Thursday, September 29

Today is Thursday of WEEK 6. There is nothing due today, 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 6 Blog Groups are available now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read and replied to the project assignments turned in on Sunday afternoon by 5PM. If you turned in something later on Sunday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will keep working on the Sunday assignments today!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Books. Some wise words from Ray Bradbury: The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. For more about books, see the Banned Books announcement below.

Mix-and-Match Shakespeare. Another genius cartoon from Tom Gauld. There are over a thousand possible Shakespeare productions here! Let's see... a drunk zombie version of Romeo and Juliet on Mars!

Words from India. Buddhism has its origins in India, and so does today's word: ZEN.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Temple of Doom. Instead of Indiana Jones, meet Dr. Arwen Fairchild, archaeologist — although she does have some help from a gallant "Yank" with a strong resemblance to Indiana. As the mystery deepens, it turns out that Dr. Arwen Fairchild herself may be the key... because there is more to the story of Shiva's bow than you ever imagined!

Free Book Online: In Ghostly Japan by Lafcadio Hearn. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The ghost story tradition is especially strong in Japan!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A serpent, unless it devours a serpent, will not become a dragon (a Latin proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Some of you may want to read the Latin: Serpens, ni edat serpentem, draco non fiet.

Today's Video: Beware of Zombie Nouns. You can also find out more about Zombie Nouns here.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat learns by experimenting: Learning requires initial experimentation. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The School of Drama presents "Let the Right One In" at 8PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre: "The only truly terrifying vampire story written in the last 120 years, Let the Right One In ushers Bram Stoker’s Victorian nightmare into the 21st century" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 29: Banned Books Week. Celebrate the freedom to read! You can find lots of resources at the website, at the American Library Association, and at the #BannedBooksWeek hashtag at Twitter.

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