Sunday, August 18, 2019

Day 100. Made it so far!

It seems very appropriate to have Day 100 of the project coming exactly the day before classes start! So, I don't have a lot to write today, except to say: YAY, I made it!

And, thanks to a Nigerian folktale I was working on this morning, I did manage to stump Google Socratic by asking about bush cats! Details: Zuboff, Chapter 4: How Google Got Away With It.

And the story was such a great find, too; I recognized it right away as being parallel to the Anansi story about a chain of victims that I was working on a year ago and, kudos to Martha Beckwith: she had the Nigerian citation in her notes to the Anansi story: Brer Anansi Borrows Money.
And here's a bush cat:

(photo by Danny Idelevich)

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Day 99. My first Brer Rabbit story

I'm working on the Week 2 assignments for Myth-Folklore, so I wrote my first Brer Rabbit story! Here it is:

I also did the brainstorming assignment, thinking about four possible Storybook topics (and of course there were so many more I could think of!). I'm strongly leaning towards Mammy-Bammy Big-Money, but we'll see. I don't have to decide until I get back from Austin.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Day 98. Wikipedia

So, I've decided to start doing a "Wikipedia good deed of the day," adding references and external links to Wikipedia articles.

Today I added a list of Joel Chandler Harris books to the Brer Rabbit article, along with a Florence Baer citation.

That article is such a mess, and I'm not even sure how to clean it up really, but at least I made some kind of useful contribution.

I'm pasting in here the Baer citation so that I can use it again in other articles!

{{cite book
 |title=Sources and Analogues of the Uncle Remus Tales
 |publisher=Folklore Fellows Communications
 |isbn= 9514103742

And for the Harris books, I linked to Gutenberg when available; if not, then to Hathi:
[URL ''title'']

This is the first major edit I've made on a Wikipedia article in a long time, so I'm wondering if I will run afoul of the editing guidelines; that's something I will learn about as I go!

Here's the Brer Rabbit article, and a screenshot of the list I added; I was able to use Diigo to get a quick count of actual Brer Rabbit stories for each book!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Day 97. Pinterest Board finished

I finished the Pinterest Board with all the Joel Chandler Harris stories that have illustrations; 139 stories out of the 183 stories total. :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Day 96. Pinterest Board

I was emailing with a student today talking about Tumblr and Pinterest, and that gave me the idea to make a Board with all the Joel Chandler Harris stories that have illustrations; I got about half-way through so far; I'll finish tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Day 95. Getting ready to launch Nights site

The Story-of-the-Day project is going really well (I'll be using that for my class announcements starting next week)... and now I think I am ready to try my reuse strategy, creating a Google Sites website for Nights with Uncle Remus. I've been using some Nights stories already as Story-of-the-Day... and if I have time tomorrow, I'm going to create a Nights site where I will use those texts plus the other stories from the Nights that I have turned into Google Docs.

Part of me thinks I am not quite ready for this experiment... but part of me says I've just got to do it; otherwise, school is going to start officially on Monday, which means for several weeks I will be feeling completely discombobulated.

So, we'll see how it goes; I may or may not have a new site to share here tomorrow. Today's Story of the Day is one of the ones from Nights:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Day 94. #1619Project

I am glad I saw this hashtag at Twitter today: #1619Project. This is a project I will definitely want to follow to learn how it resonates with the work I am doing on the folktales.