Wednesday, November 4

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 11 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 10 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. There are still a lot of Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in by 8PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, 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. A lot of people have gotten a burst of inspiration to work ahead on their Storybooks, which is great - but it also means the stack is really big this week, and it will take me more time to read and reply to them all! Thank you for your patience with that. :-)

Week 11 Internet: REPEAT visit to Storybooks. (repeat announcement) For the Week 11 Internet assignment, you will see that the instructions are slightly different from previous weeks. For this week, you need to be visiting Storybooks you have visited before, reading your second (or third or fourth) story at that particular Storybook. So, please make sure you read the instructions for the Week 11 Internet assignment before you start reading the Storybooks this week.

My Wednesday schedule. I'm back to my usual schedule this week, doing most of my work during regular business hours on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, while scheduling my out-of-office commitments on Wednesdays. That means I may be a bit more slow to respond to your emails on Wednesday than on the other days of the week - but if you send me an email during the day on Wednesday, I'll definitely get back to you by the end of the day.

November 4: Guido Reni. Today marks the birthday in the year 1575 of the famous Baroque artist Guido Reni (you can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article). He did paintings with religious themes, and also paintings with mythological themes. Some of you may be familiar with the legend of Atalanta, whose suitors had to run against her in a race, and how Hippomenes was able to slow her down by tossing golden apples given to him by Aphrodite in order to distract her. That is the story illustrated in the painting below (or click here for a larger view), where you can see that Atalanta has already got one golden apple in hand while she bends down to pick up another one just now tossed by Hippomenes who continues to race on ahead.