Sunday, March 26

Today is Sunday of Week 9. If you have not finished the Week 9 assignments, today is the day to do that, and you might want to do some extra credit assignments also! You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and on Monday I'll start replying to the assignments in the order that they were turned in. If you want comments back sooner rather than later, try to turn in your assignment this morning or afternoon. The stack will be huge by the time Sunday evening arrives!

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:

Creativity. For the most powerful creativity, you need both logic and imagination, i.e. convergent and divergent thinking.

Punctuation. A comma makes all the difference: It's raining, cats and dogs versus "It's raining cats and dogs."

Indian Word in English. This is another Sanskrit word in English: MANDALA.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Tales from the Love Gods: Cupid and Kamadeva. It makes sense that the love gods of two different traditions — Cupid from ancient Greece and Rome, and Kamadeva from ancient India — would have a lot in common. In this Storybook, Cupid and Kamadeva get together and share their favorite stories.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Thirty Indian Legends of Canada by Margaret Bemister. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is All the buds upon a bush do not blossom (a Kashmiri proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. As long as some buds blossom, of course, that is enough!

Video: The video for today is Todd Graham's brilliant mash-up: Apocalypse Pooh. And for tonight's showing of Apocalypse Now, see the announcement below.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat needs to open his mind: Think outside the box. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The Classic Film Club is showing Apocalypse Now in David Boren Hall, Room 180, at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 26: Leonard Nimoy. Today marks the birthday of the actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the Star Trek franchise; he was born in 1931, and he left this world in 2015. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia, and I highly recommend this documentary, made by his son, which you can watch streaming at Netflix: For the Love of Spock.

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