogging, come by MIT Building
52 (the "Trading
Room
" in the basement) and take the tour with Andrew
Grumet
and Yours Truly.

The curriculum is jam packed with useful information, insider secrets,
and entertaining repartee.  You need know nothing to attend. In
fact, it’s better if you DO know nothing, because it make us look sooo
much smarter.

The trading room is a full-function networked multi-media lab. Members
of the and MIT and Harvard communities will be able to actually create
their blogs during the session, but these classes (tomorrow’s is the
first in a series
of four repetitions
) are open to anyone, and those
who can’t access the Harvard-MIT server can use any of several free or
low cost alternatives. Of course, the classes are free.

Should be fun…..(map)

Princess Sends Killer Pooch to Stooge Therapy

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from
the Telegraph (london)

Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist from
Surrey who treated another of Princess Anne’s dogs after a similar biting
incident, said yesterday that he had been asked to treat eight-year-old
Florence. He is expected to begin this week.

Techniques that he might use included using human "stooges",
such as himself, to re-enact attacks with the aim of training the dog not
to bite, he said. He did not agree with those who had called for Florence
to be destroyed. "There is probably some underlying medical factor.
We are not talking about an inherently aggressive or dangerous dog," he
said.

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I am sure it is just a dog who is feeling a bit out of sorts about something,
perhaps pain or old age, and is feeling a bit cranky on the day. I will
be seeing her. The timing has not been arranged, but it is likely that
I will be seeing her next week."

Dr Mugford, 57, normally charges $531 for a two-hour home visit, during which he works with the dog and owner.