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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!

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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!

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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.

Read the 10 ways at L Magazine

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Dunder Mifflin strives for excellence when it comes to paper distribution. We make it our goal to meet all of our customer’s needs and guarantee full customer satisfaction. Dunder Mifflin offers the right products at the right price. As a business owner, you will not be disappointed when you choose Dunder Mifflin! We promise!

From Dunder Mifflin, Inc.

Click here to purchase an authentic ream or box of Dunder Mifflin paper (now owned by Sabre)

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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.

Read more from “A Mattress at $33,000? Made With Horsehair, Silk and Gold, New Bedding Pushes Prices Sky-High” by Anjali Athavaley published June 16, 2010 at The Wall Street Journal.

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Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

Synopsis of “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey” at Rotten Tomatoes

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When it comes to hard feelings, the New York Jets and New York Giants have plenty of grudges with one another. Unfortunately, that has to nothing to do with anything that has been decided on the field.

For all the history of these teams – the Jets have Joe Namath and Super Bowl III while the Giants have Lawrence Taylor, the David Tyree catch and three titles – none of it intersects. There is no moment that defines this rivalry, just 11 largely nondescript games over the past 42 years. At least not until Christmas Eve, when the teams face off with their seasons on the line. Sure, the Jets may only be a just-above-average 8-6 and the Giants are a perfectly middling 7-7 (getting here in the midst of a 1-5 tailspin), but this game has actual subplots. There are immediate issues (both are trying to maintain control of their playoff chances) and long-term (the Jets badly want to overtake the Giants as the New York football franchise).

“[There’s] a lot riding on this one,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said Sunday. Tuck was a tad guarded after the Giants had just been embarrassed by the Washington Redskins. Likewise, the Jets were humbled later Sunday by the Philadelphia Eagles at the other end of the Jersey Turnpike. Sunday and Monday weren’t time for big talk by either team.

Read more from “Jets vs. Giants actually matters for a change” by Jason Cole, published December 20, 2011 at Yahoo! Sports

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With the holiday season heating up, you can imagine that Amazon.com has lots of orders to fulfill. The amount of packages that their fulfillment centers have to manage these days is simply Backyardigans Combo C4 incredible. Look inside their Swansea, Wales, warehouse and the endless row of packages is overwhelming. The scenery is almost worth a Gursky photograph with the patterns that the packages and small warehouse personel are building.

Check out the photos at HypeNotice

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Louisville’s My Morning Jacket has been nominated for a Grammy award in the best alternative album category, for “Circuital.” It is the band’s second such nomination, the first coming in 2008 for “Evil Urges.”

MMJ will compete against Radiohead, Bon Iver, Foster the People and Death Cab for Cutie at the 54th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, to be held Feb. 7 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. The band concludes the current leg of its tour Dec. 14, when it will headline Madison Square Garden.

Excerpted from “My Morning Jacket’s up for a Grammy” published by Courier Journal, December 1, 2011.

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Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Listen to the story of how a young man struggles with his role in the family sanitation business.

Click here to listen to “Terence Mickey: One Family’s Garbage”

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