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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…


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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 531: In which GM gets rolling, Channel 13 goes live and the pandemic silences sports, once again

  So hard to keep this smile from our face: Inventors to the left of us, investors to the right – happy to be stuck in the middle with you, dear readers, as we hurdle the hump of this latest busy workweek. And with that, ladies and gentlemen – please welcome Stealers Wheel! Island hopping: It’s Sept. 16 out there, which is of course Independence Day (in Papua New Guinea), Malaysian Armed Forces Day (in…


No. 529: On loop-de-loops, safe bets and SUNY’s status – and Capt. Bligh’s revenge 

    Roll with it: Here we go, dear readers – the third and final leg of already legendary 2020, complete with an ongoing pandemic, history’s most important presidential election (maybe) and, we hope, oodles of ingenious innovation. Let’s rock. By the numbers: It’s Wednesday, Sept. 9 – a.k.a. 9/9, which will have special significance to Sudoku players and, naturally, makes this International Sudoku Day. Hungry? You’re in luck – it’s also National Steak Au…


No. 526: Chancellors chosen, schools cleared and Cro-Magnon man unearthed – and it all goes to the dogs

  Cooler heads prevail: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, midpoint of another warm workweek – good news from the weather desk, though, which promises this latest heatwave breaks today. Stay tuned. Twice as nice: It’s Aug. 26 out there, a big one for our many readers in Namibia, where’s it’s both Herero Day (a gathering of the Herero people to honor historical chieftains) and the unrelated Heroes’ Day (marking the 1966 start of the southwestern…


No. 522: Storming back on Long Island, with elephants, Diamond Jim and some deep-brain neurostimulation

  Right where you left us: Here we are, dear readers – about a week past due, it’s long-awaited Newsletter No. 522, back on track after the surprising and frustrating disruption that was Tropical Storm Isaias. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 12, on Long Island and around the world, and the children shall lead: Today marks the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day. Jan Brady Syndrome: Some youth have it a little harder than others, and so we…


No. 520: On endless summers, lasagna and NASA’s origin story – plus, Spectronics stays home

  Dog days: The Spring That Time Forgot has been followed by the July That Wouldn’t End – but we press on, dear readers, through pandemics and heat waves and whatever else they throw at us. Yes, it’s still July out there – July 29, to be precise – and if things haven’t been wacky enough, try this: Today is National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day. which is absolutely real and aims to both kill rodents…


No. 516: On margarine, Boeing and The Rosetta Stone – and playing the odds at Jones Beach

  Hot days, cold stretch: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as COVID-19 rages across the land – though not in New York, where we’ve earned a reprieve – and we steam into the second half of this latest sultry summer workweek. It’s July 15 out there – a tough one for the selfish, with it being National Give Something Away Day and all. No accounting for tastes: It’s also National Gummi Worm Day (that’s a…


No. 514: Adelphi evolves, Roswell crashes and da Gama sails again – plus Phase Four, with attitude

  Hot stuff: Hello again, dear readers, and welcome to your favorite regularly scheduled review of the Long Island innovation economy, back on the beat on this eighth day of July. It’s Wednesday, it’s summer and it’s pretty muggy out there – but keep those masks on, please and thank you, as we work together to keep COVID-19 at bay. Press start: Some say they’re the scourge of childhood, locking entire generations indoors and establishing…


No. 512: In which Twain tinkers, Lovelace leaps and UFOs conquer the world

  Phase in: Welcome to Wednesday and welcome to Phase 3, dear readers, a hard-earned reopening privilege which lands on Long Island today, and we will only keep by keeping COVID-19 at bay. That means one-way supermarket lanes, rotating work shifts, masks in public spaces and other inconveniences for the foreseeable future – all told, still better than the alternative. Please stick with it. The truth is out there: And it’s June 24 out there,…


No. 510: Kevin Dahill, Newt Gingrich and M.C. Escher walk into a newsletter … plus, strudel for all 

  We’ve been sprung: Welcome, intrepid readers, to the last Wednesday of the Spring That Time Forgot, with Long Island’s reopening proceeding on schedule – just a week, give or take, until Phase 3 – and Summer 2020 rising Saturday. That makes it June 17 out there, known best as the U.N.’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, except in Iceland, where desertification is trumped by Icelandic National Day. Balanced approach: Here in the…