Saturday, February 15

Today is Saturday of Week 5. 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:

Storybook Stack. Much to my own surprise, I managed to get through the Storybook stack on Friday, so everybody who turned in a Storybook assignment last week before Friday should have gotten comments back. Thanks for all your good work on the Introductions, and I hope you enjoy looking at each other's coverpages for the Week 5 Internet assignment! If you turned something in on Friday or later, I've put into the stack, and I'll update that list periodically over the weekend.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Image Resource: I thought you might enjoy these OU Wallpapers, courtesy of the nice folks at OU Public Affairs.

Writing Humor: Interview with a Semicolon. The semicolon is one of my favorite punctuation marks, but it's not easy being a semicolon, as you can learn from this interview.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is siren, from the man-eating monsters called "Sirens" in Greek mythology. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Kailasa. In this Storybook, you get to meet Kailasa himself, the mountain, and listen to him share his stories with Shiva, the mountain's most famous resident.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum . Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes the adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, along with stories of Theseus, Heracles, and Orpheus.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Bacchus has drowned more people than Neptune (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, more men have died from drinking (Bacchus, the god of wine) than were shipwrecked at sea (Neptune, the god of the sea).

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama, Lakshmana and Sugriva. As you can see, Rama and Lakshmana are dressed in leaves, the clothing of their forest exile.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a free showing of the film Gravity at 7PM and 10PM in Meacham Auditorium (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 15: Matt Groening. Today is the birthday of Matt Groening, who was born on February 15 in 1954. Groening is best known for being the creator of The Simpsons... but before there was Bart Simpson, there was "Life in Hell" and the rabbits! The "Life in Hell" cartoons are truly brilliant and were a staple of my undergraduate college life; you can read about them here in this Wikipedia article. Below is one of the panels from the "School is Hell" series. Happy Birthday, Matt Groening!

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