Sunday, November 10

Today is Sunday of Week 12. Here is a link to Week 12 so you can complete any remaining assignments for Week 12, plus a link to Week 13 for working ahead too!

Class Procedures and Reminders

"Finished" form. When you get to your goal (410 for an A, 360 for a B, 320 for a C), that means you are done with the class. All you need to do is fill out the "Finished!" form that you will find in Canvas in the sidebar menu. Congratulations to the people who have already completed the class; several more people finished up this weekend!

Project Stack. I'll update the stack periodically today so that you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Then on Monday I'll start replying to the assignments in the order that they were turned in. The sooner you turn yours in, the sooner you will get comments back.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Blog Stream. You never know where a Wikipedia Trail might go... for this one, Hannah started at the snipe and ended up at RuPaul!

Twitter Stream. In the Paris Review Twitter feed, I found a beautiful article by Lynda Barry: You Used to Tell Stories. Some people call cartoonist Lynda Barry the "patron saint of creativity" ... and with good reason!

Writing. Some great advice from Neil Gaiman; let your imagination run wild! (See below for more Neil Gaiman; it's his birthday today.)

Writing Video. Here's a question that can help you in storytelling: What Makes a Hero?

Indian Epics Today. The character of the day is MANDODARI, who was Ravana's chief wife. More about Mandodari here, and you can also learn more in this Epified video:

Story of the Day. This is a Hausa story from Niger: The Origin of Monkeys. Short version: don't go fishing on Sunday!

Myth-Folklore. One of my favorite memes is "distracted boyfriend," which is very similar to the ancient Choice of Heracles, as you can see below, where Heracles must choose between Virtue and Vice. Someone last year made this distracted boyfriend meme for this class ha ha:

Myth-Folklore. Some myth on campus: this is OU's very own Sphinx, a sculpture by Fernando Botero:

H.E.A.R.T.. For those of you who are doing some reading today, maybe you will want to do that in the library (see below). This is a Library:

Event on Campus. On Sundays, Bizzell Library is open until 2AM. It is full of great study spaces (details)... just watch out for the ghost in the decks!

November 10: Neil Gaiman. Today marks the birthday in 1960 of the genius writer, Neil Gaiman. You can find out about Neil Gaiman's life and very prolific career in this Wikipedia article. Here's a Boston University student film adaptation of his story Chivalry:

In the story, someone unsuspectingly buys the Holy Grail in an Oxfam shop, and then Sir Galahad shows up (graphic by Cate Simmons):

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