Monday, March 29

Today is Monday. Week 9 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 10 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get a head start!

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. 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 reply to the assignments in the order they were turned in.

Extra credit. For those of you who would like to finish the class early so that you have more time available for your finals and end-of-semester projects in other classes, you can work ahead AND you can take advantage of the extra credit! If you can do all the various extra credit options each week for the next few weeks, it will allow you to skip a week or two of this class and finish up early. For those of you who have big end-of-semester projects or really difficult final exams, I would highly recommend doing extra credit in this class and working ahead so that you can finish up early and concentrate on the end-of-semester demands in your other classes.

Passover: 2010. At sundown today, Monday, the Jewish festival of Passover, which is called "Pesach" in Hebrew, will begin. You can read more about this holiday, which commemorates the exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, in this Wikipedia article. The festival lasts for one week, ending on April 6 this year. A special meal, called a seder, is eaten on the first night of the festival. The image below shows a table set for a Passover seder: