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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} \usetikzlibrary{...
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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~~$\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow8}\frac{1}{x{-}8}=\infty$ ~~then~~$\displaystyle\lim_{...
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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 ...