Thursday, August 25

Today is Thursday of WEEK 1. You'll be learning more about the content of the class in today's assignments! Here is a link to the Orientation Week.

Update: The blog commenting assignment is available now! I hope you will have fun with that. :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Wednesday grace period. If you did not finish the Wednesday assignments last night, there is the usual Canvas grace period until noon today. Please make sure you finish your story and introduction posts by noon, and that way you can do the Declaration in Canvas while it is still available.

Blog post links and images. I wanted to remind everybody to make sure you are creating nice clickable links in your posts and also that you are uploading images instead of remote linking (hotlinking). For specific help with links and images, see these pages for more info: Links in Blogger and Blogger Images: Always Upload.

Blog groups. After the noon deadline today, I'll be able to put people into blog groups so that you can start reading and commenting on each other's posts. I'll update the announcements when that is ready this afternoon. Each week, I set up the blog groups as soon as I can on Thursday so that you have part of Thursday, plus all day Friday and the weekend, to do your blog comments.

My comments. I'm still working my way through the Favorite Places posts (almost done!), and then I will start on the Introduction posts. I will try my best to comment on all the Introduction posts this week. It's so much fun finding out about all the people in class. Thanks again for all your good work on those blog posts!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

All I Need to Write. Grant Snider is one of my favorite cartoonists, with great insights on both reading and writing. You can see a full-sized view at his website, Incidental Comics.

Language Game. There are speakers of many different languages in the class, along with fans of languages and linguistics, so I thought you might enjoy this game: The Great Language Game.

GrammarCatz. Can the LOLCats be saved from themselves? Their grammar does need help. Find out more at GrammarCatz.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Manebook: Connecting Lions Since Aesop's Time. For humans, there's Facebook... and for lions, there's Manebook. Log on to Manebook as Simba and read about Leo — who was, briefly, father-in-law to a mouse — along with the mighty hunter Lavi, and find out what the lions themselves think about the idea of the "lion's share."

Free Book Online: The White Elephant and Other Tales from India by Georgene Faulkner. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You'll find one of my all-time favorite stories from India here: The Brahmin and the Tiger.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Those who can read and write have four eyes (an Albanian proverb). In other words: you see more when you can read and write. Find out more at the Proverb Lab.

Today's Video: Be Brave for Education . Here is a beautiful video from some Montessori school teachers and their students... because teachers and students all need to be brave! :-)

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is also all about being brave: I do not fear the winds of change. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's the FitPass Sale at the Huff this week... and you could do candlelight yoga tonight at 7:30 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 25: Today is the holiday of Krishna Janmashtami! This is a Hindu festival in honor of the birth of Krishna, one of the avatars of the god Vishnu. You can read about the different events that are part of this festival in the Wikipedia article. Here is a photo from the AFP Photo Twitter which shows someone dressed as Krishna for the celebration:

As always, see the Online Myth India Twitter stream for more stuff. There will be lots about Krishna Janmashtami at Twitter today too.