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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. 509: On peanut butter cookies, LaGuardia Airport and kelp – plus baseball (remember that?)

  Phase 2 Friday: You’ve done it again, dear readers! Another tough workweek conquered – and, as your reward, Long Island’s first weekend under Phase 2 reopening protocols. Well played! It’s June 12 out there, and while you’re probably itching for your teenager to find a summer job after a half-year of home learning, it is indeed the U.N.’s World Day Against Child Labour, which is a very different matter and no joke. That’s, like,…


No. 502: TopDocs, bottom dollars and lines in the sand, on a good day to be a millionaire

  Place your bets: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island eagerly anticipates its Phase 1 reopening (not just yet) and we patiently muscle through another WFH workweek (marking, like, 850 in a row, though we may have lost count). For those keeping score, with Nassau and Suffolk about to eclipse 30 trace cases per 1,000 residents and regional COVID-19 hospital deaths dropping fast, the good money is on Phase 1 baby steps for…


No. 494: In which Earth Day, the National League and fresh NSF Fellows all arrive, but COVID-19 won’t leave

  People of Earth: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Long Island, the United States and a good chunk of the civilized world muscle their way through another workweek in the Age of Coronavirus. It’s April 22 out there, which of course makes this Earth Day’s 50th anniversary – certainly not what anybody expected it would be, though maybe that’s not all bad. Cool beans: Meanwhile, you might still have some in the house after…


No. 484: We do the twist, the bump and the IDA shuffle – all from the comfort of home!

  It could be worse: A lot worse, dear readers, as we hunker down, suck it up and otherwise follow sage advice designed to save lives. It’s Wednesday out there, March 18 to be precise, and as everyone readjusts to the new normal, we acknowledge National Supreme Sacrifice Day – and remember there’s plenty of real estate between inconvenience and true sacrifice. Too close for comfort: Another natural for a coast-to-coast lockdown, today is also…


No. 474: On molecular diagnostics, robo-busts and T Rex – and happy birthday to the author of your youth

  Back stretch: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and the clubhouse turn of our latest socioeconomic sprint. It’s Feb. 12 out there, replete with offbeat observations: choose from National Lost Penny Day, National Plum Pudding Day and Valentine’s Hug Day, a cuddly precursor to the big lovers’ day. They do: Speaking of lovers, it’s also a notable date for same-sex unions – National Freedom to Marry Day, which was actually started by a law firm…


No. 464: Charging into the 20s, with Hawking, Cousteau, surgery bots and a new Penn Station

  Off we go: The holidays are over and reality returns, dear readers, as a fresh month, year and decade of socioeconomic innovation begins. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Babinden in Belarus, celebrating midwives, and World Typing Day, promoting speed and accuracy. Sweets: It’s also National English Toffee Day and National Man Watchers Day, which attempts to balance societal scales by encouraging women to gawk at men for a change (not sure about the thinking…


No. 443: On Ken Morrelly, the LIREDC’s highest hopes, Sputnik and the Queen of the Damned

  Ten-four, good buddy: Breaker, breaker, dear readers, and thanks for having your ears on as we keep the left door closed, put the hammer down and speed toward another well-earned weekend. It’s Friday out there, Oct. 4 to be precise, which of course means it’s 10-4 and National CB Radio Day, first proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to salute the Citizen Band as an emergency resource and to honor enthusiasts. Off the…


No. 431: Inventing Google, superior supercomputing and just the fax, ma’am

  Equatorial shift: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as we slide into the second half of this summertime workweek on Long Island and around the world (except in the Southern Hemisphere, where it’s winter). Senior circuit: Whatever your season, it’s Aug. 21 out there – and to the 47 million-plus U.S. citizens ages 65 and older (according to the 2017 census), enjoy your National Senior Citizens Day. Readers of all ages can get…


No. 412: On Prince, Pence, Columbia, clams and Northwell Health’s new ‘ranch’ dressing

  Finishing what you started: Another busy workweek ends, dear readers, and another warm weekend dawns. It’s Friday, June 7, out there, and you’ve completed yet another hard-run marathon of socioeconomic progress. Well done. Here’s the scoop: As a reward, please enjoy National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Here, them roar: You know who likes chocolate ice cream? Many of the 1.7 million members of Lions Club International, the world’s largest service organization, which launched in…


No. 401: Manufacturing optimism, planning to win and crusading in capes – plus, the importance of summer schooling 

  May day! Don’t panic, dear readers – it’s merely the first of May and the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation (being Wednesday and all). For the record, with a long (and sometimes dark) history extending back thousands of years, May Day is not all maypoles and pies. Let freedom ring: Here in the 21st Century, May 1 marks Armed Forces Day in Mauritania and Constitution Day in both Argentina and Latvia….


No. 391: Kirk lives, rockets blast, lasers fire – and it’s a water world after all

  Welcome to Friday: You’ve done it, dear reader – the end of another busy workweek is upon us, and the first weekend of spring has sprung. Well played. It’s March 22 out there, marking the United Nation’s annual World Water Day, which reminds us that clean, potable water is “a human right.” (They take this to heart at Adelphi University, as you’ll see below.) More Power to you: With Saturday’s national Powerball jackpot soaring…


No. 382: Daring photographers, prestigious fellows, international space adventures – and LICA’s tastiest Capital Forum yet

  Middle ground: It’s Wednesday, dear readers, and the midpoint of another busy winter week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Feb. 20, and welcome especially to new newsletter subscribers Wendy, Charles, Sam, Dee, Lyn, Clive, J. Taylor, Rama, John, David and Rosemary. We’ve turned off the “Fasten Seatbelts” sign, so please feel free to move around the cabin. Those are all good things: Our new friends join us on The World Day of Social Justice,…


No. 373: On Tesla patents, quasi-three-day weekends and Winnie the Pooh (and introducing the ‘Voices’ of Innovate LI)

  Flake out: That’s two down and just 49 1/2 to go, dear readers, as another productive workweek concludes and 2019 gains steam – and with barely a snowflake in sight, this is already shaping up as the quietest winter in recent memory. Jinx! Winter is coming: Actually, there is a little snow in our weekend forecast, and that’s not a bad thing – not only is the white stuff a critical part of natural…


No. 294: Hofstra innovators rise, MunchMoney packs a lunch and SUNation’s shifting solar perspective

You’ve done it again: Welcome to Friday, dear reader, and the end of another week of socioeconomic innovation. That’s a lot of Peeps: It’s a holiday weekend, of course, the holiest of Christian holy days and another surefire bonanza for retailers. According to our buddies at Statistic Brain, Americans spend more than $14.6 billion on Easter-related goods each year, including $2.1 billion on Easter candy alone. By the way, although it’s smack-dab in the middle…