Monday, February 23

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 and 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 these wonderful coverpage with four equally sized images, one for each story in the Storybook: Clash of the Heroes and Medieval Heroes.

February 23: Maha Shivratri. This year, the festival of "The Great Night of Shiva" falls on February 23, the moonless day of the month (since the festival is based on the lunar calendar, it moves from year to year). You can read more about the Maha Shivratri festival at this Wikipedia article and at the MahaShivratri.og website. In particular, the festival marks the occasion of Shiva's great cosmic dance. You can read about the great dance of Shiva in this article online, Shiva, Lord of the Dance, which is also the source for the image below: