The Plus Project: Steve Ruge

August 18, 2011 2 comments

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For today’s Plus Project I’ve selected Steve Ruge. Originally from Chicago, Steve now lives in Colorado and works in customer support, servicing Apple phones. He graduated from San Diego Mesa College in 2007, and is now looking for an opportunity in the geographic information system (GIS) industry. Steve is a fan of They Might Be Giants (which pretty much makes him the most awesome guy ever), and he likes Mythbusters (also one of my favorite shows!). Steve tweets occasionally @geostevestr where he talks mostly about GIS, and you can check out his blog at steveruge.com, where he has a really in depth blog about the Volkswagen Golf TDI that he purchased earlier this year. He has some interesting photos on Picasa, including some really interesting pieces on the construction of a house and landscaping, and you can also check out his shared items in Google Reader where he has some neat finds from all over the web, and a good deal of things about Apple. Steve likes Mixed Martial Arts and 80’s music, and I can’t help but wonder if there is some magical way to mesh those two together. You can hit Steve up on Facebook, or connect on LinkedIn where you can drop him a line if you know of any good positions coming available in the GIS industry. Steve is an awesome guy with a drive to pursue his passion, and he has a ton of wicked cool interests. Whether you need geographic data for informing your decisions, or just want to chat about the iPhone 5, Steve will make a great addition to your circles!

Steve Ruge on Google+

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The Plus Project: Alida Brandenburg

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

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I’ve selected Alida Brandenburg for today’s Plus Project. Alida graduated with from UC Berkeley in 2006 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, and now lives in San Francisco where she has been working for Pandora Radio since February 28, 2011. Prior to this she has worked with Hotwire, and was also an event planner, coordinating the logistics of events centered around the music entertainment undustry. Alida tweets occassionally @littleetoile about work and her life, and she really loves music (I love music too!). She posts frequently on her Google Plus profile, including the occassional deep thoughts and even a periodic blog post, like this one where she discusses why she decided to pursue a career with Pandora. You can add Alida as a friend on Facebook, or connect with her on LinkedIn. I love that Alida loves music so much that she would pursue it so strongly in the face of what might seem to be more lucrative pursuits. Alida is an authentic beauty, both on the outside, and in her decision to follow her dream rather than money. If you would like to surround yourself with people that pursue their dreams, than Alida is a must for your circles!

Alida Brandenburg on Google+

The Plus Project: Paulo Furtado

August 16, 2011 2 comments

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I’ve selected Paulo Furtado for today’s Plus Project. Paulo is a professor of translation studies and communication at Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração. He lives in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal, with his wife Sofia, and they are expecting their first child (so be sure to congratulate him). He is a man obsessed with knowledge in all forms, as he likes robotics, science, astronomy and just about any other wonderful geekery at which you can shake a stick. Paulo has an insane amount of content aggregated on Paper.li, and he posts some really interesting stuff on Posterous. He’s is referred to as a Renaissance man by his peers, due to his astounding variety of interests. Paulo posts some lovely pictures on Picasa, and he tweets @PauloFurtado where he discusses everything from human history, alternative energy, and quantum computing. You can connect with Paulo on LinkedIn, or you could add him as a friend on Facebook. Paulo is a totally awesome guy, and I love his passion for learning and sharing information. He really is a Renaissance man, and I think he would be an inspiration to have in your circles.

Paulo Furtado on Google+

The Plus Project: Luky Sherman

August 15, 2011 1 comment

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I’ve selected Luky Sherman for today’s Plus Project. Originally from Bangladesh, Luky is now an author and model living Florida. Today is the one month anniversarry of the publishing of her book, titled Bengali Girls Don’t. Bengali Girls Don’t is the uncensored story of Luky’s life, from being born in a small village in Bangladesh, surviving Bangladesh’s liberation, and a forced marriage at the age of 15. Luky’s story is a visceral look at what Bengali life was like for her, and it doesn’t shy away from the terrors of genocide, the horror of of living a life not of your own choosing, and the atrocities that people commit against each other. She was recently featured on The Women of G+, and she blogs regulary on Blogspot where she writes poetry, shares interesting stories, and posts about her book (you can also read part of the book there). It’s no surprise that she also models, so if you’re in the market for someone to stand-in for your next profile photo you can contact her through thefloridamodelingnetwork.ning.com. Luky tweets @lukysherman about just about anything, and you can add her as a friend on Facebook. I haven’t finished Luky’s book yet (I’m working on it!), but it is a testament to the strength of her spirit and courage, and she clearly has a radiant heart to match her smile. Luky is a stunning woman with a remarkable story, and you’ll be missing out if you don’t add her to your circles.

Luky Sherman on Google+

The Plus Project: Jonathan Greene

August 14, 2011 Leave a comment

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Today I’ve selected Jonathan Greene for the Plus Project. Jonathan is a group account director living in New York with his wife Ashley and their three children. He is an intentional early adopter of new technology, with a goal of identifying those products and services that may be a good opportunity for clients. He specializes in mobile technologies, and social media and entertainment. Jonathan is an avid cyclist, having recently completed a 63 1/2 mile tour of the Catskills, and he averages anywhere from 100 to 200 miles of cycling each week. You can see his cycling progress and history on Dailymile or on Strava. He posts often at atmasphere.net, where he blogs about technology, mobile services and apps, and of course cycling. Jonathan tweets @atmasphere where he shares his cycling progress, as well as any number of thoughts on technology and the web, and he shares an incredible number of photos of his home, family, and geek interests on Flickr. Last.fm says that he listens to roughly one album worth of music every day on average, and he seems particularly fond of Groove Armada and Radiohead, as well as numerous other awesome artists (I’m totally adding you on last.fm, BTW). You can follow Jonathan’s traveling adventures on Foursquare, add him as a friend on Facebook, or if you need some consulting done you can connect on LinkedIn. I love the way that Jonathan is so inspired by emerging technologies, and how committed he is to a sport that he loves. If you would like a little inspiration, I think you’ll find it by adding him to your circles.

Jonathan Greene on Google+

The Plus Project: Valissa Warren

August 13, 2011 2 comments

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For today’s Plus Project I’ve selected Valissa Warren. Graduating from Ohio State University in 2007, and with a Masters from Rutgers University in 2010, Valissa now works in Melbourne, Australia as a marketing specialist and provides web support for web123.com.au and jackmarlow.com.au. She is fluent in Spanish, is a self professed web geek, and is a big fan of PostSecret. Valissa blogs regularly on web123.com.au about the internet, launching and managing a website, as well as best practices for marketing your business online. She sweets regularly @bichita13 about her day to day activities, travel, and venues. If you’re more of the active on the go kind of person you can see where Valissa is hanging out on Foursquare, or read one of her many reviews on Yelp to help you decide where to eat/view art/have a tooth pulled. You can connect with Valissa on LinkedIn, where former clients an colleagues rave about how wonderful it is to work with her, or like her company on Facebook. Valissa is a gorgeous woman inside and out, and if you love traveling to far off locales, building awesome websites, or just celebrating all that life has to offer then you’ll love having her in your circles!

Valissa Warren on Google+

The Plus Project: Ash Donaldson

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

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For today’s Plus Project I’ve selected Ash Donaldson. Ash is a User Experience designer living in Sydney, Australia. He studies the way people utilize products and services, and how they are affected by their environments. He then uses that knowledge to create human-centered designs that just work better for people. Ash is the first Australian to act as an expert witness witness to the federal court in human-computer interaction, and he acted as Sydney’s Leader and event organiser for the inaugural World Usability Day event in November 2005. Throughout his career he has worked with Fuji-Xerox, National Australia Bank, and has spoken at TEDx. Check out this video of him speaking at TEDx 2010 on his thoughts on cognitive dissonance.

Ash posts on his blog at uxash.wordpress.com where he has some wonderfully insightful thoughts on user experience design, and the ways in which our minds work, or fail to work the way we might expect. He tweets @ashdonaldson about topics ranging from politics to atheism, and he posts absolutely beautiful photos on Flickr. You can connect with Ash on LinkedIn, or add become his friend on Facebook. I love the way Ash tackles design from a human centered perspective, and if you’ve ever wondered how a specific item worked so well then you will too. Be sure to add him to your circles, and wish him an early happy birthday (September 9th)!

Ash Donaldson on Google+