On Fridays, 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. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. It's not often that I'm asked to speak to (and inspire) America's youth, but when my three-year-old daughter's preschool class invited me to lead today's story time, I stepped up. After way too much thought, I chose A Fly Went By for its Seussian rhythm and high talking animal content. There's also a big life lesson about the importance of understanding people's motives, which we'll get to in the breakout sessions. If you had to read one story to a dozen preschoolers, which book would you choose?

2. How do you get your local news? Besides gossip, of course. Especially if you live in a small town, do you read the local paper? The physical paper? Does an online news source have you covered?

3. Talking purely about design here, not symbolism or an affinity for a country's people. What's your favorite flag?

4. This is the first Happy Hour since we instituted the new commenting system. How's that working out for everybody? I'm sure there are still some quirks, and perhaps we don't know what they are yet. But for me, allowing actual conversations in the comments is a nice leap forward.

[Have a great weekend! See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]