Saturday, April 30

Today is Saturday of Week 14. It is the last Saturday of the semester, and maybe you will be able to finish the class today for a true "dead week" next week!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing the Class. You have exactly one week of class left, so I hope you have a plan for how you want to finish up the remaining assignments. If you have any questions, please ask! As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C), just let me know and I will mark the final grade for you in D2L.

Project Ballot. I hope you'll take a few minutes to look at the Favorite Projects, and then use the Ballot in D2L to vote for your favorites! That ballot will be available this weekend and Monday morning, and then in Tuesday's announcements I'll share the results.

Project Stack. On Friday, I finished responding to the projects that had been turned in by Thursday noon. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice today, and on Monday I'll begin responding to the projects in the order they are turned in. If you are turning in a project assignment this weekend, do that today if you can, and that way you will get comments back sooner.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Edit Ruthlessly. You can use these skills to edit any kind of writing:

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is CALICO, via Arabic Qaliqut (Malayalam Kolikodu), a city on the Malabar coast of India. It originally described a type of colorful fabric from that city but now it most often refers to tricolor cats. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Epic Women Tell All. Each story here — from Kaikeyi, Sita, and finally from Amba — is more surprising than the last. You won't believe what really happened between Amba and Bhishma, at least in this version of the story...

Free Book Online: Myths of the Norsemen by Hélène Adeline Guerber. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which cover the Norse sagas and all the famous gods and goddesses, starting with Odin.

India Featured Book: Krishna: Defender of Dharma. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It's one of the graphic novels on Reserve in Bizzell.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Even if people don't really live in glass houses, it's still a useful proverb!

Today's Video: Shakespeare According to Google Translate. From one language to another and another, and then back to English. Here are the results:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is know that play can be a creative process. Stay creative: have fun! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Contemporary Dance Oklahoma at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 30: Walpurgis Night. The night of April 30 is celebrated as Walpurgis Night in many countries of northern and central Europe, often with bonfires late into the night. The holiday is associated with magic and witchcraft, and it thus shows up in the Harry Potter books, where the Death-Eaters are referred to as the "Knights of Walpurgis," which is a play on words with "Walpurgis Night." You can read more at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image of a Walpurgis Night bonfire in Sweden:

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.