Monday, December 5

Today is Monday. Week 14 is now over... and Week 15 has begun. This is the last week of the semester, with Friday being the last day of class! You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

This week's schedule. Week 15 is a review week, with no new reading; instead, I'm asking you for your feedback about the class, along with other end-of-class activities. Note that the week is shortened because of finals: this class is over ON FRIDAY at noon. Please don't put your work off until the last minute! All the assignments are available now, and as soon as you get the points you need (410/A, 360/B, 320/C), you are all done with the class.

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll start with the assignments from people who are not done with the class yet (and who might need to also turn in a Week 15 assignment), and then I'll move on to reading assignments from people who are done with the class.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. You have no new reading in this class, but if you are doing reading to prepare for finals in your other classes, you might enjoy Lena Pavlova's cats in a Kama Sutra for Readers.

Mythology. Here's something fun: a map of Monsters in America.

Words from India. Long before there were "pundits" on American news shows, there were PANDITS in India.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Journey of Festivals. Travel and learn! This Storybook will tell you all about Rama Navami, which is the festival of Rama's birthday, along with the holiday of "Onam" in which King Mahabali returns to Kerala at every new year, and "Gudi Padwa," a celebration of Brahma's creation of the world.

Free Book Online: Sun Lore of All Ages by William Tyler Olcott. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You might want to bookmark this for reading when the winter solstice comes later this month:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Even if you are not normally an early riser, that might be a good strategy for Dead Week and Finals Week:

Today's Video: Ships of Ancient India. This is another of those short but very informative videos from Epified:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is determined to keep on going: You must persist despite setbacks. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Free First Monday at the Sam Noble Museum today (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 5: Krampus. In our "Santa Claus" tradition, there is the vague sense that naughty children might get punished, but in other countries, Santa Claus actually has a sinister companion whose job is to punish bad children. In Austria and other Alpine regions, that dark companion of Saint Nicholas is called Krampus, and December 5 is the Night of Krampus. You can see pictures of people dressed as the Krampus in this Wikipedia article, and below is a Krampus holiday postcard:

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