Wednesday, October 7

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 7. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in your assignment later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I'll be trying to take Friday off this week if I can, so if you want comments back from me before the weekend, make sure to get your project assignment turned in by Thursday noon (if it is not in the stack already).

Week 7 Project Feedback assignment. (repeat announcement) The Week 7 Project Feedback assignment is available now, with random groups ready to go: Project Feedback assignment. For those of you who will be out of town for OU-Texas weekend, you can go ahead and do this assignment now!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Plot Twist. Yes, you can use your writing skills to change your life!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is JACKAL, which comes to English from Sanskrit via Persian shaghal and Turkish ├žakal. For details, see this blog post. The image below is from a 15th-century Persian illustration showing a jackal tricking a lion:

Featured Storybook: Horses Divine. This Storybook combines both Hindu and Buddhist stories of cosmic horses: Uchchaihshravas, Hayagriva, Valaha, and Devadatta.

Free Book Online: Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which is the source for the Nigerian unit in the UnTextbook — although there are many more stories here that would not fit in the unit.

India Comic Book: The Gita: The Song of Eternal Wisdom. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. It may seem strange to read the sacred Bhagavad-Gita in comic book form, but it is a great way to remember that Krishna revealed the Gita to Arjuna right there on the battlefield itself!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day (a Congolese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. As you can imagine, I was very excited to find a bee with beer to use to illustrate this proverb!

Today's Video: Chant of India: Sahanaa Vavatu. This is another performance from Ravi Shankar's recording of Vedic chants. You can find a transliteration and translation here: Shanti Mantra.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset kittehs are very curious: Be curious! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: As part of Keith Gaddie's "Making Modern America" class, there are movies every other Wednesday evening at 7PM in Meacham, and tonight the film is the wonderful Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. 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.