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No. 342: Bill Murray ages, IDAs erupt, China conquers the world and cider rules (and cider donuts, mmmm…)

The end is nigh: And so’s the beginning, as another workweek sets and a well-earned weekend dawns. Congratulations, friends, you made it. It’s Friday, Sept. 21, and a busy one at that – the International Day of Peace (established in 1981 by a unanimous U.N. resolution), Independence Day in Armenia, Belize and Malta and the last full day of Summer 2018, with the sun crossing the Earth’s equator into the Southern Hemisphere at 9:54 p.m….


No. 341: Farming out east, divesting at Applied DNA and skipping the most important meal of the day (plus … Super Lawyers!)

Middle ground: Welcome to Wednesday, friends, and the midpoint of another busy workweek on beautiful Long Island. It’s Sept. 19 out there – Day 730 of the bitter Brangelina divorce proceedings, which kicked off when Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt two years ago today. Stay tuned. Shofar, so good: It started at sundown Tuesday and lasts through sundown today, when they’ll be blowing the ceremonial ram’s horn at synagogues around the world….


No. 340: On hoagies, OPEC, barbarians and Mr. Chekov – plus a fashion startup that truly loves New York 

Mission accomplished: You’ve done it, dear reader – another workweek in the books, another weekend on the horizon. Well done. Today is Friday, Sept. 14, and to our readers in Romania, a very happy Engineer’s Day. To our friends in the Carolinas, no joke – stay dry, stay safe. Sexual harassment lawsuits not included: Today is also National Hug Your Boss Day. What you do with this information is entirely up to you. For a…


No. 339: Innovation (and procreation) in Russia, the ‘Best Colleges’ on Long Island and strange things on Cynthia Nixon’s bagel

Fair-to-middling: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another exciting workweek. We trust yours is, at least, slightly above average. It’s Sept. 12 out there, marking the international observance of Mindfulness Day, which promotes the notion of careful consideration. Why don’t you just think about that for a bit. Putin the “Mother” in “Mother Russia”: It’s also the Day of Procreation in Russia, which stems from a 2006 speech in which Vlad the…


No. 338: Uncle Sam lives, Burt Reynolds dies, another RipTide rises and no Panther goes hungry

That wasn’t so bad: The first post-Summer 2018 workweek is nearly done, dear readers, and the year’s first almost-autumn weekend is upon us. Here’s proof: The New York Football Giants kick off their season Sunday at 1 p.m. against Jacksonville, and the Jets open up Monday night in Detroit. Soon it will be snowing. It’s Greek (and Roman) to us: Today is Sept. 7, and if you had Heracles – the divine hero of Greek…


No. 337: A dean for NYIT, oysters for New York Harbor and (another) sale for Globecomm

Back to it: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and with the Summer of 2018 unofficially in the rear-view mirror (autumn doesn’t officially begin until Sept. 23), it’s back to school, back to work and back to reality. Our deepest apologies. On the bright side: It’s Wednesday already, Sept. 5 to be exact, and the week is half over – not to mention this coming Monday is the middle day of Rosh Hashana, so most schools…


No. 336: Beer, legalized marijuana, supermodels and a three-day weekend. You’re welcome.

Labor of love: Glory be and welcome to Friday, dear readers – and not just any Friday, but (for most of us) the start of a glorious three-day holiday weekend, marking (unofficially) the end of the Summer of 2018. It’s Aug. 31, the last Friday in August, to be followed promptly by the first Monday in September – and the 124th observance of Labor Day since it became a federal holiday in 1894. Programming note:…


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…