Friday, August 28

HAPPY FRIDAY, everybody! There are no assignments due today (there are never assignments due on Friday), but some of you may be using this morning's grace period to finish up the Thursday posts for Orientation Week. Here is the assignments list.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog comment groups. The groups for Week 1 are available now! Each week there are random groups so that you can start getting to know each other by reading and commenting on each other's blog posts. There's also an extra credit blog comment option too so that you can interact with even more people in class. I hope you will have fun getting to know the other people in class and enjoying their stories — and you should also be getting comments back from other students on your posts too. It's a bit chaotic right now with some people getting a late start on the class, some people dropping, etc., but things should settle down in that regard next week. I will also continue to keep commenting on the posts, especially the Introductions. :-)

Plan your own schedule. For those of you who found yourselves scrambling to meet the deadlines this week, please take a look back at this important information about Due Dates in this class and this advice about how to Design Your Class Schedule. This weekend is the perfect time to start with the schedule that will really be best for you instead of going by the last-minute deadlines.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The More You Read. This graphic shares the wonderful words of Dr. Seuss: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

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

Featured Storybook: Hanuman and the Naked Philosophers. Mark and his friends are in possession of an ancient Greek manuscript bearing the name Χάνουμαν — could this be a Greek account of Hanuman, the flying monkey god and most devoted follower of Rama?

Free Book Online: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is a delightful book to read, and also different from the movie in ways that might surprise you!

India Comic Book: Ancestors of Rama: A Noble Inheritance. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. There is a detailed Reading Guide for this comic book so that you can learn more about Dilipa, Raghu, and Aja, the royal ancestors of Rama, hero of the Ramayana.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The snake goes crookedly, yet it arrives straight within its hole (a proverb from Kashmir). Details at the Proverb Lab. And even if they don't go straight, snakes sure can move quickly!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is afraid of snakes, but still being brave: Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you. Details at the blog. And for those of you who have been wondering what all this "growth mindset" stuff is about, you'll finally find out as you finish up the Orientation week assignments this weekend.

Today's Video: OU Libraries Top Ten. I thought this video about the OU Libraries was so charming! You can see the video at YouTube:

Event on Campus: The opening reception for the amazing Galileo's World Exhibit will be taking place at the Sam Noble Museum, 6PM-8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 28. Today is the date of the Varalakshmi Vrata Puja, a festival in honor of the goddess Lakshmi. You can read more about this holiday at Wikipedia. Those of you in Indian epics will be encountering Lakshmi in the form of her famous avatar, Sita, in the Ramayana next week, and those of you in Myth-Folklore will have a chance to read the Ramayana coming up in Week 4. You can see some images from the holiday in this YouTube video from the TeluguOne channel:

Note: You can page back through the 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.