Sunday, October 12

Today is Sunday of Week 8: BOOMER SOONER! The blog commenting assignment, along with the Storybook/Portfolio commenting (Internet) assignment and the Storybook/Portfolio assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to all the announcements so far this week.

Class Procedures and Reminders

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 over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you — especially next week, since it will be a busy week with a lot of new stories coming in!

Myth-Folklore UnTextbook Update. I went through the reading units for the second half of the semester and added some information about language and story length that I hope will be helpful as you choose what to read. When you go to the Table of Contents, you will now find Weeks 9-10 at the top, followed by Weeks 11-12 and Weeks 13-14, while I have moved Weeks 2-6 down to the bottom of the page. Especially if you have been working ahead and/or doing extra credit, you might want to start planning out your end of the semester. If you do not need to complete six more reading units, you can pick and choose the units you most want to do. So, for example, if you are more interested in the European options than in the British options, you might start calculating your points through the end of the semester to see if you want to skip one or even both of the British reading weeks. 

Indian Epics: Mahabharata! In the Indian Epics class, you will be starting the Mahabharata in Week 9, with Narayan's book as the reading for Weeks 9-10. Then, for Weeks 11-14, you will have a choice of what to read: Buck's Mahabharata OR Indian reading units from the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook. You might want to start thinking about that, especially if you might need to order a copy of Buck's book. I've put up some information here that I hope will be helpful: Indian Epics Reading Choice.

Google Weirdness. There was some Google weirdness going on this weekend (spam prevention algorithms flagging things as spam that are not spam at all); I'm hoping that will get fixed up very quickly (that has been the case in the past), but I did want to take this opportunity to urge people to make sure you have an alternate email address and/or text messaging option in case you do run into trouble with your Google account: Google Account Security

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Spelling Humor: I Love Lucy. Ricky wants to know why bough, rough, through, cough, and enough are all spelled with -ough and pronounced so differently.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is chaos, which is a Greek word, χάος. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Siren, City in the Clouds. Welcome to the world of Siren, a city in the sky, founded in the year 2433, which hovers on a floating island. It may be far away from Earth, but the adventures of the city's inhabitants echo the fairy tales of Earth's ages-old storytelling traditions.

FREE Kindle eBook: Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the source for the Eskimo (Inuit) unit coming up in Myth-Folklore!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Be encouraged, O pilgrim, though your destination is far off (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying of the Kashmiri people.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama's Coronation. Even the elephant-headed Ganesha is in attendance!

October 12. On this day in 1979, Douglas Adams published The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one of my favorite books of all time. You can find out more about the Hitchhiker series at Wikipedia, and the image below shows the first edition of the book:

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.