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No. 357: Dodging bullets, firing lasers, icing the heat-pump competition and remembering Stan the Man (excelsior!)

Middle march: We’re equidistant from the beginning and the end of the workweek, which must make today Wednesday. Congratulations, dear reader, you’re halfway home. It’s Nov. 14 out there, and yes, the season’s first snow is in Thursday’s forecast – but as of late Tuesday, the heavy stuff was predicted to stay to the north and Long Island was looking at less snow than freezing rain and sleet. So that should cheer you up. Insulating:…


No. 356: Blacks in golf, women in Johns Hopkins and advanced aerospace manufacturing in Riverhead – thank you, veterans

Finishing strong: It’s Friday, dear readers – welcome to the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and related delights. It’s Nov. 9 out there, and if you had the Jews aiding the Muslims – as charged by Egica, king of the Visigoths, at the Seventeenth Council of Toledo on this date in 694 AD – nice job. A hundred gold solidus for you. Salute: If today’s the ninth then Sunday’s Nov. 11, when…


No. 355: On MOMA, Joni Mitchell, waste-to-energy and surviving the Election of 2018

  The day after: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers. The election is over, the republic still stands and the midpoint of a most exciting week of socioeconomic innovation is upon us. It’s Nov. 7 out there, and one way or another, the recent onslaught of political advertising has ended. Now, as the rhetoric recedes to CNN and Fox, we can finally tune it out and and enjoy “Guy’s Grocery Games” in peace. Distractions: To help…


No. 354: Journalists’ lives matter, the wisdom of Confucius and all kinds of LI-based heart-valve news

November? Really? Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of a kinda spooky, strangely warm workweek here on Long Island. It’s Nov. 2 out there, Day 3 of the 2018 holiday season and no, WALK 97.5 hasn’t switched to its all-Christmas music format just yet. (But if you need a fix, Sirius XM has no fewer than 16 channels already Bing-ing away.) Like clockwork: Before we wrap up your week in socioeconomic innovation, a…


No. 353: Don’t be scared, it’s just our Halloween edition (featuring spacemen, blood machines and ghost chickens)

  In the spirit: Welcome to Wednesday, fearless readers, the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation and the start of another holiday season. It is, of course, Oct. 31, a date that needs no introduction – though whether Halloween is a pagan ritual dating back to Celtic Druids, as many believe, or actually a Christian creation is open to some debate. Boo: Either way, the first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips, the fear…


No: 352: Patented Jackson, an opioid offensive and a photon finish for hackers (plus candy and pie for all!)

Makes cents: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and the end of another busy workweek on Long Island and around the world. As Friday is a common payday for many workers, let’s have a round of applause for President Harry Truman, who on this date in 1949 raised the U.S. minimum wage to 75 cents per hour. See? Your paycheck looks better already. Make a day of it: It’s Oct. 26 out there, and to our…


No. 351: One world, truth in electioneering and another IPS lightbulb moment (plus: teleporting with Gil Perez!)

  Welcome to Wednesday: Over the hump of another busy workweek, dear friends. We are the world: To our readers in the 193 sovereign states comprising the U.N. General Assembly, a peaceful United Nations Day, celebrated every Oct. 24 since 1948. At a time when some would suggest that nationalism – defined as promoting national interests “to the exclusion or detriment of the interests of other nations” – is the way to go, the U.N.’s…


No. 350: Digitizing real estate, battening down Long Island’s hatches and getting your Guptas straight

  Couldn’t have said it better: You’ve done it, intrepid reader – the end of another busy workweek is nigh and another autumn weekend looms. To set the mood, please enjoy 81 famous, semi-famous and not-famous-just-awesome Friday quotes. It’s Oct. 19 out there, marking the 2,220th anniversary (give or take) of the Second Punic War’s pivotal Battle of Zama, which was fought on this date (or thereabouts) in the year 202 BC (they think). Whenever…


No. 349: Canada’s new high, Sikes’ new heights and LineaRX’s highest hopes (plus, repainting President Trump)

  Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the halfway point of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation. October 17 is in full swing, marking the 25th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a U.N. General Assembly effort to address shortages of basic necessities (i.e.: food, clothing, shelter) around the globe and reinforce the notion that poverty and human-rights abuses routinely coexist. Learn more here. Eye of the beholder: On…


No. 348: Lobsters and babies in Huntington, a no-fly zone in Riverhead and gunning for greatness with Janam Tech

TGIF: The finish line approaches, dear readers – the end of another productive workweek and the beginning of another autumn weekend. Speaking of autumn weekends, check out this handy dandy pumpkin-picking guide by our friends over at the Long Island Press. Dig it: Continuing the theme of things grown and picked, today is Oct. 12, which also happens to be National Farmer’s Day. That doesn’t mean what it once did on Long Island. But agriculture…


No. 347: LICA in the weeds, Northwell in 3D and the SBA all-in on global sales (and here’s to your good mental health)

Feel the power: It’s Wednesday, and this guy is psyched. All righty, then. Welcome to Oct. 10, dear friends, the 547th anniversary of the Battle of Brunkeberg (the Swedes beat the Danes, as you probably know) and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Emotional response: Today is also World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization’s annual push to raise awareness of mental-health issues around the globe. Such issues have been historically…


No. 346: Taking off at JFK, soaring at SBU and landing a 5G network (and why office workers tend to crash at 3 o’clock)

Welcome to the weekend: And kudos, courageous reader – you’ve conquered another busy workweek and earned a two-day respite. It’s Oct. 5 all over the place, and if you had Heraclius arriving at Constantinople in 610 AD, killing Byzantine Emperor Phocas and becoming emperor himself, well done. Nobody saw that coming. Especially Phocas. We could learn a thing or two: Here in the 21st Century, its World Teachers’ Day, a United Nations World Educational, Scientific…


No. 345: Tinkerers, taxes, the Twist and Long Island’s economic-development wish list

Half-full: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, middle ground of another busy workweek on Long Island and around the globe. A warm welcome this Oct. 3 to new newsletter subscribers Jordan, Anita, Carole, Edward, Renee and Catherine – welcome to the show – and a happy National Techies Day to all. The annual observance, designed to inspire the next generation of techno-tinkerers, marks its 20th anniversary today. Donuts are optional: It’s also National Coffee With a Cop…


No. 344: Blowing in from Denmark, droning on at PSEG and star trekking in Garden City (plus, your Cocoa Puffs origin story) 

Friday morning and the mood is high: Welcome to the end of another busy workweek, dear readers. It’s Sept. 28 out there, and the first full weekend of autumn is upon us. Friday night and the lights are low: To get you in the proper mood, check out this list of the top 15 Friday songs, courtesy of our friends at MetroLyrics. Freedom rocks: It’s International Right to Know Day, the 16th anniversary of a…


No. 343: Talking the talk, saluting young geniuses and creating creative pros (and happy birthday, Sandy)

Welcome to Wednesday: We’re coming to you live (no) and in color (sorta) on this 26th day of September, dear readers, the midpoint of another busy week here on Long Island and around the world. Tongue twister: Speaking of around the world, a very special hello, moi, tere and zdravo to our readers across Europe, where the European Day of Languages – celebrated every Sept. 26 – is in full swing. We just said “hello”…