Wednesday, October 28

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

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 before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, 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.

The National Day on Writing. (repeat announcement) The OU Writing Center is inviting OU students to upload their best class writing assignments all day today, October 28, until midnight for publication online in a nation-wide writing gallery - plus, selected pieces of writing will also appear in a published book. You can read more at the Writing Center website, where you will also find the link for uploading your work if you want to participate.

Storybooks: Working ahead. Remember, you don't need to wait on my comments back about your Week 9 revisions before you move on to Week 10 and add a new story to your Storybook. Also, depending on your own personal preferences, some of you may choose to finish your Storybook WITH JUST THREE STORIES. So, think about that when you go to add the new story to your Storybook for Week 10. If you do not need the 20 points for adding the fourth story and revising it, you can choose to conclude your Storybook with just three stories in it, making this third story your final story. Quite a few students choose to do this every semester, and it is fine with me! If you decide to finish with just three stories, here is what you would do: Week 10 Third Story; Week 11 Revise Third Story; (skip Week 12 and Week 13); Week 14 Revise Introduction; Week 15 Final Revisions. It's up to you, based on your personal preferences and the number of points you will be needing to get the grade you want (410 total for an A, 360 total for a B, 320 total for a C).

October 28: The Philadelphia Experiment. Today, October 28, is the anniversary of the so-called Philadelphia Experiment in 1943... if such an experiment actually took place! Was it an experiment, or one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century? Did the U.S. Navy use Einstein's theories in order to render the destroyer escort USS Eldridge invisible - and when the ship reappeared, were there sailors actually embedded in the metal hull of the ship...? Was the ship then teleported to Norfolk, Virginia...? You can read more about this experiment/legend in this Wikipedia article - and it was also the subject of a 1984 film advertised in this poster: