Sunday, September 13

Today is Sunday of Week 3. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied already to all the assignments turned in on Friday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Saturday. If you want comments back sooner rather than later, turn your assignment in on Sunday morning or afternoon. If you wait until Sunday evening, it will be farther down in the stack, so you'll have to wait longer to get comments back.

Curation option. I really enjoyed the curation posts that people have shared last week, and I found some great items to save for my own future use. So, especially if you are bookmarking lots of resources as your think about a Storybook topic, why not write up a Curation post and share? I've been writing up Curation posts each week at the class Known; if you are curious, you can see those here: Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics. You'll find the Curation option with the other extra credit items each week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writer's Block. I think you all know this feeling!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is ATLAS, which was the name of a Greek god — specially, the god who held the cosmos on his shoulders. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Rakshasa Stone Magazine: Demon Music Reviews. Read detailed reviews of all the songs on the latest albums from Ravana and the Rakshasas, Kumbhakarna, Vibhishana, and even the new album from Hidimbi's Son, a.k.a. Ghatotkacha.

Free Book Online: Legends of the Jews by Louis Ginzberg. This blog post provides additional information about the book which consists of four volumes that are full of fascinating extra-Biblical legends.

India Comic Book: Parashurama: Sixth Incarnation of Vishnu. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book, which is on reserve in Bizzell Library. Parashuarama, "Rama-with-an-Axe," is another one of the incarnations of Vishnu, and he is also one of the characters who appears in both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is One loose pebble can start a landslide (an American proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, don't underestimate the power of a pebble!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is making a profound discovery: All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone. Details at the blog. Maybe this cat will inspire you to try some growth mindset explorations in the coming week!

Student Organization Event: Sunday is the Central Asian Student Association Welcoming Picnic at 6PM in Reaves Park at 2501 Jenkins Avenue; there will be Uzbek pilav and Uyghur samsa for just $5 per person (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Today's Video: The Art of Playing Tabla. I thought you might enjoy this TEDx talk by the great tabla player Shahbaz Hussain. If you are amazed by the sound of the tabla (I am!), he explains the basics of this amazing instrument, along with its role in the history of Indian music.

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.