Wednesday, February 23

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 5 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. 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 Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack; here are the contents of the stack.

Week 6 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcement about the Week 6 Internet assignment (reading and commenting on Storybook Introductions), please make sure to take a look at that - the assignment is available now!

Automatic W for class drops. (repeat announcement) This week, if you drop a class, it shows up automatically as a W on your transcript. After this week, you cannot drop a class with an automatic W. Instead, you can only receive a W if you are passing the class at the time of the drop (and if you are passing a class, you probably would not need to drop the class, right?). So, if you are finding the semester to be overwhelming, this is the week when you can make adjustments to your schedule that will not have an adverse effect on your transcript.

February 23: Majel Barrett Roddenberry. As a lifelong fan of Star Trek in all its incarnations, I am also a fan of Majel Barrett in all her incarnations - and today, February 23, is Majel Barrett's birthday. She was born in 1932 and died in 2008; her husband, Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, died in 1991 - and in 2012, their ashes are scheduled to be launched into deep space. Majel Barrett provided the voice of the computer for Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager, and she also played Nurse Chapel in the original series and Lwaxana Troi in Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Here's a picture of her from back in the Nurse Chapel days, along with the rest of the cast of the original series: