Wednesday, December 6

Today is Wednesday of Week 15. The second part of the reading is due today, and it's the last reading assignment of the semester. I hope you will enjoy it! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Finishing up. (repeat announcement) Don't forget to fill out the form to let me know when you are done with the class, and if you have any questions as you are finishing up, just let me know. The class will be over on Friday at noon, so make sure you have a plan in place to finish today or tomorrow.

Project Stack. I'm almost done replying to all the projects that have come in from people who are still finishing up the class, and when I am done with those, I will move on to the assignments from people who are already done with the class (and congratulations again to all of you who have finished!). While you are waiting on comments back from me about your project, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

Extra Credit. Any combination of points you want to use to finish up the class is fine, so you might take a minute to look at the extra credit options; maybe you will want to try one you have not tried before. Find out more in the extra credit section of this week's assignments.

Evaluations. (repeat announcement) The course evaluations are still available at, so if you have not filled those out yet, I hope you will take a few minutes to do that before the end of the semester. I really value your feedback... and you might even win an iPad as part of the giveaway!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Class Twitter. From yesterday's Twitter @OnlineMythIndia, here is a fun tweet from OU Libraries.

Wisdom. I thought this would be a good graphic for the Fall season, and also for those of you who are graduating this month: Embrace Change.

Storybook Archive. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Indra. Have you ever wondered why Indra is no longer worshipped? This Storybook tells a tale of bitter rivalry among the gods, in which Shiva and Vishnu have conspired to deprive Indra of the devotion he knows he deserves.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Russian Garland by Robert Steele. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by J. R. de Rosciszewski:

Story of the Day. Today's story is from Aesop's fables: The Oak and the Reed. The moral of the story: be flexible!

Video: The video for today is the Indian novelist Kavita Kane, speaking at the Bangalore Literary Festival last month: Lanka's Princess, Vamp or Winner?. Kane writes novels from the point of view of the women characters in the Indian epics; you can learn more at this article: Why Feminism in Indian mythology matters today.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is finding her own way: Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Come enjoy the Winter Festival in Robinson Hall, 10AM-5PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

December 6: Saint Nicholas. Although "Saint Nick" is sometimes associated in popular tradition with the Christmas Holiday, the actual day of Saint Nicholas in the church calendar is today, December 6. You can read more about Saint Nicholas in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows "Sinter Claes" on a wall in Amsterdam; the Netherlands is one of the countries where gift-giving is associated with Saint Nicholas:

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