Wednesday, October 16

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 9. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still MANY Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in before 9PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, 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.

Google account security. I would like to urge everyone to complete the Google Security Tech Tip so that you can be sure you have a procedure in place to recover your Google account in case you forget your password or something like that. Also, just to be on the safe side, I would urge you to save a local copy of your Google Site. Exactly how to do that depends on the browser you use, but in most browsers, the File menu has a Save option that lets you save the webpage you are viewing to your computer, so it would just take a minute to save the three or four or five webpages in your site. Do that for each webpage in your site and you will have a local backup copy, just in case.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Pie Charts. In addition to being used for math and science, you can also use pie charts to express ideas, both serious and humorous.

Featured Storybook: The Fairy Tale World. In this Storybook from last year, your favorite fairytale heroines are brought forward in time in order to participate in a reality TV show: The Fairy Tale World.

FREE Kindle eBook: King Arthur by Charles Morris. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The image below shows Merlin and Nimue:

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is At a round table every seat is first (a German proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The image shown here comes from the famous "Round Table" discussions in 1989 that led to Poland's independence from the Soviet bloc. King Arthur's "Round Table" lives on!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is King Pandu Going Hunting. It is on this hunt that he shoots and kills a deer in the act of mating (see upper left), an event which changes his life forever.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a showing of the short documentary "Girl Power: All Dolled Up" and a panel discussion at 7PM in Gould Hall 155 (details at the OU Daily). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 16: Oscar Wilde. Today marks the birthday in the year 1854 of the great Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. You can read more about Oscar Wilde's life and career as a writer in this detailed Wikipedia article. Wilde is probably most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his play The Importance of Being Earnest - and also for his conviction in 1895 of "gross indecency" (homosexuality). He spent two years in jail as a result, and died three years after his release from prison, penniless and in self-imposed exile. My favorite works by Oscar Wilde are his fairy tales, which you can read online at SurLaLune. The image below is an illustration by Jessie King for Wilde's fairy tale entitled The Fisherman and His Soul:

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