Thursday, September 14

Today is Thursday of WEEK 4. If you have not done your story yet for this week, that means today is Storytelling Day. I hope you will have fun with that! Here is a link to all of this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storytelling Style: Tell it with Animals. If you are looking for a new style to try this week, you could take a story about people and... tell it with animals. Have you seen Disney's Robin Hood with animals? That's the idea; more information here. For another example, see Heraclaws below.

Project Stack. I'm still working on the Sunday assignments today, and I should be able to finish all of those today if all goes well, and then start on the assignments turned in on Monday. While you are waiting on comments back from me about your Project assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Extra Credit. As you are doing the reading for class and/or working on your project, or even just looking at the class Twitter, maybe you will see something that piques your curiosity... in which case, you can do a Wikipedia Trail for extra credit. Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. I just started reading Daniel Goleman's new book, Altered Traits, and it's fantastic, so I decided to follow him at Twitter (I follow a lot of writers at Twitter). And from Goleman in yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia, here is one of many reasons to try meditation.

Words from Mythology. Find out how the name of the Titan god ATLAS became the name used for a book of maps.

Storybook Archive. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class, and it's a great example of storytelling with animals: The Cat Gods and the Tales of Heraclaws. Yes, these are the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus... as cats: Zeus the tabby, Aphrodite the calico, etc. and also Heraclaws, the mighty son of Zeus. Will he be able to revive the worship of the old gods?

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Barlaam and Josaphat: English Lives of Buddha by Joseph Jacobs. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Stories about the Buddha were transformed in the Christian tradition into stories about Saint "Josaphat" which is derived from the Sanskrit word Bodhisattva.

Story of the Day. Today's story is from Aesop's fables: The Two Pots, which is a story about how dangerous it can be to have friends who are far more powerful than you are.

Video: The video for today is Banaja, a song by the mystic poet Kabir as performed by Maati Baani and Mooralala Marwada. You can see the lyrics in English here, and there are also video subtitles.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is learning about neuroplasticity: You are the architect of your brain. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a lecture on "Medieval Monsters and Maps" at 6:30PM in the Regents Room in the Union (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 14: Typewriter ribbon. Today marks the anniversary of the day in 1886 when George Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patented the typewriter ribbon. Now, I'm not sure how many of you (... any of you...?) may have typed on a typewriter with a ribbon, but I learned to type in 1973 on a manual Royal typewriter, complete with a typewriter ribbon. You can read an article about the history of the typewriter here at Wikipedia. Here is an old Hermes typewriter — and why was it called Hermes do you think? It was probably because Hermes was a speedy messenger... or perhaps because he was the Greek god credited with the invention of the alphabet!

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