Posted in CULTURE, MY PHOTOS, Popular Culture, Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Review: Lunch at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington

I do not usually write restaurant reviews, but I had a great lunch last week at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington.

I was in Wilmington for the 2019 PCA/ACA South Region Conference (see my presentation post linked here). I was getting tired of conference snacks, and I had a hankering for some good Chinese food. Not a buffet — I wanted a sit-down meal. I searched Google, and saw that the Double Happiness restaurant was well-reviewed. Please visit their website linked here:

The business has two restaurant locations in Wilmington. I went to the one on Wrightsville Road. It was not too crowded at the time, but I arrived there just after it opened for lunch. As you can see from their website, they have a lot of great artwork within. Here are some photos posted to Google linked here. I even took a photo of the pretty menu cover!

Indeed, the menu is expressive of “double happiness”. I would have liked to have kept the menu through the whole meal, just to look at it.

I started off lunch with some Wonton Soup:

Next up, a double dose of happiness continues with double spring rolls:

The main dish was Beef with Broccoli, and I chose the brown rice:

I did not choose any desert, but I ate the fortune cookie, then saved the mint for later:

What was the fortune from the fortune cookie you ask?

Lunch was great. I would like to return sometime for a full dinner. Maybe next time I can get someone to drive me so I can drink a beer or two with dinner!

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Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, Popular Culture, Uncategorized

Seen at the PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Who was seen at the PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington?

Dennis, Jesse and Sue: September 26, 2019

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Programs … get your programs …

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Dennis, Kent and Kit were on the panel.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

I only found out that I was chair of this session when I received the program. We could have used AV, but it worked out for the best.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

This was a painting in my hotel room bathroom of the bridge in Wilmington.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

 

Posted in BOOKS, CULTURE, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, PowerPoint Ideas

4th Grade Presentations: Salvador Dali Book Report

I found another of my son’s old PowerPoint presentations while I was reorganizing our home computer. This one goes all the way back to when he was in 4th grade.

This assignment and presentation was supposed to be a biography of a famous person.  They were supposed to find a biography in the school library. He chose “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali” by Angela Wenzel. Although it was written for kids, I enjoyed reading it myself. I didn’t know a lot about Dali.The kids were assigned to take on the persona of the person, as they read their presentations. My wife used an eyeliner to “draw on” Dali’s famous mustache. Just click on an image to start the slideshow.

I received a lot of good comments from the teachers. The boy was really getting good at making PowerPoint presentations at this point. I think that his presentation holds up pretty well! The YouTube link to the Disney/Dali collaboration has been taken down. I was able to find another posting here:

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, here is the link for Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Mad-World-Salvador-Dali-Adventures/dp/3791329448

Who is your favorite surrealist artist? Please comment!

Posted in CULTURE, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, PowerPoint Ideas

Third Grade Presentations: “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”

I found this old powerpoint file, as I am continuing to organize files on an old computer. This is my son’s report “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”. He was assigned to make a presentation on how his hometown is special.

I had to help him, but he was actually getting pretty good at using PowerPoint … even back in 3rd grade. When I was in 3rd grade, we cut photos out of old magazines to make a poster board.

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Thank you for your help, Mrs. Edwards

Posted in ASSIGNMENTS, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS

The Geography Photo Contest

This slide set is from one of my assignments in my Intro Geography course this summer. I had my students take photos and describe the geography. Please enjoy these student photos and their written comments. (Click any slide to view FULL SIZE.)

Which one — wonWell, they are ALL winners to me!

College Educators: Students love their cellphones. They like to take selfies and share photos and comments on social media. This type of geography assignment should be fun and easy for them to do. Although this assignment is from my Online course, I suggest using the idea of a “photo contest” for a day when you cannot meet with your students due to faculty absence, conference travel, etc. This is another way to get students THINKING and WRITING …  

Please vote for your favorite in my blog comments below!

Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, NORTH AMERICA

Posters seen at the Undergraduate Research Conference

The Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. This annual event is a celebration and recognition of undergraduate research, scholarship, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Faculty mentored their students on a wide variety of research projects. This included students involved in course-based undergraduate research experiences.

Here are some of the posters seen at the conference. Click to view full size JPEG files:

Was this undergraduate event a stepping stone to more Geographic research? Will these students develop their ideas further? Who wants to take their posters to the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers? Does anyone want to go to the Applied Geography Conference? How about the North Carolina Geographical Society?

Contact me if interested!

 

Posted in Climatology, COLLABORATIONS, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, MY PHOTOS, OLD RESEARCH

Posters seen at the Graduate Student Symposium and Open House April 1, 2019

No foolin’ !!! Last night was the Graduate School Symposium and Open House. Current graduate students, potential graduate students and their families enjoyed poster presentations, refreshments and opportunities to discuss our numerous graduate programs. There were a record number 69 posters submitted this year. I had four of my graduate students present posters.

 

You can find more information about the Graduate School linked here:

https://www.uncp.edu/academics/colleges-schools/graduate-school/professional-development/graduate-research-symposium

Just click on a poster to start the slideshow and see details.

The awards were announced after the event. Unfortunately none of my students won, but I still think that they are ALL WINNERS!

https://www.uncp.edu/academics/colleges-schools/graduate-school/professional-development/graduate-research-symposium

 

 

 

 

Posted in MY PHOTOS, OLD RESEARCH, Uncategorized

My entry for the American Meteorological Society T-Shirt design contest 2018

Spoiler Alert: It didn’t win.  I had entered the American Meteorological Society’s annual “T-Shirt Design Contest” last summer. The winner was to be awarded free registration to the Annual Meeting of the AMS that is being held this month. They will  also be selling the shirts — of the winner — at the conference. Here is my design, although I never made it into a real fabric shirt.

I would like to tell you a little bit about how I came to make this design. The t-shirt I designed is just a plain white shirt with black text.  I suppose it could be made in color, but for the purposes of the contest, I just wanted the image to be as clear as possible for the judges.

How did I come up with the idea? I came up with the design from two different ideas. 1) I thought of the National Weather Service map symbols used on the station model on a synoptic weather chart. 2) I also have an interest in Japanese culture and art. (See my current work on Meteorology and Myth.)  The shirt depicts the Japanese kanji for “thunderstorm”.* The Japanese word is raiu.

Background: Kanji symbols are one of the three (maybe four?) methods of writing the Japanese language. There are thousands of kanji symbols. This system differs from our letters in that kanji is a symbolic — or logographic — system. The symbols (or “words” if you will) look like the real things the words represent.

The symbol on the left combines characters for “lightning” on top, with the symbol for “rice field” on the bottom. When the symbol is placed in this context, the symbol no longer means rice field — instead it   means “drumming”.  This is very appropriate! Thunder can sound like the pounding of drums as a thunderstorm approaches the observer. The symbol on the right is the kanji character for “rain”.  Note the symbol includes those four dashes which look rather like rain falling from the flat base of a cloud.  Maybe on to a rice field?

From “The Rising Sky” blog on WordPress.

When you put them together, it “spells” (cough) the Japanese word Raiu – or Thunderstorm. Link: Here is how to pronounce the word “Raiu”.

The other inspiration for my T-shirt design was based on the US National Weather Service symbols used on their synoptic weather charts. Meteorologists place these symbols on a map around a particular station, to represent conditions at a point in time.

Notice that the NWS symbols for thunderstorm, and the various conditions associated with types of thunderstorms storms look like logographic writing.  The basic thunderstorm shorthand symbol is a horizontal line with a perpendicular straight line down on the left side, and a zig-zag line with arrow on the right.  The zig-zag obviously represents a downward lightning path. Perhaps the left line represents the downward rush of rain and cold air, typical of a mature thunderstorm.

Actually, I had thought at first of just using the NWS thunderstorm symbol as the T-shirt design, but then thought the kanji script might be a good conversation starter.  I hope you like my design. Maybe someday I could have the shirt printed out. Do you have any suggestions as to how I might improve the design? Please comment if you want us to order some!

It took the sap about 2:05 to flow through this one.

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*References: I found a WordPress blogger who has posted articles about Japanese kanji script. He also posts interesting articles about Japanese culture. I defer to his expertise here.

https://therisingsky.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/kanji-tip-15-%E9%9B%B7%E9%9B%A8-thunderstorm/

Weather map symbols:

https://www.joshtimlin.com/learning-center?lightbox=dataItem-irgddmlj

https://www.thoughtco.com/symbols-on-weather-maps-3444369

 

Posted in COLLABORATIONS, MY PHOTOS

Graduate Student’s “Cultural Geography Mini-Symposium” December 12, 2018

The students in my graduate geography held a “Mini-Symposium” instead of taking a regular final exam.. These are the posters presented by the students December 12, 2018.

The students were to experience the professional experience of presenting an academic poster, perform a ‘conference-style” oral presentation, and submit a research paper for review. All of this experience in one day!

Geography and Voting Patterns in North Carolina  — DeVare Jenkins

Jenkins voting in nc poster

Peyotism and the Native American Church: An Ethno-Geographic Study Employing a “Five Themes” Approach. — Richard William Varner II

Richard Peyote poster 2018

Teal’s Wonderful World of Golf — Jimmy Teal

teal Wonderful World of Golf poster

Buddhism and the Five Themes of Cultural Geography  — Sonya L. Hunt

Sonya Hunt Buddhism Poster

Global Human Trafficking — LaToya Gholston

Gholston Poster

The Diffusion of Jazz in America from 1917-1969: Examining Jazz Through Recordings —Brandon Hyatt

Brandons jazz poster

Cultural Geography of Religious Cults – Katheryn Sonnen

K S cults Poster

It was also good to see that some faculty and administrators were able to attend:

Good job people! Let’s present these at the Graduate Symposium this April!

 

Posted in COLLABORATIONS, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, MY PHOTOS, OLD RESEARCH

Seen at the North Carolina Academy of Science! (The Annual Meeting, March 23-24, 2018. Wake Tech Community College.)

Seen at the North Carolina Academy of Science! (The Annual Meeting, April 2018. Wake Tech Community College).

dennis edgell and julian butler NCAS Meeting 2018
It turns out that “Degree-Days” are neither “degrees” or “days”!

Dennis Edgell (L) and Julian Butler (R).

Dr. Farley and his students NCAS 2018
Dr. Farley would rather “bee keeping”

Dr. Farley and some of his “Kids in the Garden” research.

the big screen IMG_0178

Turned out the entire academy March 24 2018

I also presented a degree-day paper, expanding upon Julian’s pilot study.

I thought it would be attended only by the other presenters. Who knew that the entire academy would be there?