Tuesday, February 15

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 5 is on top. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Rome, while those of you in World Literature will be reading the Hindu Hitopadesha - and in Indian Epics, Rama is about to begin his exile from Ayodhya. The Week 5 Internet assignment is available starting today! If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each new week in the class, that is, on Tuesday, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, today, Tuesday, is the first day of Week 5, and the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback!

The Ning Comment Wall. People will be leaving comments about your Storybook at the Ning Comment Wall which is part of your Profile page. In order to get your Profile page ready, I would strongly suggest that you make the latest activity and blog activity invisible, so that there will be more room on your Profile page for the Comment Wall. There is a Technology Tip so you can get extra credit for cleaning up your Ning Profile in order to make room for all the activity that will now start happening at your Comment Wall.

Storybook Stack. The Storybook stack is HUGE this week. If you turned in an assignment on FRIDAY, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Saturday, Sunday or 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. A word of warning: based on previous semesters, I can tell you that this is always the busiest week of the semester for me. I promise that if you turned it your assignment in on time, I will get comments back to you on or before Friday! If you turned something in on Monday or later, you may not get comments back from me until this coming Saturday, depending on how the week goes - but I will get comments back to you by the very latest on Saturday.

February 15: Matt Groening. Today is the birthday of Matt Groening, who was born on February 15 in 1954. Groening is best known for being the creator of The Simpsons... but before there was Bart Simpson, there was "Life in Hell" and the rabbits! The "Life in Hell" cartoons are truly brilliant and were a staple of my undergraduate college life - you can read about them here in this Wikipedia article. Below is one of the panels from the "School is Hell" series - click for a larger view. Happy Birthday, Matt Groening!