Tuesday, September 17

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available (more on that below). This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is ancient Rome (Ovid or Vergil), and in Indian Epics you will follow Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana into the forest. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early - but on the first day of each new week in the class, that is, on Tuesday each week, the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available starting today and through the rest of the week and weekend. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback!

Storybook Stack. The Storybook stack is HUGE this week. If you turned in an assignment on Saturday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. The Introduction is often the most challenging part of the Storybook for people to write, which means it is also a challenge for me to get comments back to everyone before the weekend, but I will do my best to get through the stack on or before Friday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: FREE Audiobooks at LibriVox. This Tech Tip gives you a chance to learn how to access and download the free audiobooks available from LibriVox.

Featured Storybook: If Dragons Took Over the World. This Storybook presents an alternate history of the world - a world in which dragons have defeated the humans and now rule the world.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories from Virgil by Alfred Church. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which tells the story of the Aeneid in chronological order (as opposed to the in medias res style of Vergil's own poem).

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts (a line from Ovid's Metamorphoses). Details at the Proverb Lab. Ovid is one of the topics this week in Myth-Folklore.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image combines scenes from the Ramayana into a single painting. You can see Sita's trial by fire, for example, when she is protected by Agni, the god of fire.

Tuesday Event on Campus: In honor of Constitution Day, there will be an open house celebration in OU's Government Documents collection on the fourth floor of Bizzell, 2PM-4PM; at 3PM there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the collections, and there will be refreshments too (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 17: Visvakarman.
 Today, September 17, is a festival of the Visvakarman, the divine architect of the gods in the Hindu tradition. You can read more about Visvakarman and his importance in this Wikipedia article. The Visvakarman Puja holiday is celebrated by architects and also by engineers and all kinds of technicians and craftspeople, especially in eastern India. Happy Visvakarman Day!

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.