Tuesday, December 4

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 15 of the class.... YES: it is the last week of the class! For those of you doing the assignments for class this week, it is Alice in Wonderland or the Wizard of Oz in Myth-Folklore, while it's the Mahabharata review week in Indian Epics.

Storybook stack
. I'm doing my best to keep up with all the Storybooks being turned in so that I can get those points recorded for you in the Gradebook. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your assignment. Please try to get those turned in soon rather than waiting for the last minute.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT WEEK 15: (repeat announcement) Week 15 is different from other weeks, because it ENDS ON FRIDAY, December 7, AT NOON. So, if you will be doing some Week 15 assignments to finish up the class, please be aware of this special schedule: all the final Week 15 assignments are due by NOON ON FRIDAY at the latest. No late Week 15 Storybook assignment can be turned in for partial credit. All Week 15 assignments - including the Storybook assignment, Internet assignment, blog responding assignment, along with any extra credit you want to complete - must be completed by Friday, December 7, at noon. All the assignments are available now with the exception of the blog responding assignment (available on Thursday).

Grading and points. (repeat announcement) As you now know from previous announcements, you need 410 points 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! If you can let me know when you are done with the class, I will record the letter grade for you in the Gradebook so that you can be sure you are finished with everything for the class. 

Tuesday Events on Campus. Study Break: You can get "free breakfast for dinner," plus test-taking supplies, in the Union Food Court, 6PM-7:30PM (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 4: Omar Khayyam. Today marks the death in the year 1122 of the great Persian poet and scholar, Omar Khayyam. He is best known today for his collection of poems called the "Rubaiyat" (quatrains), but in his day he was renowned as a mathematician and also as an astronomer. Here is one of the quatrains in the famous translation by Edward FitzGerald:

With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow,
And with my own hand labour'd it to grow:
And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd -
"I came like Water, and like Wind I go."

You can read more about Omar Khayyam's remarkable life and career in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image of Omar Khayam's tomb in Neishapur, Iran.