from Staying Human in an Engineered Age.

Will we decide that we’ve grown powerful enough? Can we draw a line and say, “this far and no further”?

How do we control the techno-scientific juggernaut before it dehumanizes our species?

Is it possible for us to refuse to do something that we can do?

Must we forever grow in reach and power? Or can we, should we ever, say, “Enough”?

Is it possible that our technological reach is very nearly sufficient now?

Are our lives sufficiently comfortable?

The question of who will be the first clone is, in the course of things, unimportant; the real issue is what will follow. Who will be that last?

Attempting to alter the human body is nothing new, so why not alter the genes? Once the first step has been taken, why not continue down the road?

Why not inject an embryo with the patented genes of a champion?

Future contests won’t celebrate human excellence, but “who’s got the better biotech sponsor?”

Will the ‘average’ human, once ‘improved’, have no more reason to run marathons?

Compare Somatic Gene Therapy to Germline Gene Therapy

Who wants an ugly baby?

Should scientists treat illnesses the patients do not have?

Who would want exact copies of humans?

Human genome has “slightly more” genes than a mustard weed.

Could you genetically engineer higher intelligence?

What do Jacques, Gordie, and Wayne have in common with a pig?

New features Gallery2 and Subscribe2

Gallery2 integration works, mostly. Well the sidebar and full page embedding works, more to come. Activate WPG2 by pointing it to http://stjschool.org/gallery2/ and it should autodetect the rest. Then place the STJ Galley widget in your sidebar.

Subscribe2 allows you to email, automagically, site updates(a new post for example) to your subscribers. A new Subscribe link appears in your footer.

Audio Posts (But not quite podcasts, yet)

Or rather, Audio in Posts.

They’re not iTunesey podcasts, yet, but they’re simple enough.
Your mp3 file must be less than 2MB and uploaded to your blog in the normal way.

Go find the menu in Dashboard–>Options–>Audio Player.

Read the check boxes, the third check box will automagically change your mp3 links in your posts to embedded flash players. Easy-peezy.

Look at wmcauley’s mp3 links.

Insert a New Scene into Macbeth

  1. Compose Act 5 Scene 5a: Lady Macbeth is reading letters while weeping. Enter Ross.
  2. Compose Act 6 Scene 1: Donalbain visits the Witches.
  3. Compose Act 5 Scene 9b: Malcolm’s speech in which he “accounts the loves” of his thanes and kinsmen.
  4. Write a new opening for the play. Emphasize action and quick dialogue. Use Act 5 Scene 8 as inspiration for parallels. Consider Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 1 Scene 3 lines 93-115.
  5. Insert a scene anywhere in the play that further develops the character of the “Gentlewoman.”

Flickr Plugin works, again.

Flickr changed how you access your images in early September. So I’ve updated the plugin. You’ll need to have an “API Key” and a “Shared Secret”, now.

It is a good idea to put images on Flickr instead, or in addition to, stj servers. Flickr badges are cool, too.

Do not activate the Flickr plugin if you don’t have a Flickr account. You lose the ability to browse your blog’s upload folder while Flickr plugin is active, I still don’t know the fix.

Look here, see if you can find a fix, too.

iBox for your images

Click the images.

Before iBox
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After iBox
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Want to know how?
Start a thread in the forum, “How to iBox?”. When three STJ bloggers post, let me know and I’ll join in with the secret.