Tuesday, April 15

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 13, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn 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 Native American stories, and in Indian Epics you will travel with the Pandavas in disguise during their exile. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 12 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Week 13 Internet assignment NOW AVAILABLE. Now that Week 13 has begun, the Week 13 Internet assignment is available: you will be nominating your favorite Storybook projects in various categories, and you will also leave some thank-yous for the people whose comments were most helpful to you this semester. Then, next Monday afternoon, April 21, when everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated Storybooks. Thank you in advance for your input: the more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be!

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned in an assignment before noon on Sunday, you should have comments back from me by now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check on the contents of the stack here. If you need just the points for the Storybook assignment you have turned in in order to finish up the class, send me a SEPARATE email with "Storybook Final Points" (or something like that) in the subject line so that I'll put your Storybook assignment at the top of the stack. 

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Learning Resource: The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners. As you can guess, one of my favorite items on this chart is "curiosity and imagination."

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AEGIS, which comes to us from Greek mythology - it is the mysterious animal-skin shield wielded by Athena and by Zeus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Herculean Hanuman. In Hitesh's Storybook, you can travel with Hanuman as he finds out - with some help from Ganesha - just how important his legacy is for all of us here in the world.

FREE Kindle eBook: Tales from the Hindu Dramatists by Rama Nath Dutt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are many delights in here, including the Uttar Rama Charita of Bhavabhuti, which tells of the later adventures of Rama and Sita, after the war with Ravana.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is We never know the worth of water till the well is dry (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The wisdom of this environmental proverb is just as powerful today as it ever was!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Dhritarashtra and Duryodhana. Their names are written above the figures just to make sure they can be recognized.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a Tuesday Noon Concert by Harp Professor Gaye LeBlanc at noon in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Art Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. Here is a performance of the theme from Schindler's List with Gaye LeBlanc playing the harp:

2048: Indian Epics Edition. I share this link with some trepidation because I don't want to get anybody addicted who is not already addicted to this game. Anyway, yes, I used the Make Your Own 2048 tool to create an Indian Epics Edition of 2048. Enjoy! (Be warned: if you have not played this silly little game, you may indeed obsess until you win... and then you will want to win again, but faster, better, etc. mwahahahaha.)

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