Thursday, May 4

Today is Thursday of WEEK 15, and this is the last full day of class. If you are still finishing up, please make sure you do that today. The class is over tomorrow, Friday, at noon. Here is a link to the Week 15 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing up. The final deadline for all assignments is Friday at noon; that is when the remaining assignments in Canvas will expire. I hope you will be able to finish up today; putting things off until the last minute can be stressful and even risky. Let me know if you have any questions as you are finishing up!

Project Stack. I still have some projects in the stack, and I should be able to reply to all those assignments today. As always, you can check the stack here.

Final grades in Canvas. (repeat announcement) Unlike D2L, Canvas will not accept a points-based grading system with so much extra credit, which means I'm not able to display an actual letter grade for you in Canvas. Luckily, though, the system is simple: 410 points and above is an A, 360 is a B, 320 is a C, and 301 is a D. So, I wish I could display the final grade for those of you who have finished, but don't worry: when the class is over on Friday, I will record in Ozone the letter grade that matches your points.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Time. Some words of wisdom about today: Forget yesterday. It has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow. You haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift: today.

Books. This lovely quote is from Carl Sagan: Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.

Words from Mythology. The famous horn of plenty, or CORNUCOPIA, is related to a Greek myth about the infant Zeus and his foster mother, the goat-goddess Amalthea.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Tales of Ganesha. Ganesha has devoted followers all over the world, including Norman, Oklahoma! Join Ganesha at Campus Corner and hear the god tell the true stories of his own life.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Fairy Tales from All Nations by A. R. Montalba. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by Richard Doyle:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A stitch in time saves nine (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is one of my favorite proverbs, and it (almost) rhymes, too.

Video: The video for today is a Ramayana recitation by Robert Goldman. Robert Goldman and his wife, Sally Sutherland Goldman, were my Sanskrit teachers at Berkeley. You can find out more about them here: Ramayana Translation Project turns its last page, after four decades of research.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is a self-motivated learner: I drive my own learning. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Take a break and decorate some cookies in the HCLC in Bizzell at 6PM tonight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Star Wars Day. I think this may be the only holiday that is based on a pun. So, without further ado: MAY THE FOURTH be with you! You can read more about this Star Wars holiday at Wikipedia. I'm sure that Carrie Fisher is in everyone's thoughts on Star Wars Day this year.

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