Friday, November 8

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12... which means the semester is 80% complete. Pretty amazing! Here is a link to those Week 12 assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Weeks 13-14-15. As you get ready to finish up the class, you can mix-and-match whatever assignments you want from Week 13Week 14, and Week 15. Whatever combination of assignments you want to use to reach your goal is good! (Reminder: 410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C.) You can let me know you are done by filling out the "Finished!" form that you will see in Canvas.

Project Stack. Yesterday, I replied to all the projects turned in on Sunday, and today I'll finish all the Week 11 projects in the stack, plus as many of the early Week 12 and Week 13 assignments as I can. As always, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. I thought this was such a cool way to do an acronym growth mindset meme: Cade turned his name into a motto! Here's his blog post.

Twitter Stream. From the #FolkloreThursday stream, I learned about this article in the Guardian: We need new fairy stories and folk tales to guide us out of today’s dark woods.

Story of the Day. Today's "why" story is one of Aesop's fables: Why the Bat Comes Out at Night.

Myth-Folklore Video. And here's a Crash Course video about Mythical Cities.

Indian Epics Today. The character for today is Jambavan, the leader of Rama's army of bears. More about Jambavan. Here he is with Sugriva and Hanuman climbing a mountain:

Indian Epics. And here's a legend about Hanuman and the creation of the Ebony Tree:

India Video. Bickram Ghosh is one of my favorite musicians: Rhythm Jam.

Proverbs. And here's a wonderful proverb from Liberia about drums: An untouched drum does not speak.

Event on Campus. It's Annual Persian Poetry Night tonight at 6PM in Zarrow Hall 145 (details). Persian food will be served.

Saturday, November 8: Bram Stoker. November 8 marks the birthday in 1847 of the Irish novelist Bram Stoker who wrote the first modern vampire novel, Count Dracula. You can read more about Stoker's career in this Wikipedia article. Stoker's Dracula has inspired many later novels, films and even comic books, but I will confess that my favorite Dracula is Count von Count of the Muppets!

Here is a YouTube of Patrick Stewart and the Count:

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