CHECK OUT AHOY EARTH!
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Ed Jermakian and Jared Kessel, two longtime friends right here on Long Island, post their latest creation on the Web and then repost it to Facebook, in the process, injecting their own brand of humor and take on the world into the social media sphere. Ahoy Earth! is a brilliantly drawn, thought-provoking, oftentimes hilarious Webcomic, about two aliens named Heady and Faisal “living on earth killing time like the rest of us,” reads its profile page. The extraterrestrials are not always the protagonists (Ed and Jared often draw themselves into the comic, as well as known superheroes, among many other characters), and topics range from the mundane to the most pressing (its Aug. 28 strip “Deja Boom” deals with the present Syrian crisis). Worth checking out, if not for the laughs, for the art: www.ahoyearth.com.

LOOKOUT FOR THE NEW IPHONE
Apple will likely make their closely guarded official announcement Sept. 10. Judging from past unveilings, the next generation iPhones should be available shortly thereafter. Rumor has it that they’re going gold!

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LISTEN TO LIVE FROM THE BARRAGE
Addictive and entertaining—if you need to kill some time on a Friday night (or any night, these are archived), check out this podcast, broadcast live every Friday at 8 p.m. from “The Barrage,” a fully stocked bar built in co-host John Houlihan’s garage in Queens. Topics run the gamut, from rants about music and politics to hosts Houli, Dave, “Hair Du,” Patrick and Ryan simply busting on each other, you’re sure to have a few laughs. Past guests include frontman Question Mark, from ? and the Mysterians (96 Tears), legendary audio engineer Steve Albini, “Bootleg Bill” from the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners, Richie Ramone and many others. Hear for yourself at www.livefromthebarrage.com.

DOWNLOAD ZITE
Choose the topics you’re interested in and this app will filter every news source on the Web to find related articles and deliver them, in the blink of an eye, to your phone or mobile device, including Long Island Press stories. Can’t beat that!

EAT A GRAPE LEAF
Why not? They taste exceptionally magnificent and are healthy for you. There are a host of great Greek restaurants throughout this Island, and therefore, there is really no excuse! Go to bestof.longislandpress.com and check out some of the truly great purveyors. You’re welcome.

READ A BOOK
September is National Literacy Month, and according to the figures, 90 million Americans read at basic and below-basic levels. To help raise awareness about literacy issues in the United States and to help solve them, Digitalliteracy.gov will be featuring resources exploring the power of the Digital Age in creating a solution. Additionally, free book festivals will be held in communities across the country to help promote literacy and the importance of reading, from the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival Sept. 21-22 to the Brooklyn Book Festival Sept. 22. To find a festival near you, check out: www.read.gov/resources/index.php.

ORDER A PUMPKIN LATTE
This fall favorite is back in coffee shops, finally! Load up, dear friends. Load up. Winter’s coming.

PLAY PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES II
The sequel to the highly popular original just came out, transforming all your mobile devices into vegetation-growing, undead-slaying addiction-fueling mini-arcade games. Yes, it’s that much fun.

GO TO THE LI APPLE FESTIVAL!
The 24th Annual Long Island Apple Festival, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sherwood-Jayne Farm in Setauket, is an apple extravaganza not to be missed, from its yearly Apple Pie Contest and sheep shearing to its many apple crafts and cooking! Learn more at http://www.threevillagehistoricalsociety.org/!

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