Thursday, February 6

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. See note below about extension for any missing Wednesday assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

OU Outage. Because of the D2L outage yesterday, I have extended the Wednesday night deadlines so that you will have all day on Thursday to finish up those Wednesday assignments. My apologies for any inconvenience the outage may have caused! It lasted from about 4PM all the way until 8PM, which is the longest OU outage I can remember in quite a while. When there is an outage and the websites are down, you can check the Twitter account at OUITSolutions for updates. Meanwhile, the OU Daily has announced that campus will not be opening until 10AM on Thursday because of the cold and snow! Stay warm, everybody!

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 4 Internet: Coverpages
. (repeat announcement) For your Internet assignment in Week 4, you will be publishing a coverpage for your Storybook. If you are using Google Sites, this means you will create a NEW SITE, and the homepage for that new site will be your Storybook coverpage. I hope you will enjoy creating a website for your Storybook! To see how the Storybooks for this semester are taking shape, here they are: Myth-Folklore Storybooks - Indian Epics Storybooks. I'll be updating that page every few days as more Storybook coverpages are available!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is Thursday, which comes to us from the god Thor: today is Thor's Day! For details, see this blog post.

Image Resource: You can find some beautiful images to work with at the National Gallery of Art, one of the museums participating in the Open Access program for images of artworks that are in the public domain.

Spelling Humor: If you ever get frustrated by English spelling (and who doesn't?), then you will enjoy this YouTube video from the old TV show I Love Lucy. Ricky wants to know why bough, rough and through are all spelled with -ough and pronounced so differently.

Featured Storybook: Rakshasa Stone Magazine: The Best Demon Music Reviews. Read detailed reviews of all the songs on the latest albums from Ravana and the Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana, and even the new album from Hidimbi's Son, a.k.a. Ghatotkacha.

FREE Kindle eBook: Twenty-Two Goblins by Arthur Ryder. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; the stories come with very descriptive titles as you can see in the table of contents!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The dog in the manger would not let the horse eat hay or eat it himself (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The proverbial dog in the manger is also an Aesop's fable!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama and Ahalya. You can see Ahalya emerging from her prison of stone, freed by Rama's touch.

February 6: Aldus Pius Manutius. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Aldus Pius Manutius in the year 1515. Manutius founded the Aldine Press of Venice in 1494, and thus he published some of the first printed editions of the Latin and Greek classics. Aldus was an innovator in typography, too; most famously, he invented the italic font! You can read more at Wikipedia about Aldus and about the Aldine Press. The image below shows a page from his 1501 edition of Horace; even though it is a printed book, it is designed to imitate the style and layout of a medieval manuscript:

And here's a fun animation of the press logo, a dolphin, done by Laura Aydelotte:

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