Holidays on track: Model trains take the spotlight in Long Islanders’ displays

For many baby boomers, and some younger folks as well, the December holidays are synonymous with model trains.

Many in the postwar generation grew up with Lionel or American Flyer rolling stock running around their basements or attics year-round. For other toy train fans, the miniatures only made an appearance during the holidays: Either portable layouts with a winter/holiday theme or trains that ran under their Christmas trees surrounded by plastic buildings and accessories.

Either way, many fathers — and occasionally both parents — took their sons (and sometimes daughters) to local department stores or hobby shops to pick out holiday presents. And some postwar children fondly remember traveling into Manhattan with their families to visit the Lionel showroom or the famous dealer Madison Hardware to see the latest offerings in hopes they might reappear, gift-wrapped, in late December.

And while the hobby has waned in recent years, model railroading aficionados remain a committed bunch. On Long Island there are still an estimated 2,500 model railroaders, several hundred of them members in about a half-dozen clubs with their own large layouts.

Many cherish their original sets, running them year-round in basements or spare rooms; others unearth model trains only for holiday fun. Many have reconnected with the hobby as adults (sharing it with their own children or grandchildren) after childhood sets were given away by parents who assumed their kids had lost interest in them.

Newsday visited some of these model railroad buffs as they gear up for another holiday season. Here are their stories.

A moment in time

“I’ve been into trains ever since I can remember, probably around 7 or 8,” recalled Edward Surbeck, 77, of Bohemia. “Christmas, birthdays, everybody knew what to get me — something from Lionel,” said Surbeck, who retired from a career in brick paving.

“My parents got married in 1936, and my mother bought my father a Lionel train set because he never had a train set when he was growing up,” Surbeck said. “He said ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to put it around the tree and maybe we should get a few figures.’ ” His father bought lead figures at a discount store to paint and made houses of wood recycled from shipping crates, and his mother decorated them.

When he was growing up in Islip, he said, “We used to go to Sears in Bay Shore and they always had a big layout.” There, Surbeck would pick out what he wanted for Christmas.

After he started college, the trains remained in storage in the basement. “Then in 1998 my wife said ‘Why don’t you put up the trains this year for Christmas. So I said, ‘Why not.’ I resurrected everything and put new snow on top of the buildings and doilies behind the windows as curtains.”

About five years ago Surbeck upgraded his father’s

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Global Mouse Model Services Market Supply-Demand and Rising Trends to Play a Key Role In Growth 2021-2030

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Why Softbank’s Masayoshi Son Is Not A VC Role Model

Even if you have not heard of Softbank and its CEO Masayoshi Son, you are probably quite familiar with one of his most famous investing disasters: WeWork. As the New Yorker wrote last month, Son has taken what most venture capitalists do — particularly in the case of WeWork — to an absurd extreme.

As the New Yorker illustrates, Son’s promise of making everyone on WeWork’s board much richer wiped out their willingness to temper WeWork CEO Adam Neumann’s persistently outrageous business strategies and professional conduct. 

This raises four questions in my mind. What follows are my thoughts on each and what the answers mean for you.

What do venture capitalists (VCs) do and why?

VCs invest money on behalf of their limited partners — typically insurance companies, pension funds, foundations and endowments. VCs are general partners who are paid a percentage of the funds they manage — generally two percent — plus about 20 percent of all the investment gains over the typically 10 year life of the fund.

VCs aim to generate very high investment returns by providing capital to companies that grow very rapidly and go public at high valuations. The typical VC portfolio features one or at best two companies out of 10 that multiply their investment by a factor of 20 to 100. These winners make up for the other eight that either fail completely or barely earn enough to pay back the VC’s investment.

In my book, Hungry Start-Up Strategy, I pointed out that VC is the worst form of financing for a startup — with the best being profits from selling to customers. However, there is a time when raising VC is a smart move — when your company is sprinting to an IPO (the third stage of scaling according to my book, Scaling Your Startup.) As we’ll see below, taking VC is fraught with risk — most notably that you are hiring a boss who could fire you with little notice.

What was so outrageous about what Son did at WeWork?

All VCs want their portfolio companies to grow. What Son did at WeWork was to provide Neumann with so much capital that he could grow much faster than his competitors based on a business model — featuring prices set way below competitors’ and WeWorks’ costs — that would collapse as soon as WeWork ran out of capital.

Moreover, Son made it clear that Neumann’s selling skills were so critical to this investment strategy that Son was willing to tolerate all of Neumann’s outrageous workplace conduct to keep him happy. Son’s idea was Softbank’s capital would fuel WeWork’s propulsive growth to a boffo IPO — rewarding investors and justifying their decision not to crimp Neumann’s unprofessional conduct.

It all seemed to be going beautifully until WeWork filed to go public last fall. After perusing WeWork’s prospectus — which revealed the company’s mission to “raise the world’s consciousness” and the details of a business model that would never make a profit

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Tesla Model 3 with and without heat pump comparison

We compare one of the very first Tesla Model 3s without a heat pump to a newer model with one. The latter shows impressive initial results with what appears to be about twice the efficiency when running the heater.

With the launch of the Model Y earlier this year, Tesla introduced its own heat pump design.

It moved away from the resistive heater, which uses a heating element that converts electrical energy into heat, in the Model 3, the Model Y’s sister vehicle.

A heat pump system has the potential to be much more efficient, resulting in a longer range.

Elon Musk said that the Tesla Model Y heat pump is “some of the best engineering he has seen in a while.”

It took a few months, but Tesla brought the heat pump to the Model 3 with the 2021 refresh.

Now the first batch of new 2021 Tesla Model 3 vehicles have been delivered, and YouTuber Bjorn Nyland did a comparison test with his 2019 Tesla Model 3, which doesn’t have a heat pump:

He let the heat run in both cars for several hours at 21C (70F) to see how much of a difference the heat pump made.

Based on his test, he concluded his 2019 Model 3 without the heat pump required 2,170 watts to maintain the temperature. The new 2021 Model 3, on the other hand, needed only 735 watts.

That’s about three times more efficient.

Electrek’s Take

Interesting test and results, and props to Bjorn for running the test. However, I think there’s a bit of a mistake.

He got good readings on his own cars since he had access to the battery data through his third-party app. But he didn’t have access to the same data on the new Model 3.

For the Model 3 with the heat pump, he instead used the percentage of the state of charge and assumed a usable capacity of 73 kWh.

However, we have been getting reports that the new Long Range Model 3 has a bigger battery capacity.

We are talking about 5% bigger, so it wouldn’t change the results too much.

The new heat pump is certainly more efficient. But I believe it could be closer to twice as efficient, which is still impressive.

We are going to need more tests in the future. I am particularly interested to see how it performs in much colder weather in the coming months.

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Advanced computer model locks in picks for Oregon State vs. Utah, Week 14 2020

A Pac-12 battle is on tap Saturday between the Utah Utes and the Oregon State Beavers at 10:30 p.m. ET at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah is 0-2 while Oregon State is 2-2. The Utes are favored by 11.5 points in the latest Utah vs. Oregon State odds from William Hill, and the Over-Under is set at 51.5. Before you make any Oregon State vs. Utah picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 49-25 on all top-rated picks through 13 weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, it has simulated Utah vs. Oregon State 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Under, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 60 percent of simulations. You absolutely need to see it before locking in your own picks.

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Quinnipiac vs. Drexel odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the Drexel Dragons at 2 p.m. ET Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. It is the second of back-to-back games between the teams in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic being held in Uncasville, Conn. The Dragons won the first matchup 66-48.

The Dragons are favored by seven points this time around in the the latest Drexel vs. Quinnipiac odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 136. Before making any Quinnipiac vs. Drexel picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Drexel vs. Quinnipiac. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Quinnipiac vs. Drexel:

  • Drexel vs. Quinnipiac spread: Drexel -7
  • Drexel vs. Quinnipiac over-under: 136 points
  • Drexel vs. Quinnipiac money line: Drexel -320, Quinnipiac 250

What you need to know about Drexel

The Dragons jumped out to a commanding 36-18 lead in the first game against Quinnipiac and never let it get too interesting after that on their way to a comfortable 66-48 win that covered the 5.5-point spread with a ton of room to spare. Camren Wynter paced the Dragons with 17 points, while Zach Walton added 13 and T.J. Bickerstaff had 11.

Forward James Butler had eight points and 12 rebounds and he’s averaging a double-double on the young season. Drexel lost its opener to Pittsburgh 83-74, but did manage to stay within the 10-point spread in that matchup. 

What you need to know about Quinnipiac 

Quinnipiac, meanwhile, is coming off a 15-15 campaign last season and won its opener 84-66 against Fairleigh Dickinson before having a game against Maine cancelled and then falling to Drexel. Guard Savion Lewis is the only player averaging double-digit scoring at this point as he’s scored 21 points per game. 

But the Bobcats play a large rotation with 10 players who are averaging at least 14.0 minutes per game thus far. That depth could certainly pay off in this type of setting. 

How to make Quinnipiac vs. Drexel picks

The model has simulated Drexel vs. Quinnipiac 10,000 times and the results are in. The model is leaning over on the total, and it has also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

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Utah’s inclusive economic model is at risk

Ryan Beck & Madeline Crawley: Utah’s inclusive economic model is at risk

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

After a number of years away, we recently returned home to the Beehive State. So much has changed in the past decade, but nothing quite as much as Utah’s economy.

What used to be a regional economy defined by locally owned small businesses has quickly evolved into a mini-Silicon Valley with hundreds of venture-backed start-ups and billions in out-of-state capital. While many applaud these changes, we worry about them.

For the past few years, we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where one of us worked for a venture-backed start-up and the other pursued a master of business administration. While we enjoyed our time there, we also grew increasingly skeptical of the economic model of Silicon Valley. One defined by the boom and bust of big winners, like Facebook, and big losers, like Theranos. One where business is seen primarily as a short-term mechanism for getting rich, rather than a long-term commitment to people and places. One where growth comes at any and all costs, including burned-out founders and tech-addicted customers.

The majority of people we met in San Francisco were genuinely committed to changing the world, yet the city has nearly 20,000 homeless people and the highest income inequality of any municipality in the country. This economic powerhouse that so many have long admired felt more dystopian than utopian.

Historically, Utah has been the philosophical opposite of the California economic model. In our state’s earliest days, we were seen as an oddity in an American West that was defined by rapaciousness and rugged individualism. Where gold rushers polluted, exploited and extracted, the early Utah settlers formed land banks, shared irrigation systems and complex welfare systems for those left behind.

We’ve always been more community-minded, less self-interested. Our capitalism has always been more inclusive, less winners-take-all. We’ve always known and cared for one another. In Utah, all boats rise.

That cultural ethos of economic inclusivity still defines us. In his pioneering research on upward mobility, Harvard economist Raj Chetty pointed to Salt Lake City as one of the last places where the American dream is still a reality. He found that over the past 40 years, the odds of a poor kid escaping poverty were higher here than virtually any other place in the country. That isn’t a coincidence. It’s the result of a uniquely inclusive economic model. And it is one worth fighting to preserve.

In the Utah model, businesses are owned by people who actually live in our communities and who have shared long-term interests. Work and wealth are means to a greater end, not ends in themselves. We build for the next generation, not the next financial quarter. Our ventures

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Warner Bros Sets Entire 2021 Movie Slate To Debut On HBO Max Along With Cinemas In Seismic Windows Model Shakeup

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WarnerMedia didn’t have to wait until Wonder Woman 1984 debuted both on HBO Max and in theaters: The Burbank, CA-based Warner Bros is putting its entire 2021 theatrical slate on HBO Max for the films’ respective first month of release, concurrent with a global cinema release.

Following the one-month HBO Max access period domestically, each film will leave the platform and continue theatrically in the U.S. and international territories, with all customary distribution windows applying to the title.

And get a load of what you’ll be able to see in-home next year: Denzel Washington’s The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In the Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4.

This morning’s release reads, “The hybrid model was created as a strategic response to the impact of the ongoing global pandemic.” Movie theaters aren’t apt to be entirely happy with this and it will be interesting to see what they charge for admission to the Warner Bros’ movies. Exhibition busted their butts to get open for Tenet, and today’s news may come to some a thumb in the eye.

That said, look at WarnerMedia’s dilemma: Is it better for the studio to re-shelve its entire slate and collect dust and interest charges? And for those theaters that are open, is it fair that they don’t have any notable product to play? How does the studio commit to $40 million P&A domestic spends in advance when the U.S.-Canada marketplace may not be open or is unpredictable?

Exhibitors, like AMC, may perceive this model as some sort of manna from heaven. As my mother-in-law says, “There’s no such thing as a coincidence,” and well, what do you know? AMC has 200 million shares up for sale as of today.  Buzz hit on Thanksgiving eve that WarnerMedia shoved off a $200 million bid by Netflix for Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong so that it could make a play at putting the movie on HBO Max. Warners denied that, saying the pic was committed to theatrical. That was only half true.

Today’s gravity-defying announcement was made by Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO, WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group (of which Warner Bros. is part) and Jason Kilar, CEO, WarnerMedia.

There were murmurs at rival studios that WarnerMedia was going to drop a bombshell in December — no one knew it would be this big. Even some of the creators close to the movies, I can tell you, weren’t in the fold on this decision (except those with financial stakes). This is clearly a top-down corporate decision as the the conglom bets aggressively on HBO Max, which hasn’t been an immediate triumph out of the gate. The new streaming service’s hurdle has been distribution, with only

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Florida vs. Boston College odds, line: 2020 Roman Legends Classic picks, predictions from proven model

Teams looking to improve on their fortunes from a year ago meet when the Florida Gators take on the Boston College Eagles in a 2020 Roman Legends Classic matchup on Thursday. The Gators (1-0) tied for fourth with Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference at 11-7 and were 19-12 overall in 2019-20. The Eagles (1-2), meanwhile, tied for 10th with Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 7-13 and were 13-19 overall a year ago. Florida has won both of the previous two games in the series, including a 91-65 triumph on Nov. 29, 1994.

The game is slated to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET from “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Florida had the 146th-best offense last season, averaging 71.9 points per game, while Boston College was 321st at 64.6. The Gators are 5.5-point favorites in the latest Florida vs. Boston College odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 139.5. Before making any Boston College vs. Florida picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Florida vs. Boston College in the Roman Legends Classic 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Boston College vs. Florida:

  • Florida vs. Boston College spread: Florida -5.5
  • Florida vs. Boston College over-under: 139.5 points
  • Florida vs. Boston College money line: Florida -260, Boston College +210
  • FLA: Was on the verge of its fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid before COVID-19 ground last season to a halt
  • BC: All three of its games this year have been decided by nine points or fewer

Why Florida can cover

The Gators had to wait a bit to start their season, but came out on top against Army on Wednesday thanks in part to a pair of transfers. They will look to build on their 76-69 victory with the help of junior forward Colin Castleton, a versatile big man who played two seasons at Michigan. He is known as a top-notch defender and shot blocker. In the win over Army on Wednesday, Castleton scored nine points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked one shot. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 44 appearances at Michigan.

Also expected to power the Gators is junior guard Tyree Appleby, who scored 15 points in the win over Army. He was one of the best players on the Cleveland State roster and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in 63 appearances with the Vikings.

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Is Tyler Cameron Dating Instagram Model Ireland Borba? What We Know

Hannah Brown and Elizabeth Turner and Ireland Borba, oh my!

Tyler Cameron Says Matt James “Dodged a Bullet” by Not Competing on Clare’s Bachelorette Season



If you’re like the rest of us, it’s hard to keep track of all the recent dating rumors surrounding Bachelor Nation’s Tyler Cameron.

The fitness hunk spent some time at the beginning of quarantine with his rosy ex, Hannah, but The Bachelorette star set the record straight in October by explaining they were “leaning on each other” during traumatic periods in their lives. Tyler said last month they’re just “friends.”

He revealed on the Chicks in the Office podcast, “I will be happy to show you guys my dating life and share it with you… but I gotta get a date. I gotta get a girlfriend!”

In November, we thought he had found one in model Elizabeth Turner after they went on a few dates. A source told E! News, “It’s nothing serious,” but noted “she’s definitely his type,” which makes sense considering he was seeing supermodel-turned-supermom Gigi Hadid last fall.

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But this week, it seemed like Elizabeth was out and Ireland was in. Fans spotted Tyler hanging out with the Instagram model in New York before he went home to Florida.

Tyler Cameron et al. posing for the camera: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for rag & bone/Ireland Borba/instagram

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However, E! News has exclusively learned that Tyler is still single and not dating anyone. According to a well-placed source, “He’s hung out with Ireland in a group with friends while he was in NYC, but nothing serious is happening there.”

The insider added, “He keeps in touch with several ladies, but it’s always casual. Tyler isn’t looking for anything serious.”

The 27-year-old has also had a few women hang out at his house in Jupiter, Fla., but other friends are always with them in a group social setting, we’re told.

It’s worth noting, though, that both Tyler and Ireland are currently living close by in Florida. The Fashion Nova influencer just moved to Miami in November, calling it her “next adventure” after living it up in San Diego for the past six years. Could there be a casual beach date on the horizon?

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