Monday, April 21

Update: STORYBOOK BALLOT now available.

Today is Monday. Week 13 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. As usual on Monday, the Storybook stack is very large! First thing on Monday morning, I will update the contents of the stack, and I will begin working my way through the stack based on the order in which things were turned in.

Week 13 Internet assignment. After people finish turning in their Storybook nominations for the Week 13 Internet assignment today at noon, I'll prepare a ballot with the most-nominated Storybooks for you to vote on. I will do my best to get that ready by Tuesday, with voting to take place this week, and winners to be announced on Friday. Thanks to everybody who turned in their nominations!

Week 14 and Week 15 Internet assignments. Both the Week 14 AND the Week 15 Internet assignments are available now. That means every single assignment is now available to you except for the blog responding. I would urge everybody to try to finish up the class this week so that you can have a true "dead week" in this class with your assignments all done and the final grade already recorded in the Gradebook. As soon as you reach the points you need, just let me know and I'll record the grade for you.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity: Role-Playing. Also known as: LIFE.

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

Featured Storybook: Tales of Bushido: The Samurai Way. Brandon's Storybook features a combination of Japanese samurai along with traditional Japanese fairy tales... plus a bit of Game of Thrones, too!

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends along the Rocky Range by by Charles M. Skinner. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is part of Skinner's multi-volume collection of American folklore and legends, all available for free as Kindle ebooks.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The basket that has two handles can be carried by two (an Egyptian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's a simple design feature, but what a big difference it makes: two handles are better, with many very nice metaphorical implications too. :-)

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Draupadi, the Pandavas, and Aswatthaman. If you look closely, you can see that Aswatthaman is bleeding after the precious gem has been removed from his forehead.

Monday Event on Campus: The Russian-Speaking Student Association and OU Russian Club are hosting a concert of Russian traditional performances in the Union Memorial Courtyard, 7PM-9PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 21: Founding of Rome. This day, April 21, was the festival of the Palilia in ancient Rome, and the ancient historians regarded it as the day when Romulus founded the city. You can read more at Wikipedia. The painting below shows Romulus, the first king of Rome, as imagined by the French painter Ingres:

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