Here's the Scoop by Brian Sweeney

Brian Sweeney has been the author of “Here’s the Scoop” for more than 20 years. The column usually deals with the lighter side of life and the writer has been known to mix a bit of fiction in with the facts. Brian has received six awards for his column in the annual New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Here's the Scoop: July 27, 2011

What’s that password?
I heard an interesting piece on the radio this week. It seems that I am not alone in struggling to remember passwords for various accounts on the Internet.

Apparently, failure to remember one’s passwords is pretty much an epidemic. As an antidote for this plague, many of us choose to “simplify” our passwords to make it easier to gain access to online accounts, etc.


Here's the Scoop: Sept. 1, 2010

Living forever
“Never put it in writing,” is a famous warning. My guess is this philosophy pays handsome dividends for folks who prefer to lie their way out of sticky situations.

For anyone who has dealt with the type of people referred to above, there’s the companion warning: “Always get it in writing.”


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 25, 2010

Stolen word of advice
Imagine my surprise the other day when I came across a story that stated, “The bookworms behind the Oxford Dictionary of English recently released a list of 2,000 or so new words that will be added to their next edition. Some of the new words include staycation, social media and the groan-inducing chillax.”


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 18, 2010

Say it ain’t so
I’m certain that I wasn’t alone when I clicked on my Home Page recently and was more than a little surprised to learn that Snooki had been arrested for harassment. Shocked does not come close to describing my reaction.


Here's the Scoop: Aug. 11, 2010

Neck high in popularity
Why are vampires so popular? I don’t know.
I’m not really up-to-date with the “Twilight” books and movies that have been such big hits. But I guess when you take a decent story, mix in a bunch of good-looking actors and tons of marketing dollars, success is not a surprise.