Thursday, September 17

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned something in on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now, but if you turned something in during the week, it is probably still in the Stack. You can check the Stack to make sure I received your assignment. I should be able to finish the Stack by the end of the day on Friday (that's my goal each week). Meanwhile, if you have not turned in your Week 3 Project yet, you can still do that on Thursday morning; if you don't manage to do that, it will be your Project assignment for Week 4, due this weekend.

Blog commenting. After the grace period ends at noon today, I'll start putting together the new random blog groups for the blog commenting. I'll get that done this afternoon and then I'll update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 5PM at the latest.
Update: The Week 4 blog groups are ready to go! Have fun!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

A Field Guide to Procrastinators. What kind of procrastinator are you? I am an Internet Researcher and Social Sharer, alas! I also make lists to procrastinate. :-)

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

Featured Storybook: Epic Brothers. At the end of his long reign, Rama gathers up the brothers who have survived — Sampati, Sugriva, and Vibhishana — in order to share stories and make one last journey together.

Free Book Online: Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights by E. Dixon. This blog post provides additional information about this book of stories from the Nights, including the voyages of Sindbad plus tales of princes and princesses.

India Comic Book: Tales of Balarama: Valiant Brother Of Krishna. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. There are several stories about Balarama here, including the wonderful tale of how Balarama marries Revati, daughter of a gigantic, and mysterious, king.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is still alive and well in the 21st century!

Today's Video: Manas Darshan Exhibition. I thought those of you in Indian Epics might enjoy this video about a Ramayana display at Chitrakuta in India, which is one of the places where Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana spent their forest exile, so it is a site for Rama tourism today. You'll recognize the major scenes from the Ramayana here:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is all about stretching yourself: The bigger the challenge, the more you stretch. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: For Constitution Day, Andrew O'Shaughnessy will be speaking at 4:30PM in Meacham Auditorium: The Men Who Lost America (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 17: There are two Indian holidays that coincide today: Vishvakarman Puja AND Ganesha Chaturthi.

Vishvakarman. Each year, September 17 is a festival of the Vishvakarman, the divine architect of the gods in the Hindu tradition. You can find out more at Wikipedia: Vishvakarman. The Vishvakarman Puja holiday is celebrated by architects and also by engineers and all kinds of technicians and craftspeople, especially in eastern India. Happy Vishvakarman Day!

Ganesha Chaturthi. In 2015, September 17 is also Ganesha Chaturthi; this holiday honoring the elephant-headed god comes in August or September each year, depending on the lunar calendar. You can find out more about this festival at Wikipedia. The photo below shows a Ganesha procession in Mumbai:

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.