Thursday, April 9

Today is Thursday of WEEK 12. Thursday morning until noon is 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

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I've read and replied to all the assignments turned in before 9PM on Sunday, so if you turned something in later on Sunday evening or during the week, it is probably still in the stack. I should be able to finish the Sunday assignments today, and then on Friday I'll get to the assignments turned in during the week.

Blogging comments. As more and more people start to finish up the class, the commenting gets a little more hectic, but I will have the blog commenting groups up and ready by 6PM at the latest. I'll update these announcements when they're ready!
Update: Blog groups are ready to go!

My Schedule. One more trip to the dentist today (if all goes well, the last for a while!), so I will be out of the office for part of the afternoon. If you do not hear back from me in response to an email, I'll get back to you when I'm at my desk later in the day.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Machine is Us/ing Us. Here is a thought-provoking video from Michael Wesch. It's been an YouTube for a while now... with over one million views! Join the crowd and take a look:

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

Featured Storybook: Heroes Revealed: The Truth. Charon the boatman has ferried many heroes to the shores of the afterlife. So that you can learn just what it means to be a hero, Charton will take you to meet Heracles, Beowulf, King Arthur and Cleopatra, who will tell you the stories of their own heroic deeds.

FREE eBook: More Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. This blog post provides additional information about the book, which is the source for one of the Celtic units in Myth-Folklore this week. You will find all kinds of stories here, from the mythical to the comical.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Knowing how to use a net... or the Internet... is a valuable skill.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Shiva and Parvati; if you look closely, you will see that Shiva is wearing a garland of skulls.

Thursday Event on Campus: Michelle Delaney of the Smithsonian Institute will deliver a public lecture titled “Advance Work: Art and Advertising in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West" at 7PM in the FJJ Museum of Art (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. Here is an old poster for Buffalo Bill and his Congress of Rough Riders:

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.