Thursday, January 22

Today is Thursday of WEEK 2. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog commenting. After the grace period ends at noon today, I'll start putting together the new random blog groups for the blog commenting. I'll get that done on Thursday afternoon and will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — I'll have that done by 6PM at the latest.
Update: The blog groups for Week 2 and extra credit are ready to go!

Stack Update. I'm still working on the proofreading assignments turned in on Sunday; if you turned in your assignment by Sunday at 7PM you should have comments back from me. I hope to finish the rest of the assignments turned in on Sunday today, and then on Friday I'll get to the assignments turned in during the week. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Procrastination Humor: Procrastination Flow Chart. I'm guessing everybody can relate to Sylvia Liu's great flowchart... start with the question: Do you have a deadline? And, of course, everybody has a deadline approaching for something or other!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AMBROSIA, a word that comes from Greek, referring to the food of the gods. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Project Humanity. AXKZ-1029 has been put in charge of the "Human Research Program," seeking to understand these strange creatures who had once inhabited the Earth by reading their ancient myths and legends. What AXKZ learns from those stories will change him, and the Earth itself, forever.

FREE eBook: Rama and the Monkeys by Geraldine Hodgson. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is one of the books I am thinking of using for the UnTextbook next year in Indian Epics!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Better to go around the manure than to move it (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for real manure... and for metaphorical manure too!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ahalya Bowing to Rama. You can also see Rama's brother Lakshmana and Ahalya's husband Gautama.

Thursday Event on Campus: You can see the Young Choreographers' Showcase at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 22: Bill Mauldin. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the American cartoonist William Henry "Bill" Mauldin in 2003; he was born in 1921. Mauldin is best known for his World War II cartoons featuring "Willie and Joe." General George Patton once tried to get Mauldin thrown in jail for his satirical cartoons. Mauldin himself had his own thoughts about Patton: "I always admired Patton. Oh, sure, the stupid bastard was crazy. He was insane. He thought he was living in the Dark Ages. Soldiers were peasants to him. I didn't like that attitude, but I certainly respected his theories and the techniques he used to get his men out of their foxholes." For more on Mauldin, see this Wikipedia article; below is a stamp issued by the U.S. Post Office honoring Mauldin:

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.