Thursday, March 5

Today is Thursday of WEEK 8. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Project assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in late. Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Comment Review blog post 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 then I will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 6PM at the latest.
Update: The blog commenting groups are all set up and ready to go, along with the extra credit option also.

Fall Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting soon for Fall classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Fall, please let me know so that I can save a place for you!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Punctuation Personalities. The graphic asks which punctuation mark matches your personality. I guess I am mostly a semi-colon, with a dash of dash!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is MANGO, which comes to English from the Tamil language of southern India. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: When Brothers Cross Paths. You probably know the Winchester brothers from the TV show Supernatural, and you surely know the Brothers Grimm, so in this Storybook you can see what happens when the four brothers join forces.

FREE eBook: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Unlike most free books online, this one is a contemporary book, published in 1970. It is available online thanks to the efforts of donors who contributed money to buy the copyright from the publisher and then put the book into the public domain!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is They wouldn’t make erasers if we didn’t make mistakes (a proverb from the USA). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of my favorite proverbs because making mistakes is not just inevitable — it's how we learn!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama's Family. You can see Hanuman, Sita, Rama, and Rama's three brothers.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a Glow-U tie-dye party in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Union from 7PM until 8:30PM: free tie-dye and free tank tops to get ready for Spring Break! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 5: Sangha Day. Today is the Buddhist holiday known as Sangha Day; it is also known as Fourfold Assembly or Magha Puja Day. You can read more about the holiday at this BBC website and at Wikipedia. The holiday commemorates an event when followers of the Buddha came to see him at the full moon of the Indian month of Magha, as shown in the painting below; this year, it occurs on March 5.

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.