Archive for December 2016

Bright Side of the Dark Ages

December 23, 2016



Bright Side of Dark Ages



OK, it wasn’t the Renaissance, but if you like religious paintings, decent weather and steady work as a serf it was pretty darn good. But, with a new one quite possibly coming, it’s good to know a lot of fine, or at least useful, and innovative things came from the Dark Ages:


Romanesque, if you care for that sort of thing

Algebra, ditto



Beer (see Monks)



Genghis Khan DNA

Crop rotation




Chanukahmas for 2016

December 21, 2016

Despite there being absolutely no requests for it, I give you, once again, Chanukahmas, a workaround for mixed marriages (Jewish and other, not one between a man & a woman) allowing them to celebrate both holidays with enthusiasm if not zeal.

I am indebted to Funky Drummer 4d09200941a16-preview-300 Clyde Stubblefield both for this adorable picture and for sitting behind me on the drums and providing rim shots.  Merry Happy, Michael

PS catch the rest of the hilarity and the polka madness on Whad’ya Know Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play  ‘Holiday Office Party’


From the Home Office Michael Feldman Being Patreonizing

December 20, 2016

Podcasts are not all glamor. In fact if there is any glamor it isn’t coming from me.

Of course, I’m not in it for the glamor. Or the grammar, which, despite being a former English teacher, I have me some trouble with.

If you haven’t heard it yet, you will be surprised to hear how much the Whad’ya Know podcast sounds like your father’s Whad’ya Know, but, did you know, that takes a lot of skills that I cannot honestly claim to have– putting it together, getting the money to do it, getting John, Jeff, Stephanie & Lyle to sign on & keeping them happy, so, HR, promotion and distribution, combing and spinning, and several others I don’t even have a name for. One thing I will not do is fracking. Thank you.

No rest for the wicked, as Mom used to say, but I’m not complaining, but, I am cajoling, because it’s one of my many duties. If you listen to the Whad’ya Know Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play and think, “hmm, not too bad,” if you could see a place for it in your podcast line-up, you could, for as little as $3 US, subscribe at, Patreon being a wonderful service for funding all sorts of creative enterprises.

And now, in lieu of those poor caged dogs, Michael Feldman


Whad’ya Know Podcast Patreon Subscription: The Perfect Koozie Stuffer

December 20, 2016

m-koozie    The Whad’Ya Know Podcast on iTunes makes the perfect koozie stuffer for the New Year with as little as a $3 subscription on Patreon- —-

But, don’t take my word for it–take Grammy winner Upland Stories recording artist Robbie Fulks’–word for it:

Come become Whad’ya Know on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, and if you like what you hear, subscribe for

as little as $3–that’s Not Much, You?

Thank you so much–

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and all the best in the New Year!


Season’s Greetings

December 13, 2016


Last year I received one Christmas card, from a mortgage company. It showed Santa lowering himself down the chimney, presumably to fore­close. Other than that, there was just the funeral home cal­endar—the one with the mortuary that looks like a branch bank shrouded in snow with the sentimental reminder: “There when you need us/’

This year, since I haven’t thrown any business either way, I’m not expecting any season’s greetings. Starting right after Thanksgiving, I go out of my way to alienate anyone even suspected of harboring my name on a Christmas card list. The campaign has proved so effective, I believe I have reached the point of no return.

Christmas, traditionally, is a trying time of year for me, and was even when I was a kid. First, we had a false fire­place. Second, we were Jewish. Even if Santa had success­fully broken and entered, he would never have gotten past my mother. We did receive our fair share of Christmas cards, but most were from my father the C.P.A.’s clients: Blue Is­land Slag and Smelting, A. Bass Scrap Metal (“Season’s Greetings—Top Prices Paid”), and, my personal favorite, Muskego Rendering, which each year sent out a snowy ren­dition of the plant with the legend, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Still, the highlight of the season was always the mystery card. Every year my parents got a card from “Sid.” Always the same card, noel with each letter on a globe ornament hanging from a disembodied fir bough, like White Fang’s limb as it reached for Soupy Sales. Inside the card was Merry Christmas in seven popular tongues over a skating rink. It was signed simply, “Sid,” in quotes. Nobody claimed to know “Sid/’ or anyone “Sid” may have stood for, and it was a seasonal bone of contention between Mom and Dad for years until “Sid” slid into the protected realm of folklore like Elijah, the invisible Passover guest.

This year, if all goes as planned, not even “Sid” will be able to track me down. It’s just not in the cards; although you never know. They say the “Sids” of the father are some­times visited on the son.


Whad’ya Know Podcast Hard Sell

December 10, 2016



Remember learning experiences? Hi, I’m Michael Feldman of the Whad’ya Know Podcast.

Used to have learning experiences all the time, right, some of which you didn’t need to learn.

But, it was an experience.

Podcasting is like that, both the act of committing one, and the figuring out how the heck you get one.

Now, our kids think nothing of it. Or much else. Certainly mine don’t think about me as much as they could.

But all this Podcasting business for them is second nature, while, for us, in my mother’s words, “it’s a whole to-do.”

Please listen to this public service message which can help you join the wonderful world of content piped directly into your head through the magic of the Podcast, and, particularly, the Whad’ya Know Podcast.

Pod Much, You?

Just the thing for a Saturday morning: Refiredment, WYK podcast #1

December 9, 2016



Just the thing for a Saturday morning–‘Refiredment,’ Whad’ya Know Podcast #1–

also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play at your convenience!

Tickets going like hotcakes* for Dec 17 Holiday Party & Potluck–get yours at

Happy Happy! See you there!

*and who brings hotcakes to a potluck?