A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, can be fatal. This is often because people confuse their symptoms with a minor illness, like indigestion, and delay going to the hospital. They try to tough out their symptoms and receive treatment too late. Treatment for heart attack has improved dramatically over the years. It is crucial to promptly recognize symptoms and call 911 or emergency medical help if you think you might be having a heart attack.
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The most recent, “The Promise of Berkeley” highlights Saul Perlmutter’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Perlmutter led one of two teams that simultaneously discovered the accelerating expansion of the universe. His success is founded in the University’s freedom given to faculty to do cutting edge research. But UC Berkeley has a long list of great accomplishments. Check these out!
a. Ernest O. Lawrence’s cyclotron launched the University’s Nobel Prize trajectory in 1939.
b. Gordon Moore co-founded Intel and created Moore’s Law, a driving force in high-tech.
c. Professor Walter Alvarez theorized that asteroid impacts led to the dinosaur’s decline.
d. Google guru Eric Schmidt helped develop Java at Sun Microsystems.
e. Pauline Esther Friedman, aka Abigail Van Buren, penned Dear Abby.
f. Rex Walheim flew on the space shuttle program’s final mission.
g. Charles Simonyi became the fifth space tourist aboard a Soyuz rocket.
h. Ardipithecus ramidus, or Ardi, discovered by a Cal team, in the oldest hominid ever found.
i. Tom Anderson, who co-founded My Space in 2003, became new users’ default “friend.”
j. Internet visionary Bill Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems
k. Ken Thompson co-developed the revolutionary Unix operating system.
l. John Battelle documented the dot.com boom as publisher of The Industry Standard and co-founding editor of Wired.
m. Jane McGonigal creates do-gooder alternate reality video games.
n. Magazine magnate Jann Wenner dropped out of Cal to start Rolling Stone.
o. Scott Adams inks Dilbert, our favorite cube-dwelling character.
p. Lance Ito presided over the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
q. Rose Bird was California’s first female chief justice. (Thank you, Jerry Brown, another grad)
r. Norman Mineta helped bring justice to Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
s. 24’s agent Jack Bauer, and Doonesbury’s Joanie Caucus (finctional, of course) got their degrees from Berkeley.
t. David Smith opened the country’s first free clinic, for youth flooding San Francisco for the Summer of Love.
u. Ida Jackson was the first African-American teacher in Oakland public schools.
v. Ed Roberts pioneered disability rights.
w. Mimi Silbert founded Delancey Street to help those who have hit rock bottom.
x. Charles Huang was the co-creator of Guitar Hero .
y. Donald Fisher filled a niche with The Gap.
z. Former quarterback Joe Ayoob threw the world’s longest paper airplane toss: 226 feet, 10 inches.
Monday night is the finale of the successful, long running TV drama, “House”, starring Brit Hugh Laurie. He certainly qualifies as one of the most obnoxious characters ever appearing on TV, radio, or big screen. But unlike his pretty boy predecessors, he is the only one I would want to diagnose my complex diagnoses. And I have worked with my share of these prima donnas. But my favorite character on the show is Dr. Allison Cameron, played by Jennifer Morrison.
It is hard to believe the scruffy, badly dressed Dr. Gregory House was voted the second sexiest TV doc of all time (George Clooney from ER wins first place, by a mile, I might add). To say he is unorthodox is totally unfair. He obviously thinks that he is the Sherlock Holmes of medicine and the universe. But I think the real reason for his popularity centers on his indiscriminate use of Vicodin, much like the rest of society. As they saying goes, I will take smart over bedside manner.
Of course, he went to a top-notch medical school, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. I almost went to grad school there back in the 1970s, until I found out the school was in the middle of a ghetto. He was kicked out of school, allegedly for cheating. He ended up at the University of Michigan, where he met Dr. Lisa Cuddy, later his boss and lover. His best and only friend on the show is Dr. James Wilson, himself a big bag of messy personal issues and indecision.
Dr. House plays the piano, as does Hugh Laurie. He also owns a huge vintage electric guitar collection. His favorite line, and the name of the very first episode is “Everyone Lies”. In contrast, the finale this evening is called, “Everyone Dies”. Tonight’s two hour finale will be shown on FOX, Channel 2 in the Bay Area. Everyone Lies is probably as good a place as any to start a differential diagnosis.
So, why would I let Dr. Cameron be the only female physician to examine me? For one, she plays an immunologist, a specialty that I respect. Far down the totem pole, of course, is that she certainly looks better than all of the female physicians I have ever met, in real life or the TV screen. She is also immensely talented, having appeared in numerous television shows and movies, as well as a producer of Glee in its early days. She was actually engaged to co-star Jesse Spencer in 2008-07, but called it off.
But I will miss the show, playing on Monday nights opposite Monday Night Football. Reruns already populate the weekend TV schedule. In fact, one station runs a “House marathon” some weekends. Hours and hours of House just seems to be sensory overload. He will be numero uno for me until another better doctor show comes along.
Barry’s mid life crisis occurred when he was still a young man. Okay, so he sold his law practice, traipsed around the world alone, and came back to a lucrative career in stand up comedy. Of course, as a former barrister, I told him that the only change he really made in his transition to comedy was the venue! Oh, how true it is, right, Barry?
It was not a dark and stormy night in Santiago, when I met this rather curious chap in the internet alcove of a fairly decent hotel. As we both cursed the slow speed of the internet, the ugly women around Santiago, and the state of world peace, we formed a bond only inveterate travelers like us can form. One based solely on bull shit and the promise of cheap alcohol.
Sure enough, Barry joined us for dinner. I was, myself, traversing the length of Chile with long time friend and travel buddy, Mike. We were neighbors at one time, but I was voted off the cul de sac when I got divorced, and could no longer afford to live in Shangri-La. It turns out that Mike and Barry formed the only bond that really counts. The bond of cheap Chilean wine, in a smoke filled room, around midnight, with nothing better on the horizon. We have been everywhere and nowhere, all at once. Guess which one this would be?
Of course, Barry entertained us with his “stories” of South Africa over a four hour dinner. It turns out they are all true. In fact, as he turned to comedy, and his eventual epiphany to write a book, it all came together. His story, or lack thereof, is exposed, or should I say, showcased, in his “Diary of a Black Comic”. One thing for sure, when you buy the book, DO NOT look at the cover, as it really stinks!
He often sent videos of his routines at comedy clubs. I had no clue then, nor do I have any now, about the comedic content of his performances. Likewise, after reading his book, I still confess to know nothing about South African humor. But he does manage to piss off enough people along the way to the top of his profession. He makes friends in comedy clubs as easily as he did that fateful afternoon in Santiago.
He does manage to catch my attention in Chapter 37 (hell, how did he write so many chapters about nothing?). He goes into a Chicago comedy club in the slums of northside. Only a bloke from Cape Town would do this! He manages to get picked up by two very large native women. He and his ex-pat South African brother got picked on by every comic, from their honky white appearance in an all Black club, to their funny looking clothes, and pointy shoes. This is the type of story only Barry could tell, and live to tell about it. I am glad I was not there!
Must you read this book? Should you understand Black and South African humor? I could not tell you. But the stories behind the stories have enough “bite” to make you come back for more. Did I finish the book? Did I burn it when I was done? Stay tuned!!!!
This is the all time best hat I have ever seen at a baseball game. Check it out. The “Best Giants Fan” on earth, Donna, is modeling the hat at last night’s Giants vs Athletics game at ATT Park.