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hanks, everybody, for sending your TV show and Web site recommendations via Facebook and Twitter. The number of ideas we’re getting is growing fast and we love it! Not only are we being introduced to new sites, but readers are also sharing the unique ways they use sites that have been around awhile. One good example is Yelp.com. Many people know Yelp as a site that contains thousands of reviews about businesses in hundreds of cities. I’ve used it when traveling for business to find hotels, hiddengem boutiques, and locally revered eating spots. A suggestion from one delight! reader showed me Yelp in a whole new light. Check out our article on page five for some creative ways to get the most out of Yelp. By the time March rolls around, we’re all looking for a little vacation inspiration. Mine came courtesy of Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends on the Travel Channel. You can read about her high-energy expeditions in the TV Find section on page nine. You may not be able to recreate her adventures exactly as she experiences them, but it’s great entertainment and will show you that weekends are not to be wasted! I hope you enjoy this travel-inspired edition of delight!. I’m looking forward to the shows and sites you have to share with us at delightmag.com. You could win an iPod, just like the readers featured on this page.
heppard Software was designed for kids of all ages. My childhood days are over, but I think this interactive Web site, sheppardsoftware.com, is fantastic for learning. I particularly enjoy the U.S. and World Geography games. I found that there are no age limits for learning where Sudan is in Africa. In addition, reviewing the United States was no piece of cake. One section has a vocabulary quiz. There were some words I had heard of, but totally forgot the meaning. This is a great interactive Web site for everyone. I hope children and adults give it a try. —Tony Scolieri, Allison Park, PA
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very interesting Web site that I recommend is somewhat secretive. The Web site is postsecret.com. It’s run by a man named Frank, who receives viewers’ secrets on postcards through the mail. He scans through the hundreds of postcards he gets every week, and picks 20 or so to post up for the week for all to see. He posts the secrets every Sunday night, and most of them are very interesting. You will f ind yourself becoming addicted to this Web site just out of curiosity of what new secrets may be in store for the week. You can even mail in your own secrets. Who knows? Yours may be posted next! —Bobby R Jones II, Denver, CO
y favorite Web site is swapadvd.com. Membership is free and the site is intuitive. All you do is list DVDs that you no longer use or want. When another site member requests your DVD, you mail it to them. Then, when the new member receives your DVD, you receive a credit to claim some other DVD on the site. You can keep your credits until a DVD you want is posted. Just get on a popular DVD’s wish list and sooner or later, you will get the movie. It’s GREAT! In fact, after you post your f irst 10 DVDs, swapadvd.com will give you your f irst credit for FREE! —Tyson Chastain, Knoxville, TN
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ight now I really enjoy Kyle Chandler, who plays the pivotal role of Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights, a drama about the lives of people caught up in football in a small Texas town. He grounds the show and brings to life a nuanced man who is not just your average high school coach. —Katy Tuter, Knoxville, TN
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Find it at: notdoppler.com/multitask.php You’ll love this game if: You really think you can do it all… at once. Distraction time: Getting started: Click “Play.” Then try to accomplish every task the game throws at you, at the same time. Why it’s worth sharing: Studies have shown that multitasking actually causes you to get less done—not more. Send this game to the friend who always seems to be working on a dozen projects, and never completing any of them.
Coign of vantage
Find it at: www.bobblebrook.com You’ll love this game if: You always enjoyed looking at those blobs of color that turned into 3D pictures if you just crossed your eyes enough. Distraction time: Getting started: Click “start game.” Then move your mouse around the playing field, rotating the blocks until they look like the image in the upper right-hand corner of the board. Why it’s worth sharing: Because the game helps you beat the first two levels, it’s easy to understand, which makes it fun to introduce to anyone and everyone. Hint for the Terminally Stuck: Much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, if you locate the colors that make up the edges of the image, it’s easier to get a handle on the picture.
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Thinking Machine 4: Chess
Find it at: turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/chess.html You’ll love this game if: You enjoy playing chess against a computer, but always wanted to know exactly what the computer was thinking. Distraction time: Getting started: First, learn the rules of Chess. You can find them here: www.soyouwanna.com/ site/syws/chess/chess.html. Once you know how to play, you’re the white pieces, so you move first. Make your move, then watch the computer as it thinks through every possible move it might make—now and in the future. Why it’s worth sharing: From the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep, a lot of your life is about strategy. This is the perfect game to share with a friend who always says they just want to know what the “other team” is thinking.
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Hint for the Terminally Stuck: Turn off the sound. Taking the high beats-per-minute musical score out of the picture will make it easier to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
Find it at: www.10mg.nl You’ll love this game if: You always wanted to perform surgery… on a stuffed rabbit. Distraction time: Getting started: Click on “click his belly.” Then follow the on-screen instructions. Quickly! You don’t have much time! Why it’s worth sharing: It’s rare you get the opportunity to share something that’s silly and disturbing at the same time. Hint for the Terminally Stuck: Remember, you don’t have to pull the intestines out—just to the side.
Hint for the Terminally Stuck: Check out “Five Ways to Improve Your Chess” at About. com: http://chess.about. com/od/improveyourchess/tp/ FiveWaystoImprove.htm
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Padma Lakshmi adds internationaL fLavor to Top Chef, but the beauty can’t stoP cooking uP a storm in other arenas
Most people know Padma Lakshmi as the savvy Emmy-nominated
co-host of Bravo’s reality darling Top Chef, but the woman is so much more than that—author, international actress, mother-to-be and now, a strong advocate for women’s health. Still, no matter how many ways you stir it, it’s the celebrity’s devotion to food that peppers almost everything she does.
By Greg Archer
just love food,” she beams. That may be a no-brainer, but listening to Lakshmi explain why is downright delicious. “As a culture, whenever we come together as people, we mark the celebration and tribulations of our life through food,” she reveals with a calming grace. “Whenever we court somebody, we ask them out to dinner. If it’s a business meeting, we say, ‘Let’s do a power lunch.’ At weddings, we feed people. At funerals, people bring casseroles. Every major occasion in a person’s life is over broken bread.” She pauses as if to let those audible flavors simmer a bit. “Food permeates the very fabric of our lives and society,” she finally adds, “and because of that, it takes on an emotion content. It has greater meaning than our physical survival. So much is tied to food, so much memory and emotion and history of our lives.” That is certainly the case for Lakshmi. In fact, her earliest memories revolve around food. Born in Delhi, India, and later raised in Madras, India, and New York City, the Top Chef beauty recalls with richness how her mother always took her on excursions to New York’s Spanish Harlem to collect spices—cardamom, cilantro and countless others. Afterward the duo would venture down to Chinatown and gather a cornucopia of vegetables. “My mother was very adamant about introducing me to lots of different flavors,” she notes with fondness. “I think, at a very young age, it made me curious culinarily.” Over time, that fascination with food just made others more curious about her. Even when Lakshmi had morphed into a top model and international actress—two of fame’s more fertile attention-grabbers—it was the fact that she was a foodie that truly made others take notice. Easy Exotic, her bestselling cookbook released in the late-’90s, became a mere appetizer for more hearty fare, 2007’s Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet, a much grander tome filled with more than 150 recipes and many personal memoirs. It, too, became a bestseller. >>
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FOODS SHE LOVES
AFTERBITE “I eat every single day on the show,” Lakshmi chuckles, “more than [co-hosts] Gail and Tom combined because I am eating food from the quick fires. I pretty much don’t eat when I am not on set.”
Although she admits to being partial to grilling, baking and international food, there are a few dishes Padma Lakshmi can’t live without. ❈ Stews—anything you can eat in a bowl. ❈ Goulash. ❈ Vietnamese noodles or gumbo.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD TOP CHEF CONTESTANT?
“Somebody who is not emotional,” Lakshmi asserts. But take a look at the other qualifications: ❈ Has to be a well-rounded food crafter. ❈ Manages time well. ❈ Thinks on their feet. ❈ Has a great technical attitude. ❈ Cool temperament. “You really do have to keep your nose down and do your work,” Lakshmi reports. “As hard as Top Chef looks on tV, it’s much harder in real life. I have the greatest empathy for all the contestants, whether they last three weeks or through the finale … because it is tough.”
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In between, Lakshmi’s television career began to mirror her literary success. Suddenly, she was hosting several shows on the Food network— Padma’s Passport and later, Planet Food. She joined Bravo’s tempting Top Chef in 2006 and last year, nabbed an emmy nod for Best Host alongside tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. When asked how Top Chef has changed her, Lakshmi again turns silent. “I don’t know how to really answer that,” she responds very matter-of-factly. “I have gotten a chance to meet other professionals in my industry but I am not a ‘restaurateur.’ What I do is in another corner of the food universe. I am a food writer. I do food documentaries. I create recipes and food products.” that’s where Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi: Spice Blend Collection comes in. Launched last fall, the five, all-natural and gluten-free seasonings—tres international and offered on the Home Shopping network—includes AfroCaribbean, Asiatica, Latina, Mediterraneo and Winter “Sweet Spice” blends. that’s certainly a full plate for any businesswoman, but the 39-year-old who was once married to author Salman Rushdie, demonstrated even more entrepreneurial prowess last year with the release of her own signature jewelry line, which again, hearkens back to the time she spent with her mother. In this case, admiring the jewelry on her mother’s dresser. the other, perhaps more attention-grabbing, news in 2009 was that Lakshmi became pregnant—the baby arrives this spring. It’s the latter that the host deemed a “miracle” and thrust her into the spotlight as a major spokesperson for endometriosis, a dis-
Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (endofound.org), Lakshmi reviews ongoing research.
ease she has suffered from for many years. to that end, she co-founded the endometriosis Foundation of America (endofound.org), a nonprofit advocacy enterprise specifically geared to “fighting against the devastating,” sometimes life-threatening affects, of the disease. “I suffered from this illness for over 20 years without ever being properly diagnosed and it colored everything,” she candidly reveals. “I saw how vastly my life, productivity and my mood were improved [with treatment] and it occurred to me that there are 10 million women and girls walking around that don’t really know they have it or that they can treat it. It doesn’t have to be life-threatening. “I felt it was very important to just open my mouth and speak up so that other women would not have to go through what I went through. I’d say that was the most satisfying accomplishment I had in the last several years.” the issue has certainly forced Lakshmi to grow as an individual. And she can’t dismiss the realizations it birthed. “I think I’ve learned that when you really need the strength, you do find it from somewhere,” she muses. “You never know what you are capable of unless you give yourself a chance.”
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By Donald Liebenson
Michael Jackson could very well have been talking to the man in the mirror when he encourages a guitarist, “This is your time to shine,” during a rehearsal for his ill-fated series of London concerts that would be his “final curtain call.” Culled from more than 100 hours of rehearsal footage recorded for Jackson’s own archives, This Is It reveals Jackson in his element and fully engaged in what looked to be a spectacular production. Jackson works through a set list of his greatest hits, including I’ll Be There, Thriller (complete with animatronic ghosts), Billie Jean, Beat It, and Bad. Special effects allow Jackson to interact with Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart in a short film that accompanies Smooth Criminal, but the tireless 50-year-old Jackson is this film’s greatest special effect. The other dancers seem genuinely awed as he executes his signature dance moves. This Is It is by turns exhilarating and heartbreaking, but goes a long way toward reclaiming Jackson’s legacy as one of the defining artists of the latter half of the 20th century. Rated PG.
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Directed by Spike Jonze, this movie captures the spirit of Maurice Sendak’s 1963 book of a mere 338 words. Max Records stars as young Max, clearly a boy with issues. When he caps off a particularly bad day by biting his mother (Catherine Keener), he sets sail to an island where dwells a group of humongous beasts. They are looking for a leader, and Max is eager to rule, but making everyone happy is a tall order. As in The Wizard of Oz, the island serves as a parallel universe, albeit much less wondrous than the Emerald City. The lumbering creatures have real menace and no clicking of heels can set things right when souls are wounded and feelings bruised. The Jim Henson Creature Shop works magic in bringing the fantastic creatures to life. The voice cast includes James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, Chris Cooper, Forest Whitaker, and Lauren Ambrose. Where The Wild Things Are is far from escapist entertainment. Jonze has said that he did not intend to make a children’s film, but more a film about childhood, with all the joys, sorrows, and terrors that implies. Rated PG.
Set in 1966 Great Britain, this high-spirited comedy will strike a resonant chord in anyone who ever snuck a transistor radio under their pillow at night to have their world rocked. Musically, 1966 was the best of times, but the BBC broadcast less than an hour of rock music a day. Pirate radio stations broadcasting from ships anchored off the coast exemplified rock’s rebellious spirit. Like Almost Famous, Pirate Radio views this outlaw world through the eyes of an innocent, Carl (Tom Sturridge), sent by his mother (Emma Thompson) to the good ship Radio Rock, operated by his godfather (a dapper Bill Nighy) and a crew of djs who have dedicated their lives to making musical waves. Richard Curtis has assembled a see-worthy crew, including Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Count, the scruffy resident Yank, Rhys Ifans as Gavin, his rival, and Nick Frost as randy Dave. Kenneth Branagh goes overboard as the uptight politician bent on shutting Radio Rock down. While a bit choppy, we rate Pirate Radio at least a 7: it’s got a great cast, and an even better beat and you can dance to it. Rated R.
English poet John Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” and that sentiment applies to director Jane Campion’s keenly felt historical drama about the starcrossed romance between the impoverished and tubercular Keats (Ben Whishaw), 23, and dressmaker Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish), 18, the spirited and self-assured girl next door who became his muse. It is not love at first sight (he calls the flirtatious dedicated follower of fashion “a minx”), but she becomes intrigued by his poetry. The obstacles that keep them apart (jealousy, a disapproving parent, illness) have hounded lovers in more conventional doomed love stories, but Campion’s ravishing visuals and smart script make Bright Star shine. Films about food can make viewers ravenous for a good meal. Bright Star may just inspire you to rush to a library to check out Ode to a Nightingale. Rated PG.
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You’re in town to take your boss and his wife out for dinner. You’re in line for a nice promotion so you want to make the evening special. The challenge is, the Mrs is on a gluten-free diet. How do you not mess this one up? Use Yelp to locate a fine dining option that is locally recommended. We checked and got 161 reviews for places in New York City that fit the bill.
Most people hAve heArd of Yelp.coM, the community-based business review site. Since being
launched in San Francisco, CA in 2004, Yelp has drawn an audience of more than 26 million unique visitors. by november 2009, Yelpers, the term used for people who write Yelp reviews, have gushed or grumbled about more than 8 million local businesses.
Yelp touts itself as the leading US local guide for real word of mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists. With the site’s recent success, Yelp has expanded its cyber reach to serve the communities of Ireland, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find local events, special offers, and to talk with other Yelpers. A new feature lets you share your Yelp reviews with Facebook and Twitter, making it easy to seamlessly broadcast your Yelp opinions. Many delight! readers have written to us about how they use the site. Most talk about checking reviews on hotels and restaurants for business travel. Others find some very creative ways to apply Yelp’s ever-growing database of grassroots information to their lives. Here are a few of their ideas.
When road tripping with the family in a strange city, your worst nightmare is car trouble. If it does happen, Yelp can be like a guardian angel. Say you’re traveling through California in your fully restored 1964 Volkswagen Vanagon. You’re on a stopover in L.A. when your hippie bus breaks down. Who are you going to call … really? Log onto Yelp and do a search for Volkswagen mechanics in Los Angeles. Last time we counted you’ll get 14 reviews from local Vee Dub owners.
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Do you have clients in other cities who you rarely see face-to-face? Use Yelp to keep those relationships personal. Check reviews to locate a lunch spot with great local reviews near their office. Use the link provided to contact the place and arrange to have them make a special delivery. Call your client. Tell them lunch is on you, and it will be delivered at noon. Having breakfast pastries delivered is another big hit.
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Your annual shopping weekend is coming up and you’re in charge. You’ve selected a brand new city to explore so you’ll need Yelp’s help with a complete itinerary. You can plan the entire weekend from morning to night. Scope out recommended accommodations. Discover hidden gem boutiques. Determine your best transportation options. Find tips on scoring hard-to-get restaurant reservations from the locals. Secure tickets to a show and locate the hottest local nightlife.
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Think you’ve tried all the hotspots in your area? Check again. Yelp will help you discover some rare finds right in your own backyard. And don’t forget, besides taking, Yelp offers the opportunity to give a little, too. You know your area ... you have taste ... weigh in and support the business that you like best in your community and help ensure their survival.
Let’s face it—our pets are people too. So it’s not uncommon to be toting them along on family excursions. But just like any other member of the family, our furry friends are subject to the risks of travel too, like stomach illness, or accidental injuries brought on by adventurous activities. Yelp can help you find a trusted and well-known local vet in minutes. Or, what if your favorite beach doesn’t allow dogs? Locate the best doggy daycare, to ensure your pooch has just as much fun on vacation as you do.
You’re planning a vacation to Chicago with your friends. The evening itinerary of wining and dining is in everyone’s tastes. But during the day, you may differ in your definition of “relaxation.” When looking to entertain travel companions that simply can’t sit still, go to Yelp for ideas that keep your friends on the go. By simply clicking the category “Active Life,” Yelp lists all kinds of fun and unique activities—like a Segway Tour through the Windy City. Reviewed by many yelpers as a five-star event, the Segway Tour feeds your friends’ need for exploring, but eliminates the exhaustion brought on by walking or bus hopping.
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Samantha Brown immerses her whole self into every destination she visits
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A Weekend’s Worth
Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown shows us weekends are not to be wasted.
By Garrett Parsons
Samantha Brown is a new Hampshire native with a
spunky attitude and a plethora of travel knowledge. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and ultimately moved to New York City. She was discovered by the Travel Channel in 2000 and has hosted several series since then including Girl Meets Hawaii, Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is currently taking viewers on weekend getaways with her show Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends.
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What makes Brown such a great travel host is her unbridled enthusiasm and shiny-penny personality. She’s fun, fresh and tackles every destination by jumping in with both feet. Brown demonstrates the attraction of the places she visits by interacting with the locals and becoming part of the culture as they know it. She participates rather than pontificates and shares her experiences from the average traveler’s perspective. While many of her destinations are typical tourist locales, Brown does her best to avoid the places and activities you may have already heard of. She goes out of her way to locate the kind of attractions only the natives know about. What you get is an insider view of great hole-in-the-wall restaurants, unique shops and hidden hangouts that ooze the local culture. Brown packs each episode with an honest and valuable travel narrative but what truly makes her shows unique is Brown herself. She adds a comedic style all her own that keeps things entertaining and engaging. When it comes to travel, Samantha Brown is all about having fun and that’s what keeps her fans coming back for more. Here are some postcards from the upcoming season of Great Weekends, which premieres May 8 at 10/9pm C.
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All Things Exotic, Beautiful and ‘Bad’ Bloom in March
By Greg Archer
TV’s must-sees this month may be the Oscars and the provocative premieres of United States of Tara and Nurse Jackie on Showtime, but there are more surprises in Spring’s vibrant offerings. Take a look at what captured our interest:
› Breaking Bad
wildlife producer Stephen Lyle faced a major challenge in capturing the unique mating habits of the bower bird. That’s quite a vivid kaleidoscope, but adding richness to the affair is Oprah Winfrey, who narrates what could be another definitive experience on this always-full-of-surprises cable net. When to Watch: Premieres Sunday, March 21, Discovery Channel
› The Price of Beauty
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Let’s face it: Bad is good. You would have never guessed that a series about an ailing cancer patient who resorts to selling hard drugs would be such a hit—even if we did have Weeds to relish. Breaking Bad simply rose the creative bar. Star Bryan Cranston is responsible for most of its brilliance as he so smoothly morphs into somebody so complex. That would be the mess of a human, Walt White, a chem teacher suffering from lung cancer; a guy that would do anything to secure his family’s future. Cranston has already nabbed two Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor. Kudos, too, go to Aaron Paul, who delivered an Emmy-worthy turn last season as Walt’s former student turned partner—Paul’s soul-stirring story arc supplied some of the best drama on television in ’09. As season three picks up, watch for themes of redemption to surface as Walt tries to win back the trust of his wife (Anna Gunn in a prominent role), among other things. “The consequences of [Walt’s] actions are coming to the forefront,” notes creator-executive producer Vince Gilligan. Meanwhile Cranston says that Walt will go through “more agony.” How much more can there be? Knowing what Walt is capable of—plenty. When To Watch: Sundays 10 /9pm C, AMC
outlandish things people actually do to “feel” beautiful. When to Watch: Premieres in March (VH-1)
› America’s Worst Driver
› The Pacific
Talk about thrill ride! The premise revolves around locals in America’s most notoriously awful driving cities. The twist? After “bad drivers” are nominated by friends and family, they compete in a variety of driving challenges—from an obstacle course to a destination challenge. Basically, the drivers’ city streets become their worst nightmare and the participant deemed to be the worst from each city will watch as their car is destroyed. (Ouch.) Finalists move on to an eye-popping finale that finds them vying for a chance to earn the title of “America’s Worst Driver.” In other words: Watch their insurance rates skyrocket. When to Watch: Premieres Sunday, March 14, 10/9pm C, Travel Channel
America’s hunger for reality TV doesn’t show any signs of waning in 2010. In this VH1 soiree, pop diva Jessica Simpson bonds with her friends and jetsets round the globe to meet “everyday women.” The good news is that she has a goal: to study local fashions, dietary fads and beauty regimes of various cultures. It hearkens back to Serena Yang’s Eye of the Beholder series and if handled correctly, we could walk away knowing a bit more about how beauty is perceived, and some of the
First came the award-winning Planet Earth, a vivid moving portrait of the planet. Now, with the 10part series Life, the Discovery Channel zeroes in on the fascinating behaviors of plants and animals around the globe. Each episode highlights tales about how a variety of different species have adapted to survive. Buzz behind the scenes is that these stories, which are told via state-ofthe-art HD filming and which took four years to birth, are filled with “drama, humor and suspense.” As for the topics that caught our attention: birds, creatures of the deep, fish, hunters and hunted, insects, kingdom of plants, primates, and reptiles and amphibians. Interesting to note: revered wildlife cinematographer Kevin Flay spent 11 weeks chronicling komodo dragons and
With Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on board as executive producers, what’s not to like? Bold, gripping and downright breathtaking, this highly-anticipated 10-part miniseries, which has already been called “epic” by industry insiders, chronicles the odysseys of three U.S. Marines (James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello, Jon Seda) in the Pacific during World War II. Think of it as an illustrious exposé on each man’s personal, traumatic evolution. Viewers will witness some of the men’s first battles (one with the Japanese on Guadalcanal is destined to stand out) but the mini-series is also visually sumptuous, particularly when the piece moves into the rain forests of Cape Gloucester. As with any Spielberg affair, there are deeper psychological waters to explore, particularly as the historical drama moves into documenting the strongholds of Peleliu and the haunting if not bloody sands of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. At first glance, The Pacific appears to walk a fine balance—from gut-wrenching to mindbending—and while it closes on the rather uneasy return home after V-J Day, it may win high marks for bravely exposing the courage and tenacity of the U.S. Marines in one of history’s most daunting times. When to Watch: Premieres Sunday, March 14, 9/8pm C, HBO
HBO’s The Pacific stars Joe Mazzello as Marine Eugene Sledge.
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e honest with yourself: You need a little R & R to clear your head, spend some time with family, or just get away from it all. But we all know that it’s not that simple. Every vacation comes with flights to pay for, hotels to book, bags to pack, and so on… By the time you return, you feel like you need another vacation. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to keep your vacation simple, healthy, and fun.
PaCK lIKe a Pro • Put scented fabric softener dryer sheets in the inside pockets of your suitcase. It keeps your clothing smelling fresh, and can reduce static cling.
• To save space in your luggage, rather than buying whole travel guidebooks, download single chapters at www.lonelyplanet.com – and even load PDFs on your PDA to save additional space. • To ease the packing process and get more in your bag, try rolling your clothing rather than folding it. You may also want to pack your delicate clothes around tissue paper to prevent wrinkles. Also, bring clothes and shoes with similar coloring to mix and match, allowing you to bring fewer outfits. • If your ultimate destination is the beach, use a soft six-pack cooler as a toiletries bag. Just empty it at your hotel and fill it with free ice to keep your beverages chilly. • If your suitcase doesn’t have a divider in it, use a sheet of cardboard to separate the top half of your suitcase from the bottom. It makes unpacking (and airline inspections) easier. • If you’re traveling with a companion, split your clothing between the bags equally. If one of your bags doesn’t arrive, you’ll both have clothing to wear.
Beauty Is In the Bag of the Beholder • If you’re doing a lot of air travel, take vitamin E or codliver oil tablets to help keep your skin glowing.
• To avoid dry eyes on long flights filled with reading and movie watching, pack eye drops in your carry-on. • Since you’re going to be somewhere that your body isn’t used to, chances are good your skin is going to be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria. Be extra-diligent about handwashing while on vacation, and avoid touching your face—this will help prevent breakouts. • To reduce the amount of liquids in your carry-on, consider picking up shampoo and toothpaste in powder form.
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• When you arrive at your hotel, take a business card or matchbook and keep it with you. It will make it easier to ask directions back to your hotel, or direct a cab driver where you need to go. • Purchase a small coin purse with a key ring attachment and turn it into a small first-aid kit by filling it with a few band-aids, some disinfectant wipes, and some single-use aspirin packets. • If you’re traveling somewhere that requires a passport or travel visa, make photocopies of all your travel documents and hide extra copies in your luggage. As an extra precaution, scan your travel documents and email them to a GMail or Hotmail account for easy access anywhere in the world. • If you plan on scuba-diving during your vacation, make sure to wait 12 to 24 hours to fly after diving. • Though you already know to avoid the water in foreign lands, don’t forget to skip the ice cubes, too.
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