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Odin's Day

Happy birthday to the kickass kungfoogirl!

Little better than yesterday. The slow climb.

Wearable Sculpture
Reminder to locals who keep admiring my necklaces - they're having a house party at emilytheslayer's place in November!

Pimp Yourself!
Reminder to people who make and sell stuff - pimp yourself here to be part of my big $WINTERHOLIDAY shopping tips post! (Yes, this includes books. Authors, c'mon!)

John Carter of Mars!
After wallowing in production limbo for the last ten years, Empire Online reports that Pixar has finally decided to make not one, but three films about John Carter of Mars by Tarzan creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs...."All six members at the meeting expressed a deep commitment to the project, acknowledging that they had been inspired by Burroughs' creations from a very early age. This is evidenced in the excitement held for the John Carter property and the plans for a film trilogy faithful to the Burroughs books".

Bit of Beauty
Stuart Haygarth turns trash into gorgeous chandeliers. Pictures:
* Eyeglasses
* Disposable wineglasses
* Beach debris

Daily Science
The starving amoeba begins to emit a chemical signal in the form of cyclic adenosine monophosphate, or cAMP. Nearby individuals sprout new pseudopods and crawl toward the source. They also begin to give off cAMP themselves, amplifying the call until the signal spreads to the far reaches of the colony. Amoebas cannot concurrently detect and produce cAMP, so they alternate, and the cells trace out intricate spiral patterns as they surge forward in waves.

The amoebas pile on top of one another in growing numbers until so many of them have joined the heap that this pile of microscopic single-celled organisms becomes visible to the naked eye. At first their behavior might seem odd; to gather together in the face of starvation surely ought to end in cannibalism or death. Not so, for they are capable of an extraordinary and rare transformation. The amoebas set aside their lives as individuals and join ranks to form a new multicellular entity. Not all the amoebas will survive this cooperative venture, however. Some will sacrifice themselves to help the rest find a new life elsewhere.

These astonishing creatures are Dictyostelium discoideum, and they are a member of the slime mold family. They are also known as social amoebas. Aside from the novelty value of an organism that alternates between unicellular and multicellular existence, D. discoideum is highly useful in several areas of research. Among other things, this organism offers a stellar opportunity to study cell communication, cell differentiation, and the evolution of altruism.

In response to the cAMP distress call, up to one hundred thousand of the amoebas assemble. They first form a tower, which eventually topples over into an oblong blob about two millimeters long. The identical amoebas within this pseudoplasmodium– or slug– begin to differentiate and take on specialized roles.

The slug begins to seek out light, leaving a slimy trail behind. Some of the amoebas take on the difficult role of sentinel, or immune-like functions. They circulate through the slug, hunting for pathogens. If they find any, they will engulf them in a process similar to the feeding behavior they once displayed when in solitary form. The pseudoplasmodium periodically sloughs off the sentinels– and any pathogens they have engulfed– and abandons them in the trail of slime. More cells will then be tapped to fill their place.

Dictyostelium discoideum slugDictyostelium discoideum slugOnce the slug finds a suitably sunny location, the unlucky cells at the "head" of the slug form a stalk for the others to climb. These cells–which make up roughly a fifth of the total population–will sacrifice themselves in order to provide a path up for their comrades.

The remaining cells then climb the stalk and collect on its tip, eventually resulting in a structure resembling a ping-pong ball balanced on top of a floppy wire. This formation is known as a "fruiting body." They then form spores, which are carried away by wind or passing animals or insects. Once carried to a suitable location, the amoebas emerge from spore form and begin the cycle again.

Daily BPAL

Pumpkin V: Pumpkin with benzoin, bourbon vanilla, lemon peel, neroli, blood orange, and red ginger.

In bottle: Pumpkin with lurking lemon peel.

On me: Pumpkin with a lickable layer of bourbon vanilla and a sinister hint of citrus. Hey, there's the ginger!

Murder of Crows: Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana, and glossy herbs.

In bottle: The grey amber seems to be neutralizing everything else.

On me: Yep, there's verbena. Smothered by amber and benzoin. Very little scent.

* Curves
* Call neurologist
* Call lawyer
* Continue with office-mucking/reorg.
* Date with feste_sylvain tonight!
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