Saturday, September 17

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are enjoying the weekend, whether you are relaxing . . . or getting swept up in all the Norman excitement today.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Extra Credit. I'm guessing that a lot of you will have midterms in your other classes next week and the week after, so you might want to take some time this weekend to rack up some extra credit points. If you do that now, you can just take a week off in this class when crunch-time arrives in your other classes.

Project Stack. I'll try to check my email periodically this weekend, and you can then check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment. To get comments back sooner, turn in your assignment today, Saturday; don't wait until Sunday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Alphabet. Follow the red lines to see the letters and numbers in this Alphabet Monogram.

Punctuation. The apostrophe may be your punctuation nightmare, but what if the apostrophe has nightmares of its own...?

Indian Words in English. Find out more about the Sanskrit word: MANTRA.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: The Ravana Diaries. For many years, an archaeologist has been excavating ancient sites on the island of Lanka, seeking to learn more about Ravana, King of the Rakshasas. Finally one day he discovers just what he has always hoped to find: Ravana's own diary.

Free Book Online: The Hungarian Fairy Book by Nandor Pogany. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by Willy Pogany, who is one of my favorite book illustrators!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Appearances are deceiving (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. That applies to optical illusions like the one in the image, and it also applies to life in general!

Today's Video: Names of Hanuman. Those of you in Indian Epics have gotten to know Hanuman pretty well over the past three weeks, so now you can learn some of his many names:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is resting up for future creativity: Stay creative: get lots of rest. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: A new exhibit opens today at the Sam Noble Museum: "When the Earth Shakes" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 17: Anant Pai. Today marks the birthday in the year 1929 of Anant Pai, the visionary genius behind the Amar Chitra Katha comic books that many of you have been enjoying in the Indian Epics class. You can find out more about Anant Pai here, and below is a Google Doodle in his honor:

This video tribute celebrates his life and accomplishments:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.