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No. 562: Neurons, Paris and polka dots – and that time Apple took down Big Brother

  Well, THAT was exciting: Not just another week, dear readers, but certainly one more workweek in the books, as we reach Friday and the precipice of a well-earned winter weekend. It’s Jan. 22 out there – just three days into the Biden Administration, but now Amanda Gorman is a household name and already the world is feeling better. See spot, run: And you probably will, on National Polka Dot Day. Too tame? Spice things…

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No. 554: Indiana arrives, Concordes soar, Hofstra picks a prez and Adelphi goes to the Grammys

  The end is nigh: And nobody’s complaining, dear reader, as we wrap up this blustery workweek and anticipate a weekend of bustling holiday shopping – or what passes for it in confused, confounded 2020. You WILL enjoy yourselves: It’s Friday, Dec. 11, and to our many readers in the Central Luzon, a joyous Pampanga Day, 500 years in the making and decreed four decades ago by that old Filipino softy Ferdinand Marcos. Here in…


No. 553: Fauci on board, Drake on the move and the mouse on display – plus pastries out the wazoo!

  Brrrrr: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we battle our way through this late fall, rather wintry workweek. Stay warm, stay awesome. Light touch: It’s Dec. 9 out there, and let us be among the first to wish you a Hanukkah Sameach! The Festival of Lights officially begins at sundown tomorrow, and while it’s a relatively minor affair among Jewish holy days, the eight-day observance – commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in…


No. 552: On magical eggs, Native legends and student comforts – plus history in the Home of the Whopper

  You earned it: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap. Take a couple days, why don’tcha. Before you do, go pull the lever in Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s 2021 Best of Long Island contest, where Innovate LI is up for Best Long Island Blog (among the Arts & Entertainment categories). Just 11 voting days left – vote today, vote often, and thanks for your support!…


No. 551: Indoctrinating, stimulating and surveillance testing – and bringing the extinct back to life

  Reunited: And it feels so good, dear readers, as we’re back on schedule and back in your inbox, right where we belong. It’s OK to say you missed us. We missed you, too. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 2, and we’re midway through this busy holiday-season workweek – and, blessedly, into the final stretch of problematic, perplexing and (literally) plagued 2020. Let’s finish both in style. Peaceful transition: Speaking of big finishes, less than two weeks…


No. 550: In which Biden, Beethoven and Baby Moses meet (and the yo-yo rises)

  It’s their world: We’re just living in it, dear readers, as we reach the end of this latest busy workweek and look ahead to another restful weekend. Today is Friday, Nov. 20 – the U.N.’s World Children’s Day, when we’re reminded (or should be) that we’re merely temporary stewards of this planet, keeping it safe for younger generations waiting to do a much better job of it. That’s ridiculous: For the record, it’s also…


No. 549: On Truth, justice for Susan B. and the state of American bridges (not good)

  Let freedom ring: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through this latest busy workweek in the land of the free and the home of the brave. On that note, happy Independence Day this Nov. 18 to our many readers in Morocco (marking independence from Spain in 1956), Oman (technically National Day, marking independence from Portugal in 1650), Haiti (technically Battle of Vertières Day, marking independence from France in 1803) and Latvia (technically…