Tuesday, April 23

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14 of the class. That means you are finishing up Buck's Mahabharata in Indian Epics (Week 15 will be a Mahabharata review week), while it's American folklore in the Myth-Folklore class. For those of you who are working ahead, Week 15 is also available, and I would really encourage you to finish those assignments now so that you can take full advantage of dead week next week. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. 

Storybook Ballots. I've tallied up the nominations that people turned in (thanks to everybody who participated in that part of the process!), and you can see the top nominations for each class here: Storybook Ballot Spring 2013. The ballot contains LINKS to all the Storybooks which you can use to refresh your memory or look at any Storybooks you have not seen before - and also to visit the Storybooks in the other class if you are curious. For each class, you will find the actual ballot for voting in Desire2Learn in Week 14. This is just for fun - not for points or a grade or anything. If you have a few minutes to spare, please vote for your own personal favorites! The ballot will be available until 5PM on Thursday of this week and I'll announce the results on Friday. 

IMPORTANT Week 14-15 Schedule Note. For those of you who will still be doing classwork during Week 15 (dead week), please be aware that it is on a different schedule: the final deadline for Week 15 assignments is Friday, May 3, at noon. There is no weekend time for Week 15 since that would run into final exams. As a result, your Week 14 Storybook assignment must be turned in by Monday noon, April 29, at the latest - I cannot accept late Storybooks for Week 14 because that would not give me time to get comments back to you for your Week 15 assignment. So, please take note: there can be no late Week 14 Storybook assignments. 

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment on Saturday or on Sunday before noon, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or on Monday, your assignment is still in the stack; you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email. Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack!

Tuesday Events on Campus. Luis Argueta, Guatemalan film director and founder of Morningside Movies, will present a talk on "A Personal Journey from Filmmaker to Immigrant Rights Activist" from 12:30PM-1:30PM in the CDT IT Event Space, 329 W. Boyd St. (time-location-details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. 

OU Alum Randy Hoyt at Kickstarter.  I thought some of you might be interested in seeing this Kickstarter project by Randy Hoyt, an OU graduate who took both Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics years ago - he is now a PHP/WordPress guru at Treehouse Learning, and this board game is something he and his young son created together. Meanwhile, if you have ever wondered about doing a Kickstarter (for a game or book or any kind of creative project), check out this interview with Randy at Something Beautiful in which he explains how he created the game and what it's like to do a Kickstarter. Whenever I browse around at the Kickstarter website, I am amazed at the projects people have come up with!