Friday, April 21

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 13! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and here is a link to the class calendar where you can find the end-of-week assignments for Week 13 plus Weeks 14 and 15 also.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If all goes well, I will get through all the assignments that were turned in before Thursday, along with as many of the assignments turned in on Thursday and Friday that I can manage by the end of the day. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Weeks 14-15. We are now at the end of Week 13, and there are just two more weeks after this week: Week 14 and then Week 15. If you want to have a Dead Week in this class or finish the class this weekend, you can do that! You need 410 points for an A, 360 for a B, or 320 points for a C, and as soon as you have reached the total you want, you are done with the class; just send me a note to let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life. There's a lot of wisdom in this poster from the ConTessa gaming group: Do It Anyway.

Time. I know that those of you who are graduating this semester are thinking a lot about Endings and Beginnings: The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.

GrammarCatz. This GrammarCat is struggling with a spelling mix-up: POOR v. POUR.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Alexander the Great, Reborn. Alexander the Great lamented that he had only one world to conquer... but imagine Alexander in outer space, with one planet after another that can be his. This Storybook tells the adventures of Xander Mace, a character strangely reminiscent of the ancient Alexander.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Old Hungarian Fairy Tales by Baroness Orczy. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Baroness Orczy also created the historical fiction series, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Be the day never so long, at length cometh evensong (a rhyming English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Likewise, be the week ever so long, at length cometh Friday!

Video: The video for today is Why Sprout Is My Favorite Professor at Hogwarts. This is just one of John Spencer's Teachers of Hogwarts videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows he is smart: All learners are smart in their own unique ways . You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Today is the OU Botany Plant Sale from 8AM to 4PM in the Greenhouses near the Stadium (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Also, India Nite is Saturday, and you can get tickets in the Union today, Friday; for more information, see the South Asian Student Association Facebook page.

April 21: Founding of Rome. This day, April 21, was the festival of the Palilia in ancient Rome, and the ancient historians regarded it as the day when Romulus founded the city. You can read more at Wikipedia. The painting below shows Romulus, the first king of Rome, as imagined by the French painter Ingres:

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