Tuesday, January 20

Today is Tuesday. Week 1 is now over... and Week 2 has begun. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Week 1 Friday/weekend assignments. The topic for Week 2 in the Myth-Folklore class is Classical or Biblical stories, and in Indian Epics you will be starting the Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Moving on to Week 2. The Orientation Week activities introduced you to blogging and the different kinds of writing you will be doing for this class. Now, starting in Week 2, the assignments will be the same every week: Myth-Folklore Weekly Assignments - Indian Epics Weekly Assignments. If you have any questions about that as you get started, let me know!

Special Schedule. Because of the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday, the schedule this week is somewhat different than usual. You still have that Week 1 grace period this morning until noon, and you also have BOTH Reading assignments to do, A and B (normally you would do Reading A for Monday and Reading B for Tuesday). I hope the schedule for this week makes sense, and if you have any questions, let me know.

Assignments in the Stack. If you turned in a proofreading assignment (or an early Storybook assignment) on Friday or over the weekend, you should see it listed in the Stack. As I read and reply to those assignments, I'll update the stack. I do that in the order received, so those of you who turned in work on Friday are at the top of the stack; if you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, you may have to wait until near the end of the week to get my comments back.

Introductions. I hope you all enjoyed getting to comment on people's Introductions this weekend, and you'll be getting visitors to your Introduction all semester long as new people connect with you through the random blog groups each week. Meanwhile, I'll be responding to some Introductions every day so that by the end of the week I should have read everybody's Introduction post. My participation at the blogs is pretty random from week to week (my main focus is on your Storybook and Portfolio projects), but I definitely want to read all the Introductions!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Proofreading. It's all relative! :-)

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are HEROIN and HEROINE. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Rate My Rishi. If you've ever used RateMyProfessors.com, you'll feel right at home at Rate My Rishi, where the rishis' students, fans, and enemies sing their praises and dish the mythological dirt, too.

FREE eBook: Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Alfred Church. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You'll find the story of Antigone here, the death of Hercules, the adventures of Medea, and many more. (For those of you reading The Iliad this week, this is the same Alfred Church who wrote that prose adaptation of Homer.)

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The moon does not withhold the light even from the cottage of a chandala (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. The chandala of ancient India was someone who worked with the disposal of corpses, formerly known as an "untouchable."

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Birth of Rama. As often, he is depicted as having blue skin.

Tuesday Event on Campus: The Sooner Bassooners will be giving a free concert at 8PM in the Pitman Recital Hall in Catlett (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 20: DeForest Kelley. Today, January 20, is the birthday of DeForest Kelley, who was born in 1920 and who passed away in 1999; he is most famous for playing Dr. McCoy on the original Star Trek series. Some of you may have already figured out that I am a devoted Star Trek fan, and Dr. McCoy was always one of my favorites. (And yes, I definitely approve of Karl Urban in the reboot, too!) This image shows the characters Spock and McCoy, and the good-natured tension between the two of them was one of the recurring themes of the show. Happy birthday, DeForest Kelley, wherever in time and space you may be! Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) is still with us.

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.