Monday, March 27

Today is Monday. Week 9 is now over... and Week 10 has begun. It's Native American stories in the Myth-Folklore class again this week, and in Indian Epics you are carrying on with your own reading choices (let me know if you'd like any help finding something to match your interests). You can find the week's assignments at the Class Calendar.

Update: The Week 10 project feedback groups are ready to go! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule today. I'll be away from my desk for part of the day today, so if I am slow to reply to an email, that's why. If you don't hear back from me in response to an email, I'll be sure to get back to everybody by the end of the day or on Tuesday morning.

Looking ahead. As of today, there are five weeks plus Dead Week left in this semester, and it's a good idea to have your plan in place for finishing up the semester, especially if your goal is to finish early. If you are aiming for an A, you should have 245 points right now, or around 265 if you want to finish before Dead Week. For more details, see this Grading Chart.

Project Stack. As usual, there is a HUGE stack of projects in the stack at the beginning of the week, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. This is the Reader's Kama Sutra by Lena Pavlova.

Creativity. Wise words from Joseph Chilton Pearce: To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Word from Mythology. The English word "panic" comes from the name of the Greek god PAN.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Automaton: Robots of Legend. It contains legends of mythological robots, beginning with the legendary Talos, guardian of the ancient Greek island of Crete, and the mechanical eagle that fed each day on the liver of the Titan Prometheus.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists by Sister Nivedita. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You will find versions of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata here, along with stories of Shiva.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Different strokes for different folks (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is one of my favorite proverbs!

Video: The video for today is a graphic novel trailer, and this is one of the reading option for the Indian Epics class: Krishna, Defender of Dharma; it's on Reserve in Bizzell.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has decided to stop and think: To get unstuck, you must first unthink. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a workshop on ZOTERO, a fantastic bibliography tool, today in Bizzell LL123 at 3PM; I am a big fan of this tool: highly recommended! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 27: M.C. Escher. Today marks the anniversary of the death in 1972 of M. C. Escher; he was born in 1898. You can read more about Escher's life and work at Wikipedia. Below you can see Escher's Drawing Hands, along with a Vimeo video inspired by Escher's way of seeing the world.

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