Sunday, April 2

Today is Sunday of Week 10. This is the very last day of Week 10, so make sure you finish the end-of-week assignments, along with any extra credit you want to do. You can find all the assignments at the Class Calendar, including Week 11 if you want to get started on that now too!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. The sooner you can turn in your project, the sooner you'll get comments back from me. I'll update the stack periodically today so you can check the stack to be sure that I've received your email.

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After today, there are just five more weeks of school: Weeks 11-12-13-14-15. Week 11 starts on Monday, and it's a good idea to make a plan now for finishing up the class, choosing what assignments you want to work on and deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. You can use this Weekly Chart to track your progress, especially if you would like to have a total Dead Week in this class before finals. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life. It's a "Spring Cleaning" cartoon from the wonderful Grant Snider.

Time. Procrastination is... intergalactic.

Words from India. For thousands of years before it was perverted by Hitler and the Nazi Party, the SWASTIKA was a symbol of good luck in India.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class (and it's by Jenna, who is in Indian Epics this semester): Not to Touch the Earth. The time has come for Rye to visit the Oracle. As he learns of his future, he may remind you already of a great hero from the past. And then... it's time to face the monster, the one who comes at night.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and you can learn more about Rudyard Kipling's life and career at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The one who is not strong enough to lift the stone must roll it (an Estonian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The image is one of the famous "dwarves of Wrocław."

Video: The video for today is The Machine is Us/ing Us. Find out more about Michael Wesch's video and how it went viral at the DigiHist blog.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid of making mistakes: Learn from your mistakes ...and then move on.. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a matinee performance of "She Kills Monsters" at 3PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theater (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 2: Andersen. Today, April 2, marks the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen in the year 1805. You can read about his life and career at Wikipedia. Andersen is most famous for "The Little Mermaid," but his version is very different from the Disney film. You can read over one hundred of Andersen's stories in English at the website, and there are several Andersen books at the Freebookapalooza, which is the source for this illustration:

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