Friday, January 29

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 2! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for the Storytelling post that was due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Introductions. I am almost done commenting on all the Introductions, and I hope to finish up with those today. It's been fun learning more about all of you! My participation at the blogs is very random, but the Introductions are something I always want to read, and you'll be getting comments on your Introductions from other students in the class all semester long.

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. There are going to be a lot of Week 2 Project assignments turned in today and over the weekend; the sooner you get that turned in, the sooner you will get comments back from me next week.

CLS Student: Morgan Sowell. I really enjoyed this profile of Morgan Sowell in the CLS Blog! Morgan took Indian Epics last year and, if you read the profile, you won't be surprised to learn that she did her Storybook about horses: Horses Divine.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Mythical Creatures. This diagram is really amazing; I'd urge you to take a look at the full-sized view if you are interested in mythical creatures: full-sized view. There are creatures from India in the chart too!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is MENTOR, from the name of a character in the Odyssey; Mentor "mentors" Odysseus's son Telemachus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Desperate Goddesses: Life on Mythological Lane. Izanami-no-Mikoto, the Japanese goddess of creation, has left the world of the living long behind, but she still watches over the desperate goddesses of Mythological Lane — Aphrodite, Pele, Ishtar, and Devi — and shares their stories with you.

Free Book Online: The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which tells the stories of Jason and Medea, along with other heroes and heroines.

India Featured Book: Ancestors of Rama: A Noble Inheritance. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. You've met Rama's father Dasharatha, and in this comic book you can read about Rama's great-great-grandfather and his other famous ancestors.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Not even Apollo keeps his bow always at full stretch (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, you need to RELAX sometimes. For those of you who study Latin, it's Non semper arcum tendit Apollo.

Today's Video: East vs Westy. Devdutt Pattanaik is one of my favorite writers on mythology, and in this video he speaks about the myths of India and the West. I am guessing everybody would enjoy this: he is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is exploring: The more you learn, the more places you'll go. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: From Carmen in Myth-Folklore: "Friday in Devon 220 from 4:30-5:30 is the first meeting of OU Game Developers Association. Anybody interested in developing games is welcome; you don't have to be a programmer. That includes game writing, for example if you want to work on writing a story or dialogue for a game." Find out more about other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 29: Edward Lear. Today marks the death in the year 1888 of the English illustrator and poet, Edward Lear (he was born in 1812). You can read more about Lear's life and work in this Wikipedia article. He is most famous for his limericks and nonsense verse — especially the poem entitled The Owl and the Pussycat. You can listen to the poem at this Tales of Curiosity video:

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.