Saturday, January 25

Today is Saturday of Week 2. 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.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 2 Internet. For the Week 2 Internet assignment, you will be creating a website using Google Sites. I've provided detailed instructions, so I don't think you'll run into any problems, but if you do, send me a note. I don't check email as often on the weekends, but I do check email occasionally, and if you have run into a snag with that assignment, I'll be sure to write you back.

Stack. I also 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.

Working Ahead. For those of you who found yourselves doing the work for this class at the last minute and really scrambling last week as a result, I would urge you to work ahead this weekend, even if it means just getting a day or two ahead of the deadlines. The class will be so much easier to manage if you create a schedule that is really convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadlines. You might want to review this information from back in Week 1 about Creating Your Own Class Schedule.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Image Resource: You can find lots of great images at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website, which explains clearly how to correctly cite the museum's images so that you can use them on your website. It's easy to comply, and they have some amazing images available!

Writing Resource: First Year Comp. I know that none of you are in first-year composition right now, but you still might find that this website contains some good advice and valuable resources, especially if you are doing research or writing term papers in your other classes!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are naval and navel. For details, see this blog post. They may be pronounced similarly, but they mean quite different things!

Featured Storybook: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. Where are the gods in the modern world? In this Storybook a young man in possession of a sword inscribed with the word "TRUTH" has decided to go on a quest for the gods, and on that journey he will meet Brahma, Vishnu, Yama and, finally, Shiva.

FREE Kindle eBook: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. It is the first of the John Carter series!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No chick ever came from a fried egg (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin version of the proverb rhymes: Ex frixis PULLUS ovis numquam venit ULLUS.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama's Exile. You can see Rama leaving Ayodhya, accompanied by his wife, Sita.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a performance of the Young Choreographers' Showcase with dance works choreographed by OU students at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 25: Burns Night. Every year, on January 25, the great Scottish poet is celebrated by people all over the world who gather together to drink and toast one another and to read some of Burns's marvelous poetry! You can read about the tradition of the "Burns Night" or "Burns Supper" in this Wikipedia article, and you can find the poetry of Robert Burns online at the website. He is most famous as the author of the words to "Auld Lang Syne," and the famous phrase "of mice and men" comes from his marvelous poem, "To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough." You can read more about Robert Burns in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for his portrait shown here:

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