Monday, November 28

Today is Monday. Week 13 is now over... and Week 14 has begun. This is the last week of reading because Week 15 is a review week, so: enjoy the reading! You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'll be updating the stack when I get to work on Monday, and I'll be replying to the assignments in order, starting with the ones turned in before Thanksgiving. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Dead Week. If you have been doing the regular assignments every week, you will automatically have a Dead Week in this class: at 30 points per week, you will reach 410 points this week for an A. Of course, you can also use Week 15 to finish up the class; the last day of class will be next Friday, December 9. As soon as you finish the points you need for the class, you are done (410/A, 360/B, 320/C), and if you have any questions about finishing up the class, just let me know!

OUEvaluate. The end-of-semester evaluations are available starting today at I hope you will take a few minutes to do an evaluation for this class and for your other classes... plus, you might even win an iPad! The evaluations are especially important for online classes (still considered something "new" at OU), and I really appreciate your feedback.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Wisdom. Here's a lovely quote from Jack Kornfield as we near the end of the semester: Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.

Technology. And here is a very elegant technology analogy: Control-Alt-Delete.

Words from India. You might be surprised to find that this word comes to English from India: PAJAMAS.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: The Vintner's Tale: How Chaucer Ruined The Canterbury Tales. The vintner is not someone that Chaucer included in his version of the Canterbury Tales . . . but if you want to find out what really happened on that pilgrimage, you need to read the vintner's tale!

Free Book Online: Tales from the Hindu Dramatists by R. N. Dutta. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Many of these plays feature characters you might know already from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Each man is the forger of his fate (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And, to borrow another proverb: Strike while the iron is hot!

Today's Video: Gutenberg ("Sunday Girl" by Blondie). This is another one of the marvelous mash-ups from Amy Burvall:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready to grow... and learn: Real learning takes work. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: If you didn't get enough pumpkin over Thanksgiving, come to the Union for more pumpkin desserts from 11:30AM - 12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 28: William Blake. Today marks the birthday in 1757 of the visionary English poet and artist William Blake. You can read more about his remarkable life and career in this Wikipedia article. Below is one of Blake's illustrations for Dante's Inferno showing the giant Antaeus:

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