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The Rundown: Long Island’s Random Weekly To-Do List, Oct. 11 – 18

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38RunDown NelsonDeMille1. MEET NELSON DEMILLE: Agents John Corey and Kate Mayfield have been posted overseas to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative, known as The Panther, wanted for terrorist acts and murders. Long Island author Nelson DeMille will speak about and sign his new book, The Panther, Tuesday, 10.26 at the Book Revue in Huntington.

38RunDown Planetarium2. VISIT LI’S NEW PLANETARIUM: Over the weekend, the Cradle of Aviation opened the brand new JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium—its newest digital exhibit offering realistic, close-up views of Earth, star fields and planets, and a flight through a virtual re-creation of the Milky Way.

3. GOOGLE “GOODY GARLICK”: Before the Salem Witch Trials, there was the trial of East Hampton resident Elizabeth Garlick, who was accused of practicing witchcraft in 1657, charged with bewitching and causing the death of the daughter of the prominent town resident Lion Gardiner.

4. DOWNLOAD “DEBATE 2012” APP FOR IPAD: Debate 2012 is a one-stop companion app for viewers interested in following the latest and most relevant political news and social media channels while watching the presidential debates at home on TV. And while you’re at it…

38RunDown BigBird5. FOLLOW @FIREDBIGBIRD: Regardless of what side of the political aisle you stand, this satirical Twitter feed launched after Mitt Romney’s Big Bird reference during the first presidential debate will make you snicker. You’ll see a giant yellow bird waiting on the unemployment line and posts like “ ‘You can kill things and still like them.’ —Rick Santorum…. or OJ Simpson…”

6. SEE OCTOMOM GET ROASTED IN NYC: Following in the footsteps of Tanning Mom, Octomom Nadya Suleman will appear at XL Nightclub in NYC to support the gay community and try to extend her 15 minutes of fame even more by participating in a roast at the Hot Mess show. The cast will be prepared with jokes, songs, and dance numbers all poking fun at the guest of honor.

38RunDown Paper537. DOWNLOAD “PAPER BY 53”: If you’re torn between the love you have for a pen and paper and the affair you seem to be having with your tablet, Paper will give you the best of both worlds. The app is free and contains an unlimited amount of Moleskine-type virtual notebooks that you can flip through, design and put to any use. While the app comes with one calligraphy-style virtual pen, you can buy a starter pack of different writing instruments that will allow you to sketch, paint watercolors, take notes and more for $6.99.

38RunDown Windows88. GET WINDOWS 8: Microsoft will host a launch event on Thursday, 10.25, for  the release of Windows 8, which will be available for purchase the next day. Among its changes, Windows 8 includes new backgrounds for desktop, lock screen and start screen, apps and heavier online integration.

38RunDown CostumeDonate9. WATCH FLIPSIDE—A JOURNEY INTO THE AFTERLIFE: In this documentary about the other side, filmmaker Richard Martini explores new evidence for life after death based on thousands of people who claim that under deep hypnosis they saw and experienced the same basic things. Check it out at FlipsideTheBook.com.

10. DONATE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES: Donate new and used (in good condition) Halloween costumes and decorations for children who need them. A pretty scary Halloween costume collection box has mysteriously appeared in the reception area at 320 Carleton Ave., Suite 4300, in Islip, but just as it appeared it will also mysteriously disappear on Friday, 10.19!

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