Thursday, October 6

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7. There is nothing due today, but if you are going out of town for OU-Texas, finish up Week 7 today if you can, clearing the way for a holiday weekend. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Update: The Week 7 blog groups are ready now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog Groups. For those of you who are finishing up Week 7 today, I'll have the blog groups ready this afternoon. I just need to wait until people have finished posting their last-minute stories, and then I can set up the groups. I'll get that done as quick as I can today, and I'll update these announcements when the groups are ready.

Project Stack. I've replied to all the assignments turned in on Sunday by 8PM, and I'll finish the Sunday assignments today, along with as many of the Monday assignments as I can. Then on Friday I'll be at work for as long as it takes me to finish the Projects (hopefully not too long!). Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

OU-Texas Weekend. (repeat announcement) Since I am not able to get the Week 6 Project assignments back to everybody in time to finish the Week 7 Project before Friday, I've extended the deadline for that assignment in Canvas, so you can turn in the Week 7 Project anytime on Monday. So, for the Project assignment (and only this assignment), the Monday grace period goes all the way until midnight.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. I'm a fan of all the writing technology, old and new!

Self-Talk. Some wise advice from TinyBuddha.

Spelling. Here's an especially tricky pair: DISCREET v. DISCRETE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Tales from the Love Gods: Cupid and Kamadeva. It makes sense that the love gods of two different traditions — Cupid from ancient Greece and Rome, and Kamadeva from ancient India — would have a lot in common. In this Storybook, Cupid and Kamadeva get together and share stories from the world of love.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of the Bantu by Alice Werner. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Alice Werner was a pioneering anthropologist; you can read more about her at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Dawn does not come twice to wake us (a South African proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Truth be told, I don't get up at dawn... but I do still like the proverb: dawn does not have a snooze button!

Today's Video: Chinese Dynasties ("Vogue" by Madonna). This is my friend Amy Burvall again; turn on the closed captions to catch all the lyrics!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing her intelligence, using her brain to: EXPLORE. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Tonight is the opening of the FJJMA exhibit "Picturing Indian Territory, 1819-1907" with a lecture at 7PM and a public reception to follow at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 6: William Tyndale. On this day in the year 1536, the religious scholar William Tyndale was executed. His crime was translating the Bible into English. He was strangled in a public execution, and his body was then burnt at the stake. His last words were reportedly, "Lord! Open the King of England's eyes!" (the King of England at the time was the notorious Henry VIII). You can read about Willian Tyndale's remarkable life and scholarly career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows Tyndale at the stake:

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