Friday, March 13

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 9! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've still got quite a few assignments in the stack, but I hope I can finish today replying to all the assignments people turned in before Friday. If you turn something in today, Friday, I'll also do my best to get that back to you today if I can. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment.

Week 9 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some more people's blogs.

Spring Break(repeat announcement) For Spring Break, you have next week off! I would encourage everybody to finish up the Week 9 assignments today so that you won't even have to think about this class over the Break. If, however, you want to wait and do those final Week 9 assignments on the weekend after Spring Break (March 21-22), that will work too. The grace period for wrapping up Week 9 will be on Monday morning, March 23, after Spring Break. I'll be out of town for most of the Break, but I should be able to check emails periodically, so definitely contact me if you have any questions.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Oxford Comma. I don't always use the so-called Oxford comma... but I always laugh at this cartoon!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is JUGGERNAUT, from Sanskrit Jagannatha. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: A Journal of Three Voyages to Utopia. In this Renaissance adventure, our bold travelers visits the land of Cockaigne, the lost city of Langarrow (now lost), and finally the remotest Utopia of all: Shangri-La in China.

FREE eBook: Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of this wonderful collection of Sioux stories. It's one of the sources for the Sioux unit in the UnTextbook!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Bees gather honey from every flower (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This nice proverb urges us to be eclectic in our tastes!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna as he wins Draupadi's hand in marriage at her swayamwara.

Friday Event on Campus: Student Playwright Festival. The Helmerich School of Drama presents ten new plays by drama majors in the Lab Theatre, Old Science Hall, at 7:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 13: Al Jaffee. Today marks the birthday of Al Jaffee, one of the geniuses behind Mad magazine. Jaffee was born in 1921 and he is still with us today, so — Happy Birthday, Al Jaffee! Almost every single issue of Mad magazine published since 1964 has contained material drawn by  Jaffee. You can read more about Al Jaffee's life and career, along with the many honors and awards he has received, in this Wikipedia article. Here's one of Jaffee's 1978 magazine covers:

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.