Sunday, February 8

Today is Sunday of Week 4. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Project commenting and the Project assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to yesterday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook or Portfolio. (repeat announcement) Many of you will be deciding today if you want to do a Storybook project this semester or a Portfolio project that will contain your favorite storytelling blog posts. I hope this page will give you the information you need to make your choice: Storybook or Portfolio. If you have questions not answered there, please let me know; I'll try to check my email more often today just in case you have any questions about that!

Assignment Stack. 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 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. If you want comments back sooner rather than later, turn your assignment in on Sunday morning or afternoon. If you wait until Sunday evening, it will be farther down in the stack and you'll have to wait longer to get comments back.

Pinterest. I hope some of you have tried using Pinterest; the visual cues you get from Pinterest make it different from other bookmarking tools, and it's especially useful for bookmarking Wikipedia articles and other webpages with illustrations. I've updated the class Pinterest Directory to highlight the Boards of people who have been doing Pinterest extra credit; you might get some good ideas from looking at the pints at other people's Boards.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

English Pangrams. "A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is the most famous English pangram, but there are other fun ones too: "The five boxing wizards jump quickly," for example, and "Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger's ex-wives briefly." Ha!

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

Featured Storybook: Native American Tricksters. You will meet Coyote, of course, along with Rabbit, Raccoon, and Raven, too.

FREE eBook: Twenty-Two Goblins, translated by Arthur W. Ryder. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. It is one of the reading options in Myth-Folklore this week, and it will be an option for Indian Epics later on in the semester.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. The proverbs comes from the Sanskrit Hitopadesha.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and his brother Bharata. You can see Rama's sandals keeping his place on the throne!

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Carmen in the Sharp Concert Hall at 3PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 8: Nirvana Day. In some Buddhist countries, February 8 is celebrated as Nirvana Day or Parinirvana Day (in other countries the holiday is celebrated on February 15). This is, by tradition, the anniversary of the day on which the Buddha left this life; as he died, he achieved "nirvana" which is a release from the cycle of life, suffering, death and rebirth. You can read more about this holiday at the BBC Religions website. The image below is a depiction from Thailand of the Buddha's parinirvana:

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.