Friday, September 6

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 3! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Please make sure you get started on the end-of-week assignments soon; they are due today or over the weekend.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 3 Responding. For the Read and Respond assignment, you should be looking for the Week 3 essay and story - so, if someone is working ahead, that means you will need to scroll down to find the Week 3 posts. For information about what to do if someone does not have the posts you are looking for, see the instructions at the assignment. Plus, there is another extra credit responding option this week, too! You'll find that information at the bottom of the regular assignment.

Storybook Stack. On Friday, I hope to be able to finish reading and responding to every Storybook assignment turned in before Friday at 8AM (contents of the stack). I don't do any grading over the weekend, which means that if you turn something in after 8AM on Friday, it will go into the stack. If you want  comments back next week sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday night to turn in your assignment! The sooner you turn in the assignment (on Saturday or on Sunday afternoon), the sooner you will get comments back.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Neil Gaiman's Eight Rules of Writing. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers, so of course I was glad to hear his advice to writers. His first rule of writing should come as no surprise: #1. Write. :-)

Featured Storybook: Hotel California. This Storybook offers a very creepy series of stories set in the "Hotel California," as inspired by the words of the Eagles song... Last thing I remember, I was running for the door; I had to find the passage back to the place I was before...

FREE Kindle eBook: The First Book of Adam and Eve by Rutherford Platt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which belongs to the genre of "pseudepigrapha," ancient stories about Bible characters that were not included in the canonical Bible of any church.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When knowledge is hidden away, it rots; when it is shared publicly, it grows (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This idea is very much alive today, and it was also an issue in the Middle Ages as this Latin proverb shows. The Latin proverb rhymes: Condita TABESCIT, vulgata scientia CRESCIT.

Friday Event on Campus: Free showings of Man of Steel in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Weekend Events. Check out Kate's KGOU OneSix8 blog post for area events, including the arrival of WICKED, showing at Civic Center Music Hall through September 22.

September 6: Robert Pirsig. September 6, marks the birthday of Robert Pirsig, who was born in 1928 and who is still with us today: Happy birthday, Robert Pirsig! Pirsig is the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I first read this book when I was 16 years old and I've read it again pretty much every year or every other year since then - so, yep, that's about thirty times by now. I just re-read it again last week, in fact. This is the only book I don't think I will ever catch up with - every time I come back to it, it seems a little more far out, in the best sense of that phrase, and I keep running right on after it, learning new things every time. The novel itself is about a motorcycle journey that Pirsig took across the country in 1968 together with his young son, Chris - here's a picture from the trip showing the two of them on the bike; you can learn more about Pirsig in this Wikipedia article.

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