Friday, March 11

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 8! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available in both classes now, and Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for the reading plan post that was due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Thursday, I finished replying to all the assignments turned in on Sunday, and today I hope to finish replying to anything else in the stack that was turned in before Thursday at noon. I should be able to get back to everyone today, although it may be Friday evening before I finish up! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

SPRING BREAK. These will be the last announcements until next weekend, and I hope everybody will be having a wonderful time either at home or on an adventure somewhere else. I will be out of town for most of the break with very limited email access. You should definitely email me with any questions you have, but I might not be able to get back to you right away while I am out of town.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Proofreading. It's all relative! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AMBROSIA, a Greek word borrowed by English. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Post Secret Sanskrit. This collection of Post Secret stories, together with postcards, is told by the Panchakanya, the five women of the epics: Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunti, Tara, and Mandodari.

Free Book Online: Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations by Edmund Dulac. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which also features illustrations by Dulac!

India Featured Book: Twenty Jataka Tales by Noor Inayat. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which is one of my favorite jataka tale collections — and it's available for free online at Hathi Trust!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A picture is worth a thousand words (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. One of my favorite things about publishing things online is being able to use images together with words!

Today's Video: The Mahabharata ("Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band). This is another one of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos... and this time it is about the Mahabharata!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for Spring Break: Stay creative: get lots of rest. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a Philosophy Colloquium with David Wong of Duke University at 2:30PM in Dale Tower 607 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 11: Douglas Adams. Today marks the birthday of Douglas Adams, one of my most beloved writers, who sadly left this world in 2001. Adams is most famous as the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and his two books about the detective Dirk Gently are also priceless. Happy birthday to you, Douglas Adams, wherever in the galaxy you may be! Here is a YouTube video interview where Douglas Adams talks about his career, life, the universe, and everything:

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.