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No. 335: Phooey chop, King of Pop and a phone flop – and why is Hank Foley so big on blockchain, anyway?

Middle of the road: Welcome to the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek, dear reader. Your three-day holiday weekend is now clearly in sight. It’s already Aug. 29 out there, and not only is this week half over, but at midnight tomorrow night, 2018 will be two-thirds kaput. That’s fairly amazing. Best of luck: For those keeping score, Wednesday is the best day of the week for airplane travel, grocery shopping, weighing yourself, getting married…


No. 334: On waffles, NATO, Estée Lauder and ocean acidity – plus feeding healthier pets, one ingredient at a time

Mission accomplished: You set out on Monday to complete another summer workweek, dear readers, and here you are – it’s Friday, Aug. 24, and another well-earned weekend dawns. Listen to this: It’s also International Strange Music Day, an annual event designed to broaden musical tastes by getting people to listen to music they’ve never heard before. To that end, put your hands together for Swedish folktronica band Wintergatan, and the amazing marble music machine! Somehow,…


No. 333: On science fiction, science facts, Dowling’s determined demeanor and a ‘smarter’ Long Island

Middle ground: Happy Wednesday, dear readers, and especially you, new newsletter subscribers Marguerite, Mike, Alena, David and Carrie. Welcome to the show. It’s Aug. 22 and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic progress. And it’s Flag Day in Russia. Do with that what you will. Take a Bao: It’s also the second-annual National Bao Day (true story), which is not a salute to the villain in the sci-fi novel “Quantum Acres” but is…


No. 332: Hitting it big in vagus, hitting it bigger at SBU, commercial support for the disabled and eternal respect for Aretha

Well done: It’s Friday, dear readers, and once again, you’ve conquered the five-day minefield that is the American workweek. To mark your achievement and put you in a proper Friday mood, ladies and gentlemen … The Cure! Continental breakfast: We’re sending a special hello this Aug. 17 to all of our South American readers – whether you’re celebrating Engineer’s Day in Colombia or Flag Day in Bolivia, please celebrate responsibly. Here in the States, it’s…


No. 331: A retail first at Roosevelt Field, phone calls from outer space and why dumping debris in LI waters is good (sometimes)

Hump-hopping: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we speed through another exciting (and mercilessly damp) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s Aug. 15 out there, and today we observe the 73rd anniversary of Victory Over Japan Day. Sorta. (It could be Aug. 15, the date Japan officially announced its surrender, but it could also be Aug. 14 – the surrender date in the States, because of time zones – or possibly Sept. 2, the date Japan…


No. 330: Fine wines, twice the coding, a $10M score for Central Islip and littering on Venus

Spend your bread, lose your head: You’ve done the five-day drag once more, dear readers, and if you’ve had Friday on your mind, congratulations – you’ve made it. It’s Aug. 10 out there, also known as International Biodiesel Day, marking the date in 1893 when German mechanical engineer Rudolph Diesel used nothing but peanut oil to power a simple engine. Mean time: Construction began on Aug. 10, 1675, on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich –…


No. 329: Edison and Zapata meet the Rain Man, and a Stony Brook startup is filling in 3D printing’s blanks 

Welcome to Wednesday: And the midpoint of another sweltering summer workweek. It’s Aug. 8, and baby, it’s hot out there. Maybe this will cool you down: There are only 138 shopping days until Christmas. Put a smile on that face: It’s also Father’s Day in Mongolia and Taiwan and International Cat Day everywhere – and in the United States, Happiness Happens Day (it’s real), which was started in 1999 by the Secret Society of Happy…


No. 328: They’re feeling a little high at SmartCoparent and Luminati … and that’s before Albany legalizes pot

End run: The finish line is in sight, dear readers – the conclusion of another busy workweek and the beginning of another well-earned weekend. Enjoy the ride: Before we wrap up this sultry week in socioeconomic innovation, a warm welcome to new newsletter subscribers Disha, Murat, Isaac, Carolina, Joel, Chad, Brendan, Scottie J, Steve, David, Chris and Jon. Please keep your hands inside the car at all times. And a special hello this Aug. 3…


No. 327: On ‘Moby Dick,’ ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ shredded wheat and life on Mars

  August already? How did THAT happen? We’re as dumfounded as you, dear reader, but here we are – Aug. 1, 2018, about halfway through the summer and this exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Neck and neck: It’s also World Scout Scarf Day, when active and former Scouts around the world are encouraged to wear the trademark neckerchiefs (actual word) to promote Scouting’s history and spirit. For the record, some 170 countries around…


No. 326: A newsletter for foodies! (Starring Mazars USA, Island Harvest, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Shake Shack)

Welcome to Friday: And the precipice of another well-earned summer weekend. It’s July 27 out there, dear readers, and if you had Macbeth, King of Scotland, getting whupped by Siward, Earl of Northumbria, near Firth of Forth on this date in 1054, you win. Two sides, same coin: Today is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day here in the United States, commemorating the signing of the Korean War Armistice on July 27, 1953. In North…


No. 325: Prime time for Whole Foods, a big score for LI colleges and playing it safe with coyotes

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy (and sticky!) summer workweek. X factor: It’s July 25 out there, a big date for suspending the freedom of the press, eliminating legislators’ ability to amend laws and otherwise silencing political enemies. Of course, that’s a reference to France’s King Charles X, who signed the infamous July Ordinances on July 25, 1830 – a questionable move that led to massive social protests…


No. 324: Vikings on Mars, FSC on the job, Sanguistat on the move, and why Freeport is happy to be on the outs

Well done: Very impressive, intrepid reader – you’ve made it to the end of another productive workweek, and earned yourself another glorious weekend. It’s July 20 out there, and if you said “knight to king 4,” good move, since today is of course International Chess Day, commemorating the launch of the World Chess Federation on this date in 1924. The Eagle has landed: Today also marks the 49th anniversary of one of mankind’s greatest scientific…


No. 323: Energystics sets sail, the Brookhaven IDA bites down, SBU researchers cash in and Adelphi gets Shiggy with it

Half-full: Welcome to Wednesday, July 18, and the midpoint of another busy week for the Long Island innovation economy. To our readers in Uruguay, a very happy Constitution Day. Intelligent design: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Intel Corp., founded July 18, 1968, in California. The wrong stuff: And it was July 18, 1938 when Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan landed in Ireland after a 28-hour flight from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field, though his filed…


No. 322: On P.T. Barnum, Sinatra, Julius Caesar and Han Solo – and why Stony Brook’s CEBIP is shaking with excitement

It’s Friday the 13th: And there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of, dear readers – in fact, it’s time to celebrate, with another productive week of socioeconomic innovation in the books and another weekend upon us. Triple play: As a bonus, this particular Friday the 13th also includes a very rare supermoon solar eclipse. With the moon as close as it will get to Earth this year and in its New Moon phase (meaning it’s…


No. 321: Integrating LI schools, fighting crime with TV, and why the sun shines so brightly on J. Kings

Half full: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another summery week of socioeconomic innovation reaches its midpoint. It’s July 11 out there – “7-Eleven Day,” according to the marketing geniuses behind the international convenience store chain, with participating locations marking the date with free Slurpees. Pop culture: It’s also World Population Day, a function of the United Nations Development Programme designed to raise awareness of global population issues. Among World Population Day’s touchstone…