If you are one of the lonely surfers or serfs reading this, I am officially notifying my readership to the sabbatical of Last Night’s Garbage, starting… now.
Hiatus (hi·a·tus) – 1. A gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity; a break: “We are likely to be disconcerted by . . . hiatuses of thought” (Edmund Wilson).
Can you hear the steel pan band playing? Behind the gun shots, the reversing delivery truck and the homeless man shouting obscenities about the pope.
Savor this moment, it could be your last!
Like never before, trash lines our streets bemoaning the perpetual carrot-on-a-string dangling in front of us while commuting to our stations of employment. One year older but am I a richer man then I was 365 days ago? Richer in history, perhaps, or experience but the paper that lines my pocket is disintegrating along with the shore lines of the northeast. Warning: this blog is coming to an end!
New York City is an island built on garbage. Dutch settlers constructed much of the southern tip of Manhattan by extending the shoreline with landfill. But today, waste management is a major issue–and we’re running out of room. New Yorkers generate at least 10,000 tons of solid waste per day, much of which is hauled out of the city by greenhouse gas puffing biodiesel trucks. It’s not exactly cost effective either, at $300 million spent on this export process annually. That’s why, as part of the city’s effort to double the amount of waste diverted from landfill, Mayor Bloomberg called for proposals earlier in the week for a “state of the art conversion technology facility” that didn’t feature mass trash incineration. So, what does “conversion technology” even mean? Here’s a list of 10 ways, some real and some imaginary, one might convert waste to energy, from oil rendered from denatured turkey guts to Back to the Future’s Mr. Fusion.
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“…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even
sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.” ― Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho
For those of you who have used the subway in New York, the sight of rats must be quite common. Those pesky rodents are spotted quite frequently on subway tracks and platforms. Apparently, subway workers have had enough of this and want their workplace to be completely free of rats. And they’ve come up with a totally unique idea to accomplish this – a rat photo contest. New York subway workers are holding a photo contest – for
the “nastiest” shot of a rodent. Subway commuters are being urged to click pictures of the rats they see every day and upload them to the website ratfreesubways.com. The grand prize is a monthly transit pass. The site was created by the largest union in the city, the Transport Workers Union Local 100. The winning photograph is to be selected by popular opinion. Visitors to the website are able to vote for the most repulsive picture on the ‘Rate my Rat’ section. They have five options to choose from – Handsome, Cute, Plain, Ugly and Beastly. Most of the rat-pictures have been rated between 3 and 5, while a few actually have been called cute. From Oddity Central
How much would you spend for a good night’s sleep?
Some people might say $33,000. That’s the price of E.S. Kluft & Co.’s hand-tufted, king-size Palais Royale mattress and box spring, currently the most expensive American-made mattress set on the market. The company says it has sold about 100 since introducing it in 2008.
Or maybe it’s $44,000—the price tag on Kluft’s Sublime model, which the company has teed up for a launch later this year.
European shoppers will pay even more. At $69,500—roughly the price of a Porsche Cayenne S hybrid SUV—there’s the Vividus king-size mattress set from Hästens Sängar AB, of Sweden. Hästens says it takes 160 hours to assemble this mattress entirely by hand, which has a Swedish-pine frame with thick layers of horsehair, cotton, flax and wool inside. The company says since introducing the mattress in 2006, it has sold 250 of them world-wide.
Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to
take down the Christmas tree, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw it in the trash. New York City parks are offering free tree recycling this weekend. You can bring your tree to designated parks and have it turned into mulch to be used to nourish parks and plants citywide. Just bring your tree to a chipping location on Jan. 7 or Jan. 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and crews will chip your tree and give you your own bag of mulch to take own. There is also curbside collection of trees until Jan. 14. Make sure to remove all ornaments and lights before dropping off your tree. Even the city’s most famous tree won’t go to waste. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be used for lumber for Habitat for Humanity houses once it’s taken down this weekend. The city says nearly 17,000 trees were recycled last year. For more information about MulchFest or to find a chipping location near you, click here. From “Recycle Your Christmas Tree During NYC’s Annual MulchFest” published at CBS NY, January 7, 2012.