Thursday, April 6

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. There is nothing due today, which makes it the perfect day to get ahead and/or do some extra credit. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Update: The Week 11 blog groups are ready now! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I read and replied to the projects turned in before 9PM on Sunday; I should be able to finish up the Sunday assignments today, and I'll move on to the assignments turned in on Monday and later. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I've received your email.

Blogger Templates. (repeat announcement) Blogger recently 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 unless your screen is really wide. That means if you are viewing someone's blog that is using one of those new templates, you may need to look for the ≡ icon at the top of the blog, and that will pop open a menu with access to the labels you need to find their Story and Introduction posts. For a nice example, take a look at Hannah's blog!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Empathy. Wise words from Jack Kornfield: Whatever point of view you have, there's another. I really like the image that goes with this one!

The Internet. And since I share so many quotes with pictures, I feel obliged to share this warning from Abraham Lincoln.

Words from Mythology. We get the word "hypnotic" from the name of the Greek god of sleep, HYPNOS.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Sky Warrior: A Tournament of Champions. The brave warrior Pyppa does battle with the flying creatures of the gods' arena as each round threatens death in a new form — Medean dragons, the bloodthirsty flying goddesses called Keres, and more. What will she do in order to survive the ordeal?

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Ocean of the Streams of Story translated by C. H. Tawney. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents, and you can find out more about this beautiful and amazing book at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is As the knight, so the sword (a Polish proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. I thought this would be a good one to share this week for all of you reading about knights and other heroes in Myth-Folklore.

Video: The video for today is Amy Burvall's Beowulf ("99 Luftballons" by Nena). I thought this would be a good follow-up to the Old English Beowulf video from yesterday!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that you don't have to do it all on your own: I get support from my peers. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a celebration of translation this afternoon beginning with a talk at noon in 230 Kaufman: Careers in Literary Translation (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 6: Raphael. Today is the birthday of the great painter Raphael; he was born in 1483, and he died on his birthday in 1520, only 37 years old. You can read more about his life and career at Wikipedia, which also features many of his mythological paintings, like this painting of Saint George and the Dragon:

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