my quick & dirty guide to LaTeX

I had writ­ten a lit­tle guide when I was first learn­ing how to use LaTeX, and I have repub­lished a slight­ly spiffi­er, typo-free (I hope) ver­sion here. This doc­u­ment could prob­a­bly be improved (again, I wrote it was I was learn­ing the basics of LaTeX), but I think it still works as an ade­quate guide for get­ting the basics down.

Per­haps I will improve upon it lat­er. I do plan on adding oth­er LaTeX how-to’s as I learn them; my cur­rent project is get­ting down the LaTeX beam­er class for pre­sen­ta­tions. So, stay tuned!

yummy sushi pajamas

I came across some sushi paja­mas at an eclec­tic lit­tle store here in Tal­ly, thought they were adorable, and gave in to my inner com­pul­sive shop­per and bought them. Come to find out, Buffy wore these same paja­mas in sea­son four’s “Good­bye Iowa,” in which she pouts, “That prob­a­bly would have sound­ed more com­mand­ing if I wasn�t wear­ing my yum­my sushi paja­mas”. I am such a dork, that this makes me want to giggle.

You can get them (for a steep­er price than what I paid, unfor­tu­nate­ly) at Cat’s Paja­mas. You can see them on Buffy here.

count words in your LaTeX document

LaTeX tip of the day: To count the words in your LaTeX doc­u­ment (leav­ing LaTeX com­mands out of the count):

1. Get untex (a pack­age that fil­ters LaTeX com­mands out of a file). If you have Debian or Ubun­tu, just apt-get untex.
2. Then just untex ‑a ‑e | wc ‑w

It’s that simple!

Note: This tip was par­tial­ly stolen from a TeX FAQ, but it sug­gest­ed using detex (which I don’t have (and did­n’t find in my Ubun­tu repos­i­to­ries). I already had untex installed, and it worked like a charm.

juan canary

Juan Canary MelonI just gorged myself on a Juan Canary Mel­on. Absolute­ly delight­ful. Googling it, I did­n’t find that much info on it, although I did find a sug­ges­tion that, since they vary in qual­i­ty, to stick to stan­dard mel­ons like hon­ey­dew. Don’t lis­ten to them. This is the sec­ond time I’ve tried this mel­on, and it has, both times, been exquis­ite­ly sweet and juicy. Yum.

tiddly diddly

I do love wikis: both in con­cept and as a tool to keep and orga­nize all of my notes (school and oth­er­wise). My use of wikis in this way makes me par­tic­u­lar­ly attract­ed to “per­son­al” wikis. These are often more self-con­tained and eas­i­er to install (i.e., no exter­nal web­serv­er need­ed) since they are not designed for pub­lic websites.

I recent­ly dis­cov­ered Tid­dly­Wi­ki, a nice­ly designed “reusable non-lin­ear per­son­al web note­book”. It uses javascript to cre­ate a self-con­tained file, and so it as easy to install as sav­ing an html file. Nice!

I liked the over­all design of the page, save for the ani­ma­tions (which were a lit­tle slow; for­tu­nate­ly you can turn those off) and the col­ors. Browns and oranges are not my thing, so I changed the css to some dark grays and blues, a screen­shot of which is below (click on it to look at the page). If you like my col­ors, you can install this ver­sion by right-click­ing on this link, select­ing “Save link as…” or “Save tar­get as…” and nam­ing the file what you wish (keep­ing the .html extension).

For fur­ther info on how to use the soft­ware, I would sug­gest check­ing out the Tid­dly­Wi­ki site.

Wiki Screenshot