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Your Favorite Grade School Computer Games

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Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. I did not learn to type in our fifth-grade typing class. That skill wasn't developed for another six or seven years. I did, however, learn to transport a family across the mid-19th century plains while minimizing the number of children lost to dysentery. We also played a lot of Zork.

Oregon Trail and Zork were my favorite computer class diversions. But when we got our first home computer (1989?), I played way too much Castle Adventure. (A quick survey of people on AIM this morning didn't turn up any Castle fans. Anyone remember it?)

What were your favorite grade school computer games?

2. Occasionally a message slips past the spam filter. Like a note this morning from a plumbing company, threatening to withhold services. This might be the worst slogan in terrible slogan history:

"If we do business with you we won't do business with your competitors. But if we do business with your competitors we won't do business with you!"

I hate getting backed into a corner like that.

We've all gotten emails from Nigerian princes and Viagra dealers. But what's the weirdest spam you've received?

3. A couple weeks ago, I asked you to go back in time and chat with your 15-year-old self. Today, pretend that a version of you from 2030 showed up and said he/she could answer one question. What would you ask? (No questions on gambling advice. Biff Tannen beat you to that one.)

4. I've been looking for an excuse to put together a quiz on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night, so we may run a week of 5pm Quizzes on TV shows canceled too early. Any particular shows you'd like to see covered?

Have a great weekend!

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

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How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail
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Nothing gets people into the holiday spirit quite like snow globes… and booze. So, the Snow Globe Cocktail makes perfect sense.

Brought to us by , the festive cocktail is created with a few simple ingredients and supplies. Please resist the urge to shake it up. Instructions here.

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!

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