Thursday, October 22

Today is Thursday of WEEK 9. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling 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 11PM you should have comments back from me. I hope to finish the rest of the assignments turned in on Sunday today, and then I'll start working on 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 now!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Claws and Clauses. I'm not a fan of Grammarly software, but they do share some great humor at their blog!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is NEMESIS, from the name of the Greek goddess, Nemesis, who presides over vengeance and retribution. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Mysterious Museum: The Vahanas' Stories. In this museum, the artwork takes on a life of its own, and you will hear stories about the gods as told by the gods' own vehicles, the vahanas.

Free Book Online: Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book with illustrations by Inuit artists. This is the source for the Inuit unit in the UnTextbook.

India Comic Book: Krishna and Rukmini: A Love That Will Not Be Denied. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This one is about Rukmini, one of Krishna's many wives.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A stitch in time saves nine (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is very true for literal rips that need sewing up, and for metaphorical rips too!

Today's Video: Ravi Shankar: Gayatri. This is another one of Ravi Shankar's Vedic productions; you can learn more about the Gayatri mantra at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of some hard work: You have to work hardest for the things you love most. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Join the Writing Center and OU LGBTQ Ally for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon from 5:30PM to 7:30PM in the Writing Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 22: Dussehra. The Hindu holiday of Dussehra (known also as Vijaya Dashami, Dasara, or Dashain) celebrates the victory of Rama over Ravana, good over evil — a story that is now very familiar to everybody in the Indian Epics class. In 2015, the holiday falls on October 22. You can read more about the festivities at Wikipedia. The multi-headed demon Ravana is often burned in effigy as part of the Dussehra celebration as you can see in the image below!

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.