Monday, March 11

Week 8 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of those end-of-week assignments. Week 9 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started.

Spring Break
. For Spring Break, you will have the entire week of March 16-24 off as you can see on the Semester Calendar here. You will have your regular Week 9 assignments due this week up through Thursday. Then, I would encourage everybody to finish up the final Week 9 assignments this Friday, March 15 - but if you want to wait and do those final Week 9 assignments on the weekend after Spring Break, you can do that, too. The grace period for wrapping up Week 9 will be on Monday morning, March 25, after Spring Break.

Midterm Crunch. I know a lot of you are facing a midterm crunch and big assignments in your other classes this week. So, remember that things in this class are super-flexible. If you miss some assignments in this class, there is lots of extra credit you can do later on to make up any missing points. For your Storybook, if you miss a week, that is also not a big deal; you can be one week off the regular schedule and still end up with four stories in your Storybook - so, if you didn't manage to finish your Storybook for Week 8, don't worry. You can go on the "alternate schedule" and turn in your new story during/after Spring Break. Here's how the alternate schedule works.

Storybook stack.
As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack waiting for me to look at. 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. During a "new story" week, it takes me quite a while to get through the stack, so I would urge everybody to check the stack to make sure your assignment is there.

Monday Events on Campus
. The OU IT Store continues its "Pots of Gold Giveaway" this week - through March 15, you can go to the store, draw from a pot of gold and see if you are a winner (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 11: Douglas Adams. Today marks the birthday of Douglas Adams, one of my most beloved writers, who sadly left this world in 2001. Adams is most famous as the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and his two books about the detective Dirk Gently are also priceless. Happy birthday to you, Douglas Adams, wherever in the galaxy you may be!