Wednesday, September 30

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 6. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday. You can also still turn in your late Week 5 project if you have not done that already.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the enormous stack of Project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before 8PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. To check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

D2L Outage. There was a D2L outage for a while on Tuesday morning. It didn't last too long, and I think I got the points recorded for anyone who was not able to log on and do the Declaration. Whenever there is an outage like that, check the announcements (I try to keep them updated when something like that happens) and/or check And whatever happens: don't worry! Since this class uses different tools, there's usually a way to keep on working while waiting for some computer system to come back online.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Celebrity Commas: the Walken comma and the Shatner comma.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is MANGO, which comes to English from Tamil via Portuguese. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Korean Tales: Kindle of the Kinfolk. These stories are told by the Sun and the Moon, with the warm personality of the Sun contrasting with the colder personality of his brother the Moon. Together they watch the world of human beings with great interest.

Free Book Online: A Chinese Wonder Book by Norman Hinsdale Pitman. This blog post provides additional information about the Chinese fairy tales you will find in this book.

India Comic Book: Bheema and Hanuman: The Sons of Vayu, The Wind God. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on reserve in Bizzell Library. It focuses on the meeting of Bhima and Hanuman during the years of the Pandavas' exile.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dig a well before you are thirsty (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. If you wait, it might be too late!

Today's Video: Ratha Yatra. This video shows a Mahabharata play performed as part of a Ratha Yatra, and you can learn more about the Ratha Yatra festival at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat seeks out learning challenges: I do things I do not know how to do to learn how to do them. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The College of International Studies presents "Europe's Last Humanitarian Crisis Twenty Years Later: Bosnia's War Generation Comes of Age" from 3:30-5:45 in the afternoon, with a film screening of Usopmene 677 at 4:15 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 30: Rumi. Today is traditionally regarded as the birthday in the year 1207 of the Persian mystical poet Rumi. To learn more about this remarkable 13th-century poet, surely one of the greatest poets in the history of the world, see Wikipedia, along with quotations from Rumi (in both Persian and English) at Wikiquote. The image below shows Rumi with this disciplines in a 16th-century manuscript from Baghdad.

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.