Tuesday, March 8

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. It's a review week with different assignments than usual: I hope you will enjoy the change of pace! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 8 Assignments. There is no new reading in Week 8! So, if you have been wanting to try a new schedule so that you are working ahead of schedule, now is the PERFECT time to do that. You can do all four of the Week 8 blog posts today; they are short assignments and will go really quickly. Then, you can move on to the rest of the Week 8 assignments, including the Project Feedback assignment which is available starting today.

Project Stack. Monday was really busy, so I just managed to get through the assignments turned in last week on Friday and on Saturday morning; if you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is still in the stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll keep working my way through the stack this week, and if you want comments from me before Spring Break, make sure you turn in your assignment by Thursday noon at the latest.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Start Writing. When in doubt... just start writing!

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

Featured Storybook: Siren, City in the Clouds. Welcome to the world of Siren, a city in the sky, founded in the year 2433, which hovers on a floating island. It may be far away from the Earth, but the adventures of the city's inhabitants echo the fairy tales of Earth's ages-old storytelling traditions.

Free Book Online: Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by Sabine Baring-Gould. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are so many cool stories in here, like the legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, or the tragic story of the Dog Gellert.

India Featured Book: Krishna and Rukmini: A Love That Will Not Be Denied. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is about one of Krishna's (many) wives, Rukmini, the princess of Vidarbha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A blunt wedge will sometimes do what a sharp axe will not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Don't underestimate the power of blunt wedges!

Today's Video: Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don't Tell You. As you have come to realize by now, Devdutt Pattanaik is one of my favorite commentators on mythology, and this is a promotional video for his recent book on Shikhandi and other queer myths in the Indian tradition.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is concentrating: Stay focused! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: I am such a fan of Tom Boyd, and he will be giving a lecture today at 6PM in Zarrow 145: Reflections on the Lure of Moral Harmony (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 8: Michael Hart. Today marks the birthday in 1947 of Michael Hart, the founder of Project Gutenberg, one of the oldest and most important ebook libraries online. Sadly, Michael Hart died in 2011, but his legacy lives on in the amazing Project Gutenberg. You can read more about his life and achievements at Wikipedia, and the image below is from his obituary in The Economist. You are all the beneficiaries of Michael Hart's monumental accomplishment; I could not teach these classes without the great resources that Project Gutenberg provides!

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.