Best of the Web: New apps, see India from outer space & how to become "The Human Slinky"
India from Outerspace: NASA’s mega-bright images of India went viral last week. Bloggers speculated that the different colored lights had something to do with the celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Light. Of course, like total buzz kills, NASA issued a statement soon after claiming that the colored lights actually indicate economic growth at different time periods. But whatever, we prefer to believe all of India got together to create a giant light spectacle visible only from outer space.
How Much Does the Internet Weigh?: An extremely cool (and pretty geeky) new video explains the process of weighing the Internet. Basically, it has a lot to do with binary code and how it physically exists in electrons, which have a measurable mass…I don’t really know, I guess I spaced out. But (spoiler alert) the the answer is 0.2.
New App Personalizes Restaurant Recs: Get out of your restaurant rut with “Alfred,” a handy new iPhone app that gives you custom restaurant recommendations by comparing your favorites with similar local options, kind of like what Pandora does with music. It could certainly come in handy while traveling, particularly when the hotel concierge insists IHOP is the local hot-spot.
Tape Cassette Kitsch: Also in “app” news, Majasalami has developed a nostalgic tape deck look for iTunes, allowing iPhone users to relive their cassette-playing youths without sacrificing the convenience of digital. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with those awful ribbon snags.
The Human Slinky: For five years, Romanian dancer Veniamin Oprea performed as “The Human Slinky” at various half-time shows and on TV programs. Now, you can live the dream. The costume, along with a five year contract to perform in it, is for sale on eBay for $1 million dollars. I think the tagline says it all: “The stuff that nightmares are made of.”