Wednesday, May 3

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 15, and we're getting very near the end of the semester. There is today, and tomorrow, and then the class is over on Friday at noon. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read and replied to the assignments turned in on Sunday, so now I am working on the assignments turned in on Monday, and I hope to get through the rest of the stack today. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Final grades in Canvas. 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:

Life. Here's another lovely graphic from Buddha Doodles: Choose to be optimistic; it feels better.

Writing. You've probably heard that the pen is mightier than the sword, Right? Here's a similar idea: weapons of mass creation.

Words from India. Via Sanskrit, Persian, and Turkish, we get the English word JACKAL.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Desperate Goddesses: Life on Mythological Lane. Izanami-no-Mikoto, the Japanese goddess of creation, has left the world of the living long behind, but she still watches over the desperate goddesses of Mythological Lane — Aphrodite, Pele, Ishtar, and Devi — and shares their stories with you.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Book of Good Counsels by Edwin Arnold. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is an English translation of the Sanskrit classic known as the Hitopadesha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is Better bend than break (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Aesop tells a fable about the humble reeds and the mighty oak: when the storm winds blew, the oak refused to bend and was blown down, but the reeds were willing to bend in the wind, and so they were still standing after the storm was over.

Video: The video for today is Maati Baani's Heal the World with young musicians from around the world, and you can find out more at the making of video.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is goal-directed: Look at the big picture and remember your why . You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There's a Study Hall this week in Ellison Hall from 8AM to 10PM (details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

May 3: Pete Seeger. On this day, May 3, in the year 1919, Pete Seeger was born, and he left this world just a few years ago, in 2014. You can read more about Pete Seeger's career in this Wikipedia article, and I've included two videos here: a concert performance by Peter Seeger and Arlo Guthrie (son of Woody Guthrie), and a recent video from Amnesty International with Peter Seeger performing the Dylan classic, Forever Young.

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