Sunday, February 14

Today is Sunday of Week 4. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also. And Happy Saint Valentine's Day! You will find a Saint Valentine video below... produced by an Indian television program because, yes, Valentine's Day is now something people know about all over the world.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before noon on Friday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment this morning or during the afternoon — if you wait until Sunday evening to do that, you'll have a longer wait for comments back from me.

Extra Credit: Review. There are lots of extra credit assignments available each week, but I would really like to recommend the Extra Credit Review assignment. It's a chance to catch up on the announcements for the past week, and also to make sure you've declared and backed up your work for the past week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

A Brief History of Writing Technology. The decline and fall of person to person communication! :-)


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

Featured Storybook: In the Beginning: Stories of Creation. These beautiful creation stories take the form of performances in the style of Cirque du Soleil. You have probably never read... or seen... anything quite like this!

Free Book Online: Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights by E. Dixon. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You'll find the voyages of Sinbad here, along with some other stories from the Arabian Nights that I am guessing will be new to you!

India Featured Book: Krishna and Jarasandha. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is one of the many Mahabharata comic books that you will find on Reserve in Bizzell Library; it features Krishna's alliance with the Pandava brothers to defeat the evil king Jarasandha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (an ancient Indian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is from the ancient collection of stories and proverbs called the Hitopadesha.

Today's Video: Saint Valentine - The Roman Priest. Those of you in Indian Epics may be familiar with Epified TV already (they created those wonderful videos about the Indian gods and goddesses, based on Devdutt Pattanaik's Calendar Art), and here's their take on Saint Valentine.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is fearless: Take risks: go out on a limb! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a matinee performance of Euripides's Trojan Women at 3PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 14: Ratha Saptami. Today marks the holiday of Ratha Saptami in India, also known as Surya Jayanti, the Birthday of Surya, the Sun-God. The image below shows one of the most famous Sun Temples in India, the Konark Temple in Orissa. You can read more about this festival at Wikipedia.

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.