My reading so far for the year (that I can remember): Perdido Street Station, 12 books in The Dresden Files out so far, all 6 books in Codex Alera (finishing it last night), and approximately 550 comic books. Currently reading the rather amazing comic Freakangels (available free @ www.freakangels.com) and considering whether to complement it with The Mistborn Trilogy or A Song of Ice and Fire.
Autothysis is the process where an animal destroys itself via an internal rupturing or explosion of an organ which ruptures the skin. It is caused by a contraction of muscles around a large gland that leads to the gland wall breaking. Some termites release a sticky secretion by rupturing a gland near the skin of their neck, producing a tar baby effect in defense against ants. It is a form of suicidal altruism.
This is thought to be one of the most effective forms of defense that termites possess as the ruptured workers block the tunnels running into the nest and it causes a one to one exchange between attackers and defenders, meaning attacks have a high energy cost to predators.
Remember, you’re not just one vote but part of a greater whole. If your values and opinions dictate that you must vote then everyone similar to you is probably voting alongside you. Similarly if you fail to vote then it’s likely everyone you’d consider a kindred spirit is remaining equally silent.
“[Falling asleep on the International Space Station] gets easier with time. One Russian crew member is renowned for doing without a sleeping bag and falling asleep wherever he ends the day. Anyone still awake after bedtime would see his snoozing form drift by, slowly bouncing off the walls, his course set by the air currents that gently pushed and pulled him.”—