Friday, August 23

HAPPY FRIDAY! Today is Friday of Week 1, and you have reached the end of the Orientation week: congratulations on all your have gotten done this week! The Orientation is all about getting ready for the semester to come, and in Week 2 the readings and stories will begin. I hope you will have fun with all of that!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Weekly schedule. As you saw this week, there were assignments due on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday — and then there are "end of the week" assignments, which you can do on Friday or over the weekend. That was the pattern this week, and that will be the pattern every week of the semester. So, if you have not finished up the final Orientation assignments, you can do that today (Friday), or over the weekend, based on whatever is most convenient for you.

Catching up on the week's announcements. If you didn't keep up with the week's announcements, you can always catch up on them afterwards; this link will take you to the most recent announcements.

Blog comments. I'm almost done commenting on the Favorite Places post (they are so much fun to read!), and then I'll start commenting on the Introduction posts; it usually takes me a week or two to read and reply to all of those. Meanwhile, the Week 2 Commenting assignment is available now, so you may be getting comments on your blog posts from other people in class too.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. Here's another wonderful personal photo from a "Favorite Place" blog post; this is Rachel's picture of two panda cubs in Chengdu, China.

Twitter Stream. This was so exciting to find at Twitter yesterday — two of my favorite authors in conversation! Amitav Ghosh and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on Indian Epics in Modern Novels; here's the link.

Story of the Day. Today's story is an African American folktale about why chickens scratch; it all goes back to a rooster and some cornbread: Why Mr. Rooster Scratches.

Indian Epics Today. The character for today is SHIVA, the great god, Mahadev. He is the god of destruction and also the god of yoga and of dance, the Nataraja. You can find out more here: Shiva.

Storybooks. This is a Shiva Storybook from last semester: Maha Shiva and the Epics. (If you are interested in learning about different kinds of web publishing systems, this website is one made with Wix.)

Myth-Folklore Video. Here's a fun video that shows how animals of all sizes and types are worthy of storytelling: Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster!

Indian Music Video. And here's a Maati Baani video with music for the weekend: Tore Matware Naina, featuring Joy Shanti; the video was filmed on Azheekal beach in Kerala, India.

Words. The word from mythology today is FRIDAY, from the name of the Germanic goddess of married love, Frigg, wife of Odin; details here. Happy Frigg's-Day!

Writing. There are lots of word mix-ups in English, and this is a fun one: IDLE versus IDOL.

Writing Video. And on the subject of English spelling, here's a useful video: Why is English Spelling So Weird?

Mindset Cats. Today's growth mindset cat is reminding you to study hard, and then take a break.

Event on Campus. For Howdy Week, there will be a petting zoo on the South Oval from 12-2PM. Here's a picture from last year's petting zoo:

On This Day: August 23. The holiday of Krishna Janmashtami begins today; this holiday celebrates the birthday of Krishna, and you can find out more at Wikipedia. Those of you in the Indian Epics class will be learning all about Krishna later; he is one of the main heroes of the epic Mahabharata.

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