# Recent Changes

## Updates since 2017-10-05 22:09 UTC up to 2017-11-04 22:09 UTC

2017-10-30

• 18:59 UTC (new) (history) 2017-10-30 Pdf-tools and follow mode . . . . Today I discovered an extremely cool feature of pdf-tools. Assume that you have a pdf file with annotations (that is, those funny yellow sticky-note-like thingies which show some text when hovered or clicked). Assume that they are done by the editor of a journal you work for, and you have to modify the source LaTeX file accordingly. (This is a rather specialized use, but I think the feature may have more applications.) My previous workflow involved using a mouse (actually, a touchpad, but I hate both with a passion). But there’s a much better way.

2017-10-23

• 19:26 UTC (new) (history) 2017-10-23 Styles in TikZ . . . . Many TeX users learned to love the great TikZ package. I used to be a great fan of Metapost (even back in the good ol’ days of DOS), but when a friend told me about TikZ, I checked it out and instantly fell in love. No more external compilation, no more strange syntax, no more problems with labels etc. Yes, MP has its advantages, like the declarative way of solving linear equations or the Hobby algorithm for finding the nicest curve fitting to a set of points. And yes, with \write18 or LuaTeX (or just plain old makefiles), you don’t have to run a separate program to compile your MP diagrams. But I made my switch, and most of the time I’m really glad I did. There are a few things, however, which are a bit uncool with TikZ. One of them is that I find it notoriously difficult to define commands to draw repetitive things in my diagrams.

2017-10-16

• 16:19 UTC (new) (history) 2017-10-16 emacs-reveal . . . . Some time ago, I learned from the Org-mode mailing list about a very interesting extension to the well-known org-reveal package. The emacs-reveal allows to embed audio files in reveal.js presentations. I find this quite fascinating, especially that I actually did prepare quite a few educational presentations.

2017-10-08

• 06:19 UTC (new) (history) 2017-10-08 Me an minimalism in 2017 . . . . It’s been very interesting for me to read my post from previous year about Life, productivity, and faith. After almost a year my situation has changed a bit (although I’d prefer it to change more, in a sense), so I thought I’d like to share some of my views.

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