We interrupt our regularly scheduled grumpiness for a few moments of thanks

Despite my relentless complaining, I have a lot to be thankful for -- including things like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace (yes, really).

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I’m also thankful for Facebook’s many flaws, which always gives me something to write about.

I’m even thankful for MySpace. No, seriously, I am. I look forward to seeing what Justin Timberlake will bring to the reboot, and whether the guy who played Sean Parker in The Social Network can now emulate him in real life.

I'm thankful for Google which, despite its insatiable appetite for my data enables me to do my job with much greater ease and efficiency, and to G+ for the intelligent conversations I find there.

I truly appreciate services like Pandora and Spotify, which fill my life with great music with the barest minimum effort, and for the Sonos wireless music system that streams it to any room I happen to be in. Thanks for that.

I’m thankful for The Oatmeal, The Onion, Jon Stewart and George Takei, who consistently make me laugh.

I’m truly thankful to my family, friends, and colleagues who put up with me over the past year, as well as all my readers and social media peeps who continue to follow me for reasons that surpass understanding.

Also: I’m thankful I don’t have to do this again for another 364 days -- unless of course the Mayans are right and the world is going to end in a month. In which case, thanks a lot, Mayans!

What are you thankful for this year? Share your nongrumpy thoughts below.

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