Tuesday, October 1

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 7, 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. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is India or Japan, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing up the Ramayana (next week is a review week). I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack
. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday before 5PM, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. PLEASE DO CHECK: if something did go wrong with your email, it is important for you to let me know right away.

Week 7 Internet assignment. For the Week 7 Internet assignment, which is available now, you will be reading STORIES at the Storybooks. That means you have more reading to do this time (stories and possibly also introductions), so you will have just THREE Storybooks that you comment on. You are welcome to do that assignment now; you don't have to wait if a person you are assigned happens not to have published a story yet. To find out more about how the assignment works this week, see the Internet assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Mahabharata Images. In the second half of the semester, the people in Indian Epics will be reading the Mahabharata, so I want to get a set of Mahabharata images ready to use in the announcements, and I also created a randomizing widget which features the 300 images I chose from Wikipedia. You can see the widget in action in the sidebar of the announcements blog, just below the Ramayana images in the sidebar. Here's an image at random: Krishna Speaks to Bhishma on the Bed of Arrows. Those of you in Indian Epics will get to know both Krishna and Bhishma very well by the end of the semester!

Featured Storybook: Siren, City in the Clouds. In this Storybook from a past Myth-Folklore class, fairy tale heroines are given a science fiction setting, along with a science-fiction feel to the Google Site design too!

FREE Kindle eBook: Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This book includes some of the same fairy tales in this week's reading for Myth-Folklore, along with many more.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Go north or go south, your fate will follow you (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. Whether you call it fate, destiny, luck, karma, etc., there are some things that really do feel inevitable!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama Fighting Ravana. You can also see Lakshmana and Hanuman standing by Rama. Note also that Ravana has lost some of his twenty hands already! Ouch!

Tuesday Event on Campus: The Turkish Student Association is offering free Turkish language classes from 5PM-7PM on Tuesdays in 116/117 Physical Sciences Center - what a great opportunity! I wish I were living in Norman this semester because I would love the chance to learn Turkish... I know there are some language mavens in class this semester; perhaps you will want to take advantage of this opportunity! (Details in the OU Daily.)

October 1: E.B. White. Today, October 1, marks the death in the year 1985 of the American author, E.B. White, the author of such marvelous children's books as Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web. You might also recognize his name as being the "White" in the famous guide to English composition, The Elements of Style, a book originally written by William Strunk in 1918, and substantially updated and edited by E.B. White in 1959, so that the book is often referred to as "Strunk and White." You can read more about E.B. White's biography in this Wikipedia article; meanwhile, here is a book cover for the translation of Charlotte's Web into Latin: Tela Charlottae!

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