Sunday, November 1

Today is Sunday of Week 10. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also! I hope you enjoyed the extra hour of sleep... a real Fall Break would be better, but an hour is something at least. :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Declarations. You will notice that I have reformatted the Project Declaration, adding some more specific reminders. I spend a couple of hours each week trying to track down missing emails and incomplete assignments, so I hope this new way of presenting the Declaration will be helpful. Especially as the semester gets more hectic in your other classes, the Declaration should help you focus on exactly what you need to do when you turn in your Project each week.

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment on Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon; don't wait until Sunday evening.

Finishing the class. As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want in the class, you are done. One student has already finished the Myth-Folklore class (congratulations, Justin!). Finishing this class early is a really great strategy in terms of getting ready for exams in your other classes. If you can do some extra credit now and in the next couple of weeks, you will be able to finish the class early, perhaps before Thanksgiving!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

HULKSPEAK. This delightful article by James Harbeck gives you some grammatical insight into HULKSPEAK: A linguist's guide to HULK SMASH.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is TANK, which comes to English from Indian tankh. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales from the Bayou. Meet Mama Nora, who is full of stories from the backwoods and bayous, and she also has some gumbo and other good Creole cooking to share with you as well. So, be warned: don't read this Storybook on an empty stomach!

Free Book Online: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit. This blog post provides additional information about the plays presented in this book including Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear, among others.

India Comic Book: Pradyumna: Son of Krishna. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. The story focuses on Krishna's son Pradyumna, who is an incarnation of Kama, the god of love!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is As you make your bed, so you must lie on it (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Here is the French version: Comme on fait son lit, on se couche.

Today's Video: Funky Pawa. This is one of my very favorite Maati Baani videos! The music is great, and so is the animation!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is Creativity requires thoughtful observation. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival from 4PM-10:30PM at the Lloyd Noble Center with music, dance, face painting, arts & crafts, food trucks, and more (details). 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.