Demetria Devonne Lovato is an American singer and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam; the former film's soundtrack included Lovato's debut single, "This Is Me", which peaked in the top ten on the US Billboard Hot 100. She signed with Hollywood Records and released her debut studio album Don't Forget in 2008. In 2009, she released its follow up Here We Go Again, which became her first album to reach number one in the US. With the release of her third studio album, Lovato sang about her personal struggles, incorporated more elements of R&B into her music; the album contained two singles: "Skyscraper", which peaked at number ten in the US, "Give Your Heart a Break", which peaked at number sixteen. Her fourth studio album, was released in 2013 and experimented with synthpop; the album's lead single, "Heart Attack", peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
After founding Safehouse Records in 2015, she released her fifth studio album, Confident that year. The album was distinguished for its mature themes, its lead single, "Cool for the Summer", peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. She followed this with the soul-influenced album Tell Me You Love Me, which peaked at number three in the US, while its lead single "Sorry Not Sorry" became her highest charting single in the country, reaching number six. Outside of music, Lovato's television credits include starring as the titular character on Sonny with a Chance, she featured as a judge and mentor on the U. S. version of The X Factor. Lovato appeared as a recurring character on Glee, she has been subject of significant media attention due to her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, an eating disorder, self-harming, in response to which she published the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year in 2013. In 2017, her life and career were chronicled in the documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated.
Lovato is a pop, pop rock, R&B artist. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including an MTV Video Music Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People's Choice Awards, an ALMA Award, a Latin American Music Award. Lovato was cited for her dedication as a mentor to teens and young adults with mental health challenges at a National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day event, became the public face for the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality Campaign, she has been honored with the GLAAD Vanguard Award for her services to LGBT activism. Lovato was born on August 20, 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Dianna De La Garza and engineer and musician Patrick Martin Lovato, she has an older sister named Dallas. Lovato's parents divorced in mid-1994, shortly after her second birthday. Lovato's father was of Mexican descent, with Spanish and Native American ancestors, came from a family, living in New Mexico for generations, her mother is of Irish ancestry.
Through her father, Lovato is a descendant of Civil War Union veteran Francisco Perea and Santa Fe de Nuevo México governor Francisco Xavier Chávez. Through DNA testing Lovato discovered that she is of 16 percent Scandinavian descent and one percent of African descent. Lovato was raised in Texas. In 2002, she began her acting career on the children's television series Friends as Angela, she began playing piano at age seven and guitar at ten, when she began dancing and acting classes. Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres that she was bullied so badly that she asked for homeschooling, she received her high-school diploma through homeschooling in April 2009, she became a spokesperson for the anti-bullying organization PACER and appeared on America's Next Top Model to speak out against bullying. In 2006, Lovato appeared on Prison Break, on Just Jordan the following year; as of September 2015, Lovato's name appears on the "Unclaimed Coogan" list, a fund for child actors whose earnings were withheld, but which remain unclaimed by the former child performers.
In 2007 and 2008, Lovato played Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel short series As the Bell Rings. Lovato auditioned for the channel's television film Camp Rock and series Sonny with a Chance during 2007 and got both roles. Lovato played aspiring singer Mitchie Torres, in Camp Rock; the film premiered on June 2008, to 8.9 million viewers. Its soundtrack was released three days earlier. Gillian Flynn of Entertainment Weekly wrote that Lovato's acting skills were underwhelming and she "has the knee-jerk smile of someone, told she has a great smile". Lovato sang four songs on the soundtrack, including "We Rock" and "This Is Me"; that summer, she began her Demi Live! Warm Up Tour before the release of her debut album and appeared on the Jonas Brothers' Burnin' Up Tour. Lovato's debut album, Don't Forget, was released on September 23, 2008, was met with positive reviews from critics. Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly said, "Demi Lovato might satisfy her'tween fans but she won't be winning any rockers over with Don't Forget".
The album debuted at number two with first-week sales of 89,000 copies. Ten of its songs were co-written with the Jonas Broth
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Aftershock (Motörhead album)
Aftershock is the 21st studio album by Motörhead. Expected to be released in mid-2013, it was released separately on 18 October in Germany, on 21 October in the rest of Europe, on 22 October in North America and the rest of the world, it is the fourth album released under the UDR GmbH / Motörhead Music collaboration, with ADA as the distributor for the first time. In an August 2012 interview with Artisan News Service during the Rockstar Mayhem Festival tour of 2012, Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee revealed that the band had written a number of songs for a follow-up to 2010's The Wörld Is Yours, but that the band were continuing to write, he went on to say that the new album would be recorded and released in 2013. In an interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Lemmy was asked about the possibility of the album consisting of all covers. Lemmy said that it had been discussed and that "it would be fun to do", he further noted that if a covers album would be made, the band's varying musical tastes would ensure a diverse track listing.
In late October 2012, it was announced that the band had made plans to enter the studio in January 2013. In addition, Cameron Webb, who had produced the previous four albums, would again return to produce the new album; the title was revealed on 18 June 2013. The album has received positive reviews. Brandon Ringo of New Noise Magazine gave it a full 5 star rating, he considers the album the best Motörhead have released in 20 years and praises it for its return to basics. Sammy O'Hagar of MetalSucks website comments on the flow of the album, "everything sounds as snarling and nasty as it always has and always will be", he writes. Hank Shteamer of Pitchfork notes that although there was a three-year gap between The Wörld Is Yours and Aftershock, the album is nothing new, he calls the album "deeply satisfying and thrilling". Shteamer ends the review writing: "In theory, what the band does might seem overfamiliar, but in practice, it's a minor miracle that they're still doing it so well". USA Today had Aftershock as the album of the week and in particular praised Phil Campbell's work throughout the album.
Kevin Fitzpatrick highlights Phil Campbell and considers his playing on the album "to contain some of his finest work today". Fitzpatrick comments the blues influences on the album. Motörhead have "worn Chuck Berry's, Robert Johnson's and Little Richard's influences on their sleeves for the entirety of their 40 year career", but it shines through more on the Aftershock. Aftershock sold 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 22 on The Billboard 200 chart. All tracks written by Kilmister, Dee except where noted. Lemmy – vocals, bass Phil Campbell – guitars Mikkey Dee – drums Cameron Webb – produced, engineered Sergio Chavez – assistant engineer Kris Glddens – assistant engineer Steve Olmon – assistant engineer Geoff Neal – assistant engineer Chris Claypool – assistant engineer Alan Douches – mastering Motörhead – executive producers Terje Aspmo – cover art Lemmy – sketch art Steffan Chirazi – creative direction Kai Swillus – creative direction Robert John – photography Cameron Webb – recording Andrew Alekiel – mastering Ray Ahner – photography
Next to Normal
Next to Normal is a 2008 American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family; the musical addresses grief, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, the underbelly of suburban life. Before its Off-Broadway debut, Next to Normal received several workshop performances and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Score and received Drama Desk Awards nominations for Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Score. After its Off-Broadway run, the show played from November 2008 to January 2009 at the Arena Stage while the theater was in its temporary venue in Virginia; the musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven Tony Awards that year and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley, it won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor.
Rent, directed by Michael Greif, was the last musical to win the Pulitzer, in 1996. In awarding the prize to Kitt and Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals."The first US national tour launched in November 2010, with Alice Ripley reprising her Broadway role. The Broadway production closed in January 2011 after more than 700 performances. There have been numerous international productions. Suburban mother Diana Goodman waits up late for her curfew-challenged son and attempts to comfort her anxious and overachieving daughter, Natalie. In the early morning, their son returns, Dan, Diana's husband, rises to help prepare the family for the day. Everything appears normal until Dan and Natalie realize that the sandwiches Diana is making are covering every surface in the kitchen; as Dan helps the disoriented Diana, the kids hurry off to school. Natalie escapes to the refuge of the piano practice room and is interrupted by Henry, a classmate who likes to listen to her play and, interested in her.
Over the ensuing weeks, Diana makes a series of visits to her doctor, while Dan waits in the car outside questioning how to cope with his own depression. Diana has suffered from bipolar disorder and psychosis for the past sixteen years, her doctor continually adjusts her medications, with various side effects, until she says she doesn't feel anything, at which point he declares her "stable". Natalie and Henry grow closer until one day he professes his love for her and they kiss for the first time. Diana, witnessing this, worries. With her son's encouragement, she flushes away her medication. A few weeks Dan looks forward to dinner with his family, to which Henry has been invited, much to Natalie's dismay, he recounts how Diana has been energetic and in a great mood for the past weeks, but when Diana emerges with a cake singing "Happy Birthday" to her son and Natalie are devastated. Dan reminds her that their son died sixteen years ago when he was an infant. Dan mentions a return to the doctor, but Diana refuses, saying Dan can't hurt the way she does.
Dan tries to coax her into trusting him while their son tries to convince his mother to listen to him instead. In her room, Natalie vents her anger to Henry and refuses Diana's halfhearted apology as her brother watches and taunts her. A few days Diana starts work with Doctor Madden, attempting a drug-free treatment; as her son tries to assert his presence and Natalie doubt the sessions are helping. After an argument, Natalie begins experimenting with her mother's old prescription medications. Doctor Madden proposes hypnosis to help Diana discover the roots of her trauma; the therapy is draining and Dan worries that it is too much of a strain on her mental health, while Natalie bombs an important piano recital when she realizes her mother is not present. Diana agrees it's time to let her son go. Diana goes home to clean out her son's things, pausing to listen to a music box, her son dances with her and invites her to'go away with him'. She is hospitalized. At the hospital, Diana lies restrained, with self-inflicted gashes to her wrists.
Doctor Madden explains to Dan that ECT is the standard course of treatment for drug-resistant patients who are at high risk of suicide. Dan goes home to clean up after Diana and avoids a breakdown; the next day, Doctor Madden proposes the treatment to Diana, she reacts angrily, comparing the treatment to the lobotomies performed in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Dan manages to convince her that it may be their last hope. Diana receives a series of ECT treatments over two weeks. Meanwhile, Natalie explores clubs and drugs sharing a hallucination with her mother.. Diana returns home from the hospital. At school, Henry confronts Natalie about her avoiding him, invites her to the spring formal dance. Dan and Diana visit Doctor Madden, who assures them some memory loss is normal and encourages
Giant Inverted Boomerang
A Giant Inverted Boomerang is a type of steel shuttle roller coaster manufactured by Vekoma. The ride is a larger, inverted version of Vekoma's popular Boomerang sit down roller coasters; as of April 2019, five installations of the model are operating, with another one under construction Giant Inverted Boomerangs were slated to open for the start of the 2001 season at three Six Flags parks, sudden errors and malfunctions occurred during testing and caused the openings to be delayed. The first to open was Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain on August 25, 2001. Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain has since been removed and relocated to Six Flags New England as Goliath; this was followed by the opening of a further two Giant Inverted Boomerangs named Déjà Vu on September 1, 2001, at Six Flags Over Georgia and on October 7, 2001, at Six Flags Great America. The opening of the fourth Giant Inverted Boomerang was delayed more after the problems were discovered with the first three. Stunt Fall opened on August 2002, at Parque Warner Madrid.
In 2007, Six Flags announced the removal of Déjà Vu from both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags Great America. They announced that the Six Flags Over Georgia ride would be replaced with a new themed area called Thomas Town. After the Six Flags Great America ride gave its last rides on October 28, 2007, it was removed and replaced with the Buccaneer Battle ride. In January 2008, Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho announced on its website that it would install the Déjà Vu from Six Flags Great America with a projected opening date of July that year, they announced Déjà Vu would operate as Aftershock. Before opening at its new location, the ride was overhauled by Vekoma in order to make the ride more reliable; the ride opened July 21, 2008. Rocky Mountain Construction, an Idaho-based manufacturing firm, assisted with the construction of the ride. In November 2009 it was announced that Mirabilandia in Brazil had purchased Six Flags Over Georgia's Déjà Vu; the ride is yet to open, but remains in storage at the park.
On August 16, 2011, Masslive reported that Six Flags New England was planning on building a Giant Inverted Boomerang for the park's 2012 season where the Shipwreck Falls attraction was located. On August 18, 2011, the ride was approved by the Agawam Planning Board, with the Los Angeles Times confirming one day that Déjà Vu from Six Flags Magic Mountain would be relocated to Six Flags New England and would begin operation under a new name in 2012. An official announcement from Six Flags representatives was made on September 1, 2011, confirming previous reports and announcing that the relocated ride's name would be Goliath. On October 16, 2011, Déjà Vu operated for the final time. At around the same time, Shipwreck Falls was removed from Six Flags New England to make way for Goliath. Goliath at Six Flags New England was topped off on February 29, 2012. Goliath opened to the public on May 25, 2012. In 2011, the first new Giant Inverted Boomerang since 2002 was constructed. Jinjiang Action Park opened the aptly named Giant Inverted Boomerang in September 2011.
In 2014, Sochi Park Adventureland opened another Giant Inverted Boomerang. The Giant Inverted Boomerang is a departure from Vekoma's earlier Boomerang designs; this model features a vertical cable lift hill that lifts the train up a vertical tower. This model is larger than previous Boomerang designs. From above, the track layout looks like an'X'; as a Giant Inverted Boomerang is a shuttle roller coaster, each installation only operates with a single train. Each of these trains has 8 cars, each utilising 4-across seating, similar to that on Bolliger & Mabillard's inverted roller coasters. However, the seats on Giant Inverted Boomerangs are "staggered" such that the outside seats are pushed back behind the middle two seats in each row. Train caters for a total of 32 riders. Goliath at Six Flags New England was set to feature new a train by Premier Rides; this train will have 4-across seating like that on Bolliger & Mabillard's inverted roller coasters. The new train design was chosen in an attempt to make the lines in the station less complicated to navigate and to give the ride a higher capacity.
The ride begins when the train backs out of the station and up the vertical lift, pulled by a catch car. Once reaching the top of the lift, with riders facing straight down, their legs dangling in the air, the train is released and zooms through the station heading into a 110-foot tall boomerang; this element contains two of the three inversions found on the ride going forward. After twisting through the Boomerang, riders go through a 102-foot tall vertical loop which crosses over the station and hit the second vertical tower of the ride. A catch car there pulls the train up the second vertical tower, this time with riders facing the sky. After the train reaches the top of the tower, it is released to cycle backward through the layout; the train goes through the station and heads up the first vertical lift again, where it is caught once more by the catch car and very lowered back into the station. Six Flags had ordered four Giant Inverted Boomerangs in 2001. However, following the installation of the 3 Déjà Vu coasters and the discovery of several problems, Six Flags allowed Vekoma to resolve these problems before installation of their fourth coaster, Stunt Fall.
Vekoma has since upgraded the original three rides to use this system. One problem was clearance between the track overhead. After th
Autonomic nervous system
The autonomic nervous system the vegetative nervous system, is a division of the peripheral nervous system that supplies smooth muscle and glands, thus influences the function of internal organs. The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts unconsciously and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, respiratory rate, pupillary response and sexual arousal; this system is the primary mechanism in control of the fight-or-flight response. Within the brain, the autonomic nervous system is regulated by the hypothalamus. Autonomic functions include control of respiration, cardiac regulation, vasomotor activity, certain reflex actions such as coughing, sneezing and vomiting; those are subdivided into other areas and are linked to ANS subsystems and nervous systems external to the brain. The hypothalamus, just above the brain stem, acts as an integrator for autonomic functions, receiving ANS regulatory input from the limbic system to do so; the autonomic nervous system has three branches: the sympathetic nervous system, the parasympathetic nervous system and the enteric nervous system.
Some textbooks do not include the enteric nervous system as part of this system. The sympathetic nervous system is considered the "fight or flight" system, while the parasympathetic nervous system is considered the "rest and digest" or "feed and breed" system. In many cases, both of these systems have "opposite" actions where one system activates a physiological response and the other inhibits it. An older simplification of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as "excitatory" and "inhibitory" was overturned due to the many exceptions found. A more modern characterization is that the sympathetic nervous system is a "quick response mobilizing system" and the parasympathetic is a "more activated dampening system", but this has exceptions, such as in sexual arousal and orgasm, wherein both play a role. There are excitatory synapses between neurons. A third subsystem of neurons that have been named non-noradrenergic, non-cholinergic transmitters have been described and found to be integral in autonomic function, in particular in the gut and the lungs.
Although the ANS is known as the visceral nervous system, the ANS is only connected with the motor side. Most autonomous functions are involuntary but they can work in conjunction with the somatic nervous system which provides voluntary control; the autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic division emerges from the spinal cord in the thoracic and lumbar areas, terminating around L2-3; the parasympathetic division has craniosacral “outflow”, meaning that the neurons begin at the cranial nerves and sacral spinal cord. The autonomic nervous system is unique in; the preganglionic, or first, neuron will begin at the “outflow” and will synapse at the postganglionic, or second, neuron's cell body. The postganglionic neuron will synapse at the target organ; the sympathetic nervous system consists of cells with bodies in the lateral grey column from T1 to L2/3. These cell bodies are "GVE" are the preganglionic neurons. There are several locations upon which preganglionic neurons can synapse for their postganglionic neurons: Paravertebral ganglia of the sympathetic chain cervical ganglia thoracic ganglia and rostral lumbar ganglia caudal lumbar ganglia and sacral gangliaPrevertebral ganglia Chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla These ganglia provide the postganglionic neurons from which innervation of target organs follows.
Examples of splanchnic nerves are: Cervical cardiac nerves & thoracic visceral nerves, which synapse in the sympathetic chain Thoracic splanchnic nerves, which synapse in the prevertebral ganglia Lumbar splanchnic nerves, which synapse in the prevertebral ganglia Sacral splanchnic nerves, which synapse in the inferior hypogastric plexusThese all contain afferent nerves as well, known as GVA neurons. The parasympathetic nervous system consists of cells with bodies in one of two locations: the brainstem or the sacral spinal cord; these are the preganglionic neurons, which synapse with postganglionic neurons in these locations: Parasympathetic ganglia of the head: Ciliary, Submandibular and Otic In or near the wall of an organ innervated by the Vagus or Sacral nerves These ganglia provide the postganglionic neurons from which innervations of target organs follows. Examples are: The postganglionic parasympathetic splanchnic nerves The vagus nerve, which passes through the thorax and abdominal regions innervating, among other organs, the heart, lungs and stomach The sensory arm is composed of primary visceral sensory neurons found in the peripheral nervous system, in cranial sensory ganglia: the geniculate and nodose ganglia, appen
Black Scorpion II
Black Scorpion II: Aftershock known as Black Scorpion II: Ground Zero, is a 1997 comedy-action film starring Joan Severance as a crime fighting superhero. Roger Corman was the executive producer. Darcy Walker is a police detective in a fictionalized version of Los Angeles, her secret identity is a comic book style vigilante. The Black Scorpion does not have any super powers but, like Batman, she fights for justice using a combination of martial arts and advanced technology, including her high-tech car, the Scorpionmobile; the film's exaggerated characters and unrealistic events are portrayed with a humorous camp aesthetic. Black Scorpion II: Aftershock is a sequel to 1995's Black Scorpion, it was followed in 2001 by a Black Scorpion TV series that starred Michelle Lintel in the title role. Joan Severance as Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion Whip Hubley as Michael Russo Garrett Morris as Argyle Laura Harring as Babette Sherrie Rose as Prof. Ursula Undershaft / Aftershock Stoney Jackson as Gangster Prankster Matt Roe as Mayor Artie Worth Stephen Lee as Captain Strickland Terri J. Vaughn as Tender Lovin' Steven Kravitz as Slugger Rick Rossovich as Construction Foreman Kenneth Londoner as John Black Scorpion II on IMDb Black Scorpion II at AllMovie Black Scorpion II at Letterbox DVD