Thursday, February 12

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. If you have not turned in your Week 4 Project assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit, and Thursday morning until noon is also 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

My Schedule. I've got one more eye surgery follow-up today, so I'll be out of the office for a few hours, but I'll get caught up on email at the end of the day!

Project Stack Update. I'm still working on the Project assignments turned in on Sunday; if you turned in your Project assignment by Sunday at 10PM 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 that were turned in during the Monday grace period and later this week. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment!

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 this afternoon and will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 6PM at the latest.
Update: The Week 5 blog groups are ready! I'll be out of the office for the rest of the afternoon, but I'll catch up on email when I get back.

Missed Assignments and Extra Credit. Especially if you have midterms going on in your other classes right now, you might miss some assignments in this class. That is not a problem; you can make up missing assignments later on with extra credit when you have more time — that is what the extra credit is for! To see how you are doing week by week, there is a Grading Chart that I hope will be helpful. If you have questions about that, let me know. This class is very flexible, and I'm glad to help you strategize about any of the assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Dr. Seuss Twitter. I really like this guide to using Twitter in Dr.-Seuss style: here's the full inforgraphic.

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SINGAPORE, which comes to English from Sanskrit Simha-puram, Lion-City. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Luminescent: The Supernatural Creature Laboratory. Have you heard of The Island of Doctor Moreau? In this modern Moreau story, weird creatures — including an Egungun from Africa, the Headless Horseman of American legend — have been collected and caged for scientific study. But what happens if the creatures break out of their cages?

FREE eBook: The Divine Archer by F. J. Gould. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of the books I am sure I want to use for the Indian Epics UnTextbook; it's a very abbreviated version of the Ramayana based on the Valmiki version but some Tulsidas too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When the house is built, the carpenter is forgotten (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. I was so glad I found a photo of carpenters in India for this one!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Ravana and Sita, where Jatayu valiantly attempts to defeat the demon; notice also that Sita is dropping her jewelry as a clue.

Thursday Event on Campus: The OU Black Student Association presents "A Walk Through Time," fashion across the decades, at 9PM in the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 27: Fat Thursday. You've probably all heard about the pre-Lenten festival of Mardi Gras ("Fat Tuesday"). In many countries, there is a similar festival celebrated on the last Thursday before Lent, and it is called "Fat Thursday" - Tłusty czwartek in Poland, Fetter Donnerstag in Germany. As I learned in Poland, this is a day for the eating of the marvelous Polish pączki, delicious jelly-filled donuts. Yummm! You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this delectable image of Polish pączki:

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.