Saturday, October 3

Today is Saturday of Week 6. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn your work in today or on Sunday morning. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Your Comments about Comments. (repeat announcement) I really enjoyed looking through people's comments about comments for Week 5. 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. That might be a good thing to do before you start in on the Project Comments for this week! Just remember to think about what kind of comments you like to get, and then try to leave those types of comments for the people whose blogs and projects you are reading.

Blog AND Project Comments. Both the Week 6 blog commenting and Week 6 Project commenting assignments are ready to go! The assignments are somewhat similar, but they are also different, so make sure you read the instructions for the Project comments, and if you have any questions, let me know! For the next six weeks, you will have these same two assignments each week: blog comments and project comments, with random groups each week, plus a free choice each week for the projects.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

World of Languages. The 23 languages shown here make up the native tongue of 4.1 billion people. Find out more at this blog post.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SATURDAY: the name of this day of week — Saturni dies, "Saturn's day" — comes from the name of the Roman god, Saturn. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Brahmazing Race. Brahma is your host for the "Brahmazing Race" in which Team Dharma (Rama and Sita) and Team Asura (Ravana and Surpanakha) compete for the big prize. The race ranges all over India, with the teams facing geographical challenges and epic challenges at each stop.

Free Book Online: Aino Folktales. by Basil Hall Chamberlain. This blog post provides additional information about the stories of the Aino people (who live in what is now Japan) that you will find in this book.

India Comic Book: Jayadratha: Retold from the Mahabharata. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It's the story of the villain Jayadratha, the husband of Dushala, Duryodhana's sister.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If a string has one end, then it has another end (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a good saying to keep in mind as the semester stretches from beginning to end.

Today's Video: Shiva's Secret, Part 1. This is another video from Devdutt Pattanaik, and I'll include Part 2 in tomorrow's announcements!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making mistakes because... Mistakes provide the next lesson. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The OU Lab Theater in Old Science Hall will feature a performance of "Stepping Out" at 7:30 PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 3: Gore Vidal. Friday, October 3, marks the birthday in the year 1925 of the great American author, Gore Vidal. You can read more about Gore Vidal's life and career in this Wikipedia article. My favorite of his novels is his historical novel Julian, which is about the 4th-century emperor Julian, nicknamed "Julian the Apostate," the last of the pagan emperors of Rome. I am also a big fan of another one of his historical novels, Creation. Here is the cover of a recent edition of Julian:

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.