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30 Days: New Age

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Aug 17th 2006 9:55AM

(S02E04) This episode focuses on Tom, a 37-year-old salesman from New Jersey who has problems managing the stresses in his life. He's got a high-pressure job, he's divorced with a 7-year-old daughter, and his girlfriend Misti seems to be somewhat of a controlling type of person.

Tom decides to try out some New Age healing practices over the next 30 days in order to reduce his stress and hopefully improve his outlook on life. Misti is skeptical because she thinks that Tom will be supplanting his Christianity for "black magick" and other practices. Tom then meets with a life coach who will help map out a strategy for the next 30 days and to open his conciousness, which means attending and participating in a number of New Age rituals.

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Sister site Divester covers Shark Week, Day 5

by Michael Canfield, posted Aug 4th 2006 5:38PM
A Shark!Ah, shark week. Sharks are to the Discovery Channel what Regis is to ABC, always worth trotting out one more go-around. Our good friends at Divester have weighed in on Shark Week, praising the use of actual science by Discovery (and check out this cool photo contest while you're visiting Divester).

They make a damn good point. Every time I seem to turn on one of the alleged educational cable channels they seem to be running some silly ghost-chaser, psychic, or UFO "documentary" without any serious rigorous examination. Things may be changing a little, shows like Penn & Teller's Bullshit, and Mythbusters (which also runs on Discovery) have been successful the past few years. Shows as different American Chopper and Modern Marvels prove at least some of cable's audience is interested in more than crop circles -- interested rather in the natural world, science, and how real things actually work.

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The Prisoner: Many Happy Returns

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jul 26th 2006 8:20PM

the prisoner(S01E09) This particular episode is excellent at playing with your emotions. You already have a good idea of what is going to happen at the end, but you still somehow continue to root for Number 6 to successfully escape from The Village and get back to his normal life.

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