Thursday, October 3

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7. If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. 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:

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before 11PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your assignment 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.

Week 7 Internet assignment
. If you did not read yesterday's announcements, please make sure you take a look at that; the instructions for the Internet assignment this week are somewhat different from last week since you will be reading a STORY at the Storybooks you comment on this week.

New Responding groups
. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week so TOMORROW, Friday, that assignment will be available with new people in the groups. More information about that in tomorrow's announcements!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Video Gif Maker. The MemeCenter offers this easy tool for extracting frames from a video and turning them into an animated gif.

Featured Storybook: Tea and Fairy Tales With Miss C. In this lovely Storybook from last year, fairies from around the world have come to a tea party... with storytelling too, of course!

FREE Kindle eBook: More Jataka Tales by E. C. Babbitt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The Buddhist Jataka tales are one of the most ancient Indian storytelling traditions, similar in many ways to Aesop's fables and also to the parables of Jesus.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I'm guessing that most of the proverbs I share here are not familiar, but this is one that probably everybody knows - and it is a good one!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is another scene from The Battle of Lanka. This scene focuses on one of Ravana's generals, Trisuras, a three-headed demon; you can see him being beheaded (all three heads) in the lower left-hand corner.

Thursday Event on Campus: Tonight is Asian Oklahoma Night, with dancing, music, fashion and, of course, FOOD - events begin at 6:30PM in the Molly Shi Ballroom in the Union!

October 3: Gore Vidal. Friday, October 3, marks the birthday in the year 1925 of the great American author, Gore Vidal. You can read more about Gore Vidal's life and career in this Wikipedia article. My favorite of his novels is his historical novel Julian, which is about the 4th-century emperor Julian, nicknamed "Julian the Apostate," the last of the pagan emperors of Rome. I am also a big fan of another one of his historical novels, Creation. Here is the cover of a recent edition of Julian:

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