Friday, August 26

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 1! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and I hope you will have fun meeting people in class this week. Here is a link to the Orientation assignments ... and if you're ready to move on, you can find links to Week 2 and the rest of the semester here: Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Thursday grace period. There is a grace period in Canvas this morning, Friday, for any Thursday assignments you did not finish. All the Orientation Week assignments are about getting ready for the rest of the semester, which is why they are required. So, if you didn't finish the Thursday posts, please make sure you do that by noon today.

Blog groups. I created the blog groups on Thursday afternoon after everyone had a chance to finish their story and Introduction posts. Normally I do the groups at random, but this time I tried to match people up with similar majors where possible. Maybe you will find out you already know some people in the class!

My comments. On Thursday I finished commenting on all the Favorite Places posts (I think), and on Friday I'll be commenting on Introduction posts. I'll comment on as many as I can on Friday, and then I'll keep commenting on the Introductions next week. :-)

THANK YOU.  I owe everybody in class a big thank you for all the work you did getting your blogs set up: now we have a blog network. You should all be really proud of that accomplishment, and I'm excited to see what you will create and share in our own blogosphere!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Word-Unit Palindromes. You've probably heard of palindromes (the letter-by-letter kind), but do you know about word-unit palindromes? I think these are so cool! Find out more at the Writing Laboratory.

Is it crazy how saying sentences backwards creates
backwards sentences saying how crazy it is?

Mind your own business: Own your mind.

Word from Mythology. The word FRIDAY comes from the Germanic goddess of married love, Frigg, the wife of Odin. Find out more at Words from Mythology.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class, and it's a sequel to an earlier project for Myth-Folklore: Fairytale Case Files: India. Wolfgang Forrester is famous for the crimes he solved in the Enchanted Forest of European fairy tales, and he also enjoys great success in India, too, solving the mystery of the fatal lake as well as a whodunnit involving dogs, and even the case of the murdered peasant — but will he be able to find and rescue the missing queen?

Free Book Online: Where Animals Talk: West African Folk Lore Tales by Robert Hamill Nassau. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. These stories come from the Mpongwe, Benga, and Fang (Beti-Pahuin) tribes of Gabon on the west coast of central Africa.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails (a German proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I thought this would be a good way to wish you smooth sailing this semester!

Today's Video: University of Oklahoma Libraries Top 10 . As you have probably guessed, I am a huge fan of the OU Libraries, and this video is a fun introduction to some of what the Library offers:

Growth Mindset: The growth mindset cat is ready to learn new skills any time: NOW is the time to start learning a new skill. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog, and you'll be learning about growth mindset in one of the final assignments for Orientation Week.

Event on Campus: There will be free showings of Captain America: Civil War in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM, and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 26: The 19th Amendment. On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment went into effect, so women could no longer be denied the right to vote. You can read more about the amendment in Wikipedia. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had drafted this amendment all the way back in 1878, and it took over 40 years for the amendment to become part of the Constitution. The image below shows Stanton and Anthony circa 1900; Stanton died in 1902 and Anthony died in 1906. That's right: neither of them lived to see the 19th Amendment ratified on this day in 1920.

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.