Saturday, January 21

Today is Saturday of Week 1. I hope you are enjoying the weekend and that you had a great first week in all your classes!

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule. I don't check email as often on the weekends, but definitely send me any questions you have. If it's something urgent, I'll be sure to get back to you as soon as I get back online. If it's not urgent, I'll get back to you on Monday morning.

Your schedule. I'll be sending an email reminder on Saturday and on Sunday if your preferred schedule for the class has Week 2 starting this weekend. I cannot change the due dates in Canvas (they are the same for everybody), but I hope you will figure out what will be the best schedule for you. The class will go so much more smoothly if you are doing the work based on your own schedule instead of based on the Canvas due dates. :-)

Project Stack. Starting in Week 2, you will be turning in one assignment each week by email: the project assignment. Because emails sometimes go missing, I keep a list of those project assignments as they come in, so those of you who are working ahead can check to make sure I received your assignment: The Stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Books. A great quote from Game of Thrones: A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That is why I read so much.

Writing. I don't know about you, but I far prefer typing to handwriting: demons? or lemons?

Spelling. Another sneaky word pair that the spellchecker cannot help with: TIDE v. TIED.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Sita's Life: A Song of Valor. The adventures, both happy and sad, of Sita's exemplary life are told in later years by her son, Master Lava, the village teacher.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Alfred Church. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Maybe some of you in Myth-Folklore will want to learn about the myths as told in the old Greek tragedies:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Adam must have an Eve to blame for his own faults (a German proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The blame game has been going on for a long time!

Video: The video for today is about Saturday nights for the book nerds among us: Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Parody: Unread Book. Check out the lyrics at the H.E.A.R.T. blog.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for Week 2 of the semester: Don't stop! Just keep going! You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Get ready for a healthy semester with a FIT Pass, on sale this weekend (regular price $60: details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 21: Orwell. Today, January 21, marks the anniversary of the death of the English writer, George Orwell, in the year 1950 (he was born in 1903). He is the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four and also of Animal Farm, both of which are amazing novels. The image below is a poster advertising a movie version of Animal Farm from 1954:

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