Wednesday, April 29

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 15. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the blog post 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. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. As of the end of the day on Tuesday, I had cleared out all the projects turned in on Tuesday, and I will try to return projects turned in on Wednesday by the end of the day if I can.

Week 15 schedule. (repeat announcement) The schedule for Week 15 is compressed because of finals. Instead of lasting for the whole week and the weekend, Week 15 will end at NOON on FRIDAY, May 1. All the Week 15 assignments are available at this time, so there's no reason to wait. I hope you will finish the class soon, instead of waiting for a last-minute deadline.

Finishing the class. (repeat announcement) For those of you have not finished the class yet, you should have a plan in place for the assignments that you will complete in order to get the points you need. As you reach the points you need for your final grade in this class — 410 points for an A, 360 points for a B, 320 points for a C — let me know, and I'll record the letter grade for you there in the Desire2Learn Gradebook.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Illusion. If you are thinking about the "light at the end of the tunnel" as the semester comes to an end, I thought you might enjoy this mind-bending graphic:

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

Featured Storybook: Ancient Chinese Fairy Tales. You probably know many fairy tales from different European countries, but what about China? This Storybook contains three distinctively Chinese fairy tales, full of magic, adventures, and many surprises.

FREE eBook: Bengali Household Tales by William McCulloch. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which come from the Bengal region of northeast India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day (a proverb from the Congo). Details at the Proverb Lab. I was so glad that I found a good image to use for this fun proverb!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Krishna, as Krishna manifests himself in his cosmic form.

Wednesday Event on Campus: The OU Campus is having a Medication Drop-Off Event from 4PM-8PM at Couch Restaurant (north of cafeteria), Traditions East (clubhouse area), and Traditions West (clubhouse area), providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Ancient Roman Floralia. We are in the midst of the ancient Roman festival called Floralia, which lasts from April 27 through May 3 - that is, from ante diem quartum Kalendas Maias in the old Roman Calendar, until ante diem quintum Nonas Maias (those Roman dates are for those of you who have studied Latin!). Flora was a goddess in ancient Rome, and she presided over flowers and all blossoming plants. You can read more about the Floralia here, and you can see the goddess in Botticelli's Primavera (Spring); the smiling goddess Flora is all covered with flowers (detail view):

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.