Tuesday, March 24

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 10, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. 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. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. I'm slowly making my way through the huge stack of assignments people turned in over Spring Break. If you turned something in the weekend at the beginning of Spring Break before noon on Sunday, March 15, you should have comments back from me now. Please check to make sure your assignment is in the stack: contents of the stack.

Finishing up the class: Projects
. As I've mentioned before, there is no absolute requirement about the number of stories in a finished Storybook or Portfolio; based on your strategy for getting your points in the class, you can finish your Storybook with just three stories or even just two stories if you want - it is up to you, and the same is true for the Portfolio. If you have any questions about that, let me know, and there is more information about grading and finishing the class here.

Extra Credit. Now that the end of the semester is in sight, you might want to start doing extra credit to finish up more quickly. As you accumulate extra credit points, they go into your total, bringing you that much closer to finishing up!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Research Tip: Google Like a Boss. Here are some great Google search tips:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is HARMONY, from the Greek Harmonia, personification of music and harmony. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of the Black Cat. Two high school boys on a camping trip decide they will frighten their girlfriends with tales of a murderous black cat, but they do not reckon on the fact that the black cat is there too, listening to every story and biding his time until later that night . . .

FREE eBook: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. If you have only seen the movie and never read the book, you are in for a treat!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Go north or go south, your fate will follow you (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. Call it Fate, call it Karma, call it Kismet... it will catch up with you sooner or later.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Bhima and Kichaka, with Draupadi watching Bhima fight to defend her.

Tuesday Event on Campus: there will be a lecture by Michael Omi at 5:30PM in Gaylord 1140: Who Are We? Racial Formation in the United States (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 24: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Today marks the birthday in the year 1919 of the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is probably most famous as the founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article. The City Lights Bookstore was a regular place of pilgrimage for me back in the 1980s and 1990s and it is still going strong... as is Mr. Ferlingetti, who turns 96 years old this year. Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

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.