Saturday, March 25

Today is Saturday of Week 9. Between coming back from Break and Daylight Savings Time, last week was quite the marathon. I hope everybody will get some time to relax and enjoy this Saturday!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Projects. I got through all the assignments turned in on or before Thursday, and it is really nice to see the stories accumulating! Remember: if you want comments back sooner rather than later, turn in your project today. If you wait until Sunday, the stack gets pretty huge. I'll update the stack periodically as people turn in work this weekend.

New Blogger Templates. (repeat announcement) Just this week, Blogger released some new Blogger templates. I haven't had time to explore them yet in detail, but they sure look nice! They are designed for mobile-first, so they don't have the regular sidebar anymore. That means if you are viewing someone's blog that is using one of those new templates, you need to look for the ≡ icon at the top of the blog, and that will pop open a menu with access to the labels.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life. Here is some life advice: Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.

Letters. Watch the animation for the letters of the alphabet (and numbers too).

Words from Mythology. The English "calliope" is from the name of the Greek goddess of song: CALLIOPE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Happily Ever After? A Prince's Perspective. This Storybook takes a look at the "ever after" of some famous fairy tales and finds that the princes are now wondering "what if" things had turned out differently. For example: what if Beauty hadn't returned to Beast's castle for example?

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Avataras by Annie Besant. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. These are her lectures for the Theosophical Society:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is a saying that applies to the writing you do in this class, inspired by the writing of others!

Video: The video for today is Manish Vyas's recording of Om Namo Narayana. The Narayana Upanishad reads: Om Namo Narayanayeti mantra upasaka Vaikuntha bhuvanam gamishyati, or "Whosoever chants the Om Namo Narayana mantra reaches the ultimate goal, Vaikuntha, where one attains eternal blissful life."

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making a few mistakes along the way: Learning is messy. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Did anyone go to Stranger Things in the Union last night? Tonight is the event that Todd has been organizing: Escape! It starts at 4PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 25: Tolkien Reading Day. This Tolkien celebration has been organized by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Society also promotes the distribution of Tolkien's books to libraries all around the world:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day, or click here for past announcements.