Wednesday, October 14

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Week 8 post that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule today. I'll be out of the office for a while this morning so I may be slower to respond to emails than usual, but I will be back in the office in the afternoon and will get caught up on any emails then.

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the enormous stack of Project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in something before 7PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me. If you turned something in later on Sunday evening or during the week, it is probably still in the stack. To check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here, and if you have not turned in your Week 7 Project assignment yet, you can still do that today.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Let's Eat, Boys. Here's a fun variation on the "Let's eat, Grandma!" meme.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are HEROIN and HEROINE. For details, see this blog post. And yes, the words actually are related!

Featured Storybook: Siren, City in the Clouds. Welcome to the world of Siren, a city in the sky, founded in the year 2433, which hovers on a floating island. It may be far away from the Earth, but the adventures of the city's inhabitants echo the fairy tales of Earth's ages-old storytelling traditions.

Free Book Online: The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This blog post provides additional information about the book, which is just one of the many Oz books by Baum that you can find for free online!

India Featured Book: Business Sutra by Devdutt Pattanaik. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. Pattanaik is one of my favorite Indian authors (see the video below too), and this is a book that might be perfect for any Business majors in the class! It also has wonderful illustrations by the author:

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A blunt wedge will sometimes do what a sharp axe will not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true of real wedges, and of words-as-wedges too!

Today's Video: Vishnu's Secret, Part 2. This is the follow-up to yesterday's video, another in a series from Devdutt Pattanaik's Seven Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to play, knowing that the hand you're dealt is just the starting point. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a lecture on "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife and the Art of Modern Forgery" by Dr. Christian Askeland in PHSC 201 at 4PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 14: Navaratri. Today is the second day of the "Nine Nights" Fall Festival (and ten days) dedicated to the worship of Devi, the goddess in all her forms, especially as Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. The date of Navaratri (also called Navratri) depends on the lunar calendar, and in 2015, the Fall Navaratri lasts from October 13 through October 22. You can read more about the festival at Wikipedia and at Hinduism. Here is an image of the goddess Durga:

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.