Saturday, August 31

Today is Saturday of Week 2. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you didn't finish up Week 2 on Friday, then you need to do the Read and Respond blog comments along with the other end-of-week assignments today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 2 Internet. For the Week 2 Internet assignment, you will be creating a website using Google Sites. I've provided detailed instructions, so I don't think you'll run into any problems, but if you do, send me a note. I don't check email as often on the weekends, but I do check email occasionally, and if you have run into a snag with that assignment, I'll be sure to write you back.

Stack. I also don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend.

Working Ahead. For those of you who found yourselves doing the work for this class at the last minute and really scrambling last week as a result, I would urge you to work ahead this weekend, even if it means just getting a day or two ahead of the deadlines. The class will be so much easier to manage if you create a schedule that is really convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadlines. You might want to review this information from back in Week 1 about Creating Your Own Class Schedule (and getting extra credit for it, too).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Writing Advice from C.S. Lewis. This is some very practical advice from the marvelous author of the Narnia series along with other fantasy and science fiction novels.

Featured Storybook: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. This is the story of a quest, where the seeker is aided in his journey by the gods Brahma, Vishnu, Yama, and Shiva

FREE Kindle eBook: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the book, which is the first of Burroughs's John Carter adventures.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No chick ever came from a fried egg (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin original is a rhyming medieval proverb: Ex frixis PULLUS ovis numquam venit ULLUS.

Events Round-Up. (repeat announcement) Check out Kate's KGOU OneSix8 blog post for a round-up of weekend events and activities in the area!

August 31: Kinetoscope Patent. On this day in 1897, the American inventor Thomas Edison was issued a patent for the Kinetoscope, an early motion picture device. The image below shows an advertisement from the early 1900s promoting the use of a projecting version of the Kinetoscope for home viewing. We've come a long way in the past one hundred years, with technology like the DVD making movies as familiar in the home as books on a bookshelf! You can read more about the history of the Kinetoscope in this Wikipedia article. (Click here for a a larger view of the image.)

Remember, you can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.