Sunday, May 1

Today is Sunday of Week 14. It's the last day of Week 14, and also the last Sunday of the semester for this class. Here is a link to Week 14 and Week 15 assignments. If you can finish the class today, that will give you next week to focus on preparing for finals and end-of-semester work in your other classes!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you are turning in a Week 14 project assignment, make sure you do that today — no late project assignments this week because of the shortened schedule for Week 15. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I'll try to update that periodically during the day today.

Finishing the Class. (repeat announcement) This is the last day of Week 14, and you should definitely have a plan in place now for finishing up the class. 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(repeat announcement) 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.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Technology is Magic. A great saying by the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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

Featured Storybook: When Brothers Cross Paths. You probably know the Winchester brothers from the TV show Supernatural, and you surely know the Brothers Grimm, so in this Storybook you can see what happens when the four brothers join forces.

Free Book Online: Legends of Florence. by Charles Godfrey Leland. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which are connected to the famous places in Florence like "Biancone, the Giant Statue in the Signoria" or "The Red Goblin of the Bargello."

India Featured Book: Aniruddha: Beloved Grandson Of Krishna. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. If you are looking for one more extra credit reading to do today, this one is a wonderful love story!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Time and tide wait for no man. (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I thought this might be a good saying for the end of the semester!

Today's Video: Grammar Lessons with Food. Watch out for the man-eating chicken!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to tackle a big job at the end of the semester: I know I can do it. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the Schools of Music and Dance today at 8PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

May 1: May Day. May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many different countries. One of the many different May Day celebrations is the famous "May Pole" (read more at Wikipedia) - and below you can see students at Bryn Mawr College celebrating the holiday with May Poles!

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.