Friday, September 16

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 4! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and I hope you will have fun meeting some new people in class this week and reading their stories. Here is a link to the class calendar; maybe you will want to start in on the Week 5 assignments today too!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 4 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option (it's available every week!) if you want to read more posts by the people in your group.

Project Stack. I will reply today to all the projects turned in on Thursday, and I'll do my best to get to any assignments that people turn in today too. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Knowledge. This fun poster reminds me of the Latin saying Scientia potentia, Knowledge Is Power.

Words. This is a great Google Maps and Google Translate Mash-Up: European Word Translator. Type in the word you want to study, and see how it appears on the map:

Spelling. Here's another word pair where the spellchecker cannot help: TIDE v. TIED.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Stories from a Celtic Creature Criminal Court Clerk: Fairy Vice Division. Even mischief-making fairies have rules that must be obeyed, and in this Storybook you will read about those fairy tale criminals who have broken the laws of fairyland. What will the courts decree as punishment for wicked fairies such as Willowflitter, Grumgottels, Rainwasp, and Moonsplatter?

Free Book Online: A Flowering Tree And Other Oral Tales from India by A. K. Ramanujan. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a quite recent book (unlike most of the other free books online), and it is made available free online by the generosity of the University of California Press.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A book should be luminous, but not voluminous (an aphorism from Christian Nevell Bovee). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. As I said yesterday, I like sayings that rhyme!

Today's Video: The Colors of Ancient Sculpture. I found this lovely Getty Museum video via Open Culture.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the game of life: The hand you're dealt is just the starting point. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

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

September 16: St. Hildegard. Today marks the birthday in the year 1098 of Hildegard of Bingen, and September 17 is her feast day (she died on September 17 in 1197). Saint Hildegard, who was canonized only recently (in 2012), wrote numerous books in Latin on theological and scientific topics, as well as devotional songs and plays. You can read more about her life and accomplishments in this Wikipedia article. Below is an illustration she created that depicts one of her mystical visions:

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