Wednesday, February 12

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 5 Internet assignment. If you did not read yesterday's announcements, make sure you take a look at them now, especially the information about the Week 5 Internet assignment, which is available now. I hope you will have fun looking at other people's coverpages!

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 by Sunday at 6PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, 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.

The Writing Center. The OU Writing Center has something to offer everyone, whether you need help in learning how to proofread, planning a research paper, or improving your resume. Now that you are working on more formal writing assignments for your Storybook project, I hope you will take advantage of the services that they offer, especially if you have any questions at all about punctuation and other features of formal written English. They have various locations and extended hours (including some evenings and weekends) to accommodate you. Check out the Writing Center website to learn more!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Thoughts about Writing. This YouTube video offers some thoughts about emoticons by Ben Zimmer, a linguist and one of my favorite language commentators:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are ALTAR and ALTER. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Hotel California. In this eerie Storybook, Daphne and Felix Cross check into the Hotel California and - just as you would expect - they can check out any time they like, but they can never leave . . .

FREE Kindle eBook: Laos Folk-Lore by Katherine Fleeson. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This book contains all kinds of stories from Laos, including wonderful story about the man in the moon.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Not even Apollo keeps his bow always at full stretch (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, you need to take a break every once in a while... or else you will snap!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Ravana and Maricha. The painting is done in the Kangra style.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a Star Party at 6:45 PM on the roof of the Asp Avenue Observatory as there is every Wednesday night when OU is in session; check the Star Party website to confirm the event 3 hours before it starts for cancellations due to weather or cloud cover.

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