Lost a finger? Just grow it back…

That’s what’s being suggested by this new procedure being tried out by the military using a special powder developed to trick the bodies stem cells to start building tissue that is missing. The article also reports the researchers stating that if this works it could eventually be used to replace more complex organs that people might need replaced:

One day, he hopes, people with heart trouble will be told, “That’s OK. We will just grow you another one.

While I think the prospects of this are pretty cool. I couldn’t help thinking as I read the article: Let’s say this does work out great and there are no harmful side effects – Let’s say that this solves the problem in today’s society with not enough donor organs for people waiting for transplants -Let’s say this makes it possible for people who have lost organs/limbs due to disease or disaster get them back – truly that would be absolutely amazing and would be beneficial for so many people BUT think about some other consequences of this (not necessarily bad consequences but just things I got thinking about…)

  • would people take more risks knowing that if anything happened to their body it could be replaced?
  • would recklessness rise to new levels in society?
  • would the trend towards health consciousness in our society start to reverse when people realize that their body parts are “disposable” and “replaceable”
  • would a new market open up in the cosmetic field for ‘customized body parts?’ (albeit this thought is a big stretch from what this article talks about…still…)

Just a few thoughts that entered my mind. Don’t get me wrong – obviously this would be a great medical breakthrough for those who could use it now. I just got thinking. Take antibiotics for example. For years known as the “cure” for infections, people would go to the doctor with a cough – and get prescribed an antibiotic – you could have the slightest symptoms (or discomfort) and you would get an antibiotic. Today, most antibiotics don’t work. The best way to avoid “catching something” is the same as it has always been, wash your hands, stay clean, avoid the sick.

Ultimately, this is the question going through my mind – if limb and organ replacement became this simple would it make things better in the long run?

Keeping Momentum

Momentum is a tricky thing.  It can be positive or negative.  Positive momentum is movement forward in the right direction, negative momentum is moving in the wrong direction.  Positive momentum leads to growth, negative momentum leads to death.  The more momentum there is the quicker either will happen.

Every organization has momentum – I really don’t believe there is any such thing as the “status quo”.  When you are maintaining the “status quo” all you’re really doing is slowing negative momentum.  Here’s the thing – negative momentum happens when you do nothing.  Positive momentum takes a lot of energy to get going and a constant addition of energy to keep it going.  The key to keeping positive momentum is to focus your energy on the right things:

  • Identify the momentum killers in your organization and deal with them. Quickly.  The sooner you do so, the longer the positive momentum will continue and the less energy you’ll expend to keep it going.  This requires the ability to see down the road and anticipate the things that might slow your positive momentum.
  • Identify the momentum builders and release them.  Ask the question, “What is keeping my momentum builders from building?”
  • Don’t get caught in the trap of “maintaining” the momentum.  That is the biggest killer of positive momentum.
  • Do “maximize” the momentum – what is the momentum enabling you to do?  If it enables something that builds on where the momentum has brought you then go for it.

Showing off Your Series: Series List

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Organize Series Usage Tips

This series is no longer available on UnfoldingNeurons.com because I’ve moved all posts related to this plugin to the new home at OrganizeSeries.com. You can read about the move here and here.

Organize Series 2.0.7 released

Some more fixes to the code made it necessary for yet another release of Organize Series.  Incidentally – I noticed that Travis Snoozy made the announcement that he is no longer actively developing his “In-Series” plugin and will only be maintaining it until he can find someone to take over it’s development.  Working on Organize Series has made me painfully aware of just how much time and effort goes into developing these plugins and his work on In-Series certainly “prodded” my development of my own series plugin in some areas.  Thanks for your contributions to the WordPress community Travis!

Without further ado, here’s the changeset for version 2.0.7 of Organize Series (you can download this version by clicking here):

Minor Changes:

  • Removal of extraneous html from series.php and seriestoc.php template files.
  • Updated readme.txt for suggestion to copy customized series.php and seriestoc.php files to theme directory.
  • Added missing < /div > to seriestoc.php file to fix “98%” of the typical default installations of this plugin.
  • fixed a potential bug with the get_series_toc() function/template tag.
  • Fixed a few spacing, code structure errors throughout the files.
  • Changed the “title” attribute for the get_series_toc() link to something a bit more friendly.

Major Changes:

  • Fixed bug affecting installs of Organize Series on blogs with a subdirectory in their blog address (i.e. http://www.myblog.com/blog/). In these setups the Series Table of Contents page re-direct wouldn’t work. This bug also affected custom seriestoc urls set on the Series Options pages with a multiple slash structure (i.e. the default is \series\, but if you used \series\seriestoc it wouldn’t work). Many thanks to Ken Carlson for his help in getting it fixed.