10-21-2019: This is an update and repost from May of this year. Please check out the YouTube video above. If you go to YouTube, put a “like” or comment if you have a question or compliment! I will be presenting more about my investigation into the sky deities of Japan at the Applied Geography Conference in October. This presentation grew out of my “Meteorology and Myth” research. The abstract for my presentation: “Art, Allegory and Geographic Education: Cultural and Meteorological Lessons from the Sky Deities of Japan” has been accepted for a special session on Physical Geography. Here is a sample slide:
The following is a slideshow of some of the artwork to be discussed, TBD
Credit goes to the original artists. No copyright infringement is intended. See the full presentation for all credits and references, TBD.
This year’s AGC will be held in Charlotte, NC October 23-25. See the link here for more information about the conference,
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 will be presenting a paper at the Popular Culture Association of the South / American Culture Association of the South conference this fall.
This year, the conference will be held in downtown Wilmington, NC on September 26-28, at the Hotel Ballast.
My abstract for the conference is below:
The Five Themes of Geography Meet the National Football League
Sports references are one way to teach basic geographic concepts to K-12 and general education college students. There is a great interest in professional football (The NFL) although there is less interest in esoteric geographic concepts such as spatial diffusion, cultural landscape, altitudinal zonation, etc. Most college students only take one “general education” elective in college, and many remain uninformed as to how geography relates to their interests. This project presents several discussion topics which could be used to teach the classic “Five Themes of Geography”. The five themes of geography are 1) Location 2) Region 3) Movement 4) Human-Environment Interaction and 5) Place.
Geography as a natural science is discussed in such issues as environmental influences on franchise location, and how the atmosphere influences game physics. Geography as a social science is discussed in issues such as the controversy over team names, marketing problems, and ethnic or cultural identity. Teaching modules were developed for general education courses in geography, which were particularly aimed at education majors. The expected outcome is for these future educators to utilize and embellish these concepts further when teaching the five themes.
Keywords: Five Themes of Geography, Professional Football, K-12 Education, Geography of Popular Culture
For more on the PCA South Conference, see the link here:
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:
Butler, Julian and Dennis. J. Edgell. “Palmer Drought Severity Index Tracking of Alternating Periods of Drought and Excess Moisture in Southeastern North Carolina 1895-2018.” North Carolina Academy of Science. University of North Carolina at Wilmington. March 21-22, 2019.
You can view my slide show presentation on the post LINKED HERE.