Saturday, October 18

Today is Saturday of Week 9. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you can do that this weekend. And if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Friday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. 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 over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening! If you turn in your Storybook today or on Sunday morning, you will get comments back much sooner than if you wait until Sunday evening.

Week 9 UnTextbook Report. Thanks as always to the people who filled out the Google Form with your comments and feedback about the Native American units! I've written up the results here: Week 9 UnTextbook Report. I was also so glad to see that all the modules are working out pretty well (the ratings are pretty much consistent for all the modules so far). This UnTextbook was a big experiment, and I honestly had no idea what to expect for this first semester. I am so glad it is going well, and I am really grateful for everybody's feedback and input: thank you!

Tech Tips(repeat announcement) For the second half of the semester, I have added some new Tech Tips, so the new "new" items on that list are ones that I have just now added: Tech Tips.

Google Back-Up/Check-Up. (repeat announcement) I've made a new extra credit assignment that is available each week so that you can back up your work, just in case, and also check on your progress in D2L. You'll see this in the weekly assignments list now with the other end-of-week extra credit options: Back-Up / Check-Up Extra Credit. I would also urge everybody to make sure you have an alternate email address and/or text messaging option in case you run into trouble with your Google account: Google Account Security.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Resource: Tusaalanga: Learn the Inuit Language. This might be of interest for those of you who did / are going to do the Eskimo (Inuit) unit for Myth-Folklore.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TANTALIZE, from the punishment of King Tantalus in the afterlife. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Native American Tricksters. Coyote may be the greatest trickster of them all, but first you need to learn about Rabbit, Raccoon, and Raven, who are all wily tricksters in their own right.

FREE Kindle eBook: Folk-Lore of the Indians of the Kansas River Valley by Carrie de Voe. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes stories from the Pawnee, Sioux, Osage, and other tribal traditions.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The one who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; the one who does not ask a question is a fool forever (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. And the more questions you ask, the wiser you will become!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Draupadi and the Pandavas. You can see the twins in the background, Bhima with his mace in the front, with Arjuna also in the front, and King Yudhishthira on the throne.

Saturday Event on Campus: Homecoming Parade starts at 8:30AM at Elm Avenue and Brooks headed to Boyd (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 18: Veerappan. Today marks the death in 2004 of Veerappan, the famous Indian bandit and smuggler whose outlaw exploits made him a kind of modern-day "Robin Hood." You can read more about his life and outlaw career in this Wikipedia article. Veerappan was famous for his dramatic moustache as you can see in this sand sculpture created by Sudarsan Patnaik, an internationally famous sand artist:

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.