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No. 548: From Albany to the Congo to Mars – and yes, omnipotent aliens do have birthdays

  Fear not: Halloween is past, the election is over and not even Friday the 13th can spook you, dear reader, as we wrap up this latest busy workweek and anticipate a chilly autumnal weekend. For the record, before grumpy old men changed it up, Friday the 13th was a celebration of women and their sexual energy. So, there’s that. That’s what we heard: On this particular Nov. 13, we mark both World Kindness Day,…


No. 547: On Patton, the birth of calculus and a smart new entrepreneurism angle

  Who’s there? Knock knock, friends – it’s Nov. 11 out there, which is Veteran’s Day, of course, and we can come back later if you’re among the lucky few taking a holiday. For those on the job, welcome to Wednesday and the midpoint of this latest workweek – not to mention Armistice Day in New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia, plus Polish Independence Day, since you asked. Underestimating their forces: We grossly misstated the…


No. 546: The wait continues – with bread stuffing, Emma Stone and undead ferrets

  Your guess is as good as ours: Here we are, dear readers – it’s Nov. 6 on Long Island and around the world, and as we put the newsletter to bed Thursday night, there was still no clear word on who will be President of the United States come Jan. 21. Perhaps by the time you read this, an electoral winner will have been announced (though lawsuits are sure to follow, so stay tuned)….


No. 545: Hanging with Cronkite, King Tut and Long Island particle physicists, as the smoke clears

  Is it over? Not quite, dear readers – but the voting is done, there’s a hard stop on those miserable campaign commercials and the endless election signs blockin’ out the scenery … one day, like a miracle, they will disappear. So, there’s that. Welcome to Wednesday, very much The Day After. Sincerest congratulations to the 150 million-or-so Americans who exercised their right to vote this year, many under challenging conditions that ranged from unfortunate…


No. 544: In which Canada beckons, adults learn and people with disabilities save technology as we know it

  Brrrrr: Holy Christmas, dear readers, it’s getting cold out there! Yes, that was the S word in your local forecast last night (“north and west of the city,” as they say), and no, it’s not even Halloween yet. That’s tomorrow – today is Friday, Oct. 30, and we’re bundling up as we wrap up this latest week of socioeconomic innovation. Notes: Before we do, two quick reminders: Be sure to set your clock back…


No. 543: On SUNY’s Thanksgiving plans, and Harvard–educated immigrant chocolatiers

  Shivers: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Halloween approaches, COVID rages, there’s talk of a coup and winter is suddenly in the air. It’s Oct. 28 out there, and yeah, that’s all rather chilling – but it’s also Plush Animal Lovers Day, so give your beloved teddy-boo a squeeze and let’s roll. Come one, come all: Of the world’s 195 sovereign countries, only one is humanity’s melting pot – making National Immigrants Day, celebrated…


No. 542: Earth, Smurfs and the iPod all begin – and so does a new era in Bay Shore

  No argument here: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we recover from another debilitating debate night – hopefully, the last we’ll ever see like that – and wrap up another busy workweek. It’s Oct. 23 on Long Island and around the world – a big date for our readers in Hungary (National Day), Brazil (Aviator’s Day) and Thailand (Chulalongkorn Day, commemorating the 1910 passing of King Chulalongkorn, beloved fifth monarch of the Chakri dynasty)….


No. 541: In which Cool Whip, garbanzo beans and Godzilla get their due, and podcasts take over

  Healthy start: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of this latest busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we get into it, Oct. 21 brings us National Check Your Meds Day, when we’re supposed to check the expiration dates on our older prescription meds, which is important. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Scales: Welcome back. Saluting cold-blooded creatures from the Geico gecko to Godzilla, today is also National Reptile Awareness Day. And fans of…


No. 540: LI’s best chances, the ‘Garbo of the Skies’ and ‘leaderism,’ explained

  Well played: Congratulations, dear readers – you’ve cleared hurdles, scored points and otherwise moved the socioeconomic ball, thereby earning yourself another lovely autumn weekend. Food and beverage service: It’s Friday, Oct. 16 – the U.N.’s World Food Day, which is all over the map this year, in response to numerous food-insecurity crises caused by the pandemic. Also celebrated Oct. 16, though perhaps not with the same altruistic resolve, is National Liqueur Day. Please sip…


No. 539: On Pooh, Holmes, deep-space ‘splosions and all-you-can-eat dessert

  Vote note: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we muscle through another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Before we begin, please head over to Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island contest and pull the virtual lever for Innovate Long Island, part of an impressive field battling to be crowned Best Long Island Blog. We want it, we deserve it, but we can’t get it without you – find us in the Arts…


No. 538: Electric blankets, Andrei Sakharov and intermodal ground transportation, with cheese

  Big deal: Another busy workweek wraps and a fresh fall weekend arrives, dear readers. It’s Friday, all right, and we’re shouting out to all the small-minded big thinkers on National Nanotechnology Day, held this and every Oct. 9. Breaking the mold: For the cheesemonger in us all, today is also National Moldy Cheese Day, which is actually very tasty, if done right. The sponsors of Innovate LI are responsible for the content of this…


No. 537: In which Yo-Yo meets Cougar, arenas get healthier and the dark side is revealed

  But who’s counting? Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the halfway mark of this latest busy week of socioeconomic progress. On this Oct. 7, a few key countdowns: 28 days until the election, 85 days until 2021 and 105 days until Jan. 20. Hang tight. Location, location, location: Before we dive in, a correction to Monday’s calendar newsletter, which erroneously listed the 32nd annual HIA-LI Business Trade Show and Conference as happening today and…


No. 536: On workforces, new outbreaks and Sting – and OMG, we’re up for a BOLI 

  Bad news, good news: The pandemic rages, the NFL season teeters on the brink and so does the republic – but weep not, dear reader, for this taxing workweek nears its end, and another autumnal weekend awaits. Yes, it’s Friday out there, Oct. 2 to be precise, and we wish one and all – even bullies, even cowardly leaders who incite violence – a serene International Day of Non-Violence, marking the birthdate of Indian…


No. 535: Climate change, raging cyberthreats and disillusioned voters – but all you need is love

  The September that wouldn’t die: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and yes, it’s still September out there – though this is the last time we’ll say that for a while. That makes this Sept. 30, of course, known best as National Love People Day – an unconditional hug-a-thon that may be a tough sell after last night’s contentious display in Cleveland, or may be just what America needs. Stay tuned. Listen up: Whether you’re…


No. 534: In which batters strike out, small businesses strike gold and Henry Ford gives you your weekend

  Autumnal equalizer: Give yourself 10 seconds to forget POTUS, SCOTUS and every other fuss, dear reader, and consider this – you’ve completed the gauntlet of another busy workweek, and the first weekend of fall awaits. Aaahhh. Couldn’t do it without you: It’s Friday all right, Sept. 25 to be exact, and that’s one of Innovate LI’s favorites – National Research Administrator Day, when we honor the fiscal stewards, faculty assistants and other project managers…