Stephen Starr gets one in the New York Times - Morimoto's Manhattan transfer reviewed.
It's "a stunning piece of work: a sparkly wonderland for glittery people," writes restaurant reviewer Frank Bruni today. "It's Morimoto's moment."
Unfortunately most of the raves in this one-star review are reserved for the decor. Some over-roasted the critic's lobster - just about all the shellfish felt left too long on the flame. "And limp ribbons of beef in a soy and mirin broth tasted as if they had been adrift in hot water three times longer than they should have been."
Brad Pitt on the telly, via Art Blog, where Roberta Fallon spots a curiosity, and turns it into a pitch for her son's cool comic blog. Too bad Armstrong U. didn't make it into the tournament.
Tim Judah on the rise and fall of Slobodan Milosevic. A reminder, from the British journalist and author of The Serbs, of how a brilliant manipulator grabbed his people's aspirations and drove them into the ground. The BBC's Nick Thorpe on Milosevic's "Shadow of Death."
Creating a Pythonesque silly walk, via my son.
Took a quick spin through the wires and blog world to see what I've missed. (I was doing some old-fashioned reporting yesterday, and was reminded how long it takes to flesh something out - hours, even.) Some of these items you may know, but they're news to me:
Bankrate.com lists Philadelphia among the country's Top 10 markets where real estate values will stay strong.
They call the list Bubble Blowers, areas where the appreciation of housing should continue to grow. They write:
Apparently CBS didn't appreciate Howard Stern blathering on about Sirius for the 14 months before he jumped to satellite radio. So CBS sued him Tuesday. Stern says his old bosses are jealous and mean -- "snake in the grass was one on-air quote." Meanwhile, the Smoking Gun has a deep drawer of paperwork on the King of All Media and his sidekicks's pecadillos.
The other Blink guy has a blog.
There are $349 worth of reasons why I do not need the freshly unveiled iPod boombox. It sure has pretty lines, though.
The hottest Olympian? No longer the bust that is Bode Miller. Tanith Belbin gets the online gold medal, according to Yahoo's buzz index. She's a newly American ice dancer, whose good looks made her name the most-searched-for term during the winter games. There was a run on "tanith belbin photos" and "tanith belbin pics," suggesting a hunger for something worth more than a thousand words.
Last year the Washington Post's Dana Priest told a chilling story about a German man of Lebanese decent who was abducted on vacation in Macedonia and wound up spending months in an Afghanistan prison cell until it was determined that he was not a member of al Qaida. The rendition of Khaled El-Masri didn't help U.S.-German relations. Some recent German press reports question just how innocent El-Masri was.
Apple crowed about selling its one billionth song for download last week (Coldplay's "Speed of Sound"). But someone got there first: TouchTunes, which delivers to digital jukeboxes, has sold more. But it isn't rumored to be readying a slick new boombox.
If you're set on getting your news from comedy, shouldn't you have a search engine that specializes in satire?
Guitar, magazine, lemon and other words we learned from Arabic.
Guardian writer diagrams 100 musical connections using the map of the London Underground. The reactions to this endeavor ranged from "brilliant" to this one: "The most stereotypically self-indulgent Guardian wank I can think of, bordering on self parody. Smug, London obsessed (and I live in London) nonsense. It's got nothing to do with anything!There's people like, dying and stuff. And where are the Arctic Monkeys, anyway...?" (We're partial to the green line.)
You draw something, using your cursor, at this site called Sketchswap, click "submit," and someone else's drawing is sent back to you.
Speaking of submitting, I thought this post on Metafilter, warning British football hooligans not to taunt the Germans, to be a model of blogspeak: "Hors d'oeuvres vich must be obeyed at all times vithout qvestion!"
Pimp my laptop (CNET)
The Swiss Army Knife Mp3 player. (Boing Boing)
Got a blog? Build your own word cloud. Makes a sweet T-shirt, which is the point.
Sly Stallone, stud of the AARP. From the Rocky blog.
That Joel Stein column in the Los Angeles Times in which he concedes he is not really down with our men and women in Iraq.