Saturday, February 14

Today is Saturday of Week 5. 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.

Tech Tip: Image Collage. A lot of you will be making new websites for your Storybooks this weekend, and you might want to try making an image collage for your coverpage. There's a PicMonkey Tech Tip if you want to give that website a try for extra credit. Here's a collage someone made for their Storybook last semester — she used some of the editing features to change the images to a sepia tone so that the images all have the same "look" to them. You can see the nice results here:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Tip: How to Write a Great Story. Here is a set of wonderful writing tips narrated by Kurt Vonnegut himself. The video is at YouTube, and there is a transcript here:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SIREN, which comes from the Sirens of Greek mythology. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Arthurian Women: Queens, Damsels, and Villainess. The stories here are told by a handmaiden in the court of Camelot, someone who sees what goes on behind the scenes and who eventually becomes embroiled in the drama herself.

FREE eBook: Bengal Fairy Tales by F. B. Bradley-Birt. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which also has some illustrations by Abanindranath Tagore.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Bacchus has drowned more people than Neptune (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Bacchus here stands for wine, and Neptune, the god of the sea, stands for water.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama, Lakshmana, and Sugriva. As you can see, Rama and his brother are dressed in their forest clothing.

Saturday Event on Campus: The Steel Pan Festival will taken place at 6PM in the Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Valentine's Day: Green M-and-M Legend. In honor of Valentine's Day, here is a Valentine's Day Legend from In 2008, the Mars Candy Company promoted the distribution of packages of all-green M-and-M candies because the green candies are supposedly an aphrodisiac — true or false??? Well, tells us that is true that Mars promoted the green candies for Valentine's Day, but as to whether the green M-and-Ms really are an aphrodisiac, is not saying! Other legends about the candy colors are as follows: orange ones are good luck, brown ones are bad luck, and if you get a red one last out of the bag, you should make a wish and it will come true. As for the green M-and-Ms being an aphrodisiac, no one is quite sure how this rumor got started, but it has been circulating since the 1970s! Happy Valentine's Day!

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.