Paper Towels v. Air Dryers – What do you think? The Mayo Clinic suggests that paper towels might be more efficacious than air dryers in part because drying your hands is a vital part of killing germs. I admit that I often leave air dryers with my hands only partially dry. Based on 12 studies conducted since 1970, researchers suggest that paper towels are more efficacious because a) people are more likely to actually dry their hands; b) air dryers contribute to noise pollution; c) the environmental effect is only slightly worse. Conversable Economist
Google adjusts image search, won’t show porn unless you ask for it (update) – Google is making porn searches opt in by excluding explicit content unless you request it. And like Santa, Google will know if you are being naughty or nice by giving you a pop up warning that you are about to enter the portals of flesh. The Verge
Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook by Heath Dill – Heath Dill wants to write a cookbook with recipes inspired by the Tolkien book. If this were a Potter or 50 Shades cookbook, you know that Rowling, Warner, James et al. would be sending out their cease and desist letters. Trading off the Hobbit and Tolkien name for profit? Sure the recipes might be original, but it’s derivative. Too derivative or just original enough?
First Book Deal of the Day – First Book is running a Groupon whereby if you donate $10, a child will be given “eight new iconic books” to take home and all $10 donations up to one million books will be matched with 4 books from Disney Publishing. This seemed like a neat gift giving idea for book lovers. Groupon
Protesting the Kindle: National Federation of the Blind conducting picket at Amazon headquarters – The National Federation of the Blind protested Amazon yesterday at the Seattle headquarters. The eink Kindles lack any text to audio and even when the eink Kindles had that feature, the devices weren’t usable to the sight impaired because the menus were not accessible via voice meaning that while you could have a book read to you, someone had to navigate the device for you. “The organization is especially concerned with children who will begin to use more and more e-readers in schools instead of print. They are concerned that the Kindle devices nor the book files used in conjunction with them are not accesible to students who are blind or have print disabilities.” GeekWire