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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chuck Lorre

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Chuck Lorre (born Charles Michael Levine on October 18, 1952) is a writer, director, producer and composer who has worked on many American sitcoms, including Grace Under Fire, Dharma & Greg, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and the Canadian 1980s to 90s show My Secret Identity.


Grace Under Fire

Lorre's first produced show as creator was the popular ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire. It premiered on ABC in 1993, and gained a large viewer base. The show was nominated in 1995 for the Golden Globe Award for Best TV series (Musical or Comedy).


Lorre's next project was the sitcom Cybill. The show aired for four seasons on CBS and received critical acclaim, winning an Emmy in 1995: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for co-star Christine Baranski and 2 Golden Globe Awards in 1996: Best TV series (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress in a TV series (Musical or Comedy).

Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men is a seven-season long comedy series. At the time of writing, 150 episodes have been created and have been -- or are going to be -- aired. This program focuses on two brothers, one of whom, "Charlie" (Charlie Sheen), is rich and owns a big house, while the other, "Alan" (Jon Cryer), is having to live in his brother's big Malibu house. Alan also has a son, "Jake" (Angus T. Jones) who comes to visit the brothers on weekends. Seasons 8 and 9 have been confirmed, meaning the show will last until 2012 at least.

The Big Bang Theory

Lorre's most recent show is The Big Bang Theory, which follows two young male academics living next door to an attractive young woman. Each episode usually focuses on the daily lives of the men and two of their friends, with a dose of absurdity from the relationship with their normal neighbor. The show is known for its ability to relate an obscure scientific theory with a common every-day occurrence, while at the same time illustrating the vast differences between the nerds and the girl. The two protagonists, Sheldon and Leonard, are named for the famous actor and television producer Sheldon Leonard.

Show Crossovers

On "The Big Bang Theory", Sheldon, Leonard and Penny are seen watching Oshikuru: Demon Samurai. "Oshikuru" was the show Charlie wrote the theme song for on Two and a Half Men. However, the placement of Big Bang in relation to Two and a Half Men is muddied by the appearance of Charlie Sheen, seemingly as himself, in the Big Bang episode "The Griffin Equivalency".

Also a few of the characters from Roseanne (Lorre helped to write for a few seasons in the early 90's) have appeared throughout the three seasons, Sheldon's mother played Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) on Roseanne and one of the women that Leonard works with, whom he kissed to see if there was a "spark" played Darlene (Sara Gilbert) on Roseanne.


Lorre won the BMI Television Music Awards in 2004, 2005, and 2008 for Two and a Half Men. He also composed the soundtrack to the 1987 television series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Dennis Challen Brown.


Chuck Lorre has been a long-time contributor to the Venice Family Clinic. In 1999, he established the Dharma/Grace Foundation where he insisted that the foundation directly benefit the people for whom the money was intended.[citation needed] On February 10, 2002, Lorre was honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award.
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Acl 2010 Lineup

Acl 2010 Lineup

Acl 2010 Lineup

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The line up for the 2010 Austin City Limits festival has been revealed. Headlining Friday is Phish, on Saturday Muse will close out the night and on the final day of the festival the Eagles will take the stage.

Other big names include M.I.A., Flaming Lips, the Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Pat Green, Robert Earl Keen, Norah Jones and Austin-favorite Spoon.

Some of the names are not surprises. Earlier this week there were billboards and posters around the city featuring song lyrics.

Three-day passes are sold out. Single-day tickets go on sale for $85 at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The festival is October 8th through the 10th at Zilker Park.

For a complete list of who is playing on what day, check out the ACL website .
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Fat Embolism

What Is a Fat Embolism?

Fat Embolism

The term “fat embolism” rocked to #1 on Google Trends as the term was used on Fox’s popular television show House during the season finale.

“Yeah, she died from a fat embolism, riding in the ambulance after the amputation. It was unavoidable,” tweeted Saul Nutts. “I don’t even know what that is, but I gotta look it up now.”

“She mostly lived until the end of the episode. Had a fat embolism from the amputation. I can’t believe she would,” tweeted Maria.

What are the causes of a fat embolism?

“Fat emboli can occur whenever there is a chance for fat to enter the circulatory system, such as during surgery or trauma. A common scenario is fatty marrow entering the circulation after a fracture to a large bone such as the femur or pelvis, or after surgery on such a bone,”

Fat emboli can occur whenever there is a chance for fat to enter the circulatory system, such as during surgery or trauma. A common scenario is fatty marrow entering the circulation after a fracture to a large long bone such as the femur or pelvis, or after surgery on such a bone.

It can also occur during childbirth.

Unlike emboli that arise from thrombi (blood clots), fat emboli are small and multiple, and so have widespread effects.

Fat Embolism Syndrome (FES) is distinct from the presence of fat emboli. Symptoms usually occur 1-3 days after the insult, and are predominantly: pulmonary (shortness of breath, hypoxemia), neurological (agitation, delirium, or coma), dermatological (petechial rash), and haematological (anaemia, low platelets). The syndrome manifests more frequently in closed fractures of the pelvis or long bones. The petechial rash, which usually resolves in 5-7 days is said to be pathognomonic of the syndrome; however, it only occurs in 20-50% of cases.

The risk of fat embolism syndrome is thought to be reduced by early immobilization of fractures, especially by early operative correction. There is also some evidence that steroid prophylaxis of high risk patients reduces the incidence. The mortality rate of fat embolism syndrome is approximately 5-15%.
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Survivor Winner

'Survivor: Palau's' Jenn Lyon gets tribute during 'Heroes vs. Villains' finale

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Jennifer Lyon, fourth-place finisher on "Survivor: Palau," passed away of breast cancer at the age of 37 in January 2010. She was given a lovely video montage during the "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" live finale show.

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Lyon's diagnosis of stage three breast cancer came in 2005. She endured a double mastectomy at the time and then started her chemotherapy.

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Austin Carty, a "Survivor: Panama" contestant who dated Lyon in 2007, told US back in January when she passed away that Jenn "was a genuinely selfless, sweet-natured person. She always had a smile. She cared about every person. This has really rocked the 'Survivor' community."

Jenn was an ally of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" contestant Tom Westman during the Palau season. When the final four vote was split between Jenn and Ian, they went to a fire-building challenge and Ian pulled out the win, leaving Jenn with a 4th-place finish. Jenn's website shows that she has been advocating for breast cancer research since her diagnosis 5 years ago.
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Desperate Housewives Season Finale

Desperate Housewives season finale

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After a season that was undoubtedly rocky a rollercoaster ride through a mix of good and bad storylines the minds behind Desperate Housewives managed to put together a season finale that was rather action-packed and full of drama. Just look at the major storylines: a twist-ending bomb, a baby delivered by a serial killer, and a major move off of Wisteria Lane. Now, my fellow Desperate TV Watchers, that's a season finale.

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But before we get to all that, what I loved most about last night's goodbye to season 6 was the delicious setup it gave to season 7, potentially making the next year one of the series' best. Two huge storylines were put into motion, and they seem like good ones. First, we've got a baby switch coming on the Lane this fall. Specifically, last night, an old nurse at Fairview Memorial, Teresa Pruitt, confessed on her deathbed that there'd been a baby switch on her watch. We weren't given any clues to work with about who it was, besides the news that it's someone on Wistera Lane, natch.

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Now, the Desperate producers could take this storyline in one of two directions. It could concern a switch between a child of the main housewives and someone random or, with the potential to be much juicier, a switch between two children of the main housewives. I was thinking about whose kids are around the same age and sex and wasn't coming up with much. I had the thought, however, that this seemingly random storyline could have something to do with next season's other big storyline — the return of Mary Alice's husband Paul. See, do you all remember their creepy son Zach? Could it be that, maybe, Andrew and Zach were switched at birth? I have a feeling that the baby switch has something to do with Zach or Paul. Actually it must otherwise, it just won't be as interesting.

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But anyway, the second storyline for next season Paul's return should be good. That the producers are dipping back into stories from earlier seasons is a good sign — mostly because those seasons were much better than the last couple. I say, let's bring some of that yesteryear magic back! Paul moving in clarified why Susan and Mike and MJ had to move off of the lane mostly so that Mary Alice's husband would have somewhere to live. Although it's not exactly clear about why, for story purposes, Paul needed Susan and Mike's house specifically. Couldn't the producers have just created a new house on the Lane for him to live in and left Susan and Mike there? I'm betting there's a sick and twisted reason why Paul needed that house, and we'll find out more about that come September. Also, bringing Paul back means that the delightfully nasty Felicia might also make a return appearance. Which: Yes! Love her.
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Ronnie James Dio dies

Ronnie James Dio dies at 67

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Ronnie James Dio who took over as lead singer of Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne left the group died today. He was 67.

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Dio announced last summer he was battling stomach cancer. According to his website, he had been undergoing treatment at a Houston hospital.

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Dio is often credited for popularizing the "devil's horn" hand gesture in metal culture.

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His wife Wendy, said on his website, "Today my heart is broken ... Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."
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