Friday, December 2

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 14! All the assignments are available for both Week 14 and Week 15, and here is a link to the class calendar; maybe you will want to finish up the class today so you can have a proper Dead Week in this class!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've replied to all the Sunday assignments, and today I hope to get through all the assignments turned in during the week. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Finishing the class. A lot of people are finishing up the class now, which is wonderful to see, and there is only one more week to go: the class will be over next Friday, December 9, at noon. As soon as you have the points you need for the grade you want (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C), you are all done! If you have questions about any of that, please ask.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Technology. This really is the story of my life, as I graduated from high school in 1980: Evolution of the Desk.

Time. Some thoughts to ponder as the Fall semester and year 2016 wind down (link): The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.

Words from India. Everyone in the Indian Epics class is very familiar by now with this Sanskrit word: AVATAR.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Italian Fairy Tales. In this Storybook, Marco — an Italian living in the United States — chooses his favorite Italian fairy tales to tell to his little daughter, hoping to share with her the enchanted stories he heard when he was a little boy in Italy.

Free Book Online: The Ramayana of Tulsi Das translated by F. S. Growse. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is one of the most popular versions of the Ramayana in India today:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is When knowledge is hidden away, it rots; when it is shared publicly, it grows. (a Latin proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Even the medieval monks believed in open science: share the knowledge! The Latin proverb rhymes: Condita tabescit, vulgata scientia crescit.

Today's Video: Symbols of Divinity. There is a lot of good information in this short video from Epified:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows she can become more intelligent: With practice and training we can increase our attention and become more intelligent. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event near Campus: Joe Sullivan, a wonderful OU professor (whom some of you may know from his Arthurian literature class), will be giving a lecture on "Walking the Camino de Santiago" at Norman Public Library West this evening at 6:15PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 2: Odetta. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 2008 of the American singer and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes; she was born in 1930. Her folk music influenced Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, and Janis Joplin, and Martin Luther King called her "the queen of American folk music." You can find out more about her remarkable life and career at Wikipedia. Here she is on the Johnny Cash show in 1969:

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