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Showcase of optical illusions made with TeX/LaTeX/LuaTeX/ConTeXt

Optical illusions are fun, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of optical illusions designed using MetaPost, or PGF/TikZ, or PS-Tricks, or Asymptote. Each entry should display one ...
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Simulate printing imperfections and defects with TeX?

Is there a way to simulate imperfections of some of the older books in LaTeX? Like the missing pieces of letters, extra splotches of ink and such? Here is an interesting artifact: P.S.: I guess one ...
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How to prolong compilation time while engaging in leisure activities?

I thought of that old joke today, where a programmer can make an undeniable excuse for his leisure activities while in work on the basis that he is just waiting for his code to compile. Although I ...
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TeX assistance in writing hidden acrostics

Here's a fun challenge. Try to come up with (and code) techniques through which (La)TeX can help authors to incorporate acrostics in their writing. The definition from Wikipedia: An acrostic is a ...
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TeX - LaTeX in pop culture

I'm doing a research on free-software references in movies, TV series, etc. Things like: "in Dr. House they use KDE as DE" or "Sheldon from the The Big Bang Theory uses Ubuntu." And the like. I'd ...
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How can I highlight ligatures?

I'd like to highlight all the ligatures used in a document similar to the image below as an attempt to show off some of TeX's tender loving care for the font being used. Is there a way to do this ...
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Is there any TeX (or LaTeX) package capable of rot13-encoding an ASCII text?

This might be a nice thing to obfuscate answers to quizzes (better than \rotatebox[c]{180}{...}). (I understand that this is trivial using LuaTeX, but I'd be interested in a generic TeX solution. ...
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Where to get TeX Math Font

I apologise for a question that might seem naïve to many. However, I encountered a problem and a couple of hours of an intensive research didn't bring any results. Basically, I would like to have a ...
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Is there a tool that makes paragraphs into rectangles?

I was just wondering if there was a LaTeX tool for making paragraphs of text into perfect rectangles. The effect is shown below in a schematic
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Using ConTeXts cow font with pdfTeX

So I have really become intrigued with the Cow font of context, however I really wish I would be able to use this with latex. I found a place, where it listed the steps on what to do, but it was ...
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Moving thumbnails

I once saw a document with pictures in the top corner. If you rapidly thumb thru the document the pictures appear to move. Is there a way to put a series of thumbnails in the top corner of a document? ...
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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). ...
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How to create a Caesar's encryption disk using LaTeX

How can I create a Caesar's encryption disk with LaTeX? I guess, the ultimate solution would take a arbitrary list of letters and calculate the spaces and angles for each letter automatically. So ...
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Helping cardinals elect the new Pope

Yes, we are talking about TeX and friends! Edit: I decided to move the background motivation to the end of the question, since it seems to be kind of off-topic in the TeX context. The following code ...
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Typesetting the entire Song That Never Ends

I've heard that LaTeX (and for that matter TeX) are Turing-complete, so it should be possible to produce an infinite loop. And indeed, a quick search reveals several questions in which users have ...
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TikZ: Handdrawn boxes/arrows/circles for flowcharts

I saw the following style of boxes in Aditya's presentation as he mentioned it during his TeXTalk. I am almost positive that Aditya is using Metafun for this. But I was wondering how would one go ...
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Self-replicating (La)TeX document

Since TeX and LaTeX can print out any text, it should be possible to write a self-replicating document, i.e., a document that is typeset as a PDF/DVI of itself. Have you seen something like that?
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Making a Calendar for TUG

This question is triggered by a post from Peter Wilson in comp.text.tex`. Peter wrote: TUG members produced a calendar for 2012 and, if I remember correctly, for some previous years as well. I really ...
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Puzzle: How to compute Bringhurst's page style with TeX/Metapost/TikZ etc

In his book The Elements of Typographic Style, Bringhurst presents a hexagonal pattern for geometrically constructing the elements of the page layout. Question: Can the dimensions be simply extracted ...
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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has ...
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How can we draw Christmas animations with TikZ?

In the spirit of How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ?, how can we realize Christmas animations with TikZ? For example: or also:
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How to suppress page 13?

A lot of buildings have no 13th floor, some planes have no 13th row etc. How do I set up a document that automatically suppresses page 13, figure 13, chapter 13 and so on, say, by jumping the ...
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Pirate Treasure Map

This one is mostly for fun, although seeing the TikZ tricks people come up with is often instructive. While I was looking for examples with torn pages, I ran across a few of these: Can one draw ...
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How can we draw a Hannukah Menorah with decorations, using TikZ?

In the spirit of the festive season and How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ?, I would like to use TikZ for drawing a Hannukah Menorah. There are many different styles of ...
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Chutes and Ladders

I am trying to make a Chutes and Ladders style game. I have managed to piece together a board, but I plan to change the location of squares, ladders, and slides for future boards. The ladder is a ...
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Christmas theme

In the process of making a paper for school look good, I came to wonder, if there was such a thing as latex themes for regular papers? What I am think about in particular would be a Christmas theme, ...
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Please improve my logo to resemble our TeX.SX logo

It is free to use TikZ or PSTricks to answer my question. I want to recreate our TeX.SX logo. But my attempt is far from perfect. Please help me to make it more similar to the original one. ...
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Trollface package

Does anybody know if there is a package containing troll-faces similar to the simpsons package, where you just write the \trollface to insert a picture of a troll-face (e.g. \Bart for the simpsons ...
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Speedy LaTeXing

I am LaTeXing my notes for a maths class, and I'm wondering what TeX.SE has to say about tips and tricks that have helped them enter their LaTeX code that much faster. It can be anything from a ...
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Installing the comicsans package to MiKTeX

Consider this question theoretical in nature; an exercise to understand the TDS tree structure better. Assume one were attempting to install the comicsans package, which is part of neither of the two ...
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Draw a coat of arms in LaTeX

Over at academia.sx we are trying to create a community ad to try and get us promoted out of beta. We are looking to create a university type coat of arms/seal. I have seen some really great artwork ...
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Create xkcd style diagram in TeX

The unique style of the diagrams at xkcd has an informative but nice hand-drawn touch. I guess they are actually drawn by hand but just recently on our partner site for Mathematica someone asked how ...
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How can I draw an egg using TikZ?

I would like to draw an egg-format element, but I have only found ways of drawing ellipses.
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Combining paths before making them double

I must thank TeX Stack Exchange, especially for these questions: Creating gears in TikZ How can I invert a 'clip' selection within TikZ? How to use plot in a foreach loop into a single path? I ...
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Are there other “fun” packages like the “coffee stains” package?

I'm trying to convert some friends to LaTeX and have come up against a (to me) unexpected objection: there are too few packages that support "fun" (really), to which I responded: I know there are ...
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Cute (child-friendly) document in LaTeX

My girlfriend is teacher at primary school, she's new using LaTeX and she needs to make a "cute document" for kids, but I don't know how change the following items to make them look nice for the kids: ...
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How do we Draw a Bird in LaTeX

Yes, it's that time of the month again. It's time for somebody to ask how we can draw X in LaTeX. This time I'm asking the question and X is a bird. The reason why I'm interested in this question is ...
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How can I draw a cake using TikZ?

It is always someone's birthday. I would like to use TikZ to draw a birthday cake. There are all sorts of cakes. What I would like is a cake that looks nice and tasty. Preferably a cake with lots of ...
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How can we display fireworks?

Soon we can celebrate the New Year. How can we use TikZ for drawing fireworks? For example like this, photographed by Kurume-Shimin, found on Wikipedia: Click on Image search for getting further ...
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created a fixed page number of an index entry

(First, I would like to state that I am aware that this is a ridiculous and idiotic question. It is for the purpose of a ridiculous and idiotic joke.) I'd like to use \index to add an entry that will ...
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How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ?

I would like to use TikZ for drawing a christmas tree. Here's a start, I used the lindenmayersystems library for drawing a tree: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Anti-LaTeX…in LaTeX

LaTeX makes things more legible by following certain rules, and there is a strong emphasis among LaTeX users on obeying typographical conventions to make things more legible. What happens when we ...
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Contest: Show Off Your Skillz in TeX & Friends [TeX.sx birthday]

Submission Deadline and Voting are over, thank you for participating! Results Academic Gonzalo Medina – 31 Andy – 19 cmhughes – 11 mbork – 6 Other Yiannis Lazarides – 38 szantaii – 20 Ant – ...
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Recreating the xkcd Movie Narrative Chart

To teach myself TikZ, one of the things I've done is recreate interesting graphs/charts/etc. One of my bigger projects is attempting to recreate the xkcd Movie Narrative Charts comic. Different ...
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tombstones and beer mugs

I'm trying to find an alternative to the standard tombstone qed symbol for more informal papers. I initially thought of an empty square with Pub written inside, but what would actually be better would ...
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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?

I want to type up some spells from the RPG Call of Cthulhu and give them to my players. I could just type them up in Word or LaTeX, but that seems too...neat. I'd like to make these things look like ...
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Obfuscating TeX

Given TeX's system of catcodes, I imagine that one can obfuscate TeX to a remarkable degree. With a view to learning more about the internals of TeX, I ask: How might I go about adding a block of ...
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LaTeX/Math jokes [closed]

Lighten up a bit guys. How about the following \documentclass{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \begin{document} If~~$\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow8}\frac{1}{x{-}8}=\infty$ ...
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Are there any (La)TeX Easter Eggs?

Given Donald Knuth's legendary sense of humor, one cannot help but suppose he would have succumbed to the temptation to add in a "special" command or two that did something unsuspected or unusual just ...