Friday, September 9

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 3! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and here's a link to the class calendar; maybe you will want to start in on the Week 4 assignments today too, getting out ahead of next week's deadlines.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Week 3 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups: I hope you will enjoy meeting new people and reading new stories!

Project Stack. Yesterday I finished replying to all the Week 2 assignments, and today I hope to read and reply to the Week 3 assignments in the stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Emojis.Here's a fun cartoon: What if our use of emojis gradually becomes so extensive that we actually circle back to writing in hieroglyphics?

Attention Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world... wise words from Susan Sontag.

Word Mix-Ups. Here's another pair of words the spellchecker cannot help you with: ROLES v. ROLLS.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Sita's Soul. Indrajit has slain Sita on the battlefield, and Rama is desperate: he will do anything to save her. So begins his quest for the soul shards that he must gather from the gods Kartikeya, Ganesha, and finally Yama, the god of death.

Free Book Online: Folk Tales of Assam by Jnanadabhiram Borooah. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Assam is located in the far northeast of India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Waste not, want not (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is an old saying with a new meaning in the modern age: it's ecological!

Today's Video: Funky Pawa. This is another video by the wonderful musicians of Maati Baani!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is a connected cat: Connect with others to reduce stress. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Come celebrate banned songs in the Fine Arts Library from 5:30-7PM: Censored Songs: Dangerous Ideas & "Dirty" Words Included (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 9: Coomaraswamy: Today marks the death in 1947 of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, one of the first scholars to introduce classical Indian art to Western audiences. You can find out more about him at Wikipedia, and you will find one of his books at the Freebookapalooza: Vidyapati's Songs of the Love of Radha and Krishna.

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