Thursday, September 17

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. For those of you in Myth-Folklore or World Lit, Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

IMPORTANT - Friday morning: Desire2Learn OUTAGE. On Friday morning, there will be a Desire2Learn outage from 9AM until 10:30AM in order to install a software update that will fix the problems with Internet Explorer. So, for those of you who have gotten in the habit of relying on the Friday morning grace period, be aware of this outage. You will not be able to access D2L for that 90-minute period on Friday morning. Since your assignments are due on Thursday, I will not be making any adjustments to the schedule. You still have the grace period on Friday morning, but you need to be aware of this scheduled Desire2Learn outage time.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on or before Sunday at 10PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 10PM on Sunday or during the week this week, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I should be able to get through the remaining items in the stack by the end of the week. If you want comments back from me on a Storybook assignment, please turn that in by Friday at noon. If you turn something in before noon on Friday, I should be able to get comments back to you before the weekend!

Coverpage color schemes. One of the best things you can do with your coverpage is to find a background color to complement the image that you have chosen. Make sure you choose Text, Link, and Visited Link Text colors to go with your Background Color choice! You can find out more about that here: Background Colors in Composer. Here are some examples of Coverpages with a background color that complements the main image; click on the link to visit the actual coverpage:

September 17: Visvakarman. Today, September 17, is a festival of the Visvakarman, the divine architect of the gods in the Hindu tradition. As those of you in the Indian Epics class have learned, it is not easy to put Sanskrit names into Roman letters, so you can read about this god in two different Wikipedia articles based on different spellings of the name in English: Viswakarma and Vishvakarman (which is the source of the image shown below). The Visvakarman Puja holiday is celebrated by architects and also by engineers and all kinds of technicians and craftspeople, especially in eastern India. Happy Visvakarman Day!