Tuesday, October 7

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. If you have not turned in your Week 7 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 Blog Check-Up that was due on Monday. If you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 8 Internet assignment. The Week 8 Internet assignment is available now, and there is also an extra credit option this week too (there will be this same extra credit during Weeks 8-12) — and you can visit Storybooks from the other class if you want for the extra credit! I'm hoping you might be curious to see what the students in the other class are up to; there are so many great projects in both classes. You'll find the instructions, including the extra credit, here: 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 morning, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or 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.

Spring Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting soon for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Oklahoma Folklore: Mythical Lake Monsters. I really enjoyed this wonderful chart of the mythical lake monsters of the United States! Click here for a full-sized view of the map. It even includes the giant octopus that is supposed to live in Lake Thunderbird.

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

Featured Storybook: The Last of the Seapeople. This Storybook contains the tales of Shameil, last of the seapeople. The seapeople once thrived in the great waters of the world until humanity destroyed their habitat, and these stories of the seapeople and their lost civilization contain a warning for us all.

FREE Kindle eBook: Mighty Mikko - Finnish Tales by Parker Fillmore. 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 about heroes, animals, and the occasional troll!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb about unintended consequences!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and Hanuman. The image is from a Ramlila theater performance.

Tuesday Event on Campus: The American Institute of Organbuilders Gala Concert will take place at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 7: Edgar Allan Poe. Today, October 7, marks the anniversary of the death of the poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe in the year 1849; he was only 40 years old when he died. You can read more about Poe's remarkable and tragic life in this detailed Wikipedia article. Because his books are in the public domain, you can find them in many different online editions. Below is an image of the cover designed by the famous illustrator Gustave Dore for Poe's famous poem, The Raven:

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.