Thursday, October 15

Today is Thursday of WEEK 8. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Plan that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack Update. I'm still working on the Project assignments turned in on Sunday; if you turned in your Project assignment by Sunday at 10PM you should have comments back from me. I hope to finish the rest of the assignments turned in on Sunday today, and then on Friday I'll get to the assignments that were turned in during the Monday grace period and later this week. You can check the stack to make sure I have received your assignment!

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 will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 5PM at the latest.
Update: The blog commenting groups are ready!

Spring Enrollment(repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting soon for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Procrastination Flowchart. I thought this might be a good time of the semester to share this genius bit of procrastination humor. Find out more at Sylvia Liu's website.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PAJAMAS, a Persian word, pay-jamah (leg-clothing), that comes to English from Urdu. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Vahana Therapy: Ganesh's Guide to Happiness. It's not easy being a vahana (a vehicle of the gods), and Ganesha is there to help these three vahanas — Nandi, Uchchaihshravas, and Garuda — work through some issues.

Free Book Online: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This blog post provides additional information about this marvelous book by Indian-born author Rudyard Kipling. There's a new film of the Jungle Book that will be coming out next year; I've included the trailer for that movie below.

India Comic Book: Jagannatha of Puri: Dreamt by a King, Sculpted by the Gods. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This is not exactly about Krishna, but it is Krishna-related: the story starts when King Indradyumna sees a vision of a statue of Krishna in a cave and then goe son a quest to find that statue and build a temple for it. And yes, this is where the English word juggernaut comes from!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Make hay while the sun shines (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is a personal favorite of mine; I remember learning it from a Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" book when I was just a small child, and it's stuck with me ever since.

Today's Video: OU LIbraries... Art!. Another reason to go visit the OU Library: art!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is on a quest for knowledge: Seek the answers. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Dr. Shawn Utsey will be presenting a lecture on "Intergenerational Transmisstion of Racial Trauma and Expressions of Resilience Among Survivors and Descendants of the Tulsa Race War of 1921" at 7PM in the EEJ Auditorium in Gaylord, Room 1140. 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.