February 28th, 2005


Upcoming TV Alert

A few interesting TV appearances this week:

Mo 2/28: Dermot Mulroney, Stephen Colbert, Iron and Wine
Tu 3/1: Anderson Cooper, David Witthoft, Tori Amos

Th 3/3: Ari Fleischer

We 3/2 "Blink" author Malcolm Gladwell

  • Iron and Wine did a really interesting acoustic cover of The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" (my favorite song of 2003) on the soundtrack of the movie "Garden State".
  • Ari Fleischer is so slimy! I hope Jon doesn't use kid gloves with him.
  • Malcolm Gladwell did one of my favorite Pop!Tech 2004 talks last year.

Google takes on Rotten Tomatoes

Just saw this posting on the Google Blog about their new movie search feature. You type "movie:" before you search phrase, and they search a database of movie information rather than their entire index. Results come back in a special format organized by film. For example, a search on Bryan's film "Dear Pillow" gives this pagem with links to the two reviews that ran in Film Threat. I did notice a few problems: I tried to search for "The Incredibles", but it would just show me a page to find nearby theaters. I was able to get to the "Incredibles" review page by searching for "Brad Bird", the film's director. After I'd given them my zip code, the search on the film was easier to understand, as it listed show times for the film, but when no show times are visible, it's pretty confusing.

The main thing Google has going for them here is ubiquity. They're everywhere, and they can take the most popular movie searches and stick them on results pages, like the do for Froogle or Google News right now. I just saw that looking for "Sideways" gives info on show times before the main search results. Their review aggregation won't be as good as Rotten Tomatoes and their movie information won't be as complete as IMDB, but it will be a lot quicker go there than to the more specialized sites.

New Favorite Dish

Saturday afternoon, catching an early dinner before the Independent Spirit Awards, I stopped at Noodle-ism on 5th and finally found the dish that's going to keep me coming back often. I had a bowl of their Li-Hong noodle soup, a soup with large Chinese noodles, Asian mustard greens, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots, along with tofu and a very spicy vegan broth. That combined with some green apple-flavored bubble tea was the mouth-sensation of the week!

The Noodle-ism site has got copies of their menus, including edited versions for vegans and anti-vegans (those crazy Atkins people). On my other visits, I liked the Dan Dan Noodles and thought the Crispy Tofu was a nice snack, but nothing ever really hit my sweet spot like the Li-Hong.