Monthly Archives: February 2011

For whales, it’s people watching season in Dana Point.

Gray Whale

Tail of a California gray

Whale watch season in Dana Point is at about the halfway point, continuing through the end of April. I suspect that the whales are doing a lot more watching than the people are — or at least a lot more scrutinous watching.

From Dana Wharf Sport Fishing & Whale Watchingf:

Gray Whale Season is here and will run through the end of April! Each winter, the Pacific Gray Whales pass by Dana Point, many believe that Dana Point is a landmark on their journey. After spending the summer feeding in the food-rich waters of the arctic, the Grays swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they mate and nurse their young. Along the way they pass Dana Wharf, where you can witness the annual winter journey. We saw 272 Gray Whales last season!

 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

These excursions are always thrilling and exhilarating. The experience is as filled with awe as everyone describes.

Dana Point Harbor holds the Festival of Whales — in its 40th year, running March 5 & 6 and 12 & 13 — with all kinds of whale related activities. And it conveniently coincides with Orange County Restaurant Week!

Along with Dana Wharf, find whale watching opportunities at:

And just about when the last of the grays make their way down the coast, the blue whales pay a visit starting in May!

Blue Whale Safari

Blue Whale Safari

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Saturday night website inspiration.

When looking to update your tired old website, don’t just look at other sites in your industry. They all look alike under some belief that all sites in that industry must have some misbegotten resemblance. Don’t believe it! Get inspired by some of the beautiful or cool or wonderful sites on the web. And ask your designer to create something that sets you apart from all the rest.

Here are a handful of sites that I find inspirational. What do you think?

Private Cooking

Private Cooking

Private Cooking: The site is defined by its gorgeous photography. A very simple and graceful design knows to let these photos shine.

Andrea Mann

Andrea Mann

Andrea Mann: Photography is key here, too, but only a single photo becomes both background and frame of this artist site.

Make It Right

Make It Right

Make It Right: Brad Pitt’s very worthwhile New Orleans project uses a website that is informative, colorful, and eyecatching.

L'Echappee Laine

L'Echappee Laine

L’Echappee Laine: This French site sells wool and makes it look exciting.

Oak Street Bootmakers

Oak Street Bootmakers

Oak Street Bootmakers: Such a simple design. So much white space but yet so much to look at.

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Girl Scouts look to boost cookie sales with technology.

Getting ready for cookie sales

Getting ready for cookie sales

San Diego area Girl Scouts are among the first in the nation to begin accepting credit/debit cards for payment when they sell cookies at booths and outside your local supermarket. They will have iPhones equipped with the new mophie™ marketplace credit-card accepting case.

Ttroopers in Northeast Ohio are using a mobile payment app called GoPayment to accomplish the same.

Meanwhile back in Silicon Valley, Facebook’s global policy manager Jud Hoffman not only set up a Facebook Event page to highlight cookie sales but helped his Girl Scout daughter and her fellow entrepreneurs by equipping them with the an iPhone dongle manufactured by Square to enable card purchases.

Adafruit's SQUARE enables an iPhone to accept credit cards

Adafruit's SQUARE enables an iPhone to accept credit cards

Needless to say, there’s also an iPhone app for locating cookie sales locations close to you. Or looking to buy cookies in Orange County? Here’s an old-fashioned way to find out where to go.

Way to go, ladies! Kick some Thin Mint butt!

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There are many ways to spell Gadhafi.

There are many ways to spell the name of the Libyan dictator now under siege.

But no matter how you spell it

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It’s food week in Orange County!

Orange County Restaurant Week

Orange County Restaurant Week

Orange County Restaurant Week runs from this Sunday through March 5. 100 restaurants are taking part, offering prix fixe meals at  $10, $15 and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30 or $40 per person for dinner. No tickets or passes required. Just go out and eat!

Check out the 100 restaurants that were selected to participate. I can think of a few I wish were on the list but overall, it looks like a very decent group. I am sure you will have your own ideas. Restaurant Week menus are posted for each restaurant.

Go eat!

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