Sunday, December 4

Today is Sunday of Week 14. It's the last day of Week 14, and it's also the last weekend of the semester (this class is over on Friday at noon). So, I hope you will think about finishing up the class today, especially if you usually do most of your class work on the weekends. All the Week 14 and Week 15 assignments are available now, and you will find them in the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your project assignment, and on Monday I'll start working through the stack, starting with people who have turned in new stories and need comments back from me in order to complete their Week 15 assignment by the end of the week on Friday. The sooner you can turn in your assignment, the sooner you will get comments back from me.

Finishing the Class. (repeat announcement) This is the last day of Week 14, and you need to have a plan in place now for finishing up the class — hopefully you can even finish up today, giving yourself a Dead Week in this class next week. 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, and if you have any questions about that, just ask!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Happiness. I really like these Beatitudes for the Weird: Blessed are the weird people — the poets and mistfits, the artists, the writers, and music-makers, the dreamers and the outsiders — for they force us to see the world differently.

Wisdom. A hopeful thought for every day: This is a wonderful day; I have never seen this one before.

Word from Mythology. Today's word is named for Morpheus, the god of sleep: MORPHINE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Lost in Fairyland. Imagine that you slipped and fell in a puddle — and then fell through the puddle and into a fairyland. How would you ever get home again? Having a fairy map and a fairy compass might help!

Free Book Online: The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a sequel to Kipling's original Jungle Book.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Paddle your own canoe (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I thought this would be good advice on your way to the end of the semester.

Today's Video: Chaiyya Chaiyya / Don't Stop. This brilliant mash-up features a Michael Jackson song and Chaiyya Chaiyya, which you might recognize from the soundtrack of Spike Lee's Inside Man. And yes, that's Shankar Tucker whom you might recognize from other videos I've shared here.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is climbing the ladder of success: Success is not coming to you; you must come to it. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The OU Christmas concert will be at 3PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 4: Omar Khayyam. Today marks the death in the year 1131 of the great Persian poet and scholar, Omar Khayyam. He is best known in the West for his collection of poems called the Rubaiyat, and he is also renowned as a mathematician and astronomer. You can read more about Omar Khayyam's remarkable life and career in this Wikipedia article, and you can also see this wonderful statue of Khayyam on the OU campus at Farzaneh Hall:

You might also enjoy this BBC documentary: Omar Khayyam, The Poet of Uncertainty.

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