Thursday, October 12

Today is Thursday of Week 8. I know some of you are finishing up Week 8 today in order to get on the road to Texas, and here is a link to all of this week's assignments. Safe travels to everybody going to the game!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Today I will finish replying to all the projects turned in on Sunday, and on Friday I'll be sure to finish replying to all the Week 7 projects. 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. You'll need my comments to go on to the Week 8 project assignment, but don't let that slow you down! You can move on ahead to the Week 9 reading if you want to keep on working; here is a link to the Week 9 assignments.

Extra Credit. If you have finished up Week 8 in order to head to Texas this weekend, you might want to do the Famous Last Words post today! Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. From yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia as part of #DayOfTheGirl, here is Malala Yousefzai.

Writing. To go along with Malala's quote, here is another good one: weapons of mass creation. I really like this variation on the old saying that "the pen is mightier than the sword."

Storybook Archive. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Rate My Rishi. If you've ever used, you'll feel right at home at Rate My Rishi, where the rishis' students, fans, and enemies sing their praises and dish the mythological dirt too.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Folk Tales from Tibet by W. F. O'Connor. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is the illustration for How the Hare got his Lip Split:

Story of the Day. Today's story is from the Buddhist Jataka tales: The Cunning Crane and the Crab. Those of you in Indian Epics may remember this Jataka from the beginning of the semester.

Video: The video for today is Battlestar Galactica. If you listen closely, you will hear the ancient Sanskrit Gayatri mantra in the lyrics!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is a confident cat: Yes, I can! You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be lecture about medieval food at 6:30PM in the Union Regents Room: Putting Dinner on the Table in Chaucer's London (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 12: Douglas Adams. On this day in 1979, Douglas Adams published The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one of my favorite books of all time. You can find out more about the Hitchhiker series at Wikipedia, and the image below shows the first edition of the book:

And here is some important advice that you will find in the Guide, and it is great advice for life in general: Don't panic!

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