Thursday, August 29

Today is Thursday of WEEK 2. Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 2 Read and Respond assignment. The Week 2 blog commenting assignment is not available yet; it will be available starting on Friday after everybody has had time to do their Thursday blog posts. So, for any of you night-owls, just check back after midnight tonight - at 12:01AM on Friday - and the assignment will be ready and waiting.

Storybook Stack. As of 6PM on Wednesday, I had read and replied to all the assignments in the stack. For those of you who want to work ahead and would like to get Storybook comments from me before the weekend, make sure you get your Storybook assignment turned in by Friday at 8AM. That way, I can be sure to get comments back to you before the end of the day on Friday.

Week 2 Internet assignment. For the Week 2 Internet assignment, you will be building a simple little website with Google Sites. If you are not super-confident about using new technology tools, try to do that assignment on Thursday or Friday instead of waiting until the weekend. That way you can contact me with any questions you have, and I'll be able to get back to you promptly!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Create an Image Collage with PicMonkey. PicMonkey is a nice web-based service for cropping and resizing images, and they also have a collage tool. Below is a collage of Tenniel's Alice illustrations which I made with PicMonkey. You might want to create an image collage to use in your Google Site website!

Featured Storybook: Fairy Godmother: Diary Thief. Here is another take on the diary approach: it turns out that the fairy godmother familiar to you from Cinderella and other stories is a kleptomaniac - she steals diaries. So, that is how in this Storybook you are able to read the nominally private diaries of some famous and not-so-famous fairytale characters!

FREE Kindle eBook: Folk-Tales of the Khasis by K. U. Rafy. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You can find out more about the Khasi people of northeast India in this Wikipedia article.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging (an American proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is sometimes called The First Law of Holes.

Thursday Event on Campus: At 8PM in Gaylord Hall 1150 there will be a panel discussion of Trayvon Martin's death - After Trayvon (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 29: Ingres. Today marks the birthday in the year 1780 of the great French Neoclassical painter, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. You can read more about Ingres's life and career in this Wikipedia article. He painted many mythological subjects, and one of his most famous paintings is this depiction of Oedipus and the Sphinx; you can read about the Oedipus legend here.

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