Monday, October 7

Today is Monday. Week 7 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Spring Enrollment. Enrollment will be starting for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

Storybook stack. 
As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. It is really important to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Especially during these revision weeks, I have no way of knowing that you have completed the assignment except for the email that you send me!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Finding a Larger Image File with Google's Image Search. I've added a new Tech Tip to the list. Those of you who need to find a larger version of your Storybook coverpage image file might find this useful!

Featured Storybook: Adventures through the East. In Brandon's Storybook for Indian Epics this semester, you can learn about the influence of the Ramayana throughout South Asia, starting with the Ramakien of Thailand.

FREE Kindle eBook: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The book is different from most of the free books online in that it is not a very old book, first published in 1970. You can find out more about how the book became available for free at the website, which promotes campaigns to purchase the rights for books in order to make them freely available.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Before Skittles the candy, there was skittles the bowling game.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama and his family. You can see Rama with Sita, his three brothers (Lakshmana is blue), along with the monkey-god Hanuman.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a meeting of OU'S Citizen Science Club at 7PM in Dale Hall Room 107 (details in the Math Club blog).

October 7: Edgar Allan Poe. Today, October 7, marks the anniversary of the death of the poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe in the year 1849; he was only 40 years old when he died. You can read more about Poe's remarkable and tragic life in this detailed Wikipedia article. Because his books are in the public domain, you can find them in many different online editions. Below is an image of the cover designed by the famous illustrator Gustave Dore for Poe's famous poem, The Raven:

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