Tuesday, February 24

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6 of the class. For those of you who are working ahead, Weeks 7 and 8 are also available! If you have not turned in your Week 5 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 6 Internet assignment available NOW. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Internet assignment is also available - this week, you'll be commenting not just on some Storybook coverpages, but also reading some Introductions. You'll find detailed instructions at the Week 6 Internet assignment page - just like last week, you have two assigned Storybooks to read, and you can pick two of your own choice. The important thing is that the Introduction MUST be available for you to read; so, if you want to do the Internet assignment now, please go right ahead - if someone's Introduction is not available yet, you can just pick someone else instead (most of the Introductions are available, but some are not).

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Friday or Saturday or on Sunday morning, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday afternoon or later, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Desire2Learn. As I explained in the email I sent around on Monday, it turns out there are some software bugs in Desire2Learn that caused the problems last week, and not all of the problems have been fixed. So, please keep an eye on the Gradebook. If you notice a quiz or declaration that you took (you can see your attempts by checking on the Quizzes page; the old quizzes are down at the bottom), for which you do not have points in the Gradebook, let me know. Apparently some of the quiz scores have to be manually moved by yours truly over to the Gradebook even though that is supposed to be automatic. So, keep an eye on the Gradebook, and if you notice anything strange, please let me know.

February 24: Mardi Gras. Last Thursday, I mentioned the holiday of "Fat Thursday" which comes before Lent, and today is the more famous holiday of "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras in French, a traditional time of celebration before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday. You can read about the holiday of Mardi Gras in Wikipedia and for a great mixture of Mardi Gras and mythology, I highly recommend the Brazilian film Black Orpheus, which is set in Rio during the extravagant Mardi Gras Carnival which is held there every year: