Sunday, September 14

Today is Sunday of Week 4. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Myth-Folklore Reading
. Thanks again to everybody for all the great feedback last week, and I've written up a report summarizing the responses: Un-Textbook Report for Week 4. It is so useful for me to get this week by week input on how I can keep on improving the Un-Textbook: I really appreciate it! Also, please feel free to make comments and ask questions while you are reading; you can leave comments on the reading pages just like at any Blogger blog post..

Indian Epics Reading. Now that you have been exploring the Storybook options, you probably have a good sense of what kinds of topics in the epics are of interest to you, so that you should help you in taking notes for your Reading Diary. Don't get bogged down in summarizing the plot in your Reading Diary; I've already done that in the Reading Guides. Instead, focus on what really grabs your attention while you are doing the reading, keeping an eye out for the topics that are of interest to you.

Storybook Stack. (repeat announcement) I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice on Sunday. Next week is one of the busiest weeks of the semester for me in terms of returning comments, but the sooner your get your assignment in, the sooner you will get comments back!

Pinterest and Twitter. (repeat announcement) For those of you interested in a different (and fun, I hope!) type of extra credit, you might want to try the Pinterest/Twitter option. I've expanded the Pinterest Directory, so there is lots for you to browse through and enjoy, and there's lots to browse through in the Twitter stream from the past several weeks also. In addition, Pinterest can be a very useful tool when you are doing research for your Storybook project: it's a bookmarking tool that is especially good for keeping track of images.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time Humor: Procrastination Flowchart. Click here for a full-size view of Sylvia Liu's flowchart... and you can find many more delights at her blog: SylviaLiuLand.

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

Featured Storybook: The Quest for the Weapons of Hercules. The hero of this Storybook is Hercules, but not the Hercules of ancient times. This is a teenage Hercules, just a regular guy... except that he IS the son of Zeus, and the fate of the world is in his hands!

FREE Kindle eBook: Twenty-Two Goblins by Arthur Ryder. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of the reading options this week for Myth-Folklore.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A lion may be beholden to a mouse (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This one is inspired by the Aesop's fable of the lion and the mouse.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama and Bharata. You can see where Rama has left his shoes on the throne.

September 14: Typewriter ribbon. Today marks the anniversary of the day in 1886 when George Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patented the typewriter ribbon. Now, I'm not sure how many of you (... any of you...?) may have typed on a typewriter with a ribbon, much less changed a typewriter ribbon, but I learned to type in 1973 on a manual Royal typewriter, complete with a typewriter ribbon. You can read an article about the history of the typewriter here at Wikipedia. Here is an old Hermes typewriter — and why was it called Hermes do you think? It was probably because Hermes was a speedy messenger... or perhaps because he was the Greek god credited with the invention of the alphabet!

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.