Saturday, January 18

Today is Saturday of Week 1. Thank you all for your good work last week, and I hope the rest of your classes are off to a good start, too! The Read and Respond blog comment assignment and the other end-of-week assignments for Week 1 (Orientation) are due today or tomorrow, Sunday.

My Weekend Schedule. I try not to do schoolwork on weekends, but I do check my email occasionally. So, if you have any questions or problems, definitely let me know, and if it's something urgent, I will get back to you as soon as I check my email. If you want to be sure I received an assignment you turned in by email, you can check the stack.

Martin Luther King Day. As you may have already noticed in this class, no assignments are due on Friday or on Monday. (That is because I am personally a big fan of long weekends for people who have the option of arranging their schedule in that way!) So, there are no changes to the class schedule because of the Monday holiday. Week 2 begins on Tuesday, and the week always begins on Tuesday; to see again how that works, here is the Class Calendar for this semester.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Common Errors in English Usage. This website by Paul Brians is one of the best resources for English writing (and for English writing errors) that you will find online.

Writing Help: For all your writing, it's good to know how to do a spellcheck and a wordcount. This page can help: Word Counter, Spellchecker, and Plain Text Box.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is Saturday, which gets its name from Saturn, the Roman god. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Adventures through the East. In this Indian Epics Storybook, you get to travel to Thailand, Nepal, and India — with Hanuman himself as your travel guide, along with some help from Jambavan and Sugriva.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of the key texts of werewolf studies in the 19th century.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When one door shuts, another opens (a Scottish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This applies to literal doors that open and shut, and it also applies to metaphorical "doors of opportunity" too!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama in battle, using his weapon of choice: the bow and arrow.

Saturday Event on Campus: It's "Spring Nite" at the Union from 7PM to 9:30PM with free food, casino games, and prizes (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 18: Rudyard Kipling. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1936 of the British author Rudyard Kipling, who was born in Mumbai, India in 1865 and who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, making him the first English-language writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and also the youngest person to have received a Nobel (he was 42 years old at the time). You can read more about Kipling's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and you can find a listing of Kipling's books online at the Penn Online Books page. The video below is an audiobook version of his Just So Stories paired up with the text to form a video presentation:

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