Monday, February 20

Today is Monday, and Week 5 of the class is now over - and that means you have completed one-third of the semester. Wow! Week 6 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday afternoon or on Saturday. You need to wait on my comments to any Storybook assignment you have in the stack before going on to the next assignment - so, if you want comments earlier rather than later, turn your assignment in on Friday or Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday. Usually around 60 people or so turn their assignments in on Sunday, so it takes me a while to get through them all!

Tech Tip Emails. This week I should have time to reply to the big pile of Tech Tip emails that has accumulated over the past two weeks. It often takes me a week or two (or more) to get around to replying to those emails, but please don't let that hold you back - you can keep on doing Tech Tips for Week 6 and 7 and 8 and all the way through Week 15 if you want; you don't need to wait for a reply from me before going on to do another tip.

Monday Events on Campus. There will be a lecture by Robert Lemon on "The Viennese Cafe: Austrian Coffee" examining the role of coffee in society; the lecture is part of the A&S Focus Week and will take place at 2PM on Monday in 230 Kaufman Hall (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 20: Maha Shivratri. This year, the festival of "The Great Night of Shiva" falls on February 20, the moonless day of the month (since the festival is based on the lunar calendar, it moves from year to year). You can read more about the Maha Shivratri festival at this Wikipedia article and at the MahaShivratri.og website. In particular, the festival marks the occasion of Shiva's great cosmic dance. You can read about the great dance of Shiva in this article online, Shiva, Lord of the Dance, which is also the source for the image below: