Sunday, September 18

Today is Sunday of Week 4. Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments today, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also. Hopefully you can get started on next week too! You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your Project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment this morning or during the afternoon — if you wait until Sunday evening, you'll have a longer wait for comments back.

Extra Credit: Review. There are lots of extra credit assignments available each week, but I would really like to recommend the Extra Credit Review assignment. It's a chance to catch up on the announcements for the past week, and also to make sure you've declared and backed up your work for the past week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Punctuation. This great chart shows why the comma is so confusing in English: it has too many jobs to do! Find out more: The 15 Punctuation Marks.

Time Humor. Even extraterrestrials procrastinate! See more at the H.E.A.R.T. blog.

GrammarCatz. It's Nirvana Cat.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Project Humanity. AXKZ-1029 has been put in charge of the "Human Research Program," seeking to understand these strange creatures who had once inhabited the Earth by reading their ancient myths and legends. What AXKZ learns from those stories will change him, and the Earth itself, forever.

Free Book Online: Bhagavata Purana courtesy of the BhaktiVedanta VedaBase. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is an enormous book, and Canto 10 is of special interest: it is all about Krishna!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Failures are the pillars of success (a Welsh proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This proverb resonates very nicely with the growth mindset!

Today's Video: Imaginary Friends. This is a TED talk by OU's own Jennifer Barnes, a professor in the Psychology department and YA author:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is a maker cat: I plan; I design; I create. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

OKC Event: Today is the last day of the Matisse exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art (details).

September 18: Iriarte. Today marks the birthday of the Spanish aruthor Tom├ís de Iriarte in the year 1750. You can find out more about his life and career at Wikipedia, and you can find his fables (translated into English) at the Freebookapalooza. If you read Spanish, you can find the originals at Spanish Wikisource. This portrait of Iriarte is by Joaquin Inza:

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