Tuesday, April 12

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 12, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. If you have not done the first reading for this week yet, you need to do that today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I got through all the Thursday/Friday assignments yesterday, so today I will start working through the assignments turned in over the weekend! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Fall Enrollment. Both of these classes are technically full now for the Fall, but I do have a few full-course permissions. So, if you know someone who is interested in taking one of these classes, tell them to get in touch with me. Here's how that works: Course Enrollment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Shakespeare Generator. There are over a thousand possible Shakespeare productions here. Let's see... a drunk zombie version of Romeo and Juliet on Mars!


Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is JUGGERNAUT, the word comes from Sanskrit Jagannatha, World-Lord, an honorific title sometimes applied to Krishna, one of the avatars of the god Vishnu, although the Jagannatha is also worshiped as a separate divinity. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Mothers of the Epics. You will hear from the epic mothers Kaikeyi and Kunti in this Storybook, along with the famous Buddhist legend of Kisagotami, the grieving mother.

Free Book Online: The Book of Old English Ballads by George Wharton Edwards. This blog post provides additional information about the many famous ballads in this book, including "King Leir and his Three Daughters" and "The Banks o' Yarrow."

India Featured Book: The Vengeance of Ashwatthama. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics — it's another one of the graphic novels on Reserve in Bizzell.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Follow the river and you will reach the sea (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Just go with the flow!

Today's Video: Chant of India: Sahanaa Vavatu. This is another performance from Ravi Shankar's recording of Vedic chants. You can find a transliteration and translation here: Shanti Mantra.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing: Growth can happen in leaps and bounds. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Vincente Perez will be speaking at 7PM in Adams 150 on Voices of Latinidad: How Can Our Narratives Promote a Sense of Justice? (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 12: Human Space Flight. Today is the International Day of Human Space Flight, and you can read more about the holiday at the United Nations website. And in honor of the holiday, here's the late, great David Bowie's Space Oddity... performed in space by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield:

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.