Sunday, February 12

Today is Sunday of Week 4, and I hope you are having a nice weekend! Make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments for Week 4, and you might want to get a head start on Week 5, especially if you have midterms coming up next week. You can find all the assignments, both for this week and next week, at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in. To get comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your assignment this morning or during the afternoon — if you wait until Sunday evening, you'll have a longer wait for comments back.

Wikipedia Trails. Especially if you are doing a Storybook project, I highly recommend the extra credit Wikipedia Trails option! It's a fun way to explore any aspect of your project that you are curious about, and you might end up with some useful materials for your Introduction or for the stories in your project later on.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity. Connect the dots... creatively.

Writing. When in doubt... just start writing!

Word from Mythology. Here's a word from Greek mythology, AMBROSIA, the food of the gods.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Sita's Soul. Indrajit has slain Sita on the battlefield, and Rama is desperate: he will do anything to save her. So begins his quest for the soul shards that he must gather from the gods Kartikeya, Ganesha, and finally Yama, the god of death.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Curious Creatures in Zoology by John Ashton. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This book is full of bizarre creatures, with abundant illustrations too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is skittles the game, not Skittles the candy.

Video: The video for today is Labyrinths. Find out more at the blog post.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning from others: Let another's success inspire you. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a matinee performance of the Italian opera, Don Pasquale, done in 1960s Hollywood style, today at 3PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (for more details, see the OU Daily article).

November 26: Charles Schulz. Today marks the death in the year 2000 of the American cartoonist, Charles Schulz, creator of the famous Peanuts cartoon characters. You can read more about Schulz's life and career in this Wikipedia article. My favorite of the Peanuts characters was always Linus! Here is an image showing the whole Peanuts gang:

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