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We all need it, and many of us aren't getting enough of it. I'm talking about sleep, of course.

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We've made tonight's orange croissants into turkey sandwiches. Eat up; the tryptophan will help you sleep, according to popular mythology (the myth being the quantity of tryptophan present in turkey meat relative to other poultry).
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If you didn't know there was a Senator named Mike Duffy, you are forgiven. For this is the tale of Canadian Senator Mike Duffy. But fear not, for this tale is definitely popcorn-worthy.

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Mon Mar 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM PDT

It's National Puppy Day

by lotac

I don't have much to say here. According to someone named Colleen Paige, it's National Puppy Day, a tradition she established in 2006. It doesn't quite rise to the level of a national holiday. But who can resist a slide show of ... puppies!

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Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Mars One Edition

by lotac

The Mars One project, an attempt to establish a permanent colony on the Red Planet, has been pushed back (another) two years. The first humans to land there as Mars One residents will be launched in 2026. Or later? Or at all?

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Our croissants, such as the one below, continue to be orange, at least for now. Enjoy.
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Mon Mar 16, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Weird News Edition

by lotac

Something different tonight. We take a look at some of the weird and wacky things going on in the world, a.k.a. Weird News.

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I keep giving away the orange croissants, and they keep making more of them. Oh well, enjoy.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 at 03:03 PM PDT

I think I'm being phished

by lotac

As a general rule, I don't answer phone calls on my cell phone from numbers I don't recognize. If it's important enough, whoever is calling will leave a message anyway. I keep pretty close tabs on who gets to have my number.

Today, I got a call from an unrecognized number. The area code is an overlay that could be anywhere in the province of Alberta. Whoever called, did leave a voice message. Basically, it said

This is so-and-so from [a well known international company, that I've never done business with], calling for [my real name]. This is about a fee that you've been charged, probably in the amount of $7.56. yada, yada, yada. Please call me back at [a toll-free number] and I will send you a cheque to compensate for the charge.
It strains credulity to believe that this company I've never done business has charged me "probably" $7.56 for some unknown reason. Probably? You don't know? And if they really did, they should be able to credit it back. Oh right, they could send a cheque, if I gave them my mailing address. Uh huh. If they made a legitimate mistake, they wouldn't need my permission to correct it, or my address, or anything else that they should already know.

So I'm guessing it's a phishing expedition. I have no intention to call them back to confirm or deny anything.

More oddity: the last 4 digits of the phone number I'm requested to call back are the same last 4 as the number that called me, but the area code and exchange are different. And, more intriguing, yesterday I received 2 calls that I also did not answer, but no message was left. Those 2 calls were from my area code, but a different exchange. Funny how 3 different phone numbers, from apparently 3 different locations, all have the same last 4 digits. A curiosity.

I'm writing this as general advice: Be careful who you give information to, if you don't know who they are and why they are asking.

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Tue Mar 10, 2015 at 11:03 AM PDT

Apple Watch Best Feature

by lotac

A conversation overheard:

"Hey Tom, that's a great looking watch, is that the new Apple watch?"

"Why yes, Fred, I just got it, and I love it!"

"Great, that looks like it's the gold-plated one."

"Yes, I paid $17,000 for it. Quite a beauty!"

"Do you mind giving me a demo on what all it does?"

"Sure Fred, I'd love to, but not right now."

"Why's that, Tom?"

"Well I've been wearing it all day, and now it's powered down until I get home and recharge it."

"So it lasted most of a full day, just like they said?"

"You bet. Isn't it great?"

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Mon Mar 09, 2015 at 07:00 PM PDT

Top Comments: Driver Fail Edition

by lotac

There are many errors that one may commit in the name of driving, some illegal, some serious, and some not so much. Some errors happen while taking the government-required driving test. Tonight we will have a look at some driver fails.

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Pick up your free orange croissant below, but please...no driving and eating!
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 07:00 PM PST

Top Comments: Watching Apple Edition

by lotac

Apple has a scheduled event this coming Monday with the tag line "spring forward". Let's watch what Apple is up to this spring.

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Sun Mar 01, 2015 at 07:00 PM PST

Top Comments: Pay Phone Edition

by lotac

You young 'uns in the audience tonight might not realize this, but there are telephones scattered out and about where you can put in a coin, and call somebody. That is, if you can find one. And hurry.

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Tonight, Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years on the air. Starting with a "red carpet" special at 7PM Eastern, and then a 3.5 hour extravaganza of secret stuff, this is a big night for creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, and his crew. By the time you read these words, the live anniversary show itself will be more than half over.

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Grab an orange croissant from the craft services table, and continue below.
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Wed Feb 11, 2015 at 12:03 AM PST

A Message From Jeb!

by lotac

Hi.

Jeb! here.

I like email.

Mine.

Yours too.

Public disclosure.

What's the problem?

Somebody else's problem.

Send me more.

I'll read.

Post publicly.

For all to see.

That's the short of it.

Vote for me.

I'm the best.

Email expert.

Thanks.

Jeb!

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