Tuesday, September 14

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 4 is on top. This week's topic is ancient Greece in Myth-Folklore, Sufi stories in World Literature, and a new version of the Ramayana in Indian Epics. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

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 3PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in after 3PM 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.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpages. For your Internet assignment in Week 4, you will be publishing a Coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using GoogleSites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your Coverpage. I hope you will enjoy creating a website for your Storybook. To get some ideas, you can visit these previous Storybooks that were created with GoogleSites last year, and you can also take a look at this semester's new projects (see next announcement).

Storybook Coverpages published! There are already some people who have published their Storybook Coverpages - please feel free to take a look! (those of you who have published your coverpages, you can let me know if the title I have listed here looks good to you, or if you prefer something different): World Literature, Myth-Folklore, and Indian Epics. Congratulations to the people who are ahead of schedule on their Storybooks! This list was updated at noon on Monday; I'll keep adding new Storybooks to the list as people turn in their Week 4 Internet assignments.

September 14: Typewriter ribbon. Today marks the anniversary of the day in 1886 when George Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patented the typewriter ribbon. Now, I'm not sure how many of you (... any of you...?) may have typed on a typewriter with a ribbon, much less changed a typewriter ribbon - but I learned to type in 1973 on a manual Royal typewriter, complete with a typewriter ribbon. In high school, I had an electric typewriter that used a film cartridge (no more typewriter ribbon!), and in my sophomore year of college in 1983 I started using a computer (does anybody remember WordStar?). You can read an article about the history of the typewriter here at Wikipedia. Here is an old Hermes typewriter - and why was it called Hermes do you think? It was probably because Hermes was a speedy messenger... or perhaps because he was the Greek god credited with the invention of the alphabet!