Monday, April 6

Today is Monday. Week 11 is now over... and Week 12 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 11 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is the British Isles again, and in Indian Epics you will either continue with Buck's Mahahbarata or more reading from the UnTextbook. I hope you will enjoy the stories!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the stack that were turned in over the weekend. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Project 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.

Finishing the semester. Now that there are just four weeks of the semester left (Weeks 12-13-14-15), you need to make sure you have a plan for finishing up with the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C). You can use the D2L Gradebook to see what points you could use to reach your goal, and if you have any questions about that, please ask me now!

Update: Week 15. Week 15 is a review week (like Week 8), and there are some review blog posts in that week where I would really like to get your thoughts and feedback about the course. So, if you are close to finishing and want to jump ahead to the Week 15 review week, those assignments are available now. I would be really glad if those of you who are close to finishing want to use those review assignments to get the points you need!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Map of the Internet. From Jay Simons at Deviant Art comes this remarkable "Map of the Internet." Even "My Little Pony" has its own pink island, just north of the Sea of Subcultures and to the west of the land of Tumblr. Amazing!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are PEAK and PEEK. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: HGTV: Homer and Garden Television. Join Persephone as she redecorates both in heaven and in the underworld, while Zeus and Hera squabble on camera, and Odysseus goes house-hunting together with his loving wife Penelope — all part of the HGTV line-up for this season.

FREE eBook: The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find familiar stories like Aladdin and Rumpelstiltzkin, along with stories that are probably new to you, like Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you are afraid to wet your feet, you will never catch fish (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, get your feet wet, literally and metaphorically!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Damayanti and Nala, just as Nala is about to abandon Damayanti in the wilderness.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a Chinese Cinema Roundtable on Maoist Cinema at 6PM in Gaylord Hall 2020 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 6: Gustave Moreau. Today, April 6, marks the birthday of the great French painter, Gustave Moreau, in the year 1826. He is famous for his paintings on subjects taken from classical mythology, and you can read about his life and works in this Wikipedia article. One of his most famous paintings shows Oedipus and the Sphinx:

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.