Saturday, February 13

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. It took until Friday evening, but I did manage to get through the Stack on Friday, responding to anything turned in before Friday noon. I'll update the Stack periodically over the weekend; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. To get comments back sooner, turn in your assignment today; don't wait until Sunday!

Extra Credit. I'm guessing that a lot of you will be having midterms in your other classes next week and the week after, so you might want to take some time this weekend to rack up some extra credit points in this class. If you do that now, you can just take a week off in this class when crunch-time arrives in your other classes. There are lots of extra credit options each week!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Diagramming Sentences. Diagramming sentences is hard enough for humans... but for Yoda? Terrifying it is.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SWASTIKA, which is an ancient good luck symbol, Sanskrit su-astika. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tales of the Black Cat. Two high school boys on a camping trip decide they will frighten their girlfriends with tales of a murderous black cat, but they do not reckon on the fact that the black cat is there too, listening to every story and biding his time until later that night . . .

Free Book Online: Caucasian Legends by Abraam Goulbat. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. These are stories from the Caucasas Mountain region of Central Asia.

India Featured Book: The Gita: The Song of Eternal Wisdom. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics: it is a comic book version of the Bhagavad-Gita, which is one of the most important parts of the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, don't worry about the barking dogs: just keep on going!

Today's Video: Nefertiti ("Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees). This is another one of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos with an Egyptian theme for those of you doing Egyptian stories in Myth-Folklore.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is actively curious: Curiosity is not sedentary and passive. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be another performance of Euripides's "Trojan Women" tonight at 8PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theater (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 13: World Radio Day. Today is World Radio Day; you can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia, and in honor of the great medium that is radio, I wanted to share this video by my friend Gardner Campbell: Radio Redux - The spirit of radio can never die!

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.