Thursday, February 16

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. There is nothing due today, which makes it the perfect day to get ahead and/or do some extra credit! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Update: The Week 5 blog comment groups are ready to go.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. On Wednesday, I finished replying to all the assignments that had been turned in by 4PM on Sunday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and I'll keep working my way through the stack today.

Declarations. I know many of you are having a crunch time this week and next week with midterms, so I wanted to remind everybody: you should only do a Declaration for a completed assignment; the honor system approach in this class depends on that. If you find yourself in a last-minute situation with an assignment and you're not quite sure what to do, email me to let me know. We can find a solution to any problem; you just need to get in touch with me and tell me what the problem is.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Attention. Beware the dangers of multitasking: You can do anything, but not everything.

Words. This is a great Google Maps and Google Translate Mash-Up: European Word Translator. Type in the word you want to study, and see how it appears on the map:

Words from India. This wonderful English word comes from Serendib, an old name for Sri Lanka: SERENDIPITY.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Mysterious Museum: The Vahanas' Stories. In this museum, the artwork takes on a life of its own, and you will hear stories about the gods as told by the gods' own vehicles, the vahanas.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Wonder Tales of the Ancient World by James Baikie. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Those of you in Myth-Folklore will recognize some of these ancient Egyptian stories.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Every blade of grass gets its own drop of dew (a Scottish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The beauties of nature provide some wonderful metaphors for life!

Video: The video for today is a dramatic story told without words: Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster. You can see more at Tiny Hamster's YouTube channel.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is doing the cat equivalent of asking questions: In order to learn, we must probe and poke. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a showing of Shakespeare's Coriolanus at 6:30PM in Meacham with a discussion panel afterwards (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 16: Christopher Eccleston. As some of you know already, I am a Doctor Who fan, and today, February 16, is the birthday of Christopher Eccleston, who is my favorite of the Doctors; he was the Ninth Doctor in the 2005 season of the series. I've been watching Doctor Who practically my whole life — the series began all the way back in 1963. You can find out more in this Doctor Who article at Wikipedia; the image below shows the Doctor and his time-traveling spaceship named the TARDIS:

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