Tuesday, January 27

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Project Commenting assignment for this week is now available! If you have not turned in your Week 2 Project assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit (see below), and Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Monday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Project assignments that people have turned in over the weekend. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you turned in your assignment on Friday or Saturday, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. Please wait on my comments before you go on to the next Project assignment; I'll be getting through the stack as promptly as I can!

Late Project Assignments. Each week, the Project assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late for partial credit (that's because I cannot get all the Project assignments returned immediately). If you want full credit (10 points) you must turn the Project assignment in on time, that is, over the weekend or during the grace period on Monday morning; for information about partial credit, see the note at the bottom of the Project assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Tech Humor: Control-Alt-Delete. Some good advice from the world of computing:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TUESDAY, which comes from Tiw, the Germanic god of war. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of Gothic Creatures. This Storybook begins with stories around the campfire, but the campers begin to disappear, one by one . . . until a horrifying revelation in the final story.

FREE eBook: The Giant Crab, and Other Tales from Old India by W. H. D. Rouse. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which is a collection of Buddhist jataka stories from India!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman? (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb was famously invoked as a denunciation of social class by the radical English priest John Ball, a leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita's Abduction. You can see two scenes in one: on the left Ravana battles Jatayu, and on the right you can see Ravana flying off with Sita as she drops her jewelry to be found by the monkeys.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a lunch-time concert at noon in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Art Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 27: Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, has been designated by the United Nations and many other countries as a day in remembrance of those who died in the Nazi Holocaust of World War II. The person I hold in my special remembrance for this day is Janusz Korczak (Wikipedia), a visionary educator who organized the Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto. In 1942, the Nazis raided Korczak's orphanage and sent the children to the death camp at Treblinka. Although Korczak's Polish friends begged him to escape and hide with them for the rest of the war (Korczak had been a famous teacher and radio celebrity in Poland before the war), he would not leave the children, and so he died together with them at Treblinka. This image below shows the Yad Vashem Memorial for Korczak and his children:

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.