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.

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. . . hiatuses of thought” (Edmund Wilson).

2. Linguistics A slight pause that occurs when two immediately adjacent vowels in consecutive syllables are pronounced, as in reality and naive.
3. Anatomy A separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part.
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photo010912 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.

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Steve Nash, the All-Star Guard for the Phoenix Suns, and Nike have teamed up to create the Nike Trash Talk, the first Nike performance basketball sneaker completely produced from manufacturing waste. Nash, who debuted the shoe in 2008 in the Phoenix versus Dallas Mavericks game, appears to be quite a greenie himself: “Any opportunity to promote the environment and preserve our planet is a step in the right direction,” he said in a press release.

Modeled after Nash’s current shoe, the Nike Zoom BB II Low, the Trash Talk meets Nike’s Considered design standards for sustainability, in the following ways:

1. The upper is pieced together from leather and synthetic leather waste from the factory floor using zig-zag stitching.

2. The mid-sole uses scrap-ground foam from factory production.

3. The outsole uses environmentally-preferred rubber that reduces toxics and incorporates Nike Grind material from footwear-outsole manufacturing waste.

4. The Phoenix Suns’ colorways will have shoe laces and sockliners that use “environmentally preferred” (we’re not clear what that means) materials, and will be packaged in a fully recycled cardboard shoe box.

A limited number of the Trash Talk are available in three different colorways: Two Phoenix Suns colorways (home and away), plus one colorway for Nash to wear this week for the All-Star Game. You can get the All-Star colorway at the House of Hoops by Foot Locker in New York City and New Orleans for a suggested retail price of $100.

From Treehugger

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Combos Facts:

  • Combos was the most mentioned and most loved pizza-flavored snack in a recent Slice.com poll.
  • Combos will celebrate its official 40th anniversary in 2011.
  • Combos has been an “Official Partner of NASCAR” since 2002 and is currently the “Official cheese-filled snack of NASCAR”
  • Combos is also a partner of Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Combos® car, a Toyota Camry
  • Kyle Busch has won two Sprint Cup races in the Combos car (Dover in 2008 and Richmond, VA, in 2009) and two Nationwide races in the Combos car (Phoenix and Dover, both in 2010).
  • Combos is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity. The company is donating $100,000 to Habitat in 2010 as well as supporting home builds across the U.S. with both volunteers and funding.
  • Current flavors for Combos include: Cheddar Cheese Pretzel; Cheddar Cheese Cracker; Nacho Cheese Pretzel; Zesty Salsa Tortilla; Jalapeño Cheddar Tortilla and of course Pizzeria Pretzel and Pepperoni Pizza Cracker.
  • Discontinued flavors of Combos include: Mustard Pretzel; Peanut Butter Pretzel; Peanut Butter Cracker; Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cracker; and Cheeseburger Cracker.
  • In 2008, the Cheeseburger Cracker variation was manufactured as an exclusive, limited edition promotion for Walmart. Then they vanished, until now. Mars Snackfood US. LLC., reported that Cheeseburger Cracker Combos will be back in Wal-Mart stores this summer.

From “Ode to Combos” by Pizzalicious Lauren, published July 21, 2010 at SeriousEats.com.

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A winter storm that pummeled New York City for two days broke a monthly record for snowfall in Central Park that stood for 114 years, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm killed at least three people, knocked out power to more than 700,000 electrical customers across the U.S. Northeast and grounded thousands of flights from regional airports. As the city digs out, forecasters are already watching another storm that may hit the U.S. East Coast next week.

“This is stuff that doesn’t happen too often, maybe a couple of times a century,” said Jeffrey Tongue, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

Manhattan’s Central Park received 36.9 inches (93.7 centimeters) as of yesterday, the most ever for a single month, the weather service said. The previous record for February was 27.9 inches in 1934, and the mark for a single month was 30.5 inches in March 1896.

Almost 21 inches blanketed the city during the storm, which began at about 8 a.m. on Feb. 25. The record for a single snowstorm was set Feb. 11-12, 2006, when 26.9 inches fell.

From “NYC Snow Storm Sets Record, Stops Flights, Cuts Power” by Brian K. Sullivan, published February 27, 2010 at BusinessWeek.

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For all New Yorkers, here is a reminder of important Sanitation rules you must follow, plus a few common-sense suggestions to make your winter safe and more enjoyable:

Sidewalk Safety

Whether you’re the owner, tenant, occupant or the person in charge of any lot or building, you must clear the snow and/or ice from your sidewalk within four (4) hours after the snow has stopped falling or by 11 a.m. if the snow stopped falling after 9 p.m. the night before.

If the snow becomes frozen and too hard to remove, you may spread sand, sawdust or another similarly suitable traction material within the same time limits.

As you clear your sidewalk, keep in mind: YOU MUST NOT THROW SNOW INTO THE STREET.  It’s against the law and it forces Sanitation to re-plow your street. Also, never cover fire hydrants with snow – this could interfere with emergency firefighting efforts.

Failure to comply with the law may result in fines ranging from $100 to $350.

Snow Shoveling Suggestions

If your doctor has told you not to shovel snow, don’t do it; ask for help.

If you’re in good health and your neighbor is disabled or elderly, become a “snow angel” and give a helping hand!

Protect your heart and your back. Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or eat a large meal before you start shoveling. When you shovel your sidewalk or driveway, wear warm layers of clothing, drink water and take frequent breaks.

Most important: Stop shoveling when you feel you’ve had enough!

By John J. Doherty, Commissioner of Sanitation, February 9, 2010

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Five weeks to start your 2010 off on a greener foot:

Week One: Green Your Energy Usage
One of the best and easiest things you can do to reduce your personal carbon emissions is to sign up for a renewable energy program with your utility. A few minutes of your time and a few cents more per kilowatt-hour can seriously reduce your personal carbon footprint. The difference between your carbon emissions from your city or state’s normal energy mix and all renewable energy varies from place to place, but rest assured that switching to 100% renewable energy is a big improvement from the national stat of about 7%.

The US Department of Energy’s Green Power Network has a listing for programs available in every state.

Sign up for electronic billing and you’ve saved 37 pounds of carbon emissions over the year on top of going carbon neutral on your electricity.

Week Two: Pledge to Use Public Transport, Walk or Bike
You’ve no doubt gotten the message that using your own two feet or a bicycle is probably the best way to get around, in terms of carbon emissions…And using public transportation or carpooling is a far better way to go than sitting by your lonesome in your car.

So walk the talk and use one of these at least one more day a week next year. World Offset estimates that doing this just one day a week will reduce your carbon emissions by nearly 1000 pounds over the course of the year.

Week Three: Reduce or Eliminate Your Consumption of Meat

In terms of carbon emissions, knocking meat off your menu is a significant step you can take to green your lifestyle. Switch to an all vegetarian diet and you can rest assured that your personal carbon emissions are about 2.52 tons less than your carnivorous neighbors. Just setting aside one day a week as a meat-free day would avoid emitting about 720 pounds of carbon emissions over the year.

Don’t know where to start? Check out these great vegetarian recipes.

Week Four: Eat More Local Food
By now you’ve probably heard the term ‘locavore’, and have probably heard about the benefits of eating more locally-sourced food. But what you may not realize is how much resolving to eat more local food can reduce your carbon footprint.

If you resolve to eat just one meal each week comprised of only locally sourced ingredients  you could avoid 666 pounds of emissions each time.

Even if the full impact of this one isn’t felt for a couple of months, start thinking like a locavore: How many food miles got racked up for my meal to get here? Is it in season? Is there a local alternative I could buy? Investigate joining a Community Supported Agriculture Co-op for next summer.

Week Five: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
By replacing some of the energy sucking items in your house with their more energy sipping alternatives, and engaging in some energy frugality you can make an additional reduction in your personal carbon footprint.

Replacing 4 incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents will avoid 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over the course of the year. Unplugging your computer will knock off another 250 pounds of emissions being sucked out by vampire power next year. Setting your thermostat two degrees cooler in the winter and two degrees warmer in the summer (ditching the AC all together would be even better) will save 1000 pounds of carbon emissions next year. Air drying half of your laundry next year will save about 725 pounds of emissions.

Add these all up, and combined with these other resolutions, and you’re really starting to get someplace.

From “5 Green Resolutions To Make Now to Be Ready for 2010″ by Matt McDermott, published December 16, 2009 at Planet Green.

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In August, T-Mobile got serious about paperless billing. It started charging a $1.50 monthly fee on all accounts that continued to receive a paper bill. The company sends out 16.5 million invoices each month, but the accelerated rate of signups in August made it possible to imagine converting the entire customer base to paperless in only 15 months — and fully realize the potential annual savings of 10.8 million pounds of paper, equivalent to 13,500 trees.

From “What if People Don’t Take the Bait to Go Paperless?” by Randall Stross, published September 19, 2009 at The New York Times.

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Garbage collection has had an interesting history in New York City from swine roaming the streets as the first street sweepers, to white coated men who swept the street in the 19th century into the 20th century, to incinerators and transfer stations of present day and a host of recycling attempts. Early on in NYC’s sanitation history, garbage was transported to the piers of lower Manhattan, piled high into big barges and then brought out to sea and dumped. This practice went on for decades.

From The New York Public Library

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Love this place! My boss has been eating here for 23 years and they know him by name. The pizza is fresh and made on site (you can watch them in the window). The actual place is very small with standing room counters to eat from. There is a display of fresh slices from margarita, pasta, grandma to bbq chicken that will be warmed to your liking. All great! Nice thin crust and good sauce to cheese ratio.

Pricing is a bit high but the quality is worth it. The atmosphere is hectic and if you go in during the lunch hour its best if you know what you want a head of time. When my boyfriend comes to visit this is the first place he wants to go.

From Lauren B. reviews on Yelp.com.

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