Hoşgeldin Mekanist!

Things are moving quickly. Very quickly. 

This time we’re writing from Turkey, and are excited to be welcoming Mekanist – one of Turkey’s largest restaurant discovery websites – into Zomato!

We’ve been growing rapidly globally, and Turkey has been at the forefront of this. When we entered Turkey a little over a year ago, we never imagined we’d develop such a strong foodie community and grow so quickly.

Combining with Mekanist is just the right way to ramp up our development in Turkey and provide the best content and service for the market. Zomato will now cover over 50,000 restaurants across Turkey, making us the go-to resource for anyone searching for places to dine out or order from.

Over the coming months, we’ll be integrating the Mekanist website and mobile app content into Zomato’s, and our teams will be working closely to ensure users get the best of both worlds. Additionally, Ali Servet Eyüboğlu (Co-Founder and CEO of Mekanist) will transition to lead the combined teams in Turkey, and our current leadership team in Turkey will move to a more global role in India.

We couldn’t be more excited – the team at Mekanist is just as crazy and takes food just as seriously as we do.

It’s humbling and almost impossible to believe how quickly we’ve been growing over the last few months. No time to dwell – there’s much more to come!

Herşey hızlı gelişiyor. Hem de çok hızlı.

Bu kez size Türkiye’den sesleniyor ve Türkiye’nin en büyük restoran keşif web sitelerinden biri olan Mekanist’e, “Zomato’ya Hoşgeldin” demekten büyük heyecan duyuyoruz.

Global büyümemizi uzun zamandır süratle devam ettiriyoruz. Türkiye de bu büyümenin her zaman ön safhalarında yer aldı. Bir seneden biraz fazla süre önce Türkiye pazarına girerken, bu kadar güçlü bir ‘foodie’ ağı oluşturabileceğimizi ve bu kadar çabuk büyütebileceğimizi hayal bile edemezdik.

Mekanist’le güçlerimizi birleştirmek, Türkiye’deki gelişimimizi hızlandırmanın ve pazardaki en iyi içerik ve hizmeti sunmanın en doğru yolu. Böylece Zomato, Türkiye’de 50,000’den fazla restoran bilgisini listelemiş olacak ve dışarıda yeme-içme mekanı arayan veya eve yemek siparişi vermek isteyen herkesin vazgeçilmez platformu haline gelecek.

Önümüzdeki aylar içinde, Mekanist’in web sitesi ve uygulama içeriğini Zomato’ya entegre ediyor olacağız ve bu süreçte iki ekip yakın temas halinde çalışarak, kullanıcıların iki platformun en iyi yönlerine ulaşmasını sağlıyor olacak. Ayrıca, Ali Servet Eyüboğlu (Mekanist Kurucu Ortağı ve CEO’su), Zomato Türkiye ekibinin başına geçerken, Türkiye’deki liderlik ekibimiz ise, global görevlerde yer almak için Hindistan’a transfer olacak.

Bizim için bundan daha heyecanlı bir şey olamazdı – Mekanist ekibi en az bizim kadar çılgın ve yemek dünyasını en az bizim kadar ciddiye alıyor.

Son birkaç ayda ne kadar hızlı büyüdüğümüze inanmak neredeyse imkansız ve bu bizi her zamankinden de daha alçakgönüllü yapıyor. Fakat bunun çok da üzerinde durmak için vaktimiz yok – daha yapacak çok şey var!

Warhol Museum Is Adding Long-Sought ‘Do It Yourself (Sailboats)’

By Robin Pogrebin

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh has a wish list of pieces that it has always wanted for the collection. Warhol’s rare paint-by-number series from 1962 is one of them.

“That was in my top three list, along with a 40 by 40 ‘Marilyn’ and an early comic book painting,” Eric Shiner, the museum’s director, said, adding that these are the works “we’ve been after for a very long time.”

The series consists of just five works on canvas, including the “Do It Yourself (Sailboats)” painting, which has been acquired by the museum, with the help of the dealer Larry Gagosian. The museum traded deaccessioned works from its collection for the painting.

“Gagosian contacted me and said he was now the owner of this painting,” Mr. Shiner said. “He wanted to come to us first, knowing it was one of the key series we were after.”

With the painting, which elevates pop culture kitsch to high art, “Warhol is literally poking fun at the very concept of Abstract Expressionism, which is about free will,” Mr. Shiner said. “He is giving the artist rules that you have to paint in a certain place with a certain color. It is rigid, defined and instructive.”

Another paint-by-numbers Warhol work, “Do It Yourself (Violin),” is on view at the Met Breuer.

Read the full article.

Andy Warhol, Do It Yourself (Sailboats), 1962, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Proper Russian: How Much Grammar Is Enough?

A new post on my personal blog: How much grammar is enough?

Books for language teachers often say “we suggest to skip this grammr topic, because it is too complex, too grammatical or too academical”. It is sad, because as an adult learner, I would prefer to hear comprehensive explanations rather than rules. My teaching experience confirms that students are more likely to memorize a grammar rule and use it consistently when they understand the rule. And explanations could and should be simple, but not oversimplified.

read more here. Your comments are appreciated!

anonymous asked:

So, from youtubers, to games journalists/blogs, the activision/king deal seems to leave them all scratching their heads. But I've learned so much from reading your blog (thanks!), that I wonder what your view is ie what are they missing? Though "the internet" hates microtransactions, you've shown how the actual majority of consumes dispute that claim silently with their wallets. They have the metrics (activision) so I don't see how they would buy if the growth/numbers aren't there. Right?

You’re right. For those who don’t know, Activision-Blizzard is spending a record $5.9 billion to acquire Candy Crush developer and publisher This move seems rather crazy and has left many analysts and fans scratching their heads - especially when most similar acquisitions like Zynga buying OMGPOP (the Draw Something app makers) have proven to be dismal failures. Activision is spending an exorbitant amount of money, but they are buying the one company out there that has more metrics and operational experience in a mostly-uncharted area than anyone else, and they know how valuable that information can be.

Let me put it in perspective. World of Warcraft, another genre behemoth, eclipsed the entire MMORPG scene starting in 2004 and, despite losing more than half of its subscribers from its peak, continues to be the biggest player in the field by an order of magnitude. They have years of operating knowledge of what it takes to support and maintain an enormous user base. Do you think that any other company has the sort of operational experience and knowledge that the World of Warcraft team has amassed? Who else really understands what it takes to build a back end that can stand up to huge numbers of players, or the sort of load-balancing issues it takes to keep their servers up and running? What about knowledge about the timing of content releases, player behavior patterns, or even technology infrastructure at scale? All of that is uncharted waters for many game developers. Where most developers would have to theorize, Blizzard has actual operational experience. That experience is invaluable, because it means that they know what sort of problems can appear. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Being able to prepare for pitfalls in advance is much more valuable than scrambling to fix it.

So, given what they know about the value of what Blizzard has learned over twelve years of developing and maintaining World of Warcraft, just consider for a moment what has that no-one else has. Candy Crush has infiltrated roughly 500 million Facebook accounts and mobile devices. It earned over $1 billion in both 2013 and 2014. It is, without a doubt, the biggest mobile and social game on earth. They have more operating knowledge and experience with the free to play and microtransaction app/social gaming model than probably anyone else on the planet. That knowledge and experience has a lot of value.

Sure, it still might be a huge mistake. The price tag is pretty ridiculous - $5.9 billion is enough to buy all of Take Two, Zynga, and over 50% of Capcom put together, or almost one and a half times the price Disney paid for LucasFilm (and Star Wars). has also probably reached a saturation point for a game like Candy Crush and may not be able to maintain those revenue numbers in the years to come. It’s definitely a pretty huge gamble on Activision’s part - they are paying roughly 25% of their entire current market value for King. But that isn’t to say it isn’t a smart deal if that’s what they want - King has a treasure trove of knowledge that you just can’t get elsewhere. I’m not saying I know exactly why they did it. In all likelihood, only the Activision-Blizzard board really understands why.  But I am saying that this is a possible justification for it. 

It might seem crazy but...

…we just acquired Urbanspoon.

If the past year was anything to go by, we knew 2015 was going to be big in a lot of ways. And we honestly can’t think of a bigger, better way to start the year.

While we’ve been able to bring some great contemporaries into the fold over the past few months, this one is different. For one, we spent most of our last round of funding on this acquisition – but we’ve always believed that the edge of our comfort zone is where the magic happens.


Urbanspoon has been a dominant player in the US, Canada and Australia for years now, and it’s a great business that’s been built on a solid foundation of exhaustive, rich local restaurant content. Everything they’ve done has been powered by a fantastic team that shares our vision and core values, and brings a wealth of local knowledge and expertise to the table. As we stand here now, we felt joining forces with Urbanspoon would be the best way to turbocharge our growth and make our way into the US, Canada and Australia. Without question, this will also help us take significant strides forward in the markets we’ve been sharing with Urbanspoon so far – the UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland.


Needless to say, the road ahead is a long one, and there are big challenges to overcome. For one, we’ll need to ensure that Urbanspoon’s website and app are integrated into Zomato smoothly over the next couple of months, without sacrificing the usability or utility of either. Urbanspoon has built vast legions of faithful followers over the years, and we’ll need to work extra hard to ensure that the finished product is one that users and merchants alike will love and enjoy using.

Another challenge – usually our biggest – is going to be finding a bunch of people as crazy as we are to drive our operations in the US, Canada and Australia. We’re very fortunate to be welcoming the Urbanspoon team into Zomato, which will be immensely valuable as we grow the forces in each of these countries.

The biggest challenge and most fun part of this move, however, is the fight we’re going to be picking with Yelp. In the market they have dominated for so long. After all, like Mark Twain famously said, it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.


JUST ACQUIRED: Louis Pasteur’s beer brewing notes, letters and poems from Jane Austen’s mom’s family, and a bunch of crazy sea-faring watercolors and such from a 19th-century dude called Wicked Ned.


David E. Marshall (“Wicked Ned”), Right Whale, ca. 1851, watercolor. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

David E. Marshall (“Wicked Ned”), manuscripts and drawings, 1845–1865. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Louis Pasteur (1822–1895), eight pages of notes on the brewing of beer, 1871. These notes, which helped the scientist continue his study of fermentation, would be incorporated into his Études sur la Bière, published six years later in 1876. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Leigh Family Papers, unpublished letters and manuscripts from Jane Austen’s mother’s family, 1686–1823, 1866. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
Google Buys iOS Video Editing App Developer Fly Labs - Prime Inspiration

On Friday, Google has bought Fly Labs, an iOS video app developer to further bolster their new and revamped Photos App. Fly Labs released an statement about the acquisition and says that their team will become part of the Google Photos development team, and that its technology will be integrated into the existing Google Photos apps.

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K/S Story Excerpt!

Check it out and see if you’d like to read more!

From “Acquisition”:

           Jim felt his face color slightly as he contemplated what it would mean for them to be together: something with the potential to be transformative and terrifying all at the same time.  Total.  But to admit to love, to open himself to everything he had always avoided was almost, even now, unthinkable.  All his demons hovered beneath the surface, waiting, whispering the reservations he had relied on for practically his entire life.  Reservations that made sense within the unpredictable lines of human relationships, where declarations of love were used occasionally as weapons, where physical intimacy was sometimes seen as a distraction.  Where he could hide beneath excuses and lies and misdirection.  Where he could pretend, and deny, and change his mind.  Where it was safe to care conditionally, to leave some defenses in order to guard against inevitable loss.

           He considered what it would mean to share the mind of the man in front of him.  To share himself with someone who could, so incongruously and unexpectedly, pronounce his regard, his love, and his need.  Where would he go when there was nowhere to hide?  What would he be when everything was exposed?  And what if, after that, it was all taken away?  Jim sighed and pushed himself up, moving to begin to examine the walls on the opposite side of the small room, forcing his thoughts away.

Six years ago, we started McBeard with one goal: to be the best social media studio in the world. That wasn’t really a thing yet, but we had a simple plan: treat small projects like big projects, be as careful with client budgets as we are with our own, treat everyone we meet like they will be a friend for life, and be absolutely fearless in the face of bigger competition.

We got our break in the film business–movie studios are typically first movers on new ways to activate fans. Social content creation and curation plus fan engagement was a winning combination and, more than 250 film and television campaigns later, we still love creating entertaining stuff that fans love to receive and share.

We’ve grown from two guys to more than one hundred creators serving dozens of entertainment and consumer brand clients. Our designers and animators generate hundreds of graphics, GIFs, and videos every week. Our account teams engage with millions of fans every day. Our team is the best in the business: smart, hard working creatives who go the extra mile to be good to each other and serve our clients (and our clients’ fans).

To continue our growth and increase our ability to do branded storytelling at scale, we wanted to expand our offerings and strengthen our social content services.

So we’re pleased to announce today that McBeard has been acquired by Fullscreen.

For Fullscreen, McBeard brings a perfectly complementary offering: a talented team of multi-platform content creators, the instant ability to augment and support their Creator network, and a unique ability to surround brands’ marketing campaigns with social content and engagement. Fullscreen opens new doors for us and allows for deeper integration with influencers and brands, plus a level of social video expertise that will make all of our campaigns better.

If you’re a brand that wants more out of social marketing or if you’re a future member of the McBeard team…if you want to do something different, massive, newsworthy, and meaningful on social media, we’d love to talk to you.

– Alec McNayr and Alan Beard


The Media Preservation Unit joined New York University Archives staff at the Coles Sports Center to acquire a collection of videos and paper records documenting tournaments and games in which NYU teams have competed. Staff identified formats, advised on video care & handling, and packed tapes for transport to the archives. Thanks to University Archives staff for inviting us to assist with this collection; we look forward to seeing some of these tapes in our labs in the future for reformatting!

The truth about summer

Hello Summer 2016!

Every summer comes with hopes and dreams like catching up on shows, working out to get that beach body, acquiring new skills or doing nothing, while the later is the easiest to do the former is harder and if not done with the required discipline it can result to the later. This summer I am determined to acquire new skills and improve on previous skills; I want to learn Web Design and Development, brush up my Lettering and Illustration, and learn 3D modeling and Rendering. I have given myself a month to learn each so I scheduled my calendar till the end of August set for productivity. Last summer I read a book on skill acquisition titled The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman and I hope to use the strategies explained in the book over the course of this summer to reach my goals, though I am really frightened as I know that I am in for a wild ride. For my Web Design and Development I would be using HTML & CSS and Javascript & JQuery by Jon Duckett; for my Lettering and Illustration I would be using In Progress by Jessica Hische and How To Draw Everything: The Book That Proves Anyone Can Be An Artist by Barrington Barber and, for 3D Modeling and Rendering I have searched some potential books to buy; I would definitely be using the internet by googling things, but as you all know it’s easier to fall into a habit hole therfore the internet would be an addition resource. I enrolled in a free UX to UI course powered by Adobe Education Exchange and I have been enjoying it so far, they offer a wide range of courses depending on your interest so its worth to explore and find your fit even tough you are a student, because in reality, the best way to remember what you have learnt is to teach, therefore we are all educators.

Being Aware

Questioner: I find it impossible to be aware all the time.

Krishnamurti: Don’t be aware all the time! Just be aware in little bits. Please, there is no being aware all the time, that is a dreadful idea! It is a nightmare, this terrible desire for continuity. Just be aware for one minute, for one second, and in that one second of awareness you can see the whole universe. That is not a poetic phrase. We see things in a flash, in a single moment, but having seen something, we want to capture, to hold it, give it continuity. That is not being aware at all. When you say, “I must be aware all the time,” you have made a problem of it, and then you should really find out why you want to be aware all the time. See the greed it implies, the desire to acquire. And to say, “Well, I am aware all the time,” means nothing.

J. Krishnamurti
Collected Works, Vol. XIII


Three antique books I recently acquired:

1: Scientific Dialogues Intended for the Instruction and Entertainment of Young People: In Which the First Principles of natural and Experimental Philosophy Are Fully Explained - Volume III: Optics, Magnetism, Electricity and Galvanism by The Rev. J. Joyce (a new edition, corrected and improved) - 1829 - This has an inscription: A. I. Brown, Athens, June 8 1830

2: Titcomb’s letters to Young People, Single and Married by Timothy Titcomb Esquire - 1858

3: Decorum, A Practical Treatise on Etiquette and Dress of the Best Society - compiled by J. A. Ruth and Co. - 1880

Few to good breeding make a just pretence;
Good breeding is the blossom if good sense:
The last result of an accomplish’d mind,
With outward grace, the body’s virtue join’d.

From the collection of zeehasablog
Monsanto rejects Bayer bid, but open to more talks

With German rival BASF SE (BASFn.DE) having previously considered a tie-up with Monsanto, Bayer has moved to avoid being left behind.
Monsanto Co (MON.N), the world’s largest seed company, turned down Bayer AG’s (BAYGn.DE) $62 billion acquisition bid as “incomplete and financially inadequate” on Tuesday, but said it was open to engage further in negotiations.
It was not clear what price Monsanto would be willing to sell for.
Monsanto shares rose 2.5 percent to $108.70 in afternoon trading in New York, but remained far below Bayer’s bid price, underscoring some investor skepticism that a deal can be done.
The logo of Bayer AG is pictured at the Bayer Healthcare subgroup production plant in Wuppertal February 24, 2014.

I am a bot written by a Mathematician

Posted at Tue May 24 18:20:16 2016