Thursday, April 27

Today is Thursday of WEEK 14. There is nothing due today, but I hope you will use it as a chance to finish up Week 14 and any extra credit assignments you need to finish the class and have a Dead Week next week. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned something in before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me. Today I'll finish up those Sunday assignments and move on to the ones turned in during the grace period Monday morning. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Week 14 and 15. The Blog Comment and Project Feedback assignments for both weeks are available now, so there's no need to wait if you are wanting to use those assignments to finish up the class now. It's all mix-and-match, so can choose the assignments you want to get the points you need for the final grade (410/A, 360/B, 320/C). Let me know if you have any questions about that!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Creativity. I hope you will enjoy a brilliant ending to the creative process in all your creative endeavors.

Writing. And, as Edgar Rice Burroughs (the author of Tarzan) advises: keep on writing. The more you write, the better the odds!

GrammarCat. Today's cat is having trouble with THAN v. THEN.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: The Fairy Tale World. Cinderella, Snow White, and other fairy tale heroines are kidnapped by modern-day TV show producers who compel them to participate in a reality TV show — but the heroines just want to go home!

Free Book Online: Today's free book is One Hundred Poems of Kabir as translated by Rabindranath Tagore. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and you can find out more about the mystical poet Kabir and also about the great Bengali author Tagore at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A cloth is not woven from a single thread (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I chose this one in honor of Kabir, who was a weaver by profession.

Video: The video for today is The Divine Comedy ("Rapture" by Blondie). You can see more of Amy Burvall's mash-up videos at her YouTube channel.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has a study group for finals: Working in a team, I can learn more. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: It's Tie-Dye in the Union Food Court at 7PM: free tank tops to tie-dye for the first 150 people (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Ancient Roman Floralia. Today begins the ancient Roman festival called Floralia, which lasts from April 27 through May 3. Flora was a goddess in ancient Rome, and she presided over flowers and all blossoming plants. You can read more about the Floralia here, and you can see the goddess in Botticelli's painting Primavera (Spring); the smiling goddess Flora is the one all covered with flowers (detail view):

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