Monday, March 23

Today is Monday. Week 9 is now over, as is Spring Break... and Week 10 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the Week 9 assignments. The topic for Week 10 in the Myth-Folklore class is more Native American storytelling, and in Indian Epics you will be finishing Narayan's Mahabharata. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Project stack that were turned in over the break. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in, and please check to make sure that I received your assignment, especially if you turned something in over Break.

Writing Center.
 In addition to the writing you are doing for this class, you are probably now working on end-of-semester writing projects in your other classes, too. Whether you are wrestling with the overall organization of your writing or whether you have questions about writing mechanics (especially punctuation), or even if you just need some tips on learning how to proofread your work, the tutors at the Writing Center can help. For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Language Humor: Yodify Your Language. This handy chart shows you how!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is GURU, which means "teacher" in Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tokyo Underworld. Orimi works for the Urban Legend Department of the Tokyo police force, and she has a gruesome murder to solve. You'll have to pay close attention while she interrogates Teke-Teke, Tanuki, Kuchisake-Onna, Jinmenken, and The Professor if you want to find the murderer!

FREE eBook: Algonquin Legends by Charles Godfrey Leland. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Fall down seven times, get up eight (a Japanese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a great proverb for making it through to the end of the semester!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Ganesha, held in the arms of his mother Parvati.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a saxophone recital by Michael Ibrahim at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 23: Akira Kurosawa. March 23 marks the birthday in the year 1910 of the great Japanese film director, Akira Kurosawa. You can read about his long career and many cinematic achievements in this Wikipedia article. His most famous film is probably The Seven Samurai. Of all of Kurosawa's films, my personal favorite is Dersu Uzala, a story set in Siberia around the year 1900, when Russian mapmakers rely on the skills of a native Nanai tribal member, Dersu Uzala, to survive the harsh Siberian climate. It's a fantastic movie, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1975. Highly recommended!

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.