Monday, October 5

Today is Monday. Week 6 is now over... and Week 7 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 6 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Africa and Asia again, and in Indian Epics you will have a one-week Mahabharata review. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack so that you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Please make sure you answer the checklist questions so that you can be sure the assignment is ready to sit in the stack until I get to it this week.

Grading. Now that we have finished Week 6 of the semester, there have been 180 points so far. You can consult this chart to get an indication of how you are doing overall: if you have around 165 points, you are headed for an A; if you have around 145 points, you are headed for a B; if you have around 125 points, you are headed for a C; with less than 125, you are in danger of failing the class. There are still 9 weeks left in the semester which gives you plenty of time to improve your grade if you are not on track for the grade you want. Just make sure you budget time to do more of the assignments and, if you do miss an assignment, do some extra credit points to make up for it!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Control-Alt-Delete. Some good advice from the world of computing:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is LABYRINTH, from the Greek word labyrinthos, which means a maze with winding passages. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Post Secret Sanskrit. This collection of Post Secret stories, together with postcards, is told by the Panchakanya, the five women of the epics: Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, and Mandodari.

Free Book Online: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. This blog post provides additional information about this wonderful book which was first published in 1970 but which was then "set free" by the UnGlue.It movement which raised $7500 to buy the copyright and republish the book as a free ebook available to all.

India Comic Book: The Pandava Princes: Pandu's Five Brave Sons. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It focuses on the story of the young Pandavas, ending with Yudhishthira's installation as king at Indraprastha, before the disaster of the gambling match to come.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dawn does not come twice to wake us (a South African proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I appreciate the wisdom of this proverb, even though I am not very good at waking up at dawn!

Today's Video: Bodoma: Honduran Garifuna Music. Bodoma is a Honduran musical group, featuring the sounds of the Garifuna who are descendants of Arawak Indians and slaves brought from Western and Central Africa. You can read more about the Garifuna people at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cats recommend expanding your perspective: Learn to look at things from different angles.. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a concert by the OU Wind Symphony at 8PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 5: World Teachers' Day. Today is World Teachers' Day. You can read more about this holiday honoring teachers at Wikipedia. There is also a website — World Teachers' Day — where you can find out about celebratory events today in countries around the world, along with photos and videos.

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.