Sunday, March 2

Today is Sunday of Week 7. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but I'll update it at least once or twice. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn in your work earlier on Sunday rather than waiting until later. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

New Responding groups. (repeat announcement) The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week so you should see one or even two new people in your group. There is also a "getting to know you" extra credit assignment where you can read additional posts from the people in your new group. Details about the extra credit assignment are included in the regular assignment instructions!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Nina Paley: Sita Sings the Blues. The people in Indian Epics have now finished two versions of the Ramayana ... so I wanted to share a third version: a feature-length animated film version of the Ramayana by Nina Paley entitled Sita Sings the Blues. You can view the movie for free since Nina Paley has made the film available online to everyone. As she explains at the website: From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes.

Writing Humor: Lesser-Known Editing Symbols. Of course, I am not marking up your papers by hand, but it would be fun to use some of these editing symbols if I were.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is julep, which enters English via Persian and Arabic, sharing the same origin as the Indian word gulab jamun. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Merlin's Mystery Men. In this game show modeled on The Dating Game, Merlin is your host and Katy Perry is seeking love among the three mystery contestants, all heroes from world mythology - but who are they exactly? And whom will she choose in the end?

FREE Kindle eBook: Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The author of this book, Knud Rasmussen, as a famous polar explorer, the son of a Danish father and Inuit mother.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If I laugh not, how can I live? (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. I found this in a collection of Kashmiri proverbs.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Sita leaving this world in the embrace of her mother the earth, while Rama, Lakshmana, and Sita's two children look on.

Sunday Event on Campus: The School of Musical Theatre presents the Junior Showcase at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 2: Dr. Seuss. Today, March 2, marks the birthday in 1904 of the genius author Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Geisel. You are probably familiar with Dr. Seuss's marvelous books - my own favorite is Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. If you want to find out more about his life, his goals as a writer - even detailed information about the poetic meters he used! - take a look at this long and detailed Wikipedia article. Dr. Seuss's books have been translated into many languages of the world - even Latin. Below is the book cover for The Cat in the Hat in Latin, Cattus Petasatus.

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