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No. 483: In which life as we’ve known it is over, at least for a little while

  Scary as hell: They don’t call it Friday the 13th for nothing, dear readers, as your worst nightmares about plagues, recessions and sports-less weekends crash together in one horrifying global pandemic. Yes, it’s Friday, March 13, and no, it’s not that bad – we’re certainly navigating unprecedented waters as COVID-19 quite literally takes over the world, but it’s not really the end of all things. For example: Plenty of NASCAR and professional golf on…


No. 481: In which aspirin arrives, coronavirus hits home and microbes pig out

  Week strain: It’s been a stressful five days, dear readers, with the crashing stock markets and global pandemics, but you’ve persevered again – another Friday reached, another weekend on tap. Well done. It’s March 6 out there, and a fairly busy day on Planet Earth: Independence Day in Ghana, Foundation Day across the Norfolk Islands and Europe’s Day of the Righteous, honoring those who choose a moral path. Culture clash: Here in the States,…


No. 479: On souffles, nylons and Pauling – and LI doctors in Alaska, kinda

  Two down: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up both a busy week and a long(ish) month of socioeconomic innovation. Even with its extra day, February folds this weekend – meaning one-sixth of 2020 is already in the books. Well played! Rare, treat: It’s Feb. 28 out there, which of course makes this international Rare Disease Day and, on a brighter note, National Chocolate Souffle Day. Something fishy: Making a meatless Friday…


Your product isn’t the product, and other PR truths

By DAVID CHAUVIN // Early in über-successful streetwear designer Bobby Hundreds’ (real name Bobby Kim) book “This Is Not a T-Shirt,” there’s a striking passage that sent me thinking about my industry, public relations: We’ll sell you a T-shirt, Bobby writes, but not before we tell you about the artist behind it or his or her message. Our stores are less about sales and profit and more about providing a venue to experience our culture….


No. 473: Featuring Laura Ingalls, Flash Gordon, well-seasoned scallops and our first Innovators of the Year

  Never ceases to amaze: Don’t know how you do it, dear reader, but here you are again – another workweek winding down and another hard-earned weekend coming up. Well done! Numerical order: It’s Friday, Feb. 7 – notable to mathematicians, who of course know the date best as E Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant e (a.k.a. Euler’s number), which needless to say has a value of 2.7182818… (it goes on for quite a…


No. 463: A family-friendly finale for 2019, featuring George Bailey, sangria and the sole ‘Survivor’

  Tied with a bow: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up the last full workweek of the decade and unwrap a full slate of holiday celebrations. (With that, a gentle reminder: Watch for your regular calendar newsletter on Monday, Dec. 23, then keep an eye on the homepage for updates through New Year’s Day. Thrice-weekly newsletters return Jan. 6!) Holiday China: It’s Dec. 20 out there, and to our many readers in…


No. 462: Silver bells, silver medals and the ‘Silver Tsunami’ – plus, STEM education for grown-ups

  Are those bells we hear? Santa’s sleigh is warming up, dear readers, as we hurdle another Wednesday and trigger the one-week countdown to Christmas Day. That makes it Dec. 18 out there, and around the world we go: Republic Day in Niger, National Day in Qatar, International Migrants Day and the U.N.’s Arabic Language Day, recognizing a true pillar of human history. This little piggy: Pork will likely be scarce at Arabic Language Day…


No. 444: In which supernovas explode, Northwell’s blood flows and Nikola Tesla goes Hollywood

  It all adds up: It’s addition by subtraction, dear readers, as we count off the days of this latest busy workweek and multiply our chances for socioeconomic success. Welcome to your Wednesday newsletter, which according to Innovate LI’s mystifying numbering system (Kominicki didn’t count the first half-dozen or so, and we kinda forgot to number the Monday calendar newsletters) is No. 444 – a blessing, according to numerologists. On your Marc: It’s Oct. 9…


No. 436: On Patriots, procurements and busy college presidents (and aliens and cyborgs) 

  New day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this late-summer week of socioeconomic innovation. New world: It’s Sept. 11 out there, a date that truly needs no further exposition. Those who lived through it will never forget. Schools and media inform younger generations. And its fallout both strengthens and weakens our nation to this very day. Eighteen years already, unbelievable. New meaning: While Sept. 11 is forever entwined with the 2001…


No. 400: The big four-oh-oh! (Starring Hofstra’s cleverest, Stony Brook’s smartest and Old Westbury’s most creative)

  That’s a lot of nuts! Welcome, dear friends, to a special anniversary edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. Yes, this is our 400th edition (not counting our calendar newsletters, which we never got around to numbering), and yes, that’s lotsa nuts. It’s a big number and we’re proud of it. And we’ve had loads of fun creating these informative and entertaining roundups, just as founder John Kominicki did when he e-blasted the very…


No. 381: The Spur evolves, MIDI steps up, Applied DNA in the weeds – and Amazon, we hardly knew ye

  Well done: It’s Friday, friends, and you’ve done it again – the end of the workweek is upon us and another welcomed weekend dawns. It’s Feb. 15 out there, and it’s a busy one – Liberation Day in Afghanistan, National Flag Day in Canada, Statehood Day in Serbia, Total Defence Day in Singapore and, here in the States, Susan B. Anthony Day, celebrating the life and times of our national matriarch of women’s suffrage…


No. 380: On Coach K, ‘foodpreneurs’ and Donna Drake’s new digs – plus, introducing our 2019 Innovators of the Year!

  Middle march: Onwards and upwards, dear readers, as this latest week of socioeconomic progress plows ahead. It’s Feb. 13 out there, and if you had boozing brawler Guo Wei leading a military coup and declaring himself emperor of China’s short-lived Later Zhou dynasty on this date in 951 A.D., nice work – here’s a voucher for 100 copper Ban Liang coins. Dial it up: Before we dive in, a peaceful World Radio Day –…


No. 377: Loosing fateful lightning, reshaping SBU’s innovation ecosystem and (sadly) remembering the Islanders fisherman

  That happened fast: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and welcome to February – one month down already! It’s Feb. 1 out there, which means a) Tom Brady is gearing up somewhere for another ill-gained Super Bowl, and b) It’s National Freedom Day in the United States, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a resolution that later became the slavery-busting 13th Amendment. Not coincidentally: It’s also the start of U.S. Black History Month, so designated by…


No. 367: Cashing out the thruway, powering up Yaphank and putting the heart in your winter solstice

It’s a wonderful weekend: You’ve done it, dear reader – you’ve completed the week and, for all intents and purposes, the year. Welcome to the Friday of the last full work week of 2018, the start (for many) of a long and festive holiday weekend and the end of a blistering year of socioeconomic innovation. Yule thank us later: Also known as Yule, The Longest Night and Midwinter (which seems odd to us, considering it’s…


No. 366: ‘Teaching labs’ at SBU, lovely lagers at NYCB Live and a $68 million consolation prize for the LIREDC

  Season’s speedings: Ho-ho-holy cow, Christmas is a week from yesterday … 2018 truly has kept its pedal to the metal. That makes this Dec. 19, dear readers, and the midpoint of the last full workweek of this breakneck year. To wit: Please watch for your regularly scheduled Friday newsletter, followed by weekly installments on Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Back on schedule Jan. 7. Read all about it: December 19 is a big-time date…