Monday, September 29

Today is Monday, and Week 5 of the class is now over - and that means you have completed one-third of the semester. Wow! Week 6 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 7 assignments are also available now, too! (Week 8 will be available tomorrow.) Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 8 a.m. or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and reply to the assignments in the order they were turned in, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday or Saturday.

Images and webpages. For those of you who are interested in different ways to work with images and text on your webpages, you can find some basic tips here on Aligning Images and Text in Composer. Keep in mind that not everybody will have the same size monitor that you do, and they may choose to have their browser window larger or small than you do, so don't worry too much about trying to find the perfect alignment. Instead, you need to think in general layout terms that are flexible enough to look good at different widths. One thing you can do is to make sure that the images you are using have been cropped and sized so that they fit your page nicely. You might want to try this Technology Tip for, a FREE online service you can use for editing images. If you learn how to crop and resize images, you can easily make a coverpage for your Storybook like this wonderful coverpage with four equally sized images, one for each story in the Storybook: Clash of the Heroes.

Monday, September 29: Eve of Rosh Hashanah. This Sunday evening, at sundown, marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Like many religious holidays, this one is based on the lunar calendar, so it falls on a different day each year, depending on the cycle of moon. According to Jewish tradition, this is the day of the year on which God created man, and it is also the day of the year on which the Last Judgment will take place. One of the rituals on Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn, to awaken the faithful before the coming judgment. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia, and below you can see the blowing of the shofar as shown here in an illuminated Hebrew manuscript: