News and notes from around the interweb:
- The story about the EPA wanting to monitor how much water you use in the shower is really just a $15,000 grant to the University of Tulsa. Considering most universities take nearly half of grant money off the top for overhead, that doesn’t leave a whole lot to sneak a peak at your morning water-wasting routines. More concerning are low flow toilets that clog and low flow shower heads that won’t give a decent shower… (HT: Alan H.)
- @SamFromQueens tweets that he was denied lounge access in New York when flying Emirates because he was on an Alaska-issued award ticket. Agents in Dubai were unsure whether I should have access to the first class lounge there on an Alaska ticket a few weeks ago, looked it up, and admitted me. I’d love to hear other experiences.
- Facebook messenger will let you send money to friends for free using a debit card. Could be a great way to liquidate Visa and MasterCard pin-enabled gift cards. (HT: @matt_pierson)
- Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza interviews himself (err.. he’s interviewed by a reporter puppet) and it’s kind of awesome. I’m looking forward to moderating a panel next month with Baldanza as well as the interim CEO of Starwood and more. (HT: Brian Sumers who points out that you really need to read the news ticker at the bottom.)