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A Holiday Video

By Alexander Somma
Gabriel and I made a holiday video for our family that lives far away.



You can download a highres copy of the the Video at
A Holiday Video | Ourmedia


 

New Hair

By Alexander Somma

A few weeks back Izzy got a new haircut . She didn't know if she liked it or not so photographing her was next to imposible.

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Circuits

By Alexander Somma
I've just found a totaly useful site.

Ten most needed circuits for the DIYerI have decided to compile a list of the top ten most needed circuits that are a must know for anyone interested in DIY projects. These are the basics that can all be interchanged and used in conjunction with each other to make many of the projects that we all love so much.10. The 5 v voltage regulator is a must, and is used to convert any 9v battery to the much needed 5 volts. This is used to power IC (integrated circuit) chips, as well as can be connected to a USB port to charge your ipod. The most common part is the 7805 chip, and here is the schematic.

DIY Live » DIY Archive » Ten most needed circuits for the DIYer


 

Photos

By Alexander Somma

I love taking photos.

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Photos

By Alexander Somma
My brother Gabriel is an amazing artist. He's only just finished his first semester in Fine Arts, yet he's already mastering diverse mediums. These photos where all taken with only a LOGITECH Pocket Digital Camera, yet they move beyond the constrains of such hardware.

In this photo he was able to capture grace and elegance while only looking at a classic cars tire.
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Here he brings sharp attention to the interaction of old and new buildings in an
urban environment.
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Our Color is controled by one Gene

By Alexander Somma

I was just reading that our skin color is only controled by one gene.


Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 16, 2005; A01

Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology's most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity's greatest sources of strife.


From the Washington Post

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Menuz

By Alexander Somma
I have to simplify the adding a menu system to OpenMEDX. I whant to be able to have menues like DynarchMenu. Slick clean profesional, yet at the same time simple to put build. Probably what I'll do is intigrate thier javascript menus into OpenMEDX rathen than develop my own.

DynarchMenu The Coolest DHTML
JavaScript Menu and Toolbar

Our DHTML/JavaScript menu is an advanced library which can be used for anything from a site navigation system to complex application menus or toolbars that set options and execute code on the fly. The main menu can be either horizontal (default) or vertical. Context menus are also supported. It works with any decently new browser (see below) and gracefully degrades even for pre-JavaScript browsers. The menu is defined in plain (semantic) HTML.Using advanced CSS techniques, our menu can be styled to look and behave extremely nice, rivaling only with desktop-based menu systems. See our “Preferences” menu to have a glimpse into its powerful look and feel options.

DHTML menu, cross browser JavaScript menus and toolbar [dynarch.com]


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Invite from Alexander Somma

By Alexander Somma

Alexander Somma just invited you to:

A Hellishly Good All Hallows Eve Party
Date: Friday, Oct 28, 2005
Time: 9:30 PM

Address: 70 St. Charles, Greenfield Park, Que
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balance going to Santropol Roulant. http//www.santropolroulant.org/

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[From Google Reader] Leo's self-portrait

By Alexander Somma

Izzy posted a photo the my cat Leo some how took of him self. How he did it I have no idea. If Izzy explains it to me I'll write up a How-To: teaching your cat photography.



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Record Labels Unveil Greed 2.0

By Alexander Somma
Record Labels Unveil Greed 2.0: "theodp writes 'Unsatisfied with $2.49 ringtones and as much as 70 cents of each 99 cent iTunes download, Newsweek reports that record labels want a bigger cut of digital music profits. One example: If you type in 'Madonna' - a Warner act - at the Google Video site, and the results are accompanied by ads, Warner wants a share of those ad dollars.' Even more ridiculous demands than those put forth in previous stories."
 

Leonardo Da Vinci's Personal Notebook

By Alexander Somma
Wow I just found out that you can look at Da Vinci's notbook online.

"The British Library has made available 14 great books on its website. One of them is a 1508 notebook by Leonardo Da Vinci containing short treatises, notes and drawings of a wide range of subjects from mechanics to the moon. The site allows you to view the original manuscript written in Leonardo's own handwriting."... Source: http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot?m=1056
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Wash your dishes while you are half asleep

By Alexander Somma

Moving along with my attempt to get things done in the morning, I picked up an amazing trick: do last nights dishes while your coffee is perculating. This makes you oblivious to how boring the act of washing dishes is, and the delicious smell of your first cup of fresh coffee keeps you from falling flat on your face or from leaving the kitchen.

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Staying Productive Using Pants

By Alexander Somma
OK, so for the past few weeks I've been reading sites like http://www.lifehacker.com/ and http://www.43folders.com/. They deal with productivity and avoiding procrastination. Unfortunately I've discovered that reading them every day ends up causing just about as much procrastination as you avoid by picking up their tips.

While thinking about this problem I figured out a solution: put on some pants. Yes this simple adjustment of ones wardrobe can cause a substantial increase in your productivity. It stems from the fact that if you get up and laze about in your boxers, undies, P.J.s, what have you, your not going to get as much done as if you just put on some pants and get productive.

Just take it from me I was reading blogs and, "planing my day," for the the past two hours then I put on some pants. Since then I've done two loads of laundry, collected another that I'm going to throw into the wash in a minute and written up this entry. Pants is where it's at.

Possibly tomorrow I will try pants and a coffee.
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Steff

By Alexander Somma

Steff
Originally uploaded by Alexander Somma.
Just a photo of my friend Steff.
 

Leor, Tita, and Steff

By Alexander Somma

Leor, Tita, and Steff
Originally uploaded by Alexander Somma.
A few day's ago I randomly ran into three of my friends just before I

had a small buisnes meeting. I with that thing like that happened to

me while I was relaxing rather than working.
 

Nut Job

By Alexander Somma

Nut Job
Originally uploaded by Alexander Somma.
This nut job on a the motor cycle was swerving though traffic while

rushing to get on the Victoria bridge a few days ago.
 

Photos

By Alexander Somma

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Originally uploaded by Alexander Somma.

 

Photos

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Photos

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Photos

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Photos

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Photos

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By Alexander Somma

Here in Quebec it's finely Fall, my favorite season of the year. The learning group that I facilitate starts up on Monday, and my work projects seem to be going quite well. I find that my life always brightens up in the fall.
 

Life and Stress

By Alexander Somma

Over the past few months I have gotten quite carried away with all my work. I stopped being able to deal with my closest friends and just generally lost track of being happy. On the upside I can definitely say that I developed a whole lot of new business.

I developed my business relationship with the hotel I was doing work for to the point that they have me on retainer. It's generally good work but like all things it becomes overwhelming at times. Some nights, I have to rush in and fix problems when I would rather be in bead.

My work on OpenMEDX (the patient tracking application) has had it's ups and downs. I generally don't seem to be able to find time to work on it and this frustrates me to no ends. Out of all my projects Ifeel that it has the most potential.

Finally I've been developing ------------- and helping her with setting up- This has been a harrowing experience, though a very rewarding one.

 

Every one enjoying Donkey Heart.

By Alexander Somma
Every one enjoying Donkey Heart.

This was one hell of a good show.

 

I took this at Gin's wedding

By Alexander Somma
I took this at Gin's wedding

 

I took this at Gin's wedding

By Alexander Somma
I took this at Gin's wedding

 

Gin's Wedding

By Alexander Somma
Gin's Wedding

 

Peru's Vernissage at the Green Room.

By Alexander Somma
Peru's Vernissage at the Green Room.

 

The Bus

By Alexander Somma
THE

 

Nick Bowling

By Alexander Somma
Nick Bowling

 

Me Bowling

By Alexander Somma
Me Bowling

 

Usha and Leor

By Alexander Somma
Usha and Leor

 

Just taking a walk.

By Alexander Somma
Just taking a walk.

 

The Victoria Bridge

By Alexander Somma
The Victoria Bridge

I took this photo early one cold January day. The air was crisp and cold
but the St. Laurence river still had the heat of the previous day,
causing it to roll with mist. I only wish that I had been able to take
some more photos of the experience once I was one the bridge.

 

Walking Montreal

By Alexander Somma
Walking Montreal

These are the members of the learning group that I'm facilitating at
Dawson this semester.

 

Me and Mel

By Alexander Somma
Me and Mel

I ran it Mel the other night. Oh, and I got a hair cut too.

 

A pool for the little People

By Alexander Somma
A pool for the Litle People

The other night I went out to Arts and Crafts Night at the Cock 'n'
Bull. People where partying and paying with plasticine. One party decided
to build a mini pool table. :)

 

A work in Progress

By Alexander Somma
A work in Progress

I'm no where near done working on this piece.

 

Brooke Sheilds

By Alexander Somma
Brooke Sheilds

Jasmin recently uploaded a line drawing that she did based on this photo
of Brook Sheilds.

 

Out Side

By Alexander Somma
Out Side

The other night I was walking to my friend Dave's place. It was cold out
side, cold and windy. As I passed a bar that was in the basement of a
store I saw some people chatting. If I hadn't been on my way to see a
friend looking at them would have been painful.

 

OpenMEDX

By Alexander Somma
I just submitted my registration of OpenMEDX for project hosting on SourceForge.net. I'll find out by Tuesday if they acept it. There shouldn't be any problems though, the idea for OpenMEDX is rather sound.

I'm building an open source patient tracking system that would be accessed using a web browser. OpenMEDX is being programed in PHP and Java script. Features that I am including in my system that are not currently found in other open source patient trackers include: dragging and dropping of appointments, RSS feeds of up coming appointments, iCal output of schedules, and an AIML based natural language interface.

The dragging and dropping of appointments is a feature that all of my clients are extremely interested. I plan on using CSS and Java script to implement it. I've already been able to generate movable objects that can have their locations recorded when you submit the page back to the server. Currently I have two problems: one, Having the appointments jump from one interval to another (though I think that I have a solution to this), two, not having to reload the page each time the appointments are sent to the server (again I think that I have a solution, this one using a similar technique to how Google moves data to a browser page without reloading).
 

Which Fish

By Alexander Somma
Which Fish

This was definitely the funniest thing I saw today. I'm not sure if the
little fella was trying to decide which fish to go for or if s/he (don't
know) just liked to watch them. I didn't stay to watch.

 

Gin

By Alexander Somma
Gin

This is first vector/bitmap piece in a long time. Not only that, but it also was done solely using GNU tools. The Vector manipulation was done in a program called Inkscape a the bitmap manipulation was done in theGimp.

 

Blue Screen

By Alexander Somma
Blue Screen

Hahaha the new massive screens in the Metro system look like they where running windows. Suckas. Teaches you to mess with proprietary operating systems, should have stuck to Linux with a web based interface.