I am proud to be the supervisor of a so-called students’ TeX scientific circle. It is a revival of a similar enterprise, which was launched by a few of my friends and me about ten years ago and died a year or so later.
A few weeks ago, students asked me to deliver a talk for the circle. The talk was supposed to be addressed to beginning (La)TeX users, and we quickly settled upon the topic: how to choose the editing environment for TeX. (I did try not to talk about Emacs all the time.) Quite obviously, I decided to use Beamer to prepare the slides; being really bored with the default Beamer themes (and having some time in advance to prepare the presentation) I went for my custom theme. It is available on my GitHub account. (It is not (yet) a finished product – it needs some tweaking, a few elements are missing etc. – but it should be usable, and more importantly, bug-reportable.) I hope you enjoy the English version of the slides – and the theme!
So, having blogged (a bit irregularly, I have to admit) about (mainly) my faith and TeX, time has come to include here a new subject. For those who know me, this one might not be a surprise, since I’m a heavy Emacs addict. (Hi all. My name is Marcin, and I’m an Emacs user.) Being in fact a beginner (I’ve been using Emacs for only about 12 years), only recently did I come to a point when stock Emacs was not sufficient and I started tinkering a bit. Only a bit. Well, maybe a bit more. OK, just one more elisp function. And one more. What? Where am I? Help! Anybody help? It’s sucking me in! Heeeelp!
The Emacs part of my blog has two purposes. Firstly, I want to share a few nice things Emacs can do, especially ones that simplify a life of a TeX user. This might be – or at least I hope so – interesting/new for a few people, since I am in the minority (I guess) which uses Emacs mostly for writing in natural languages, and my small Elisp hacks often deal with that. Some of these tricks are non-default built-ins, some are my little customizations, some are larger (though rather still small) Elisp utilities I’ve written. Secondly, I hope to gather some feedback from seasoned Emacs users about my humble additions to the Emacs ecosystem, so that I can learn more about this gem of software.
So, soon (maybe in a week or so) I’m going to upload my first (say that this one is the zeroth) post about Emacs.
If someone calls you a geek, you thank him for the compliment. If someone calls you a dork, you punch him in the face. If someone calls you a nerd, you ask him to define the term before deciding which of these to do.
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