Saturday, January 31

Today is Saturday of Week 3. 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, here's a link to Friday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before Friday, and on Monday, I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment today — if you wait until Sunday to do that, you'll have a longer wait for comments back from me.

Working Ahead. For those of you who found yourselves doing the work for this class at the last minute again last week, I would urge you to work ahead this weekend. The class will be so much easier to manage if you create a schedule that is really convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadline! The easiest schedule is all-weekend: you can finish up Week 3 today (Saturday) and then do the Week 4 reading/blogging on Sunday, and that way you don't have any assignments at all to do during the actual school week. For more ideas, see this page: Creating Your Own Class Schedule.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

A Field Guide to Procrastinators. Me? I'm an Internet Researcher ... and Snacker. :-)

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is RAJ, a Hindi word which was used to refer to British rule of India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Fairy Godmother Union Strike. The fairy godmothers are tired of being taken for granted and have gone on strike. King Edward is infuriated at their behavior, but the fairies use their magic powers to show him how badly things would have gone without the fairies arranging for those "happily-ever-after" endings.

FREE eBook: The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the book which contains the famous story of Aladdin, among others.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When knowledge is hidden away, it rots; when it is shared publicly, it grows (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin rhymes! Condita tabescit, vulgata scientia crescit.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Great Battle in which Rama confronts Ravana.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be A benefit concert for victims of human trafficking, "Not Buying It," in Meacham at 7PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.