Thursday, October 28

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that UNTIL NOON today for partial credit. 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.

NEW Recommended Tech Tip: Gmail Security. I just discovered a very user-friendly and extremely helpful, step-by-step guide to Google Security. I would highly recommend this as a Gmail Security Tech Tip for everybody to try, especially if you are not sure whether you have configured your Google account so that you can recover your password in case you lose access to your account.

Storybook Stack. I've still got quite a few items left in the Storybook stack. If you turned something on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in on Monday or on Tuesday or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure you assignment is in the stack here. If you want comments back from me by the weekend, please get your Storybook assignment turned in by Friday at noon tomorrow.

Storybooks: Three-story option. If you are on schedule right now with the Storybook, turning in your third story for Week 10, you may decide to just finish the 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: