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The content team has doubled in size over the last year, so take a few moments to get to know a little something about each of our team members as we reflect back on the Hits and Misses of 2011. We hope you'll enjoy this little stroll down Amnesia Lane.
Best Thing I Read (Or Listened to on AudioBook)
Sloane: Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
Brian: Just Kids, Patti Smith
Celby: Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Hal: Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
Kristina: Blood, Bones, and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton
Best Internet Meme
Sloane: Paula Deen Riding Things
Brian: Nope! Chuck Testa
Celby: First World Problems, Women Laughing Alone With Salad, Things People Don't Say About Advertising
Emily: Honey Badger
Hal: photo memes: planking, owling, horsemaning, stocking, leisure diving
Best New Technology
Brian: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock App
Celby: iPhone 4
Emily: mobile payments
Kristina: physical .GIFs (Okay, so maybe this is more like anti-technology.)
Brand #Win of 2011
Sloane: Real Life Angry Birds
Brian: Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls
Celby: Volkswagen's "The Force" commercial
Emily: Apple for iPad 2, iPhone 4S and Siri
Hal: Slurpee's "BYO Cup Day"
Brand #Fail of 2011
Sloane: Kenneth Cole's tweet making light of the Egyptian protests.
Brian: Dr. Pepper 10: it's not for women.
Celby: Summer's Eve's "Talking Vaginas"
Emily: Google+ for not living up to the advance hype.
Hal: Lowe's for contributing to the wussification of the American male and folding to pressure from hate groups.
Sloane: Surfing Foodspotting for the ultimate in #foodporn.
Brian: 5-0 Police Scanner App
Emily: chatting online with friends
Hal: Moonlight Mahjong for iPad
Kristina: Gears of War 3
Favorite Twitter Account
Sloane: The Bronx Zoo's Cobra
Brian: Your Friend from High School
Celby: Borowitz Report and Shit Girls Say
Hal: Mike Leffingwell (Thanks for the tip, Alex!)
Kristina: Tyson Hesse
Song of the Year
Sloane: "Moneygrabber," Fitz & The Tantrums
Brian: "Lego House," Ed Sheeran
Celby: "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys
Emily: "Look At Me Now," Chris Brown
Hal: "The Death Of You And Me," Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Kristina: "Cruel," St. Vincent
Album of the Year
Sloane: 21, Adele
Brian: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Celby: Watch the Throne Jay-Z & Kanye West
Emily: Watch the Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
Hal: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Kristina: Rip Tide, Beirut
Best Thing I Ate
Sloane: Crawfish tacos at the Baton Rouge Blues Fest.
Brian: Shrimp & Grits at J. Christopher's in Savannah.
Celby: Prince Edward Island Mussels
Emily: An unidentified Korean BBQ joint outside of Atlanta.
Hal: Kelsey "KY" Brown at Wild Eggs in Louisville, KY.
Worst Thing I Ate
Sloane: Mystery cheese omelet served on a Delta cross-country flight.
Celby: Late night soggy hot dog.
Emily: tripe soup
Hal: Deep-fried butter at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Best New Place I Visited
Brian: Old town Alexandria in Washington, DC.
Kristina: The West Egg in Atlanta.
Favorite New Trend
Sloane: The iPhone as all-the-camera-you'll-ever-need thanks to the 4S and a mix of after market gadgets.
Brian: Free streaming music via services like Spotify.
Celby: Wedges and sequins.
Emily: virtual stores in real world locations
Hal: military-inspired details in clothing
Kristina: midi skirts
Trend I Wish Would Hurry Up and Die
Sloane: Mustaches. If you're not Magnum, P.I., it doesn't work.
Brian: "Almost homemade", because it's not.
Celby: LMFAO fashion
Hal: Lady Gaga (not literally)
"Awesomely Bad" Award
Sloane: planking, owling
Brian: "Scream 4"
Celby: Courtney Stodden's Twitter account and TV appearances.
Emily: Texts From Bennett
Hal: eHarmony "Can't Hug Every Cat" Songify Video Remix
Sloane: Weiner-gate, as in Anthony Weiner. 'Nuff said.
Brian: The Rapture(s)
Celby: Ryan Gosling not being named the Sexiest Man Alive.
Emily: NDAA, SOPA
Hal: Charlie Sheen
Kristina: NBC cancels "Community"
#EpicFail of the Year
Sloane: The Netflix price hike, followed by the Qwikster announcement, followed by Qwikster's demise.
Brian: No iPhone 5.
Celby: The Kardashians
Emily: Rebecca Black
Hal: reality television
#EpicWin of the Year
Sloane: The St. Louis Cardinals nearly missing the playoffs, only to end up winning the World Series. They're not my team but this was spectacular.
Brian: The Royal Family. They now have the Middletons and the world's attention once again.
Celby: Nike Better World
Emily: Geekend Keynote by Baratunde Thurston
Hal: The return of good writing to television. e.g. "The Walking Dead," "Hell On Wheels," "Justified," "American Horror Story," "Mad Men."
Most Overused Buzzword
Brian: "dynamic" or "guru"