Archive for June, 2014

Tech, Tech, Boom: NY Tech Meetup June 2014
Written by Mekanism at 10:10 am • • No Commentsawesomeness, digital

At the June NYTM, we caught a glimpse of a lot of cool platforms and experiences. Here’s a list of who we saw, what we learned and the key takeaways.


Floored: Interactive online 3D models for real estate

What is it? Turn real spaces into 3D Models easily or start with 3D Models and create your own custom spaces, from any modern web browser.

How does it work? This started to look like magic in a browser, but there is some serious technology behind it. Floored has created both software and hardware to automate complex tasks, including plane recognition, point cloud alignment, mesh simplification, and image-based 3D reconstruction. They have also built their own open-source 3D scanner to help collect HDR photography and depth data.

Check it out here:


Social Bicycles: Bike Share Everywhere

What is it? A bike share program that eliminates the need for custom racks.

How does it work? It’s ZipCar for bicycles, and all you need to start poppin’ wheelies in the park is a smart device. Riders can locate, reserve and unlock their bikes through an easy-to-use mobile application. Once the rider makes it to their final destination, they can park their bike anywhere. The custom smartlock is the real genius.

Start socially riding here:


Rukkus: Search the entire ticket universe for great deals

What is it? The self proclaimed “Kayak for Tickets” helps you find the best deal on music, sports and show tickets in your area.

How does it work? Wu-Tang Clan were the first to “bring it,” but now they have some competition. Rukkus aggregates ticket data from over 100 sources looking for tickets based on your Spotify listening habits. Through an extremely simple interface users can preview music, see the view from any seat, and quickly purchase tickets – Rukkus even ranks seats by two key factors: best deal or best view.

Get out and see something:



Flyer Penguin

What is it? Make a print-ready flyer from a Facebook event.

How does it work? Need some pep in your party? Want to invite 500 of your closest friends to an event someone else is throwing?  Flyer Penguin makes it easy…create or find a Facebook event and copy the URL, paste the URL into Flyer Penguin and watch the magic happen. Users will have a fully editable version of the invite that they can format and customize to be more printer friendly.

Try it out here:


moteio 2048

What is it? Multiplayer 2048 that you can control with a remote.

How does it work? Everyone knows 2048…right? right? This hack lets single players control the highly-addictive game on their laptop, using their mobile device as a remote. Tired of playing alone? Well, invite your friends by sharing the URL, then click “Watch Everyone’s Game!”. The grid of simultaneous 2048 is hypnotic.

Try it out here:


2048 Against Cancer

What is it? Play 2048 and donate money to someone who needs a clinical trial.

How does it work? Sam Agnew is a hacker with a big heart. His friend, Tyler Wiley needs a clinical trial to treat his brain cancer. Sam and his friend Faiq had the brilliant idea to hack 2048 with the mobile commerce app, Venmo. Every point you score in 2048 increases the amount of money in Tyler’s Venmo account. This is truly inspiring.

Try it out here:


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Take Your Dog to Work Day: A Celebration
Written by Mekanism at 8:25 am • • 2 Commentsawesomeness


Between our SF and NY offices, we have some of the funniest, smartest and most personable dogs we’ve ever shared a string cheese with. If man wanted a best friend, he wouldn’t have to look further than the Dogs of Mekanism.


In honor of Take Your Dog To Work Day – a day we swear we didn’t make up – we’re doing something a little different: We’re having a sit down conversation with our dogs.


Welcome, Mabel from Mekanism SF, friend of our friend Julie. By all accounts, Mabel is a very SPECIAL dog. Notice which word is emphasized.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED MABEL?   a) I intentionally eat dinner SUPER early, so I poop before I go to bed; b) I’m half blind; c) young strange men make me nervous; d) I get SUPER grumpy, when I’m tired; and e) I have big watery eyes.



HUMAN JOB:   I’m not really a people person. And my brain is small…sooooooo…



Odette is a beautiful dachshund who accompanies Melissa to Mekanism NY. After a long talk about fashion and puppy celebrities, we got down to business.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED ODETTE?   Because my mommy is an ex-ballet dancer (and Francophile), Odette is the name of the good swan in Swan Lake.

MOST FAMOUS BUTT YOU’VE SNIFFED:   I have been approached by both Uma Thurman and Bernadette Peters, although I did not sniff their butts. I have manners, after all.

COSTUMES?   I only have a stupid shark costume my parents got me. It is incredibly embarrassing. Why can’t they find something more civilized?


Gwyneth is the costar of Meredith’s blog – Meredith and the New Yorkie. But, she’s found time to make occasional appearances at Mekanism SF. We caught up with her between photo shoots.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED GWYNETH?   My mom liked the idea of big names for little dogs, and since I’m a Yorkie, she went with one of the more popular names from that part of the UK. It has absolutely nothing to do with Gwyneth Paltrow. I think she might actually be named after me.

BEST SNACK:   There is nothing I won’t do for shredded cheese. I prefer the Mexican blend from Trader Joe’s.

DO YOU LIKE THE BATH?   Absolutely not. Mom thinks because she gives me a blow dry with her fancy hair dryer that it’s cute to call it a “spa day,” but let’s just call it the BS it truly is.

DO YOU LIKE DRESSING UP?   If you had a natural fur coat, would you want to cover it with something made of 100% polyester? My mom made me a piñata costume for halloween last year, complete with a ridiculous hat. Humiliating.

PET PEEVES:   Funny you should phrase it that way. I hate having to wait until my mom gets out of bed in the morning to pee.

Penny can only be described as a fluffy brown ball of energy that lovingly follows around Jeremy at Mekanism NY. But even Penny admits, there’s such thing as too much energy. After she spent 2 hours destroying a towel, she opened up about herself.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED PENNY?   My dog-rents love old lady names and when they realized that if my name was Penelope that I’d be Penny Pinches, it was set.

BEST “BAD DOG” MOMENT:   I’m in trouble all day everyday. I bark at everything. Everyone. Orange cones. Deliverymen. Mekanism employees. I destroy any and every object around me.

MOST FAMOUS BUTT YOU’VE SNIFFED:   Parker Posey’s dog’s butt on 17th Street. I tried to sniff her butt too, but she’s too tall.

DOWNSIDE OF BEING A DOG:   SoHo tourists occasionally step on me, no one can understand me, and I can’t go to happy hour.


Lulu is the face at the front desk of Mekanism SF alongside her human, Kara. Lulu knows she’s a pretty lady-dog, and she will do anything for a snack, including answering questions about herself.


BEST “BAD GIRL” MOMENT:   One time, my human left an open bag of sour gummy worms on the couch. I ate the entire bag in two minutes, and when she came home, I felt guilty… or maybe just sick. Anyway, I puked a rainbow. She appreciated it. Probably.

BEST SNACK:   Pizza crust, beef jerky, petrodex. I have a stash of pizza crust under my human’s bed.

BEST GIFT YOU’VE RECEIVED:   Six meatballs and the skin of the Christmas chicken.

HUMAN JOB:   I think I would be a model. From what I’ve seen, all they do is lay around, and they have other humans petting them all the time.

Eva is our least-legged office dog, but we’re not sure she knows it. She’s twelve years young, and finally starting not to act like a puppy.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED EVA?   Talk about irony. I got it while I was in County (Animal Control). I think it’s short for “Eva Destruction.”

PET PEEVES:   Skateboards, cats, UPS drivers, submissive Chihuahuas, being left at home while the humans leave.

COSTUMES?:   YES! Nothing is embarrassing. I make shit look good.

BEST TOY:   Tennis balls. I’ve been called “Ball Obsessed.” But, I swear I could quit anytime.

HUMAN JOB:   I would definitely like to try teaching cats to swim.

Dexter has been looking forward to joining Jessica and the team at Mekanism SF for some time. Everyone had heard so much about Dexter before he arrived, that his first day felt like a reunion. Still, we had some questions…


BEST “BAD BOY” MOMENT:   One time, I climbed up on to the counter and licked all the icing off the sides of a cake that Jess’s Mom had baked. She didn’t realize I’d done it until she was halfway through her second piece.

FAVORITE SNACK:   Popcorn. It has like, almost no calories.

PET PEEVES:   I get emotional when shiny things (mirrors, phones, etc.) reflect light onto walls. WHAT ARE YOU, SPIRIT, AND WHY DO YOU TORMENT ME?

HUMAN JOB:   Probably some sort of hybrid actor/dancer/martial artist. Like Steven Segal with a beautiful singing voice.



Mabel is the aptly named companion of Sean at Mekanism NY. A beautiful schnauzer, Mabel looks wiser than the Norse god Odin and has eyebrows that make Scorsese’s look like they’ve been threaded. After analyzing our childhood and helping us understand the root of our intimacy issues, we had some light conversation.


WHY ARE YOU CALLED MABEL?    Let’s be frank. I look like an old man and have the name of an old lady.

BEST BAD BITCH MOMENT: Hm… profanity is the linguistic crutch of the inarticulate. To answer your question, I once chewed on a remote control for the whole day while my humans were at work. They cared more than I did.

FAVORITE TOY:   Squeaky Hedgehog or Green Squeaky Bone. It really depends on my mood.

BATHE MUCH?:   I get bathed once every 1-2 weeks and it seems to be working out well for me.



Mekanism NY: Breaking up with 520 Broadway
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Hey, 520 Broadway. Hi.  Hello. Sooo, this is kinda awkward.


Before you say anything we want you to know, it’s not you, it’s us*. Like a sprouting 10th grade boy, we’re experiencing a lot of changes right now. What’s that? It happened for you in 7th grade? Bastard. Anyway, we’re growing up. And like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, we just need more space. So, with voices cracking, we bid farewell to SoHo and head for the grayer pastures of the FiDi.

Is it “the FiDi” or just “FiDi”? Does anybody even care? No? Okaaay, moving on.

You did this to us.

We’re not gonna lie, you had your faults, 520 Broadway. There were your creaking wooden haunted house floors. Your edit bay with the shag rug that smelled of wet dog. Your Internet connection that went in and out more than Wilt Chamberlain.


There was your water pipeline that got cut and flooded the basement, forcing us to go to Café Duke when it was time to “make coffee”. Oh, really, that offends you? You of the mildew stench that wafted stealth-like up the elevator from the basement to assault our senses like a relentless stank-ninja? Well, okay then.


And then, most recently, there was your incessant drilling/hammering/sawing/drilling/sawing/drilling/hammering/hammering/sawing/hammering/drilling, courtesy of Michael Kors and his beautiful neon-white teeth and super comfortable, super expensive t-shirts.


Oh, and we almost forgot your— What? What’s wrong? What do you mean you’ve had enough? We were just pointing out a few memories, that’s all. In all this time together, we never realized how sensitive you were, 520 Broadway. Well, let’s focus on something more positive, then, yeah? Like the fact that you let us bring dogs into work!


[Long awkward pause; Earth, Wind & Fire muzak plays softly in background]


Don’t worry, we won’t forget you. Under your watchful gaze we’ve learned a lot, we’ve laughed a lot, we’ve bitched a lot, we’ve gone on paleo diets a lot, we’ve gone off paleo diets a lot, and we’ve grown up a lot.  We know it’s hard, but this is something we need to do. For ourselves. You can always write to us at 80 Broad St., and if we spot you from our awesome new rooftop deck we’ll be sure to wave.

Peace out, 520 Broadway! Peace out, SoHo! Peace in, FiDi!


Mekanism NY


*Okay, it’s kinda you.