Sunday, November 13

Today is Sunday of Week 12, so it's time to finish the end-of-week assignments, and also to do some extra credit if you want to finish up the course early. You can get started on the Week 13 assignments too; all the assignments are available at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and I'll be updating the stack periodically today.

Thanksgiving. (repeat announcement) Yes, Thanksgiving is on its way! In this class you get a whole week off for Thanksgiving; you can find out more about how that works on the Week 13 page.

My schedule next week. (repeat announcement) Because I'll be out of town next Friday, that means I won't have as many days in the coming week for responding to projects. That means you need to turn in your project today if you want to get comments back from me before Friday. You can still turn in a project during the grace period tomorrow, no problem, but you might not get comments back until the next week (November 22).

Michaela's survey. (repeat announcement) Here is another Capstone survey; this one comes from Michaela in Indian Epics, and it is for past study abroad participants (Michaela is studying the relationship between language study and study abroad satisfaction): Study Abroad Survey. If you have done Study Abroad, please share your thoughts!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Inspiration. Something to keep in mind at all times when writing: Writing does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Writing Humor. Here's a fun cartoon from Dan Reynolds:

GrammarCatz. This cat is struggling with English spelling... again. More at the GrammarCatz blog.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: The Fairy Tale World. Cinderella, Snow White, and other fairy tale heroines are kidnapped by modern-day TV show producers who compel them to participate in a reality TV show — but the heroines just want to go home!

Free Book Online: The Story of Buddha and Buddhism; His Life and Saying edited by Brian Brown. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Some of you in the India class have been learning about Buddhism, and this book might be useful:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The sea is made bigger even by just a drop (a Russian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I am a believer in the drop-by-drop approach!

Today's Video: Human Population Through Time. Here's the big picture from the American Museum of Natural History:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing by leaps and bounds: A mind stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The final performance of the Firebird is today at 3PM in the Brackett Theatre (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 13: Vine Deloria. Today, November 13, marks the death in 2005 of the Sioux author and political activist Vine Deloria, Jr. You can read more about Deloria's life and career at Wikipedia. He is most famous for his 1969 book Custer Died for Your Sins. Deloria's writings are thoughtful and thought-provoking, as in this famous quotation: When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, ‘Ours.’ For more, check out this webcast from the National Book Festival.

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