Wednesday, April 13

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 12 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 11 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. There are still quite a few assignments in the Storybook stack. If you turned in your assignment before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. Assignments turned in later on Sunday or on Monday or on Tuesday are probably still in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

Grading and points. (repeat announcement) As you can see in the Grading Information page, you need 410 to get an A, 360 points to get a B, and 320 points to get a C. When you get the number of points you need, you are done! It is fine with me if you decide to stop doing work for the class whenever you have the grade you want to receive. My only request is that you please let me know when you are done so I can know that it is time to record your final grade in the Gradebook.

Do-It-Yourself Latin Poetry. As some of you may know, I started out as a Classics professor here at OU, and I continue to do a lot of work on Latin fables and proverbs and poetry just for fun. If you know any Latin at all, you might be interested in an article I've just published about a system for writing your own original Latin poetry using a kind of "encoding machine" that takes your secret message and turns it into Latin verse. The system is called "steganometrographia" and it was invented in the 18th century by a Latin scholar named Melchias Uken. You can read the article online here, or you can visit Mark Walker's website to download the latest issue of VATES: The Journal of New Latin Poetry where you will find some marvelous Latin poetry along with various articles about Latin verse composition. I've embedded the journal below so you can get a sense of what a nice publication it is - very fun stuff, and the Latin poems all have accompanying English translations. My favorite poem in this issue is the very first poem you will see there: Gliris Somnus, "The Sleep of the Dormouse."