Saturday, February 18

Today is Saturday of Week 5. I hope you are enjoying this lovely weekend... and congratulations again to everybody who has their projects up and running for this semester!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your project assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in on Thursday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the assignments turned in on Friday, then Saturday, and so on. So, to get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment today — don't wait until Sunday. :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Beware the Caps-Lockness Monster!

English Language. English has words that come from so many different sources! Find out more at the History of the English Language Chart.

Words from Mythology. The Roman god Saturn gives us the name of the day today: SATURDAY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: The Goddess's Safe Haven. Durga is your hostess at this haven, a safe place for women to explore their lives and find inspiration for their next incarnation. Join one of the support groups and hear the stories that Draupadi, Amba, and Ahalya choose to share.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Myths and Legends of the Bantu by Alice Werne. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The coming two weeks in Myth-Folklore will be featuring African stories!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Paddle your own canoe (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is like a variation on "just keep swimming..." and for this one: just keep paddling!

Video: The video for today is Ganga Pooja. This is a collaboration between two wonderful musicians: Manish Vyas and Prem Joshua.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is persistent: This may take some time and effort. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a performance of Love's Labor Lost at 7:30PM in the Lab Theatre / Old Science Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 18: Nikos Kazantzakis. Today marks the birthday of the Greek poet and novelist, Nikos Kazantzakis, who was born in 1883. He wrote The Last Temptation of Christ, and he also wrote a continuation of the Odyssey, a modern epic poem picking up where Homer left off: The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia. Below is a photograph of the inscription on Kazantzakis's tomb: Δεν ελπίζω τίποτα, δε φοβούμαι τίποτα, είμαι λέφτερος (I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.).

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