Fortified With Vitamin D

As a guy who works from his home and plays video games as part of his job, you can guess which vitamin deficiency my doctor found during my last physical.

It's the big D, i.e. the one you get from being out in the sunshine. (You do get some from milk, but not as much as the branding suggests). It was like being told I had six cavities, but as chagrined as I was to hear this, the doc told me not to feel bad. Half of everybody in Oregon has a vitamin D deficiency. It's got a lot to do with the weather and latitude.

So now I'm on a supplement. I take two small tablets in the morning and by noon my pee is the color of a lemon Jolly Rancher. Now I'm wondering if I'm getting enough vitamin C.

You guys can talk about your vitamin deficiencies, or anything else you like, in our official open thread here. Here's some topic starters:

• The hacker who locked the City of San Francisco out of its own computer network for nine days in 2008 must cough up nearly $1.5 million in restitution. It's quite unlikely he'll ever pay that amount.

• Also in San Francisco, a measure to ban circumcision in the city won enough signatures to get on the November ballot. The measure would make circumcision a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail.

• The Center for Disease Control at last addresses what it would do and how you should be prepared in the event of a zombie apocalypse. No mention is made of shotguns, chainsaws, machetes, or how to improvise a firetrap to kill the shambling horde.

• Here's the cast of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, both as they appeared in the movie and now in present times. I had no idea Augustus Gloop was portrayed by a young Joe Don Baker. (The Oompa Loompa is now the Speaker of the House of Representatives.)