Tuesday, September 30

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 7, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available! If you have not turned in your Week 6 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, and Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Google Sites Fonts. For those of you using Google Site for your Storybooks, you might want to play with the wide range of fonts that are available! Check out this page to find out how to adjust your fonts site-wide — choosing different fonts, making the fonts larger — by modifying the style sheet: Google Sites Fonts.

Week 7 Internet assignment. The Week 7 Internet assignment is available now, and everybody has their project up and running now (which is great!), so I have been able to put everybody into a new random group. If you are ready to do that assignment now, it's ready for you: Internet assignment page.

Storybook/Portfolio Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook and Portfolio assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Review. (repeat announcement) For those of you who are working ahead, Week 8 is a review week, and the M-T-W-Th assignments for Week 8 are not ready yet, but they will be ready this Friday, October 3. If you have finished the reading and blogging for Week 7 already, just keep on going: you can move on to Week 9 reading assignments now! That's the Native American reading in Myth-Folklore, and Narayan's Mahabharata in Indian Epics.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Humor: English Pangram. "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" — it uses every letter of the English alphabet, which makes it a pangram.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is CHEETAH, which comes to English via Hindi. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Husbands of Draupadi. It's social media like you have never seen it before — and it all starts with ShivaMingle, "your site for love in the next life." That's just what Nalayani needs as she looks for her one true love. Or will she need five instead...?

FREE Kindle eBook: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is an unusual book to find in the public domain because it was originally published in 1970. A group of contributors got together and bought the copyright from the publisher so that now anybody can have a digital copy of the book for free!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Go north or go south, your fate will follow you (an Indian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Call it fate, call it karma: there's no escaping it either way!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Battle of Rama and Ravana. If you look at a larger view of the image, you can see Ravana's hands chopped off one by one: ouch!

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be free pizza in the first floor of the Union from 11:30AM-12:30PM thanks to the Union Programming Board (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 30: Rumi. Today marks the birthday in the year 1207 of the Persian mystical poet Rumi. To learn more about this remarkable 13th-century poet, surely one of the greatest poets in the history of the world, see Wikipedia, along with quotations from Rumi (in both Persian and English) at Wikiquote. The image below shows Rumi with this disciplines in a 16th-century manuscript from Baghdad.

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.