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 websitelinked 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!
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.
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.
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 — won? Well, 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!
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.
Honors student Richard Varner II
Here are some of the posters seen at the conference. Click to view full size JPEG files:
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:
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?
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.
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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.
*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.
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
Peyotism and the Native American Church: An Ethno-Geographic Study Employing a “Five Themes” Approach. — Richard William Varner II
Teal’s Wonderful World of Golf — Jimmy Teal
Buddhism and the Five Themes of Cultural Geography — Sonya L. Hunt
Global Human Trafficking — LaToya Gholston
The Diffusion of Jazz in America from 1917-1969: Examining Jazz Through Recordings —Brandon Hyatt
Cultural Geography of Religious Cults – Katheryn Sonnen
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!