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Facebook Death Protocol

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Marc died yesterday. It was quite a shock – I don’t think he was even 60. I knew he had some serious health issues a few years back, but didn’t quite know the extent of them. We weren’t close friends – I’d see him a handful of times a year at our synagogue and have a bit of a chat. He was always congenial – something of a big friendly giant. The e-mails went around…

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Facebook Birthday Etiquette

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Having recently celebrated a birthday, I’ve made some interesting observations about the effect Facebook has had on how birthdays are noted. This leads to a taxonomy of Facebook users’ approaches to birthdays: The wisher junkie logs on to Facebook every day and wishes happy birthday to all of their FacebookFriends(TM), no matter how well they know them. They are the main reason birthday wishes comprise some 3.5% of all Facebook posts. The extreme wisher junkie does…

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AFL and the Law of Relative Misery

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For those of you who have never heard of it (and for those who have) the “Law of Relative Misery” is best illustrated with the following story: One day at work, you are called in by your boss, who tells you that you are doing a fantastic job, and have just been granted a raise, and will now be earning $200k per annum. You return back to your desk, and tell your friend next to you of your…

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