Thursday, November 10

Today is Thursday of WEEK 12. There is nothing due today, which makes it the perfect day to get ahead and/or do some extra credit. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Update: The Week 12 Blog Groups are ready to go! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I read and replied to the projects turned in before 10PM on Sunday. I should be able to finish the Sunday projects today, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Elections. Some of you wrote and asked me what I thought about the elections, which I think is great (the elections are important); thank you for asking. I blogged something yesterday: Writing yesterday. Writing today. Having a blog to record your thoughts can always come in handy! The first presidential election I got to vote in was in 1984 when I voted for Walter Mondale and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro; if you want to see what a landslide looks like, here's the election of 1984. Ronald Reagan was president for all my undergraduate years in the 1980s. Then Bill Clinton was president for all my graduate student years in the 1990s. Meanwhile, women in the U.S. won the right to vote in 1920, less than 100 years ago. That's something to ponder. Over the centuries of this country's existence, people have made great sacrifices to give you that right: use your vote, and use it well.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Personally, I'm a fan of onomatopoeia. Long may its empire reign!

Shakespeare. Yesterday, I shared a fabulous Shakespeare Insult infographic, and here's another fun one: a Shakespeare Insult Generator.

Word from Mythology. This is one of my favorite Greek words in English: AEGIS.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Hello, when am I? It's a mash-up in time and space as you find the story of Rama and Sita set in Verona, the story of Draupadi and her husbands set in the Wild West... just jump through the time portal and see where it takes you!

Free Book Online: The Irish Fairy Book by Alfred Perceval Graves and George Denham. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You will find folktales and fairy tales from many different Irish authors here.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is All the buds upon a bush do not blossom (a proverb from India). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb of the Kashmiri people.

Today's Video: Powerful women of Hindu mythology. Those of you in Indian Epics will recognize many of the women and goddesses in this Epified video:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is starting to realize that he's going to have to get a move on: Life has no remote. You have to get up and change it yourself! You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be Tai Chi from 2PM-3PM in the Rose Garden by Bizzell Library (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 10: Neil Gaiman. Today marks the birthday in 1960 of the genius writer, Neil Gaiman. You can find out about Neil Gaiman's life and very prolific career in this Wikipedia article. My very favorite of all his books is American Gods; it is one of the most ingenious adaptations of traditional legends and myths that I have ever read. Happy birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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