Wednesday, April 23

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 14. If you have not turned in your Week 13 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:

Storybook stack. If you turned in a Storybook assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now; if you turned something in on Monday or Tuesday it is probably still in the stack (you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email). Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack.

Course Evaluations. For the Week 14 Internet assignment, I hope you will choose to complete the online course evaluation of this class. The evaluation is taking place at the website, and it is available now. You should have received an email directly from the College of Arts & Sciences with specific information about how to log on to the site. THANK YOU in advance for your input. Especially for online courses, student input is extremely important to the continuation of the program. Plus, you might win an iPad!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Technology Resource: History of Social Media. Although it only goes up to 2012 and there are lots of services not shown here, this History of Social Media infographic is still very useful.

Indian Words in English: Today's India word in English is BUDDHA, which comes to us from the Sanskrit word meaning "awakened." For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Ganesha. Ganesha has devoted followers all over the world, including Norman, Oklahoma. In this Storybook from last year, Join Ganesha at Campus Corner and hear the god tell the true stories of his own life.

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends of the Pacific Slope 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, which is another in the series of Skinner books on American legends.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is You must take the little potato with the big potato (an Irish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Of course, little potatoes are quite delicious too, so the force of this proverb comes with its metaphorical implications more than its literal meaning.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image shows Yudhishthira's journey into hell, a test of his spiritual strength.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be an OU Jazz Bands concert at 8PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 23: World Book Day. Today, April 23, is the traditional anniversary of the deaths of two of the world's great writers: the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare, and the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, who both died in 1616. For this reason, the day April 23 has been declared by the United Nations as World Book Day, a celebration of reading and writing. You can read more about World Book Day in Wikipedia and at the UNESCO website.

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