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Wednesday
Aug312011

Recommended Users Spotlight: Cliff Roth

Before  We Get Started...

Hello Recommended Users community, I'm +Ryan Crowe. Before I introduce you to +Cliff Roth, I'd like to make some comments about the purpose behind what we hope is a long and useful series of posts that we call the Recommended Users Spotlight series.

Recently, +Alireza Yavari  (founder of Recommended Users) ran a survey on G+ in order to find who the G+ users who interacted with that survey thought were the users who posted the "most interesting and valuable content on Google Plus". The results were posted and while helpful to many, some remarked that the users who populated that list were already well-known. There came the suggestion that Alireza run a survey in order to find users who were not as well Followed - but who were still posting incredibly interesting and valuable content. As of the time this post is being written - that follow-up survey is currently being implemented.

The Spotlight series is being written in order to act as a sort of on-going supplement to that follow-up survey. The way that I am approaching the writing of this series is by going out into the G+ community and finding users who I believe are contributing "interesting and valuable" content and introducing them to the community. It's a pretty simple idea and action - one that I believe is important. Clearly, I won't be able to highlight every "interesting/valuable" content producing user on Google+ in a weekly blog series - and what I consider "interesting and valuable" will not resonate the same in every user. So, please, endeavor to find users on your own and spotlight them. Share their work. +1. Support and encourage them to continue. Without further ado:

+Cliff Roth (artist)

Cliff is a visual artist. He says of himself that he is "an artist with a focus on digital painting, though I also work in graphite, charcoal and colored pencil. Occasionally I dabble in traditional paints/sculpture and any other media I can get my hands on."

Cliff's "shtick" is that he did 30 minute speedpaint portraits and allowed people to watch their portrait being digitally painted live in Hangouts.  I was lucky enough to find Cliff early one morning, around 4:30am, in a Hangout by himself. I had seen some of his amazing Hangout portraits and wanted one of my own. Watching Cliff's artistic talent manifest itself on my screen was truly one of the more incredible experiences I have had on Google+. In mere minutes I saw my face forming, my eyes appear, my goofy smirk... my pathetic chin stubble.

While Cliff was turning me into a digital painting, I delved deep into his G+ photo library and was surprised to find some of my favorite celebrities and even other familiar G+ faces staring back at me. The startling amount of detail put into these pieces that were done in a mere 30 minutes is fantastic - true talent...

...and he does it for free and for fun!

Cliff has other projects that he is working on in addition to the Speedpaint Hangouts:

One is on FB which entails Speedpainting Pets that were rescued from shelters. Which was inspired by a friends post. He is eventuallly going to self-publish a book with each animal's story as well as the painting - the project is currently in early development.
 
Another is an artbook Hellhippo and Other Denizens of the Dark Dimensions it will be filled with paintings of animals that are typically cute and cuddly only his will be "decidedly darker".
He is also working on a children's book A Valentine for Santa that he wrote several years ago but has been shelved for editing/illustrating. He plans on revisiting this project in the not too distant future.

 

Cliff's speedpaint of me:


Do you know someone who deserves to be in the Spotlight?

Please let us know if you have someone you think should be featured in the Recommended Users Spotlight Series! Contact +Ryan Crowe. In your message - please include an introduction to your recommended user (please do not nominate yourself) and detail what they contribute to the G+ community. 

Ryan Crowe is the man formerly behind GPlusTips and co-founder of Sociologyplus.com - a site dedicated to examining culture and social interaction on Google+ that will be launching soon. He also was featured in our"People's Choice" circle . Ryan also contributes to PlusCrunch.com, and googleplus.wonderhowto.com

 

 

Wednesday
Aug172011

Quest for the Most Inspiring Photo Albums on Google+ (Part Three)

Below is the 3nd series of the most inspiring photo albums I have found on Google Plus.
Please let me( +Alireza Yavari) know if you have any other great photo albums to recommend. I will update the list regularly.

Enjoy...

The Street +Faces Mihailo Radičević
ERITREA +Eric LAFFORGUE
Scrapbook Photos +sophie thouvenin
Neon, Fuel, Pavement & Americana on Route 66 +Greg Goodman
Volcano Gallery +Peter Vancoillie
Portfolio +Daniel Schwabe
Photos from posts +Mike Wood
HDR 2009 +Jeffrey Sullivan
Photos from posts +Kjetil Greger Pedersen
ShootTokyo Photography Contest #1 +Dave Powell
Commercial Photography +Israel D. Groveman
Crete, fourteenth month +Juraj Vitko
Her +Ryan Doco Connors
Portfolio +Joshua Gunther
Portfolio +Ian Mears
Photos from posts +Ingo Meckmann
Portfolio +Laura Ferreira
Photos from posts +Greg Matthews
Landscapes +Alex Filatov
Derfoto +Fred Castillo
Tuesday
Aug092011

Quest for the Most Inspiring Photo Albums on Google+ (Part Two)

Below is the 2nd series of the most inspiring photo albums I have found on Google Plus.
Please let me( +Alireza Yavari) know if you have any other great photo albums to recommend. I will update the list regularly.

Enjoy...

Girolamo's HDR Portfolio +Girolamo Cracchiolo
Photos from posts +Thomas Hawk
Photography Portfolio +Colby Brown
Liquid photography +Alex Koloskov
Di Fruscia Photography +Patrick Di Fruscia
Tokyo Expressways +Takahiro Yamamoto
BlameTheMonkey.com +Elia Locardi
Various Captures +Peter Eeckelaert
Impressionist + Roberta Murray
Project 365 +Brian Rose
Tunnel View - Vanishing Points +Christian Krieglsteiner
14 July 2011 +Fernando Guerra
Landscape Photography +Jay Patel
Wilderness Photography +Varina Patel
Beyond Reality +Klaus Herrmann
Pathos Photos +Christian Ortiz
Elevendy Portfolio +Dave Cox
Photo Showcase +Klaus Herrmann
Saturday
Aug062011

Quest for the Most Inspiring Photo Albums on Google+ 

Below is the most inspiring photo albums I have found on Google Plus.
Please let me( +Alireza Yavari) know if you have any other great photo albums to recommend. I will update the list regularly.

Enjoy...

The Counter-Earth +Trey Ratcliff
Photography +Lisa Bettany
Wallpaper +Patrick Smith
Work +Beau Kahler
Eye of the Beast +Carl Stovell
Streets of Oslo +Trond Lindholm
Street Portraits of Strangers +Dariusz Majgier
Street Photography +Felipe Apostol
THE HANOI CHAPTER +Michiel de Lange
Moments of Truth Alan Shapiro
Photos from Posts +Neal Urban
People +Victor Bezrukov
Pic Picks Over The Years +Brian Matiash
Favorite Shots +David La Spina
EFIAP Gallery +John Powell EFIAP DPAGB
Waiting For Haiti +Robert Larson
People I Have Met +Mike Shaw
New York City Photography +Vivienne Gucwa
Some of My Faves +helen sotiriadis
All Underwater +Elena Kalis
Tuesday
Aug022011

15 books anyone starting or running a business should read


1) Predictably Irrational by +Dan Ariely 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/cQOqd Audible: http://goo.gl/aDEHF
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2) Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/E6WRO Audible: http://goo.gl/JJnQS
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3) Freakonomics By Steven D. Levitt , Stephen J. Dubner
Amazon: http://goo.gl/Yc9yH Audible: http://goo.gl/uuPZt
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4) Delivering Happiness by +Tony Hsieh 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/9fU0E Audible: http://goo.gl/ijjZs
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5) Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansso 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/y1Iuk Audible: http://goo.gl/dhXvy
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6) The E-Myth Revisited By Michael E. Gerber 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/FD7AK Audible: http://goo.gl/XqYhd
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7) Crush It! by +Gary Vaynerchuk 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/95y5M Audible: http://goo.gl/miTgZ
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8) Good to Great By Jim Collins 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/uSQTv Audible: http://goo.gl/8Xv7V
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9) Enchantment by +Guy Kawasaki 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/3Gs04 Audible: http://goo.gl/Tv3Nj
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10) Poke the Box by +Seth Godin 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/5W6wf Audible: http://goo.gl/cQIaV
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11) The Thank You Economy by +Gary Vaynerchuk 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/rr5kx Audible: http://goo.gl/8sRKH
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12) The Art of the Start by +Guy Kawasaki 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/QiH3T Audible: http://goo.gl/XtvOt
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13) Talent Is Overrated By Geoff Colvin
Amazon: http://goo.gl/kYRf7 Audible: http://goo.gl/CXu1D
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14) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Amazon: http://goo.gl/MbB8R Audible: http://goo.gl/rYihk
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15) In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our 
Lives
by Steven Levy +Steven Levy 
Amazon: http://goo.gl/VuZA0 Audible: http://goo.gl/FQVJd
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Do you have any other great business books in mind? Please let me +Alireza Yavari know by leaving a comment.


View the list of top Authors on Google+ at: 
http://www.recommendedusers.com/authors-writers/

View the list of top Tech Entrepreneurs on Google+ at:
http://www.recommendedusers.com/tech-entrepreneurs/

 

 

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