Sunday, September 4 - Monday, September 5

UPDATE: It's Monday... Happy Labor Day! 

Class Procedures and Reminders

Monday holiday. Monday is a holiday, so Week 3 officially begins on Tuesday. You can find out more information on the Week 3 page. I'll be back at work on Tuesday, and there will be new announcements here on Tuesday also.

Introductions. I think I managed to leave comments on every Introduction, but it's a little complicated to keep track of that, so if somehow I missed your blog by accident, let me know! Meanwhile, you'll be getting more comments on Introductions all semester long from other students, and you can edit and tinker with your Introduction, editing and adding new things, whenever you want.

Project Stack. You can check the Stack to make sure I received your email over the weekend. I will start reading and replying to the assignments in the Stack on Tuesday. (If you did not manage to get a Week 2 Project assignment turned in for Week 2, then you will do that Week 2 assignment for Week 3; I'll send you an email on Tuesday to explain how that works.)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Just write!. When in doubt... just start writing! Find out more at the Writing Lab.

Reboot. And if you're stressed... try Tech-Meditation.

Heroin/e. Once again, the spellchecker will not save you! Find out more at Heroin - Heroine.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Missing River. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson have come to India for some rest and relaxation, but when they find a murdered woman in their rented room, they have no choice but to pursue the mystery.

Free Book Online: Sacred Tales of India by D. N. Neogi. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a fantastic book to read for learning about Hindu religion in story form.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is At Rome, as Rome does (a French proverb: À Rome, comme à Rome). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This French proverb works just like the English proverb "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

Today's Video: Tribute to Uncle Pai. Many of you in Indian Epics are learning about Amar Chitra Katha comic books today, so I thought you might enjoy this video tribe to Ananta Pai, the visionary founder of Amar Chitra Katha.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is bouncing back from Saturday: Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event in OKC: There is a showing at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Matisse: Masterworks of Modernism with art from the Centre Pompidou in Paris; it runs through September 18 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the KGOU Calendar online.

September 4: Mary Renault. Today marks the birthday of the English novelist Mary Renault (1904-1983). She wrote a pair of novels about the mythological hero Theseus (The King Must Die, Bull from the Sea), as well as a trilogy of novels about Alexander the Great. The middle novel of that Alexander trilogy — The Persian Boy — is my own personal favorite of her novels. The novel is narrated by Bagoas, the Persian boy whom Alexander took as his lover. Renault was one of the first historical novelists to write openly about homosexual love in ancient Greece, and the story she tells in The Persian Boy is intense, dramatic, and unforgettable. Highly recommended!

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