Sunday, October 30

Today is Sunday of Week 10. It's time to finish the end-of-week assignments, and some extra credit too if you want. Hopefully you can get started on next week's reading also (see note below about working ahead). You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Countdown. If you look in the sidebar of this blog, you'll see a widget I created for the end of the semester now that we have just five weeks of the semester left (plus Thanksgiving Break). I hope that this might inspire you to work ahead and finish up the class early before the big end-of-semester crunch in your other classes that have final projects, final exams, etc.

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and if you want comments back earlier rather than later, try to turn in your project this afternoon instead of waiting for the evening. On Monday I'll start working through the projects in the order received. The sooner you can get that turned in, the sooner you'll get comments back. :-)

Message from Megan. (repeat announcement) Megan from Indian Epics is working on a research project in the Psychology department on memory, and she would really like to have people help test out this survey: "The purpose of this research is to assess your memory for basic stimuli like words or faces, examine your decision making processes, and assess your cognitive processing." Here is a link to the Survey.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Around this time of the semester, watch out for writer's block!

Reading. Have you tried working in BIzzell? Libraries are so inspiring! Bizzell is open from noon until 2AM today.

Spelling. This one is in honor of the OU Sower: SEW versus SOW.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Paranormal: The Ayodhya Files. Right here, right now, the brothers Rama and Lakshmana are battling demons in Boston and New York, unaware that they are caught up in an ancient battle being fought all over again.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race by T. W. Rolleston. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a wonderful overview of Celtic mythology! (Celtic is coming up in Myth-Folklore next week.)

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Beware the tiger who offers you a golden bracelet (a proverb from India). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is inspired by the fable of a tricky tiger in the Indian story collection know as the Hitopadesha.

Today's Video: Eyes on the Star. This is one of my favorite StoryCorps videos. Find out what Star Trek meant to the young Ronald McNair:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is curious, as all learners should be: Curiosity is the will to explore. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The 2016 OU Day of the Dead Celebration will start at 1PM at Lloyd Noble Center, with festivities until 8PM; there will be Aztec fire dancers and Latin Grammy-nominated Banda Carnaval (details).

Diwali 2016. One of the most festive celebrations in the Hindu calendar is Diwali, the "Festival of Lights," which takes place over a five-day period, and you can read about each day of the festival at Wikipedia. The word Diwali is a contraction of "Deepawali," which means "row of lamps," and one of the Diwali rituals is the lighting of candles and lamps to symbolize the triumph of light over the dark. The image below shows a Divali festival in Chandigarh, India.

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