Monday, September 12

Today is Monday. Week 3 is now over... and Week 4 has begun. The new week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is the Middle East and India (this week AND next week), while in Indian Epics you will choose a new version of the Ramayana to read (a shorter version, just for one week; the Mahabharata starts next week). You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always on Monday, the stack is completely huge. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I'll replying to those assignments this week in the order they were turned in.

Grading Chart. The class is now 20% over (incredible but true!), so you might want to use this Grading Chart to check how you are doing. The chart lets you see the point totals week by week so you can gauge whether you are on track for the grade you want to receive in the class. If you are not on track, just make sure you do more of the assigned work, along with some extra credit to make up any assignments you might have missed.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. It's a matter of both technology and culture! Find out more at the Writing Laboratory.

Yoda-Speak. And here is some life advice, YOLO, but according to Yoda: Only Once You Live.

Indian Words in English. The name means "Lion-City" in Sanskrit. Find out more at SINGAPORE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: If Dragons Took Over the World. In this Storybook, dragons have indeed taken over the world. Learn the story of the dragons' struggle with mankind in the lessons that Teaching-Claws-Firebreath shares with his young dragon pupils in Dragon History class.

Free Book Online: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is the cover of the paperback edition that I read in high school:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Much of your writing in this class is based on imitation, and I definitely see that as flattering the original authors too!

Today's Video: Reunion. This is an amazing video by Google about the partition of India and Pakistan, and the friendships of long ago. It was produced as an advertisement for Google Search in India, and thus it has many millions of views!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning online: I learn new things constantly. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: For Latin America Week, enjoy Samba Lessons from 5:30PM-6:30PM in 142 Farzaneh Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 12: Lascaux Caves. September 12 marks the anniversary of the discovery in 1940 of the beautiful prehistoric cave paintings found at Lascaux in France. The cave walls were decorated with nearly two thousand images, including hundreds of animals. You can read more about the Lascaux cave paintings in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this image:

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