Friday, September 30

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 6! 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 7 assignments today too.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I should be able to get through the rest of the Week 5 assignments in the stack today, and I will get through as many of the Week 6 assignments as I can too (although it may be late before I finish the stack; this was a really busy week!). You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Groups. The Week 6 Blog Commenting assignment is ready to go! The Project Feedback groups are available now too. Now that you have two of these assignments each week where you are interacting with other people in the class (blogs and projects), you will have a chance to get to know everybody in the class by the end of the semester... slowly but surely!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Pangrams. Here is an animated gif of one of the most famous pangrants: A quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. See some more pangrams at the Writing Laboratory. They can be really weird and funny, for example: Then a cop quizzed Mick Jagger's ex-wives briefly.

Reading. Something to ponder as you read: Reading is dreaming with open eyes.

GrammarCatz. As usual, the GrammarCat needs a little help with the writing! Find out more at the GrammarCatz blog.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Jackals of Telekeshi: Tales of the Watering Hole. The jackal is a troublemaker and trickster, and the lion, baboon, and giraffe all have stories to tell about him.

Free Book Online: Rumi's Masnavi: Book II translated by C. E. Wilson. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and for more about Rumi, see the announcement below.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago; the second-best time is now (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This applies not just to trees, but also to any other long-term project!

Today's Video: What Gods Wear Before They Ride. This is a brilliant public service announcement from India:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is on the move: Don't Stop! Just keep going! You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a DIY Festival in the Union Food Court tonight at 7PM: come make your own marble mug and other free stuff (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 30: Rumi. Today is traditionally regarded as the birthday in the year 1207 of the Persian mystical poet Rumi. To learn more about this remarkable 13th-century poet, surely one of the greatest poets in the history of the world, see Wikipedia, along with quotations from Rumi (in both Persian and English) at Wikiquote. The image below shows Rumi with his fellow Sufis in a 16th-century manuscript from Baghdad.

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