Monday, October 24

Today is Monday. Week 9 is now over... and Week 10 has begun. It's another week of Native American stories in Myth-Folklore, and in Indian Epics you are choosing your reading. You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Looking ahead. As of today, there are five weeks plus Dead Week left in this semester, and it's good to have your plan in place for finishing up the semester, especially if your goal is to finish early. If you are aiming for an A, you should have 245 points right now, or around 265 if you want to finish before Dead Week. For more details, see this Grading Chart.

Canvas Tech Tips. As I mentioned yesterday, there are some new Canvas Tech Tips that I wrote up in response to people's questions and comments in response to the Canvas Survey... and remember: you can do extra credit Tech Tips anytime; there's no need to wait until the end of the week.

Project Stack. As usual, there is a HUGE stack of projects in the stack at the beginning of the week, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time. I thought this would be a fun follow-up to the flowchart from yesterday: A Field Guide to Procrastinators. As you can guess, I am an Internet Researcher.

It's Going To Be Okay. This is an amazing cartoon from one of my favorite cartoonists, Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal. There's a surprise ending to this cartoon... and it's related to one of the items below too: It's Going To Be Okay.

GrammarCatz. Like many of the GrammarCatz, this kitteh has trouble with comma splices.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Here Comes Surya: A View from Above. The god of the sun, Surya, has a television show... along with a tumultuous family life of his own too!

Free Book Online: Some Western Shoshoni Myths by Julian H. Steward. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You will find some Coyote stories in here!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The snake goes crookedly, yet it arrives straight within its hole (a Kashmiri proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And as long as you get to your destination, it's all good!

Today's Video: The Human Connection to Patient Care. This is one of the videos I collected about empathy; I thought it might be of special interest to those of you who are future medical professionals:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is stuck, but he'll figure it out: To get unstuck, you must first unthink. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: You can see the Ballet Russes exhibit in Bizzell Library (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 24: Gene Roddenberry. On this day in 1991, Gene Roddenberry, visionary creator of Star Trek, departed this life. You can read more about Roddenberry's life and many accomplishments in this Wikipedia article. Roddenberry is third from the right in this photo from 1976 (to the left of Leonard Nimoy), watching the Space Shuttle Enterprise. And if you didn't read The Oatmeal comic above, read it now. Trust me: it's relevant.

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