Friday, August 29

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 2! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish your Thursday work.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 2 Blog Comments. This assignment is now available, with new random groups. You can make your comments today, or on Saturday or Sunday if you prefer (and the grace period will actually go until Tuesday because of the Monday holiday; see next announcement). There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some more storytelling posts; you will find information about that in the regular assignment instructions.

Monday: Labor Day. Monday is the Labor Day holiday. That means the Week 2 Friday/weekend assignments will have their grace period on Tuesday morning, rather than on Monday morning, and it also means Reading Diary A of Week 3 will be due on Tuesday... but Reading Diary B is also due on Tuesday as usual. So, please be careful with that: instead of putting everything off until Tuesday, I would strongly urge you to get as much of that work done today, Friday, so that you can enjoy the three-day weekend without having to worry about this class when you come back on Tuesday!

Storybook Assignments. Each week, the Storybook assignment is the one where I record the points for you in the Gradebook. That's because poor old D2L cannot accommodate the option to turn that assignment in late for partial credit (you'll see how that works down at the bottom of the instructions). So, when I return your Storybook assignment to you with comments, I'll also record the points for you in the Gradebook. All the other items in the Gradebook come from your own Declarations; the Storybook is the only exception to that rule.

Stack. I cleared out the stack at about 5PM on Thursday, and on Friday morning I'll update the stack with items that people turned in on Thursday evening, and I'll try to reply to those by the end of the day on Friday. Anything that comes in on Friday will be at the top of the stack on Tuesday (yep, I'm taking Monday off too!), so if you want comments back on your Storybook assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until the weekend to turn that in. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Resource: Death in the Iliad. Here is a brilliant infographic from the GreekMythComix website: it shows "Death in the Iliad." Visit the site for a full-sized view. This could be fun for those of you who read The Iliad in Myth-Folklore this past week, or if you are thinking of reading that next week.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is swastika, which comes from Sanskrit — and it has existed for thousands of years before being coopted by Hitler for his own nefarious purposes. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: What It Is To Love Oisín. Oisín (Ossian) is one of the great national heroes of Ireland, and here you meet Oisín through the eyes of those who love him: his mother, his father, his lover, and the land of Ireland itself.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Golden Asse of Lucius Apuleius translated by William Adlington. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Those of you who read "Cupid and Psyche" in Myth-Folklore this week might want to learn more about Lucius the donkey-man; this is the novel all about his adventures!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dawn does not come twice to wake us (a South African proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words: you won't get a second chance — wake up now!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and Sita. You can see that Rama has just snapped the bow of Shiva!

Friday Event on Campus: The summer blockbuster GODZILLA will be showing in Meacham this evening! There will be free showings at 6PM, 9PM and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. And here is a poster from the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters movie from 1956:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.