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What's Your Desktop Background Image?

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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'm lifting this question from one of our Twitter followers, who was responding to another woman's query—what's your computer's desktop background image?

2. Earlier this week, I attended the Webby Awards in New York. No, we weren't nominated, and I certainly wasn't asked to present anything. I was basically a seat-filler—like Cosmo Kramer at the Tonys. The Webbys honor various internet achievements, like the TedTalks and Selleck Waterfall Sandwich. What sets it apart from other award shows—besides the fact many of you haven't heard of it—is that acceptance speeches are limited to five words.

When Al Gore won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, his speech was "Please don't recount this vote." This year, the brains behind Selleck Waterfall Sandwich used his five words to send a message home: "Mom, I'm not on drugs." And Person of the Year Roger Ebert left two words on the table: "Veni, vidi, vici." It's hard not to spend the entire evening thinking about which five words you'd use. So I'll put the question to you guys—what would your five-word speech be if you won a Webby next year?

(If you'd like to pretend you won a different award, and imagine that governing body implemented the same five-word rule, I'm not going to stop you.)

3. We're putting the finishing touches on a board game that should be in stores later this year. Part of the "research" for the game involved playing lots of other games. At work. On the clock. So I had a lot of "I can't believe we're getting paid for this" moments as I wiped the floor with Mangesh in Fireball Island. (Full Disclosure: We didn't really play Fireball Island.) What's the strangest thing you've ever done at work? This can be work-related, like our game-playing, or completely unrelated, like writing a book of satirical essays about your co-workers.

4. With summer vacation season upon us, maybe you can give another reader a suggestion. What vacation spot (or series of spots) do you recommend? Here's the catch—try to pick a place you don't think anyone else will mention.

[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.

This article originally appeared on Foodiggity. Follow Foodiggity on Facebook and Twitter.

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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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