Tuesday, May 3

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 15, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. Here are this week's assignments. I hope you can finish up soon, and if you have any questions as you work on the Week 15 assignments, let me know!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 15 Blog Comments. You don't need to wait on the Week 15 blog commenting; that's ready now, and so is the Week 15 project comment assignment. So if you will be using those points to finish up the class, both of those assignments are ready to go now!

Project Stack. Thanks for getting your Week 14 assignments turned in! I was able to read and reply to the assignments turned in by 6PM on Saturday, and today I'll finish the Saturday assignments and start in on the Sunday ones. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Project Ballot. Thanks again to the people who nominated and voted for their favorite projects! So, here are the popular favorites in Indian Epics: Christina - La Dawn - Nikita - Roshni ... and in Myth-Folklore: Bailey - Chandler - Jasmine - Maddie. Plus congratulations to everybody in both classes for the wonderful stories you created and shared this semester!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Game of Thrones. It's a grim world! Memento mori. Here's a character arc generator from John Atkinson's blog:

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

Featured Storybook: Hero Academy. Inside the ancient fortress of a remote citadel are the training grounds of the Hero Academy, and under the instruction of Master Felgar the future heroes debate the virtues of mythical diplomacy and the role of mankind in a world of many living creatures.

Free Book Online: Tales of Puritan Land by Charles M. Skinner. This blog post provides additional information about the legends from New England in this book, including the love story of "Evangeline" and supernatural tales like "The Devil and Tom Walker."

India Featured Book: Krishna and the False Vasudeva. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which is a funny story about a Krishna-pretender.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Waste not, want not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb highlights some great ecological and economic wisdom!

Today's Video: Growth Mindset. This is a fun series of animated videos by the ClassDojo software company; here is the first video in the series:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not sure what to do next, so... Keep calm and read it again. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Learn iPad tips and tricks from an Apple Systems Engineer at 1PM in Collings Hall 325 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

May 3: Pete Seeger. Today, May 3, is the birthday of the great American musician and folk singer, Pete Seeger, who was born in 1919, and who died in 2014 after a great life of making music and singing songs all over the world. You can read more about Pete Seeger's career in this Wikipedia article. Here's a picture of Pete Seeger performing recently, together with Arlo Guthrie - and I've included a YouTube video with Pete and Arlo, too!

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.