No one loves the annual Google Zeitgeist ritual more than I do, but it has been getting raves everywhere, so I thought I'd just register a few objections.
1. The timeline looks nice, but almost all the graphs tell the same story: when some news event happens, people search on the keywords involved in the news. No way! Pim Fortuyn dies, suddenly there are lots of requests for Pim Fortuyn. Flip through the timeline and ask yourself: how many of these charts tell you something you didn't know already?
2. Where's the porn? Are the top requests really that clean? There's not a porn search anywhere (except Anna Kournikova, of course.)
3. Scooby Doo is number 5 on the top movie chart, and Lord Of The Rings is number 10. Surely this is a typo. I have to believe this is a typo.
Of course, the great thing about Google these days is that with the release of the Google APIs, we might well see dozens of comparable year-end portraits for 2003, collated by Googlewatchers all over the web. Let a thousand Zeitgeists bloom!