Caricatures of Ryan, Ed, Dan, and Cameron.

A lot has happened in 2017: major natural disasters, political tweets, important social clapbacks, new iPhone, etc. We stayed productive amidst the fast-paced changes going on around us and found solace in the little things. The team reflects on the best of 2017, everything from our favorite taco from Taqueria del Sol to the best new gadget.

Best Taco from Taqueria del Sol

Ryan: Nutty Shrimp – Fried shrimp are nut crusted and served with honey-habanero mayonnaise in a flour tortilla.

Cameron: Fried Chicken

Ed: Corona Fish

Dan: BLT – “A flour tortilla filled with bacon, lettuce, tomato and roasted tomatillo mayonnaise.” Surprisingly robust with a generous helping of bacon.


Best Album

Ryan: Deep South by Josh Turner

Cameron: Witness by Katy Perry

Ed: Escape From New York (New Expanded Edition Original Film Soundtrack) by John Carpenter

Dan: Drunk by Thundercat


Best Film

Ryan: Despicable Me 3 (mainly because I only saw 2 new movies this year, and I liked it better than The Boss Baby).

Cameron: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ed: Escape From New York

Dan: Logan


Best Video Game

Cameron: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Ed: “There is no internet connection” dinosaur game

Dan: Super Mario Odyssey


Best New Gadget

Ryan: Apple Airpods (even though they were released in December 2016).

Cameron: iPhone X

Ed: This is the last thing I ordered on Amazon.

Dan: Nintendo Switch


Best Technology Trend

Ryan: LetsEncrypt

Cameron: Everything is On-Demand (cars, food, entertainment, hotels, etc).

Ed: Unsubscribe buttons in emails

Dan: Patreon and other micro-crowdfunding platforms


Craziest Technology Prediction

Ryan: Owning a car will be pointless because self driving cars will be smart enough to know when and where we need to be places and will just show up when you are ready to leave.

Cameron: Business-by-voice will be a new name in 2017. Screen-based technology will go away in 2017 and will be replaced by voice. New startups will emerge to deliver voice-enabled cognitive applications that can think, learn, and talk to the users. – Surendra Reddy, Founder & CEO, Quantiply Corporation.

Ed: After running out of prison space in America, Manhattan will be turned into a giant maximum-security prison.

Dan: Tesla Powerwall and solar roofing finally become affordable enough to take off and become as native to the home as the refrigerator. Everyone starts running their own little self-sustaining green grid right up until lobbyists for fossil fuels demand a tax on anyone caught “stealing sunlight”.


Best Meme















New Skill Learned

Ryan: Docksal/docker

Cameron: WordPress updates via composer

Ed: Using a mouse left-handed

Dan: Browser Testing with


Looking Forward to in 2018

Ryan: Graduation and getting married!

Cameron: Company growth

Ed: I don’t know what shows are coming out on HBO, but probably those.

Dan: Avengers: Infinity War

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