Monday, November 16

Today is Monday. Week 12 is now over... and Week 13 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 12 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is stories from different European traditions, and in Indian Epics, there is more free reading (or watching, if you choose the videos). Enjoy!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the stack that were turned in over the weekend. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the stack. Then you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Thanksgiving Schedule.  (repeat announcement) Week 13, which starts today, lasts for two weeks: one week of school and one full week off for Thanksgiving Break. Here's how that works; hopefully you will want to finish the Week 13 assignments before Thanksgiving, but they are not due until the weekend after Thanksgiving:
   * Week 13 MTWTh assignments are due in the coming week, as usual.
   * Week 13 Fri/weekend assignments due after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-29).
   * Grace period for those assignments will be Monday morning, Nov. 30.

My Schedule. (repeat announcement) I'll be out of town for part of this week, with limited Internet access while I am gone. If you have something in the stack, this is what you can expect:
   * Mon-Wed (Nov. 16-18): I'm in the office, working on the stack.
   * Thurs-Mon (Nov. 19-23): I'm out of town.
   * Tuesday (Nov. 24): I should be at work all day.
   * Wed-Sun (Nov. 25-29): I'll be on Thanksgiving holiday.
   * Monday (Nov. 30): Week 14 begins per usual.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Names of States. Find out about the Choctaw name of Oklahoma and other state name origins.

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are COMPLEMENT and COMPLIMENT. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Law and Order: The Shape Shifters Unit. Meet the shape-shifters — Hanuman, Indra, Maricha — whose tireless efforts in defense of law and order now keep the city of Ayodhya safe.

Free Book Online: Mighty Mikko - Finnish Tales. by Parker Fillmore. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which include the adventures of Miko the Fox, "a nursery epic in sixteen adventures."

India Featured Book: Sacred Tales of India by D. N. Neogi. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which contains sacred stories connected to specific Hindu rituals involving the gods and goddesses.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is First lay the egg, then cackle (an Estonian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Kind of like not counting your chickens before they hatch, except this time the idea is not to cackle before you've laid the egg.

Today's Video: Brahma's Secret: Human Life is an Opportunity. I've added notes to another one of Devdutt Pattanaik's videos, and this is a reading option for those of you in the Indian Epics class.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has some advice for the end of the semester: Stay focused! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a vigil for the victims of the attacks in Paris at 9AM by the Seed Sower statue on the South Oval, and there will be a candlelight vigil 5:30PM in the same location (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 16: Oklahoma Admission Day. Today, November 16, marks the admission of Oklahoma to the United States of America in the year 1907, the 46th state (followed later by New Mexico and Arizona in 1912, and then Alaska and Hawaii in 1959). When the state of Oklahoma was created, it combined the lands of the Oklahoma Territory as well as Indian Territory, sadly putting an end to plans to create a State of Sequoyah in eastern Oklahoma, which had been Indian Territory. You can read about the proposed State of Sequoyah in this Wikipedia article; the image below shows the Oklahoma and Indian Territories circa the 1890s:

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.