Friday, August 22

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of the Orientation Week... and you are all bloggers now! Congratulations! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is now available, and Friday morning, until noon, is also the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog commenting available. Now that everybody has their storytelling post ready, along with other blog posts, you can start commenting. Each week, this blog commenting assignment will become available on Friday (right after midnight, for any of you who are night owls), and you can do your comments on Friday or over the weekend. I hope you will enjoy it!

Blogger links. One of the most common problems people have when they start blogging or creating web pages is making links with link text. I've written up some notes about that - Blogger Links - so please take a look at that, especially if you are new to blogging. Links with text are much better than raw http code, since the people reading your blog are people after all, not computers! :-)

Stack report. I'll be working today on the early proofreading and Storybook assignments that people turned in on Thursday, and I'll also try to return anything turned in on Friday morning. You can check the Stack here to make sure I received your assignment.

Get ahead this weekend! This weekend is the absolute best time to get ahead in this class, before things really get busy in your other classes. If you can do some or even all the Week 2 assignments over this weekend, that will give you a cushion of extra time that will make the whole semester much easier to manage.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Google Guy. I do a lot of Google searches every day — a LOT of Google searches. So, I thought this YouTube video was very funny. It made me feel sorry for the poor Google-Guy!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is PUNDIT. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Lifelong Devotion: Tales of Love at Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth is an Indian holiday in which women honor the power of love in their lives. In this Storybook, you will spend the holiday with Sita, Ahalya, and Radha as they reflect on the dramatic ways in which their loving devotion was put to the test.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Golden Fleece and Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. If you are interested in Greek mythology, this might be a book to look at!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience (a proverb borrowed from Ralph Waldo Emerson). Details at the Proverb Lab. I am admittedly not the world's most patient person, but it is a virtue that I do admire!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana. Just look at all those heads and arms: yep, that is Ravana, the ten-headed, twenty-armed king of the rakshasa demons!

Friday Event on Campus: It's the Sixth Annual Tee Party at the Art School - bring your own blank t-shirt (or pillowcase or tote bag) to be printed with an original work of art; there will also be blank t-shirts available for purchase with all proceeds going to benefit the OU Print Club. It's happening from 6PM - 7:30PM at the School of Art in the Fred Jones Art Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 22: Ray Bradbury. Today marks the birthday of the great American writer, Ray Bradbury, who was born on this day in 1920; sadly, he died not long ago, in 2012. That same summer I decided to re-read his book The Martian Chronicles and was amazed by the wild creativity of the stories — I don't think I had read the book since junior high school, and I am so glad that I read it again. What an imagination that man had! Here is the cover of the first edition of Martian Chronicles as published in 1950:

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