Thursday, March 26

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Project assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. 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

Update: The Week 10 blog commenting groups are ready to go for anyone who wants to get started on that assignment now. Have fun!

Project Stack. There are still quite a few items in the stack. If you turned something in by 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack here.

Grading. Now that we are well into Week 10, you might want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Chart page. Many people take these classes just to get the Gen. Ed. credit, so it's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "C" when you get 320 points or "B" when you get 360 points (for an "A" you need 410 points). When you have reached the total points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you are done — you do not need to do any more of the class assignments!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time Humor: Procrastinator Flowchart. I'm an avoider! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AURORA, as in the "Aurora Borealis," from Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn's light. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Siren, City in the Clouds. Welcome to the world of Siren, a city in the sky, founded in the year 2433, which hovers on a floating island. It may be far away from the Earth, but the adventures of the city's inhabitants echo the fairy tales of Earth's ages-old storytelling traditions.

FREE eBook: Wigwam Evenings - Sioux Folk Tales by C. Eastman and E. G. Eastman. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fuller the cup, the sooner the spill (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Literally true... and also true for a day that is too full of stuff to do!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Krishna as Krishna sings the Bhagavad-Gita, "The Song of the Lord," to Arjuna.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a lecture by Martha Bayles — "Should Hollywood Censor Itself? The Politics and Morality of Self-Censorship" — at 4:30PM in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Union (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 26: Khordad Sal. March 26 marks the birthday of the prophet Zoroaster, which is a holiday, Khordad Sal, in the Zoroastrian religion. Zoroaster is the ancient Greek form of his name; in Persian, he is called Zarathusti, and you might also know him by the name Zarathustra. You can read more about Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism at Wikipedia; although there are not many adherents of this ancient religion in the world today, there are followers of Zoroaster and his teachings who live in India, Iran and Afganistan, and also in the United States. The image below shows the Faravahar symbol, which is one of the central symbols of Zoroastrian iconography, as shown here in a carving from the ancient city of Persepolis:

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.