Tuesday, February 10

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 5, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L 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 4 Project assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, 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: contents of the stack. If you turned in your assignment on Friday or on Saturday before noon, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something on Saturday afternoon, 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, but it will definitely take all week. Meanwhile, you can keep working ahead on the other class assignments while you are waiting to hear back from me.

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). For more information, see the note at the bottom of the Project assignment page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Word Humor: Word Crimes. This Weird Al video, Word Crimes, is not really strong on linguistic terminology, but the rhymes are very charming!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SHAWL, which comes to English via Kashmir... as does the word "cashmere" for that matter! For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Legendary Creatures Speak Up: A Human Encounters Convention. Bigfoot and Mothman are just two of the legendary creatures speaking up in this Storybook!

FREE eBook: Cradle Tales of Hinduism by Sister Nivedita. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains stories from the Indian epic tradition as well as tales of the gods and goddesses. This is one of the books I would like to use for the Indian Epics UnTextbook next year!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If Jupiter hurled his thunderbolt as often as men sinned, he would soon be out of thunderbolts (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. For those of you who are Latin students: Si, quotiens peccant homines, sua fulmina mittat / Iuppiter, exiguo tempore inermis erit.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita's test by fire. You can see two scenes in one: the fire-god Agni protects Sita in the fire, and then he delivers Sita safely back to Rama.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Othello at 8PM in the Lab Theater of Old Science Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 10: Sadequain. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1987 of the great Pakistani painter and calligrapher, Sadequain. You can read about his life and works in this Wikipedia article. There are various websites where you can find examples of his calligraphy (as below), along with paintings, murals and other artwork. Calligraphy has a special place in the Islamic tradition; you can also read more about Islamic calligraphy at Wikipedia.

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.