Tuesday, March 3

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Project commenting assignment for this week is now available! Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the "Reading Review" blog post that was due on Monday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I've replied to all those Week 6 assignments from last week, and now I am working my way through the Week 7 and future assignments. Thank you for your patience when I had to be out of town! If you have not turned in your Week 7 Project assignment yet, please do that soon; you can check the "Progress" item in the D2L Gradebook to see if you have a Week 7 assignment that you need to turn in.

Week 8 Internet assignment. The Week 8 Internet assignment is available now, and there is also an extra credit option this week too (there will be this same extra credit during Weeks 8-12) — for the extra credit, you can visit Storybooks from the other class if you want! I'm hoping you might be curious to see what the students in the other class are up to; there are so many great projects in both classes. You'll find the instructions, including the extra credit, here: Internet assignment page.

Fall Enrollment. 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:

Every Book is a TARDIS. This is for all you fans of Doctor Who and/or fans of books!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is PARCHEESI, which comes to English from Hindi. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Sigurd the Sailor: The Voyages of Sigurd the Volsung. Instead of a faithful steed, this Sigurd rides a magical ship, sailing forth to do battle with sea-dragons as he seeks adventures worthy of a hero of the Volsungs.

FREE eBook: Japanese Fairy Stories by William E. Griffis. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You might recognize some of these from the Japanese fairy tales in the UnTextbook, but you will find many new ones too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails (a German proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is an elegant metaphor for life's uncertainties.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Hanuman in Ravana's Court. If you look at the detail view, you will see that they are about to set Hanuman's tail on fire.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be free frozen chocolate bananas in the first floor lobby of the Union from 11:30AM until 12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 3: Hinamatsuri. Today, March 3, is the Hinamatsuri holiday in Japan, the "Doll Festival," which is a festival of good luck for young girls. You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article, or in this article at About.com. This image shows a Hinamatsuri doll displayed at the festival in 2005 in the city of Kounos, near Tokyo:

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.