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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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WRITING FORUM > 18 Step to Becoming a Writer.

18 Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer.
Posted by Don Cook

One thing many people ask me is: How? How do I become a writer? Well, I'm here to answer that question once and for all. Keep in mind this applies equally well to deciding you're going to write a short story or deciding you're going to write a novel. Heck, it even applies to scholarly or work-related writing.

Step One: Decide you're going to write a story.

Step Two: Decide it's going to be brilliant. Imagine the response of your [teacher, classmates, reading group, agent] and how it will completely change the way they look at you.

Step Three: Open up Microsoft Word.

Step Four: Stare at the blank white screen stretching on into infinity until your eyes begin to burn and your brain hurts from the sheer emptiness of it all.

Step Five: Check your e-mail. If writing a novel, research agents for a couple of hours.

Step Six: Stare at the blank Word document again.

Step Seven: Realize you need music. Spend the next hour finding the perfect "mood" music for what you want to write.

Step Eight: Inspired by [insert perfect music here], click back over to Word document.

Step Nine: Change Facebook status to: [Your name here] is WRITING!!! Realize you aren't on Twitter, and that anyone who is anyone is networking/wasting time on Twitter. Sign up for an account and spend the next two hours figuring out how it works and what the crap # means.

Step Ten: Stare at blank Word document. Decide you need a title. Brainstorm for the next hour.

Step Eleven: Come up with a GENIUS title. Proudly type "The Scent of Green Papayas" at the top of the document, followed by your name. Happily consider how easily a story will come now that you have such an amazing, literary title.

Step Twelve: Take a four-hour break for snacks and naptime.

Step Thirteen: Refreshed, sit down and toy around with pen names for a while.

Step Fourteen: Realize to your horror that your genius title is actually the name of a Vietnamese foreign film you saw seven years ago.

Step Fifteen: Erase the title, pressing Backspace much harder than necessary.

Step Sixteen: Stare at the blank Word document until your eyes bleed.

Step Seventeen: Check Facebook. See that fourteen people have commented on your status, asking what you are writing. Feel both guilty and annoyed.

Step Eighteen: Slam your laptop shut and go to the movies. Tomorrow's a better day for writing, anyhow.

See? You never knew writing was so easy!

The above article was written by Kiersten White, author of Paranormalcy (HarperTeen; Aug. 2010), which recently hit the NYT best seller list.

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