Tuesday, September 29

D2L Update: It looks like they got D2L fixed and it is up and running again! My apologies for the inconvenience; I'm guessing they got it fixed early enough that people will still be able to do Declarations this morning, but if you need me to record something manually, just let me know.
When I got to work this morning, I saw that D2L was down, with a message at alerts.ou.edu that they are seeking to restore service.

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 6, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Tuesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Monday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Project assignments that people have turned in over the weekend: you can check the contents of the Stack here.  If you turned in your assignment on Friday or on Saturday before 4PM, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something later on Saturday, or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you have not turned in your Week 5 project yet, you can still do that; see the project assignments for more details.

Your Comments about Comments. I really enjoyed looking through people's comments about comments this weekend. If you want to get some ideas about how other people think about both giving and getting comments, you can scroll through those posts here: About Comments.

Week 6 Project Comments. Now that Week 6 has begun, the Week 6 Project Commenting assignment is available! Just like with the blog commenting, everybody is in groups, and the groups will change at random each week. So, for the rest of the semester you'll be reading other people's Storybooks and Portfolios and leaving comments for them to help as they develop their project, and you should also be getting feedback from others about your project too.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading Time. I really liked this sign from an Australian bookstore: All this "reality" is really cutting into my reading time.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is ODYSSEY, from the homeward journey of the Greek hero, Odysseus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: A Journal of Three Voyages to Utopia. In this Renaissance adventure, our bold travelers visits the land of Cockaigne, the lost city of Langarrow (now lost), and finally the remotest Utopia of all: Shangri-La in China.

Free Book Online: Tales of Old Japan by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford. This blog post provides additional information about the Japanese fairy tales and legends in this book, ranging from the famous story of the forty-seven ronin to the vampire cat of Nabeshima.

India Comic Book: Uloopi: The Naga Princess who Fell in Love with Arjuna. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this account of Uloopi, Arjuna's supernatural lovers.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Your fingers can’t be of the same length (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Some metaphorical wisdom right there in the shape of your own hands!

Today's Video: Raccoon-Dog: Tanuki. Some of you will be encountering the tricks of the Japanese tanuki, also known as the raccoon-dog (sometimes also translated as "badger" in English), so I thought you might enjoy this video. You can also learn more about the Japanese tanuki at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making a mess because... learning is messy. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a panel on "Global Concepts of Beauty" in Bizzell LL 118 from 5PM-6PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.