Thursday, September 3

Today is Thursday of WEEK 2 of the class. 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. (Indian Epics has no Wednesday assignments.)

Ning blogging tips. Many of you will be posting at the Ning tonight. If you need reminders about images and links in blogs, just check in the Ning FAQs and Tips section on the main page of the Ning, left-hand column, and you should be able to find the information you need - especially about links and images. It's important that the image you use be the right size - if you have a giant-sized image, use this Technology Tip to Resize Images so that you can make a smaller version of the image (and get extra credit for it, too, as a Tech Tip).

Week 2 Internet Assignment: Webpages. This week, your Internet assignment will be to publish your first webpages. I am available during the day on Thursday and on Friday to help you with this if you run into any technical difficulties. So, if this is your first time to publish webpages in your OU webspace, please make sure you get to work on this assignment now, and do not put it off until the weekend. I check my email less frequently over the weekend, so in order to make sure you are able to ask questions and get help if needed, please get started on publishing your first webpages now.

Storybook Stack. There are just a few Week 2 and Week 3 assignments in the Storybook stack (you can check the contents of the stack here). If you turned something in on Tuesday or on Wednesday it is probably still in the stack, but I will be sure to get comments back to you today, Thursday. This is the only assignment during the week for which I record the points for you in the Gradebook, and I record those points at the same time that I send the comments back to you. If you ever have any question about the comments I send back to you (for example, if I don't explain something clearly) or if I forget to record the points (it does happen sometimes), please just let me know!

Week 2 Read and Respond (blog comment) assignment. The Week 2 blog commenting assignment is not available yet; it will be available starting on Friday, September 4. The blog commenting assignment is the only assignment you cannot complete early, because people will still be adding posts to their blog today, Thursday. So, after midnight tonight, starting on Friday, you can do that Read and Respond assignment; you have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to finish that assignment, where you will be reading some more blog posts at random from people in your assigned blog group.

September 3. This day marks the 70th anniversary of England's declaration of war against Germany in 1939, who had invaded Poland on September 1 1939; see this timetable of World War II for more details about the momentous events of September 1939. The image below shows the Royal Castle in Warsaw on fire after being bombed by the Germans; below, you can see the Royal Castle as rebuilt today.