Sunday, November 27

Today is Sunday of Week 13. I hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break! If you didn't finish up Week 13 before the break started, make sure you finish Week 13 today; you can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing the class. You should have a plan in place for finishing up the class now, based on the Week 13 assignments (due today), plus any assignments you will be completing in Week 14 and Week 15. As soon as you complete the points you need to finish the class (410/A, 360/B, 320/C), you are all done, and if you have any questions as you map out your plan for finishing up, just let me know.

Project Stack. I have replied to all the Week 12 assignments, and I will start in on the Week 13 assignments when I am back at work on Monday. The sooner you can turn in your assignment today, the sooner you will get comments back from me. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and I'll be updating the stack periodically today.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Superheroes. I hope you will find all the superhero powers you need as you finish the semester... just like Spiderdog here:

Mythology. I'm sure some of you saw Fantastic Beasts over the holiday break, so I thought you might enjoy this fascinating chart of Mythical Creatures. Click here for a full-sized view:

Spelling. This is an especially tricky pair: ALTAR v. ALTER.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Indian Horror Story: Tales of the Lingering Souls. This haunted house was owned by a mysterious man named Yash, whose eerie portrait has presided over a series of grisly deaths that echo the episodes of the ancient epics.

Free Book Online: Mother Goose by W. W. Denslow. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is an animated gif I made of some of the illustrations:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is If you don't scale the mountain, you can't see the plain (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. So, keep on climbing!

Today's Video: Pieter Bruegel's Tower of Babel. You can fin dout more about the story of the Tower at the MythFolklore UnTextbook.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making mistakes: Sometimes, being wrong is the only way we can learn. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Bizzell Library has its regular Sunday hours today, from noon until 2AM (details).

November 27: Saint Josaphat's Day. Today marks the feast day of one of the most fascinating saints in the Christian tradition: Saint Josaphat. Saint Josaphat's story was made famous in the medieval tale of "Barlaam and Josaphat," which is actually an adaptation of the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. You can read more about Josaphat in this Wikipedia article; this image of Saint Josaphat comes from a medieval Greek manuscript:

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