Tuesday, September 10

Today is Tuesday of Week 4. Here is a link to the Week 4 assignments. Today is a reading day, so maybe you will want to give the reading idea below a try (it's weird... but it works!).

Class Procedures and Reminders

Talk to yourself while reading. Anything you do to mix your other senses into the reading experience will make a more lasting impression. Reading out loud is one way to do that, and another way to do that is to talk to yourself while you read. You can even have imaginary conversations with the characters. Try it! It's weird, yes, but it means you really engage with the story.

Project Stack. I've read and replied to all the assignments turned in on Friday, and I've started on the Saturday assignments; I'll keep working on those Saturday assignments today. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. It's always fun to see what people do with their Wikipedia Trails, especially when they ended up somewhere unexpected, so here's Emily's trail from Mary Magdalene to... Sara Bareilles.

Twitter Stream. OpenCulture has a great Twitter feed, and that's how I learned about this Greek myth video which tells some famous stories just by using graphic designs: very cool! Link to the video.

Story of the Day. The "why" story for today is about the mink's bad smell: Why the Mink Stinks.

Indian Epics Today. The character of the day is URMILA, Lakshmana's wife. She is most famous for the story of "Umila Nidra," the Sleep of Urmila; more about Urmila here.

Storybooks. And here's a project about Urmila's sister, Sita: Sita, Sidewalks, Shadows. Stars.

Indian Epics. Here's another Ramayana character: it's Hanuman, as sand art.

Myth-Folklore Video. For those of you who have been looking at Greek sculpture in the Myth-Folklore reading, imagine those sculptures... in color! Tracing the Colors of Ancient Sculpture:

H.E.A.R.T.. There are lots of colors in that box of crayonsLife is about using the whole box of crayons. 

Mindset Cats. Today's mindset cat is aiming high: If I try harder, I can climb higher.

Writing Video. Here's another Mike Rugnetta video (from his days at PBS before Crash Course): Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art? Of course you know I would answer: yes!

Event on Campus. There will be a Papel Picado Workshop in Dunham Creative Commons (A108) at noon and again in Bizzell at 3PM (LL118) is part of Mexico Week this week; find out more.

September 10: Alison Bechdel. Today is the birthday of the cartoonist Alison Bechdel. She is the author of two graphic novels, and she is probably most famous for the Bechdel Test, which is used to rate movies and other works of fiction for women's presence: are there at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man? Here's a graphic summary:

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