Tuesday, September 13

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 4, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. If you have not done any reading for this week yet, you need to make sure you do some reading today. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Extra Credit. Midterms will be starting up in some classes soon, so stacking up some extra credit points is a good idea. That way, you can give yourself some time off in this class — and remember: you can do extra credit any time during the week if you have a little time to spare; you don't need to wait for the end of the week.

Project Stack. I've read and replied to the Project assignments that were turned in on Saturday, so you should have comments back from me. If you turned something in on Sunday, it's probably still in the Stack, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Shapes of Stories. This wonderful graphic is inspired by some ideas from Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite writers. Find out more at The Writing Lab.

Spellchecker. It's hard being a perfectionist... especially if you skip the spellcheck. The cartoon is by Dan Piraro, a.k.a. Bizarro.

Word Mix-Ups. And sometimes even the spellchecker cannot save you: Board v. Bored.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Journey of Festivals. Travel and learn! This Storybook will tell you all about "Rama Navami," which is the festival of Rama's own birthday, along with the holiday of "Onam" in which King Mahabali returns to Kerala for every new year, and "Gudi Padwa," a celebration of Brahma's creation of the world.

Free Book Online: The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Frances Jenkins Olcott. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There are so many wonderful "1001 Nights" books that you can find online, and this selection by Olcott is a fun one!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A little person sometimes casts a long shadow (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is true both literally and metaphorically!

Today's Video: Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking. You might enjoy the challenge presented here of going "tabless" as a way to focus:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows it's important to focus so that you can explore things fully: In order to learn, we must probe and poke . You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Provost Kyle Harper will be giving a lecture at 1PM in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Art Museum: "Can Civic Virtue Be Taught?" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 13: Noor Inayat: Today marks the death of Noor Inayat Khan in the year 1944, executed by the Nazis at the Dachau concentration camp. You may recognize Noor Inayat as the author of a beautiful book of Buddhist birth stories -- Twenty Jataka Tales -- but you might not know that she was also an Allied SOE agent infiltrated into France to work with the French Resistance. You can learn more about her remarkable life at Wikipedia, and here is the trailer for a recent film made about her: Enemy of the Reich.

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