Wednesday, April 15

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Tuesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. There are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack, but if you turned something before 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday evening or later, it is probably still in the stack waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Mix-and-Match. Now is definitely the time to mix-and-match assignments, figuring out just how many points you need to finish and then choosing the assignments you enjoy the most. If you have any questions as you make your plan for finishing up, let me know!

Week 13 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) For the Week 13 Internet assignment, you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks and favorite Portfolios. Thanks to those of you who did this already! When everybody has submitted their nominations, I will put up a ballot based on the most nominated projects. The more people who make nominations, the better the ballot will be! Since D2L will not be available this weekend, I've created this assignment as a Google Form for you to fill out. (I'll have more to say about the D2L outage later this week; check the announcements on Friday.)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Knowledge is (Super)Power. The phrase "knowledge is power" is famously associated with the great English thinker, Sir Francis Bacon: scientia potentia est.

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

Featured Storybook: Post Secret Sanskrit. This collection of Post Secret stories, together with postcards, is told by the Panchakanya, the five women of the epics: Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, and Mandodari.

FREE eBook: Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot, translated by W. F. Kirby. This blog post provides additional information about where to find the book online, including an audiobook version. This is the national epic of Finland, and it is one of the reading options in Myth-Folklore this week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A clever bird builds its nest with other birds’ feathers. (a proverb from Zimbabwe). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a good metaphor for creating your stories by borrowing other stories' feathers.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Death of Jayadratha. By killing Jayadratha, Arjuna seeks vengeance for the death of his son Abhimanyu.

Wednesday Event on Campus: Come play cricket organized by the Indian Student Association in Reaves Park, 3PM-6PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.