Saturday, September 5

Today is Saturday of Week 2. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up Week 2 on Friday, you can do that today or on Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Labor Day. Monday is a holiday, so that means Week 2 finishes up this weekend, and Week 3 will then start on Tuesday, rather than Monday. I've adjusted the reading schedule for next week (Reading A on Tuesday, and Reading B on Wednesday), with the Storytelling still due on Wednesday as usual.

Design Your Schedule. As I've mentioned before, the best strategy for this class is to draw up a schedule for the assignments that fits your other time commitments. That way you won't be rushing to beat the clock. So, for example, if you want to do weekends-only for this class, you would finish up Week 2 today, and then do the reading and storytelling for Week 3 on Sunday... and then you can take the week off and finish Week 3 next Saturday. Here's more about how that works: Designing Your Own Class Schedule.

Project Stack. The one assignment each week that you turn in by email each week is your Project assignment, and I'll then send you back detailed comments by email. Since it takes me until the end of the week to work my way through all the Project assignments, I keep an online list of assignments in "The Stack," so you can check the Stack to make sure I received your email. I don't do any school work over the weekends, but I will update the Stack periodically as people send in their Project assignments (for Week 2 that's Storybook topic brainstorming).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Thesaurus Saurus. You've heard of brontosaurus, stegosaurus, and tyrannosaurus... and now meet thesaurus-saurus:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is APHRODISIAC, from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Brothers of Rama. King Janaka is understandably curious about this man Rama who seeks his daughter's hand in marriage. To find out more about Rama, the king sends Guru Shandu, a great sage of supernatural powers, on a secret mission to learn more about Rama and his brothers.

Free Book Online: Wonder Stories by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which includes some of the most famous stories from Greek mythology.

India Comic Book: Rama: Retold from the Ramayana. This blog post provides a reading guide for this comic book on Reserve in Bizzell; it manages to tell the core story of the Ramayana in the space of a single-issue comic.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Not even Apollo keeps his bow always at full stretch (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin original is: Non semper arcum tendit Apollo. The idea is that everybody, and everything, needs to relax once in a while!

Today's Video: The Trojan War ("Tainted Love" by Soft Cell). This is another one of Amy Burvall's videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has this message: Big change begins with small steps. Details at the blog. I hope some of you will want to try a "growth mindset" challenge this weekend!

Event on Campus: The Engineers' Club Hamburger Feed will take place on the Carson/Felgar Lawn from 3PM to 6PM before the game: support the Engineers’ Club by purchasing a hamburger meal for $7, which includes a burger, chips, beans, drink, and candy (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 5: Janmashtami. This is a Hindu festival in honor of the birth of Krishna, one of the avatars of the god Vishnu. You can read about the different events that are part of this festival in the Wikipedia article. Here are some children celebrating:

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.