Saturday, November 2

Today is Saturday of Week 11. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday (and beware the Sunday D2L outage; see below).

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I managed to get through most of the Storybooks turned in last week, but not quite all; there are a few late Week 10 assignments in the stack that I will read and return on Saturday morning. Meanwhile, if you turned in something on Friday, it is at the top of the stack for Monday, and I will update the stack once or twice again over the weekend. You can check the contents of the stack here.

D2L Sunday Morning Outage. (repeat announcement) Remember the D2L outage that was postponed a couple of weeks ago? It's scheduled now for Sunday, but it should only last from 6AM-noon. With this new schedule, I don't think it should affect anyone in class adversely since very few people are doing schoolwork on Sunday morning. But if you are on a tight schedule, be warned: D2L will not be available on Sunday morning. Hopefully you can complete the work on Saturday or on Sunday afternoon or evening (and there will be the Monday morning grace period as usual also).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Suggestion Box. You might have noticed the link in the right-hand sidebar of these announcements to the anonymous Suggestion Box. This is a way for you to share feedback with me about the class - what's going well, what I could improve, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer!

Featured Storybook: The Thin Line Between Tragedy and Comedy. This is a choose-your-story type of Storybook that Taylor has created for Myth-Folklore this semester: can you find a happy ending for Romeo and Juliet?

FREE Kindle eBook: Philippine Folk-Tales by Clara Kern Bayliss. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which contains what I am guessing would be stories that are new to almost everyone in the class!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Never tickle a sleeping dragon (a neo-Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb invented by J.K. Rowling to use as the motto of Hogwarts: Draco dormiens numquam titillandus.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna at Draupadi's Swayamvara. Many men have come to compete for Draupadi's hand in marriage, but Arjuna is the winner!

KGOU OneSix8. Visit the OneSix8 blog for detailed information about all kinds of events this weekend in Norman and nearby.

Saturday Event on Campus: You can see the classic American musical "Carousel" in the Weitzenhoffer Theater at 8PM on Saturday (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 2: All Souls Day. As mentioned in yesterday's announcement, after the holiday of All Saints on November 1, comes the holiday of All Souls on November 2. In many Catholic countries, the two days - November 1 and November 2 - are celebrated together as the Day (or Days) of the Dead, Día de los Muertos in Spanish. This is a traditional time for offering prayers on behalf of the dead, and also for visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves. In Mexico, there is also a tradition of Catrina dolls, as you can see here, an art form associated with the satirical sketches of José Guadalupe Posada:

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