Friday, September 18

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 4! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for Myth-Folklore if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available for both classes now.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. At the end of the day on Thursday, I had a few projects left in the Stack, and I should be able to get through the Stack by the end of the day today. You can check the Stack to make sure I received your assignment. If something comes in today, it will go to the top of the stack for Monday.

Week 4 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some Reading Diary posts.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Punctuation Personalities. The graphic asks which punctuation mark matches your personality. I guess I am mostly a semi-colon, with a dash of dash!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SINGAPORE, from Sanskrit Simhapuram, Lion-City. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Live On, University Legends. After you read this Storybook, you will never think about Walker Tower or the Cate Center in the same way again.

Free Book Online: Speak Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales edited by Ibrahim Muhawi and Sharif Kanaana. This blog post provides additional information about the book, which is made freely available online thanks to the generosity of the University of California Press.

India Comic Book: Abhimanyu: Star-Crossed Prince. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell. Those of you in Indian Epics are moving on from the Ramayana to the Mahabharata now, and Abhimanyu is one of the heroes you will meet in that epic.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large? (an Armenian proverb) Details at the Proverb Lab. So... let the world inspire you to open your heart!

Today's Video: Nefertiti ("Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees). This is another one of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the rest of the semester: Look boldly ahead. Details at the blog. This lovely cat is Mrs. Bean, who belongs to a friend of mine.

Event on Campus: This is the opening night of the Drama School's production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at 8PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 18: Capitol Building. On this day in 1793, George Washington laid the first cornerstone of the United States Capitol. George Washington was a Freemason, and he was assisted by eight other Freemasons wearing Masonic regalia. You can read more about the Capitol building in this Wikipedia article, and for more about Freemasons, see The World of the Freemasons, which is also the source for this image that shows Washington and his fellow Masons:

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.