OT: Archer Danger Island

OT: Archer Danger Island

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on April 25th, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Archer season 9 starts tonight at 10 ET on FXX.

FXX’s Archer is an original animated, half-hour comedy that, in its ninth season, centers on the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who’s buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Sterling must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Welcome to the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island.

The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the hard-drinking pilot, “Sterling Archer;” Jessica Walter as Archer’s acid-tongued mother and hotel owner, “Malory Archer;” Aisha Tyler as island royalty and local revolutionary, “Princess Lanaluakalani;” Judy Greer as the abandoned heiress, “Charlotte Vandertunt;” Chris Parnell as the obvious German spy posing as a businessman, “Siegbert Fuchs;” Amber Nash as Archer’s co-pilot and loyal sidekick, “Pam Poovey;” Adam Reed as impeccably uniformed French Capitaine, “Reynaud;” and Lucky Yates as the audacious scarlet macaw, “Crackers.”

Well, it seems there's already a Casablanca reference. Will Capitaine Reynaud (Renault) be shocked - shocked! - at gambling? Pretty funny that they cast a voice for the macaw.

Michigan Alumni Club Scholarship Golf Tournament featuring Honorary Chair Glen Rice - This Saturday in Miami!

Michigan Alumni Club Scholarship Golf Tournament featuring Honorary Chair Glen Rice - This Saturday in Miami!

Submitted by bseidenb on April 24th, 2018 at 5:52 PM

The 3rd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament presented by Diag Partners is coming up this Saturday at noon at Shula's Golf Club in Miami Lakes.  This event is organized by the Michigan Alumni Club of Miami-Fort Lauderdale.  Honorary Chair Glen Rice will headline a fun-filled day of golf and networking with Michigan alums, leading South Florida professionals and former Michigan athletes.  

Proceeds from the event will go toward our Club's Scholarship Fund to help make the Michigan experience a reality for local students in our South Florida community. 

While we hope you can join us on the course, if you are not interested in golfing but want to participate in this great event, please join us for the festivities portion of the event including the happy hour, dinner, silent auction, raffle and presentation by Glen Rice. 

To register and for more information: https://umalumni.force.com/EventApi__simple_event?id=a1Q1a000004U9KHEA0

Thanks and Go Blue!

A piece of U-M broadcast history ends tonight.

A piece of U-M broadcast history ends tonight.

Submitted by Gordon on April 23rd, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Some of you may remember WFUM, channel 28, the Flint-area PBS station owned and operated by the University of Michigan-Flint.  This channel began in 1980, and effectively served Flint, metro Detroit, and Ann Arbor, overlapping WTVS 56 (Detroit's PBS station) for much of its service area.

Originally promoted as WFUM (Flint, University of Michigan), the station was the only PBS station in Flint, and the only television station owned by the University of Michigan.  (WKAR is East Lansing is Michigan State, WGVU in Grand Rapids is Grand Valley State, WCMU in Mount Pleasant is Central Michigan.)

In 2002, Michigan consolidated its media into Michigan Public Media out of Ann Arbor, which operates three radio stations (including 91.7 WUOM in Ann Arbor) to this day.

In 2009, for budget reasons, the station shut down, for the most part.  The station was sold to Central Michigan, who used the channel as a satellite retransmitter for WCMU, which they've done with other relay stations throughout northern Michigan.  The station name was changed to WCMZ, to fit in with the other stations in the group.

One of the weird quirks of Detroit TV is that we've had two different PBS stations for decades.  For decades, Detroiters between Flint and Ann Arbor could get WFUM on their televisions, with the western and northern suburbs of metro Detroit having a choice of PBS stations.

Due to that overlap, Central Michigan sold WCMZ to the FCC for $14 million, to free up broadcast spectrum space for wireless and mobile devices.  It's a huge amount of money, and the viewership could all get PBS programming on another channel they are already getting.

So, with that, a piece of Michigan's broadcasting heritage gets shut down at midnight tonight.  It's not entirely ours today, but it's still a part of the University of Michigan's media legacy.

OT: Whose shirt did I buy? Also, thanks for the shirt

OT: Whose shirt did I buy? Also, thanks for the shirt

Submitted by oriental andrew on April 21st, 2018 at 10:50 PM

This past spring break, we drove from Chicago to Atlanta to visit family. On the way, we decided to take a short detour and go to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, AL (northeast corner of the state). I don't know how my wife heard about it, but seemed like an interesting diversion. 

We weren't really planning there to buy anything specific, more to just browse. I decided that if there was anything related to Michigan, I'd buy it. Best bet seemed to be the vast t-shirt section (which I rummaged through right after electronics). I focused on the blue and yellow shirts, which were grouped in various spots through the expansive t-shirt area. After about 10 minutes of looking through the many, many racks of shirts (did I mention how big it was?), I was about to give up when I decided to go through that one last section of blue shirts. I had had a few false alarms with blue shirts and yellow graphics, but finally hit paydirt with this beauty:

Brand new, with tags, and even the correct size. I had never heard of Valiant brand, but this article in the Detroit News tells me it was created by John, Jack, and Jared Wangler and Ian Bunting and is relatively recent. 

So, to whomever lost their bag and this shirt, thanks from the bottom of my heart. One of the best $6 investments I've ever made. 

"Being Not-Rich at UM" Guide

"Being Not-Rich at UM" Guide

Submitted by wildbackdunesman on April 18th, 2018 at 7:09 PM

A UofM student created a guide for students at UofM that don't have a lot of money on how to find deals, get good jobs on campus, etc..  You can find her guide here - LINK.

I certainly wasn't poor, but I wasn't rich either.  I often meet fellow UofM graduates and as we talk they rattle off a dozen or so of their favorite Ann Arbor establishments and I always feel a bit ridiculous as I never have been on the inside of most or even all of the places that they go on and on about.

I simply couldn't afford to eat out a lot.

About 20 years ago when I was living in West Quad they didn't serve dinners on Sunday evenings.  So my roommate and I would grab loose change and walk up State Street to a place that I think was called "State Street Liquor," because they had a special on Sundays where you could buy an entire extra large cheese pizza for like $5.  We would pour the free crushed red pepper seeds all over it in the store and then take it back to the dorm room.  I thought it was pretty good and it was a lot of food...half the pizza could stuff me and for just $2.50.

Does anyone have any other tips for those currently at UofM that don't have a lot of money?

Way OT: NYC poop sitting on a train in Alabama

Way OT: NYC poop sitting on a train in Alabama

Submitted by Yo_Blue on April 18th, 2018 at 9:49 AM

In keeping with the recent spate of OT threads, I thought this was as interesting as most.  It appears that New York has been taking advantage of cheap land in Alabama and sending trainloads of their poop there.  Someone got an injunction against the dumping (pun intended) and as a result a trainload of crap has been sitting in a rail yard for a couple months.  Locals are suffering pretty badly stating that it smells like death.


Humor is in the eye of the beholder, but poop humor is universally funny (unless you live in Alabama).

OT - Question for mgoScientists on a quiet night

OT - Question for mgoScientists on a quiet night

Submitted by Magga Saraivah on April 15th, 2018 at 10:28 PM

The US missile attack on Syria destroyed chemical weapons sites where chlorine and sarin are stored/manufactured. During this attack, would not a lethal cloud have been released that may pose a serious risk to civilians? 

What about it, you chemical weapons experts? Do chemical weapons only release their elements when they explode from intended use but not when they explode from being militarily attacked?