According to a Gallup poll, residents of Ann Arbor, Michigan were the happiest in all US cities. They “ rated their current and future lives the best, for the second year in a row.” (Ann Arbor was one of the top six cities in overall well-being scores.)
By contrast, Ohio was one of the 3 most miserable states. “Residents generally had low evaluations of their lives, trailing only West Virginia and Kentucky by that measure.” They had among the fewest state residents who stated that day they were thriving or had a learning experience. “They were among the most likely in the U.S. to have felt angry.” Ohio was in the bottom ten percent of states in overall well-being scores.
ADDITION: If the Gallup poll were not enough, also remember that—this year alone-- AA has been rated "The Most Intelligent College Town" and the #2 most educated city as well as the #3 Best Midsize City to Raise Children", #7 Best City for New College Grads and one of the "Top 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America".
Some of you guys might remember my Michigan Stadium quad rotor video from a few months back. I've since fallen off the radar with aerial photography because back in April, the satellite lock on my old quad rotor failed and the wind carried it into the Arb, where I never found it.
But now I'm back! This time with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+!
I've just completed an announcement video for my new quad rotor which heavily features flying around Ann Arbor:
And of course, you can't have video without some photos to go with it (right click->view image for bigger view):
The Phantom 2 Vision+ features a 3-axis gimbel for the camera to make the video look incredibly stable. I can also live-stream the video feed to my phone mid-flight so I always know what I'm looking at.
I'm open to suggestions for future projects! I'm not going to fly over Michigan Stadium during a game, but some aerial tailgating scenes would probably be fun to film.
I was also a part of the Daily Show's filming segment at the Michigan Daily, but I was not the drone pilot. Here's a picture I nabbed of Jordan Klepper feeding a baby lion on set, though:
If this is not acceptable as an MGoBlog forum topic, I apologize! Please let me know where else I could direct this question.
I'm searching for an apartment/townhouse/houseroom close to the UMich's central campus (within 2 miles) that would allow a dog. Does anyone have any recommendations/places they know of? Any place in walking distance to central campus would certainly be fantastic. I've already checked many apartment finder websites/Craigslist, but I feel like I'm not receiving the entire picture---after going to school here, I am confident there are more dog-friendly, nearby places than the apartment finder websites are showing.
Thanks in advance! Help a fellow Wolverine out!
My "Ohio" thought balloon went over like lead, which is totally okay! I really like the "Confessions" thread as it is always nice to vent a little bit.
However, here positivity reigns.
What are the things that make you love Michigan?
It doesn't have to be related to football or even athletics. I'll suggest some sharing some of the smaller, more subtle points that you love about this great Michigan of ours, but you're welcome to pull the "Most Wins" card, as we are all appropriately proud of it. Here's some of mine:
- The moment you walk underneath the entry portal and Michigan Stadium opens up to you.
- Holding a fist in the air for M Fanfare.
- The Diag and Angel Hall
- Road-tripping senior year to Kansas City to watch MBB in their first tourney in a decade after spending many games in a Maize Rage with only a hundred or so others during some of the lower TA days.
- Jordan Morgan, Jordan Kovacs, Sierra Romero, Samantha Findlay, Zach Putnam, Steve Luke and Kellen Russel and countless other elite athletes that represent UM in the best way possible, yet don't get all the fanfare.
- Hoopin' at the IMSB
Let's hear them!
YouTube user 'Mitercut' has posted some incredible POV videos of Michigan Stadium and Ann Arbor. Mitercut uses a drone with a GoPro camera attached to get the views. Well worth the look!
EDIT: Sorry for the linking problem. The link is on the bold title.
Michigan vs Notre Dame UTL (II?) It starts out with a few seconds of darkness…wait for the shot!
Michigan Stadium in winter. (Preparing for hockey?)
Recently I've developed a new favorite hobby that I would like to share with all of you. I recently acquired a Blade 350 QX Quad Rotor and a Hero 3+ GoPro. For those of you who don't know, a quad rotor is like a helicopter but with four propellers instead of one:
Last week, I took it to the Big House for some flying. I was able to snap this angle:
You can watch the whole video here:
(sorry, don't know how to imbed)
Here's some other stuff that I've flown around on campus:
So if you're ever walking around campus or the Arb, and you see someone flying a quad rotor around, feel free to stop by and say hi! I'm happy to chat about it and answer questions.