Monday, September 28

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. 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 replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday afternoon or on 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 screen 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.

September 28: Confucius. September 28 is a day traditionally assigned to the birthday of the Chinese philosopher Confucius in the year 551 BCE. You can read about Confucius in this Wikipedia article, and also in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy online. Confucius's philosophy was already famous in Europe in the 17th century, as you can see from this Latin edition of his works published in 1687 (click here for a larger view; if you are a student of Latin, you might see how much of the text you can understand). Happy birthday, Confucius!