Sunday, September 15

Today is Sunday of Week 4, so that means it is the day to finish up the Week 4 assignments and, if you have time, you can get started on the Week 5 assignments now too. If you have midterms next week, getting ahead in this now class will free up the time you need to focus on those exams during the week.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project List. The projects are up and running now, so that means I've started a project list for each class: Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics. There will be a lot more websites to add to those lists on Monday, and congratulations to all of you for your new websites. The most important part of the class has now begun!

Project Stack. I'll try to update the stack periodically today, so you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. The sooner you turn that in today, the sooner you will get comments back from me next week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. Gracie made this fun Cheezburger meme for her Aesop notes: so cute! You too can play with Cheezburger as an extra credit Tech Tip too if you want. :-)

Storybooks. This Storybook features a fascinating fox character: Diary of a Phantom Thief.

Twitter Stream. Grant Snider is one of my very favorite cartoonists, so I was excited to see this YouTube video in his Twitter stream; here's a link to the video: 10 Rules for Creativity.

Story of the Day. The "why" story today is ancient Greek legend about Why the Lark Has a Crest.

Indian Epics Today. The character for today is the valiant Jatayu, who fought against Ravana, trying to rescue Sita. More about Jatayu.

India Video. We are ready to start the India weeks in Myth-Folklore, so this video might be of interest to both classes: Rama and the Ramayana from Crash Course.

Proverbs. And here's a proverb from India inspired by the Ramayana: The birth of a golden deer is impossible; nevertheless, Rama longed for the chase.

H.E.A.R.T.. Here's a wonderful cartoon from Grant Snider (see his video above): Interior Life.

Mindset Cats. The mindset cat is taking time to explore this weekend: Delight in meandering!

HEART Video. Here's a feel-good video for the weekend: Friends Furever.

Event on Campus. I wanted to alert you to an upcoming campus event and a deadline: you can submit a monologue of your own for the Me Too Monologues, and that deadline is coming up next Saturday, September 21. Visit their website to find out more about this performance event and to submit your monologue:

The monologue you submit is anonymous and, if selected, it will then be performed; for an example, here is a monologue performed last year by a student in the Myth-Folklore class; the video playlist is at YouTube:

September 15: Marco Polo. Today marks the birthday of the Italian explorer Marco Polo in the year 1254. Marco Polo together with his father and his uncle were among the first Europeans to travel and live in China (Marco spent almost 20 years in China). After he returned to Europe in 1295, he wrote The Travels of Marco Polo (Il Milione). You can read more about Marco Polo in the detailed article at Wikipedia:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.