Might Want to Check That Gallon of Water…

Dec 5, 2017 127

Reports are that Kroger and its affiliated companies have had to order a recall on gallons of a particular bottled water due to mold contamination. And this isn’t just recent product: it covers the past six months. The Food and Drug Administration has also clarified that the mold isn’t necessarily visible, so an eyeball check won’t help. More on the story here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 ...

An Oldie But Goodie, About a Swell Map. :)

Nov 22, 2017 82

This is the story of a man who spent a couple of years – 6000 hours, roughly – creating the perfect map of our country. I include it in part because the example and comparison to another map from National Geographic includes an image of little ol’ us. 🙂 Read the remarkable story about it right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9  ...

In Which Todd Tells the Epic Tale of Battling Cold and Flu Season. And Loses.

Nov 15, 2017 55

A memory from this time last year. I found it serviceably amusing enough to share, for those of you enduring a cold, or about to be: Wrestling with the mother of all colds, one of those where you actually injure yourself in a coughing fit, and then you don’t really want to cough, or sneeze, or make any sudden moves. Also, I’m, at the moment, a radio guy with no voice. The resulting visit to the doctor yesterday ended up with a couple of prescriptions, including cough syrup that some might call “the good stuff,” so I can get some sleep. Well. My dreaming, which has always been at least interesting, has now taken a hard right turn into the outright weird. I’m usually pretty good about waking up when something turns odd in my dreams, but tonight it’s been generally a combination – mostly – of “why bother?” and “well, let’s chase this for another minute or so…” First up: the Harry Potter series gets republished, but in the... ...

Dimensions: 29 x 36 Inches. Oil on Canvas, with the Occasional Bug.

Nov 9, 2017 49

Why, hello there, Jiminy! Fancy meeting you here! It’s interesting to see how our understanding of art, and its creators, change with more information. We’ve heard for years that Vincent Van Gogh – he of the sunflowers and the sliced ear – did much of his painting outdoors, but to get such real evidence of that ritual is amazing. The evidence turned up when a Kansas City conservator happened to examine a painting of olive trees, and discovered…a grasshopper. Which led to another mystery: evidently the bug didn’t fly onto the canvas while it was being created, as part of it was missing. If it HAD been alive and whole, there would’ve been signs of movement as it tried to get out of the paint. So did Van Gogh place the grasshopper in the painting, or did it fall into the canvas from a tree, or what? It should be pointed out that the bug isn’t easily visible without intense observation, not something seen at a glance, which might indicate that... ...

Thinking About the Holidays Yet? This Might Be the Week to Start…

Nov 7, 2017 55

‘Tis almost the season! Today is the start of Dear Santa Letter Week, and what better way to celebrate than to help your child compose a letter to Saint Nick. Some websites have letter templates you can print off, to get the job done…find out more about Dear Santa Letter Week here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 I Want a Desk and a Typewriter…Oh! And If You Could Include a Baby Sister, That’d Be Awesome ...

Mourn Not the Good Old Days, Because They’re Kind of New Again.

Oct 26, 2017 52

The pleasures of vinyl are something special, and it’s little wonder that Your Humble Narrator never gave up on the format. Even when it started to become problematic getting replacement parts for a turntable, ways were discovered to keep my groove – literally and figuratively – going. And now, we mercifully reside in an era when vinyl is storming back into favor, because people are starting to discover all the joyful aspects of it: cover art that acts as ART, and that you can actually SEE. Liner notes that are legible. And that “warmth” thing with the sound that all your record geek friends were gassing on about? Ends up it was true, and it had a little science behind it. Of course there were other less convenient aspects that were part of the experience, but it was all part of the love affair. Read more about it right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Busting Out Side 1 of Tortoise’s Standards album, Because He CAN ...

You Want Some Yummy? They’ll HAVE the Yummy…

Oct 24, 2017 80

It’s all going on at the Commons downtown, on Washington Street, on Thursday October 26. This year’s Taste of Columbus will have an incredible selection of samples from thirty eateries in town, everything from fast food to fine dining, coffee to beer to donuts to finger sandwiches and many other lovely and tasty things. Snap up your tickets for this 21-and-over event as soon as you can, because they go QUICK. Details about all of the above here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 I’ll Have the Lot. With the Eggs on the Top. But No Wafer Thin Mint, Please. ...

Monty Python Didn’t Like Spam. I Don’t Like Eggs.

Oct 19, 2017 60

So, needless to say, I feel a little put upon that practically every place that serves breakfast insists on serving eggs with almost everything. I really just want a couple of pieces of bacon, and some fried potatoes – why should I have to go a la carte all the dang time? This is an old article, but the fine folks at Buzzfeed have compiled a selection of eggless breakfast items that sound tasty and wonderful. Even if you don’t hate eggs, there are some nice possibilities here. Take a look. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Savoring the Flavoring of Pork ...

Nope. This Time it’s the OTHER Selena…

Oct 17, 2017 43

(image: screen capture from Google.com) Nope. This Time it’s the OTHER Selena…as in, not Gomez. It comes down to history about one of the musical superstars that almost opened up the culture across the board, before her life was tragically cut short. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was a star on the ascendancy, and then it was all over before it began. Today, Google has decided to remember her with an animation about her life, for starters…but it’s not her birthday, or the day we lost her, so why TODAY? The answer is right here. – Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Wanders Off, Singing “God’s Child” Under His Breath ...

The Most Wonderful Time/Of the Year! (Christmas? NOOOO.)

Oct 12, 2017 69

pictured above: feijoada, practically a national dish in Brazil As long as I’ve lived in Columbus at various times in my life, the Ethnic Expo is one of my favorite times of the year, like another holiday got added just before Halloween. 🙂 I know that I’ll have a catalog of favorites that I’ll visit every year – the sausages from one of the Philippines booths, the meat-on-a-stick from Vietnam, baklava from the Greek tent, wonderful German almonds from this truck – and then there will invariably be one new discovery that makes me fall in love with it all over again. And that’s why I keep coming back, year after year after year: the simultaneous loves of comfort and new discovery. Read more about the weekend’s events here. –Todd Berryman Middays on WIN 104.9 Going All a la Carte Style, Pretty Much All Weekend Long ...