Found Sites this Google-owned site turns your cell phone into something like location-enabled AIM. You set which of 27 cities it supports, and you can let your friends know where you are using SMS email. You can also try to find a bar or restaurant by sending the name, and it will return the address. I’ve signed up. you provide two cities, and it tells you not only which airline has the cheapest flight, but on which days and flights you can actually use the fare, and the fare basis code, which is what you need to have a travel agent actually issue the fare. Great! Site where you can find portable versions of open source apps that you can save on your memory stick and run anywhere, taking your preferences and data with you.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Terrible breaking news: ABC News’ Bob Woodruff and his cameraman were injured in Iraq. Hope for the best.

ABA e-Journal’s weekly poll asked “What celebrity would be good for the US Supreme Court?” and the respondents to the poll came up with… Oprah Winfrey. Heck, why not nominate Oprah as chief justice? She’d be a fantastic inquisitor at oral arguments and she can probably be a pretty good administrator. I thought it was amusing that someone suggested Avery Brooks (the ex-Captain Sisko of Star Trek: Deep Space 9), who is not only an actor but also a Rutgers professor of acting and a pretty socially aware kind of guy (the respondent also suggested making him a governor of NJ, but, you know, I think NJ needs more than Captain Sisko to save it; the state probably needs the entire crews of the Enterprise, DS9 and Voyager to save them from their own messy governments. Then again, can someone from the alternate future come save early 21st century NYS?).

The Korean pop star trend. Hmm. Well, not like I’m up on trends, but this looked like a curiously interesting article.

The idea that the best South Asian food can be found in London or the suburbs of London … well, curiously interesting to think about.

Diwali gets its own parking holiday in NYC

NY Times compiled a list of Chinatown dim sum places, some (most?) of which we already know or have patronised.

If eating during Lunar New Year doesn’t get to you, next weekend might do it: Super Bowl Sunday. Yikes!

Saturday gastrofest

P and I had dimsum at Sweet n’ Tart Restaurant (the founding store is now a Custard Tart King) with YC and his family. Totally loaded up on very nice treats. Then P went off with YC’s wife to get haircuts, while we went shopping. We then regrouped at Hip Cup Cafe at Park Row. Coffee was ok – a lot of java permutations that I didn’t know about, but we blew a lot of money on lottery tickets, none of which were winners. Afterwards, we went to the Flower Market at Columbus Park. Crowded – the line went into the sidewalk through the AstroTurf soccer field. It was fun and pretty cheap – things were a few bucks apiece. Did some last minute banking, and then went to dinner at Jing Fong with P’s family. We ordered off the regular menu rather than the set menu, and came away with a dinner that P’s persnicketly mom was happy with. Afterwards, went to my mom’s house for the New Year countdown.

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate by doing pretty much nothing. Happy Lunar New Year!