Sunday, April 24

Today is Sunday of Week 13. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you can finish the class sooner by doing some extra credit! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and the sooner you get that turned in, the sooner you will have comments back from me next week! If you want until Sunday evening, I might not have comments back to you until Wednesday or Thursday.

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After Week 13, there are just TWO more weeks of school: Week 14 and Week 15 (note also that Week 15 is on a shorter schedule because of finals, so all the Week 15 assignments are due on Friday, May 6, by noon at the latest). So, please make sure you have a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Written? Kitten!. This is a fun text typing tool that rewards you every 100 words (or whatever number of words you select) with a new cat picture from Flickr. And it's not just kittens: they recently added a new feature so you can get a puppy or a bunny instead. :-)


Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is NIRVANA, which comes to English from Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.


Featured Storybook: Fairytale Case Files. From light-hearted tales of elves to the brutal baking of a witch in her own oven, Wolfgang Forrester is on the case! And yes, this is the same Wolfgang Forrester who is visiting India this semester: Fairytale Case Files: India.


Free Book Online: Old French Fairy Tales by Sophie S├ęgur. This blog post provides additional information about the elaborate fairy tales you will find in this book.


India Featured Book: Divine Beings. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which tells the stories of Jatayu, Nandi, Airavata, and more.


Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He that hunts two hares will catch neither (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Multitasking was a problem long before the Internet, as this proverb shows!


Today's Video: Gayatri Mantra. I shared the "Battlestar Galactica" version of this mantra last week; here's a traditional version by Ravi Shankar:


Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows: You can always learn more. Details at the blog.


Event on Campus: The Sutton Concert Series at 3PM in Sharp Concert Hall will honor President Boren, and you can watch it live streaming at YouTube (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 24. This is the birthday of the Library of Congress! It was created in the year 1800 when President John Adams signed a law appropriating to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress." Find out more at Wikipedia. This shows the Reading Room:



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.