Innovate Long Island Pandemic Primer

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. 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. 527: On angry winds, sustained science and better mental health – we’ll sip to that!

  Days, and confused: This much we know, dear readers – it’s Friday, Aug. 28, and you’ve completed another summer workweek in the cruel parallel universe that is COVID-19. Just one more week to go before a fashionably late Labor Day Weekend, then the opening of schools, or the delayed opening, or partial opening or non-opening or whatever. Not even sure they know yet. Stay tuned. Knot interested: You don’t even wear a necktie anymore,…


No. 525: On Wilt the Stilt, Lincoln and ‘Looney Tunes’ – and a dose of reality for Walt Whitman

  Good Friday: You’ve done it again, dear readers … another long workweek bested, another summery weekend earned. Well done. Since we can’t do it properly – bellying up in your favorite dive and getting lost in some smokin’ house band – ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Cowboy Junkies! An even 50: Before we jump in, aloha to our many readers in Hawaii, where Statehood Day – marking the 1959 admission of the 50th…


No. 523: Veteran ‘Ventures,’ pandemic page-turners and throwing shots with the real Doc Holliday

  Engines of innovation: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we race to the end of another sticky summer workweek and throttle down for another well-earned weekend. Low key: It’s Aug. 14 out there, and honestly, the pickings are very slim – the best we could do is the Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of the Fatherland in Abkhazia, which is, like, not even a real country. It’s also National Financial Awareness Day, which…


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. 515: In which COVID takes off, Telstar blasts off and Applied DNA spins off

  The sweeter the reward: You’ve done it again, intrepid reader, and coming off a long holiday weekend to boot – another workweek conquered, another weekend earned, Phase Four and all. Yes, it’s Friday out there, July 10 to be exact, a day so sweet you may need to floss twice: It’s National Kitten Day, National Pick Blueberries Day and National Piña Colada Day, all at once. Lose some: It’s also Independence Day in the…


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. 513: On research funding in a crisis, Christmas in June and baseball (in August, maybe)

  June swoon: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up a sultry workweek in Phase 3 of Long Island’s pandemic recovery and anticipate the first full weekend of Summer 2020. Independent thought: It’s June 26 out there, which is of course Independence Day in both Madagascar and Somalia. Here in the States, Independence Day is one week from tomorrow – and with that in mind, Innovate LI will be taking next week to…


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. 511: On pensions, papas and Juneteenth – and the economics of racial equality

  The solstice with the mostest: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, and not just any Friday but the eve of the Summer of 2020, in which things can only get better. It’s June 19 out there and a busy day on Planet Earth, including Labour Day in Trinidad and Tobago, Never Again Day in Uruguay (marking the 1764 birth of native freedom fighter José Artigas) and the Day of the Independent Hungary. Now MAGA-free: Here…


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…


No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…