Sunday, November 17

Today is Sunday of Week 13. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period (or even later), you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Storybook Schedule. This week, Week 13, is the last week to add a new story to your Storybook. So, if you turned in revisions for your last assignment and want to add a final story to your Storybook, make sure you do that today!

Week 13 Internet assignment. (repeat assignment) For the Week 13 Internet assignment, you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also leave some thank-yous for the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, on Monday afternoon, when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. Thank you in advance for your input! The more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Writing Tips from Emma Coats. At the PixarTouchBook blog, I found an amazing list of storytelling tips from Emma Coats, formerly a story artist at Pixar and now a fearless freelancer. You might find some of these tips useful in your own story writing!

Featured Storybook: Finals Week: Death Notes. This Storybook chronicles a horrifying finals week adventure that hopefully none of you will ever experience for yourselves!

FREE Kindle eBook: Mahabharata, Vol 8-12 translated by K.M. Ganguli. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents. This volume of the Mahabharata chronicles the end of the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of the old proverbs that is still well known even today!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Visvarupa, the "All-Form," a manifestation of the god Vishnu in all his forms. This is the revelation which Krishna showed to Arjuna as he sang the Bhagavad-Gita.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a Harp Studio Recital from 6PM - 7:30PM in the Pitman Recital Hall in Catlett (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 17: Birth of "The Mouse." On November 17 in the year 1970, computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart was granted a patent for what would become the "mouse" interface for supplying data, manually, to a computer. In the patent application, he described the wooden box with its two metal wheels as an "X-Y position indicator for a display system," although he nicknamed it the "mouse" because it had a tail coming out one end that connected it to the computer system. Dr. Engelbart did not profit from his invention because the patent ran out in 1987 before the widespread use of personal computers made the mouse ubiquitous (I remember first seeing someone using a mouse in the summer of 1984). You can read more about the history of the mouse in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image of Dr. Engelbart's mouse, circa 1970:

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