Tuesday, February 11

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in D2L so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Vergil's Aeneid or Ovid's Metamorphoses, and in Indian Epics you'll start off with Rama's exile. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 5 Internet assignment available NOW. For the next eight weeks (Week 5 through Week 12), your Internet assignment will consist of reading people's Storybooks and leaving comments for them. This is an assignment that you cannot do early, but on the first day of each new week — that is, on Tuesday each week  the Internet assignment becomes available, and you have the rest of the week to complete it. So, the Internet assignment for Week 5 is available starting today and through the rest of the week and weekend. I hope you will enjoy looking at other people's coverpages and giving them some feedback!

Storybook Stack. The Storybook stack is HUGE this week. If you turned in an assignment before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Procrastination Humor: I know the semester is really starting to get busy for many of you, so I thought you might enjoy this Procrastination Flowchart. Do people still play Farmville? Either way, the chart is still very funny!

Writing Resource: Every Book is a TARDIS. You don't have to be a fan of Doctor Who to appreciate the joys of reading! :-)

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is shawl, which comes to English from India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Paranormal: The Ayodhya Files. Right here, right now, the brothers Rama and Lakshmana are battling demons in Boston and New York, unaware that they are caught up in a thousands-year-old battle being fought all over again.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories from Virgil by Alfred Church. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This will be of special interest to any of you who will be reading the Aeneid this week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts (from the Roman poet Ovid). Details at the Proverb Lab. For those of you who study Latin, here are Ovid's own words: Si, quotiens peccant homines, sua fulmina mittat / Iuppiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Sita being tested in the fire, while the gods come down from heaven to watch: Indra rides on his elephant, Brahma on his goose, and Shiva on his bull (and Parvati is riding with him).

Tuesday Event on Campus: You can see The Vagina Monologues performed in Meacham at 7PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 11: Frank Herbert. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the science fiction writer Frank Herbert in 1986 (he was born in 1920). His novel, Dune, published in 1965, is one of the most popular science fiction novels ever written. Below is a cover for a paperback edition of Dune, showing one of the mighty sandworms!

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