Thursday, February 19

Today is Thursday of WEEK 6. If you have not turned in your Week 5 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

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 8PM 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 6 blog commenting groups are ready to go!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Grammar Lessons with Food. A totally charming little grammar video from the guys at


Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MARTIAL, from the name of Mars, the Roman god of war. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Why the Bee Stays Busy: Lessons Learned from Laziness. Your bee storyteller uses poetry and fables to explain why bees are always so busy: How do bees learn to do this, you ask? / Well, my friend, it is no simple task. / Many creatures are fond of idle distraction, / But legends warn against such inaction.

FREE eBook: Tales of Old Japan by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which features hero legends along with fairy tales and traditional Japanese folktales.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you climb up a tree, you must climb down the same tree (a proverb from Sierra Leone). Details at the Proverb Lab. Consider it a proverb about Karma!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Hanuman Battling a Sea-Demon. You can see Hanuman goes down the demon's throat and then comes out the ear!

Thursday Event on Campus: The Asian American Student Association will host a lunar new year event with a lion dance from the Library to the Union (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Chinese New Year. Today is the lunar New Year, the Year of the Goat in the Chinese zodiac. You can read more about the Chinese New Year tradition in this Wikipedia article. In the Chinese zodiac, the different animal years are also associated with different elements, creating a sixty-year cycle, and this is the year of the goat whose element is wood. And here's a New Year's goat from Dreamstime Wallpaper:

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.