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Drawing Hands

Lithograph by Dutch artist, M.C. Escher, February, One of four original lithographs that adorn the walls of Don's Digital Café. It is an example of the paradoxical act of "drawing one's self into extistence".

Known as "creating something from nothing", it's what our artists and writers do every day.

Battlestar Galactica

Edward James Olmos as Commander Bill Adama, of Battlestar Galactica.The overall look and feel of our site was inspired by the Syfy channel series, Battlestar Galactica, a reimagining of the original 1978 TV series.

When viewing Battlestar (and the spin-off series, Caprica), if you look closely, you will notice that all publications (including photos) are printed on paper with the corners cut off at 45 degree angles.

This was most likely done as a way to make an advanced, future and alien civiliazation look different than the ours. We want our websites to look different than others, so a lot of the graphic elements and photos have the corners cut off.

Imagination = Creativity

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)"Imagination is more important than intelleigence" ~ Albert Einstein

Laser engraved inscription on the back of Don Cook's iPod.

2010: A Business Odyssey

Keir Dullea ("Dave", from the Motion Pictures, "2001: A Space Odyssey", and "2010: Odyssey Two").Don Cook was fortunate enough to have a Physics teacher in High School who played the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey", starring Keir Dullea, for his class. This was a life changing experience.

Another life changing experience for Don was the launching of Don's Digital Café in the year 2010.

Keir Dullea also starred in the movie sequel, "2010: Odyssey Two". Both movies were based on novels writen by Arthur C. Clarke, Don's favorite author.

Vertical Panorama

A Vertical Panorama of the Antelope Canyon, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, by Alain Briot.This photo demonstrates the power and magic of light as it enters a camera lens.

It is called a "LIght Dance" by the photographer, Alain Briot.

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Twit Cottage

The inspiration for Don's Digital Café came from Leo Laporte and his innovative TWiT Cottage.

Leo (also know as the "Tech Guy") hosts and produces some of the most popular podcasts and netcasts in the world.

Don's Digital Café will be similar to the TWiT Cottage, only with a more hi-tech look (lots of glass, chrome, brushed aluminum, and . . . no wood).

Also, instead of computers (Leo uses Mac minis) hooked up to four different monitors, we use computers (Macs and PeeCees) connected to one large HD monitor using a Quad Splitter.

Like Leo, we will have a presence on YouTube, iTunes, and a ROKU Channel called, "Don's Digital Café".

Graham Kerr

Some of the inpiration for Don Cook's Mini-Max Fusion Vegan Cuisine came from Graham Kerr, also known as the "Galloping Gourmet".

The origin of his "Galloping Gourmet" persona stemmed from a 1967 book that he co-authored with wine expert Len Evans, The Galloping Gourmets. They got their nickname from a 35-day worldwide trek to the finest restaurants around the globe.

During "The Galloping Gourmet's" successful run, Graham became a worldwide sensation, wrote an abundance of cookbooks, and earned two Emmy Award nominations. The series was known for its lighthearted humour, tomfoolery and the copious use of clarified butter, cream and fat.

After his wife Treena's stroke, then heart attack in 1986, Kerr was prompted to create a new style of cooking that he dubbed "Minimax". This new method of food preparation minimized ("Mini") fat and cholesterol, while it maximized ("max") aroma, colour, texture and taste. Just what we do at Bistro 150.

"Minimax" led to the successful Graham Kerr show, originally produced at KING-TV in Seattle in 1990 and 1991, it was later syndicated to local stations and to the Discovery Channel. Minimax also led to three successful cookbooks: "Graham Kerr's Smart Cooking", "Graham Kerr's Minimax Cookbook", and "Graham Kerr's Creative Choices".

In 1995, Graham Kerr appeared in a PBS special with Julia Child called Cooking in Concert: Julia Child & Graham Kerr.

In 2005, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Culinary Nutrition, the first to receive that award in any category. In 2008 he began working on his latest book, “Growing at the Speed of Life” in which he journals his daily encounter with his first ever kitchen garden and beheld a whole new reason for his fabled enthusiasm for creativity and change.

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::: This cybersuite (website) is still brewing (under construction).
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+ Keywords: Web Design, Maintenance, Promotion / San Diego, CA, USA / Don's Digital Café

Someone who owns a Canon camera is known as a Canonian, someone who owns a Nikon camera is known as a Nikonian. Someone who owns both is a Canikonian. This is a special breed of person. This cybersuite will be devoted to all three. I like the word, "Canikonian" because it has the words, "Can I?" in it. (The answer is, "yes you can!").

This cybersuite is being crafted by the talented "visual engineers" (designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, and writers) at Don's Digital Café, an ideal environment for the sometimes at-odds mingling of hi-tech know-how, creative talent, straight-laced big-business concerns, and other snake charmers hooked on quantitative reasoning and proven results.

The hard edge.

The hard edge of design is the key to growth and success in the new economy. The internet is easily the premium choice for commerce and information. Web "design" includes photography (and photo-editing), illustration, animation, video and writing (as well as typography). To create a cybersuite, it also includes HTML, XMTL, Java, Flash, CGI programming, testing, uploading files to a server, and BETA ("live") testing.

Things happen at Don's Digital Café that actually taste and smell great before they are released, and they migrate by osmosis through all kinds of processes that would not happen without the presence of the truly talented people and exceptional tools contained therein.

It takes about three cups of coffee or espresso, plus or minus (más o menos), to to make it through one six hour shift at Don's Digital Café.

As we teeter on the glittering edge of a new economy, it appears that Don's Digital Café will make the leap into a future ripe with new visions, inspirations, possibilities (and a competitive edge).

Note from Raster Master: First, we need to start with great webpages. We take this responsibility seriously, and sincerely appreciate your patience while we create something new, sophisticated and interesting.

:: Source: [Don's Digital Café, San Diego, CA, USA]
:: Image Credit: [Hugo Chang, Blulab Studio, Miami, FL, USA]
:: Innovation: Creating the world's best websites, one page at a time.
:: Available: After about a million cups of coffee (just kidding).
:: Cost: $Priceless.