Thursday, September 15

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4. Thursday is not a due date for anything, which makes it the perfect day to get ahead and/or do some extra credit. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

UPDATE: The Week 4 blog comment groups are available now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned in your project before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned your assignment in later, check the stack to make sure I received it. And if you want comments back before the weekend for your Week 4 project, turn that in today (Thursday), and I'll do my best to get comments back to you on Friday!

Canvas course images. Just yesterday, they started allowing us to use "course images" to label courses in Canvas. So, I quickly picked out two images: Landscape with the Fall of Icarus for the Myth-Folklore class, and Vishnu and Lakshmi on Garuda for Indian Epics. We were not able to do that with D2L, and I think it is nice that Canvas makes this possible! I might change the images every few weeks just for fun. :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. More words of advice from Stephen King: Practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?

Cloths or Clothes? Because you can never have too much spelling humor:

GrammarCatz. This cat also has some spelling and grammar to work on. Find out more at GrammarCatz blog.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: The Mothers of the Epics. You will hear from the epic mothers Kaikeyi and Kunti in this Storybook, along with the famous Buddhist legend of Kisagotami, the grieving mother.

Free Book Online: Origin Myths of the Navaho by Aileen O'Bryan. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This book was published in 1956, but it is available free online because it is a government publication from the Smithsonian Institution.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is No living man all things can (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I like proverbs that rhyme!

Today's Video: Nefertiti ("Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxsie and the Banshees). This is another one of Amy Burvall's ingenious mash-up videos. Turn on the captions to make sure you catch all the lyrics:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is taking a moment to ponder: Stop for a moment and just think. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a showing of Ian McKellen's Richard III tonight at 6:30PM in Meacham Auditorium (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 15: Marco Polo. Today marks the birthday of the great Italian explorer Marco Polo in the year 1254. Marco Polo together with his father and his uncle were among the first Europeans to travel and live in China (Marco spent almost 20 years there). You can read more about Marco Polo in at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image, showing an illuminated manuscript of Marco Polo's famous account of his travels:

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