Tuesday, August 21

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 1 of class. You have some Orientation assignments that are DUE TODAY, Tuesday. If you have not completed those assignments yet, please make sure you complete them today. The Orientation week assignments are mandatory if you are planning to remain in the class. If you did not read Monday's announcements, you should probably do that now, too!

Ning blogs and comments. One of your Tuesday assignments is to post an Introduction about yourself in your blog at the class Ning. You'll be doing more blog posts at the Ning later this week... and then, after the posting assignments for the week are done, you'll have a "Read and Respond" assignment where you'll be assigned some specific blogs of other people in class to read and comment on. Although you can do the other assignments for class early (and I strongly encourage you to work ahead as much as you can!), the "Read and Respond" assignment is something you cannot do early, since you need to wait until everybody has had a chance to finish their blog posting assignments for the week, which will not be until the end of the day on Thursday. As a result, the "Read and Respond" assignment will be available starting on Friday - I'll let you know more about that later in the week.

Early Proofreading and Storybook assignments. As those of you who are working ahead turn in your Proofreading and Storybook assignments, I will try to get those back to you either that same day if you turn it in the morning, or or on the next day if you turn your assignment in during the afternoon. You can check at this webpage to make sure I have received your assignment: Assignment Stack. I publish the list of assignments in the stack like that so you can check to make sure I have in fact received your assignment - if you do not see yourself listed in the stack, let me know so I can track down the missing email.

Technology Tuesday. Remember the Einstein chalkboard meme from the announcements yesterday...? If you would like to make your own Einstein chalkboard, that's one of the extra credit technology tips. So, if you are looking for just the right image to use in a blog post, for example, and you cannot find what you want, you can make your own image - using Einstein, or any other meme generator online that you like. (Do you have a favorite meme generator? Let me know - maybe it will be a technology tip, too!)

Tuesday Events on Campus. Free POPSICLES in the first floor lobby of the Union, from 11:30AM - 12:30PM, courtesy of the Union Programming Board (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 21: Aubrey Beardsley. Today is the birthday of the great illustrator, Aubrey Beardsley, who was born on this day in 1872 and died at the young age of 25 in 1898 (he died of tuberculosis). Beardsley had a brilliant and unmistakable style; he is one of my favorites. You can see a collection of his art at the website ArtPassions, including his illustrations for the legends of King Arthur, such as this depiction of Morgan le Fay: