Saturday, February 27

Today is Saturday of Week 6. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I don't update the project stack very often on the weekends, but I'll update it at least once or twice each day. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn your work in today or on Sunday morning. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you next week.

Blog Comments AND Project Feedback. Both the Week 6 blog commenting and Week 6 project feedback assignments are ready to go! The assignments are somewhat similar, but they are also different, so make sure you read the instructions for the Project feedback carefully, and if you have any questions, let me know. For the rest of the semester, you will have these same two assignments each week: blog comments and project feedback, with new random groups each time. I hope that eventually you'll get to meet everyone in class one way or another!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Movies and States. This fun map shows a film for each state. I was born in the state of For a Few Dollars More, and I now work for the "University of True Grit." You can click on the image for a larger view.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is CHIMERA from the Greek chimaera (khimaira), a fire-breathing mythical beast that had the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent. 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: Philippine Folktales by Clara Kern Bayliss. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book where you will find stories from the Tagalog, Bagobo and other peoples of the Philippines.

India Featured Book: Uloopi: The Naga Princess who Fell in Love with Arjuna. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is one of my favorites among the ACK comic books: such a great story!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The fuller the cup, the sooner the spill (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for a cup full of coffee, and it is also true for a life that is full of commitments!

Today's Video: Lagan Laagi Re. I am so excited to share here a brand-new video from my favorite Indian musicians, Maati Baani. And if you are curious about the fabulous Saw Lady (!), watch this making-of documentary too; she tells the story of how she discovered the saw (or rather how the saw discovered her!).

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat seeks deeper learning: Deeper learning calls for creativity of thought. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The E-Week Banquet wraps up the week's events, with the crowning of Engineering Royalty and other excitement starting at 6PM in the Great Hall of the Sam Noble Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 27: Mister Rogers. Today marks the anniversary of the death of Fred Rogers, best known as "Mister Rogers," who died on this day in 2003 (he was born in 1928). I was just the right age to grow up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood as a little child; the show started in 1968 and I watched it from its first years. It continued to run until the year 2001, for a total of almost 900 episodes. Below is a PBS remix video that captures the spirit of Mister Rogers wonderfully; you can read more about his life and career in this Wikipedia article.

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.