Culture Dish

In a display of stunningly bad timing given all the comments people have been posting here in recent days, the entire ScienceBlogs network will be down from 1pm today until sometime Saturday (or whenever they’re done) for a system upgrade. I won’t be able to post, and readers won’t be able to comment, until the system is back online (alas). If there’s some pressing breaking news while this network is down, I’ll post it on my old blog here. But I doubt that will happen. Please check back in a day or so to post your comments or, if you simply can’t wait, you can email them to me via the address on my “contact” page.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of reading here related to my recent New York Times Magazine story, Creature Comforts, including several updates with photos and video footage.

Here are links to a few Public Radio interviews I did this week: Here and Now on the service animal species ban. Word of Mouth on the latest developments (mac users listen here). And Day to Day on the wide range of animals being used to help the disabled.

And for all those who wonder if it’s really possible to train a horse to ride in a car, or fetch a beer from the refrigerator, I give you this very strange video. Of all the bizarre and somewhat disturbing things in it, oddly, the horse eating a hamburger may be the creepiest for me (um, horse eating cow???). Overall: Seriously weird.


  1. #1 kamaka
    January 9, 2009

    Aargh…I lost 9 I.Q. points watching that video.

  2. #2 Ed Flinn
    January 12, 2009

    Ann Althouse points to this article on the Japanese use of robotic therapeutic animals.

  3. #3 kamaka
    January 12, 2009

    We know you are busy busy, and the upgrade broke the thread…

    My companion-vulture says this thread is not dead.

  4. #4 Mark Bellis
    January 14, 2009

    I find drinking a beer after it’s been in a horse’s mouth far more disturbing than a horse eating a hamburger – he probably like the bread and lettuce part more than the beef.

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