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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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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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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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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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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). I'...
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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Can we make a love heart with LaTeX?

I understand that this post may cause some down votes because it seems a bit off-topic, but having seen the discussions on Christmas Tree with LaTeX I am still willing to try. My Girlfriend's ...
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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 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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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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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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What is CTAN.org now?

Today I clicked in this link in TeX StackExchange http://ctan.org/pkg/svg and I got this message (screenshot below). In particular, what does it mean that "Latex Productions International has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends

Did anybody design wine bottle labels for self made wine with Latex/TikZ/PSTricks? I'm interested in unusual designs (like the nice label for Barnstorming Bitter at http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/).
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Holiday contest! Drawing a picture of Krampus for Yule

I've volunteered to use some of my Cthulhu reputation to sponsor a Christmas/holiday contest. You all have aced previous holiday questions, so I'm going to give you a bit more of a challenge: Draw me ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do I put a die roll at the top of each page?

I was thinking about a trick I heard of in old RPG books and wondered how you would do it in LaTeX. So it used to be hard to find RPG dice in stores (That is, dice with 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 sides. ...
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Make fireworks with only text

For the holidays, I wanted to follow up to the question about making fireworks with tikz (How can we display fireworks?): How can we make fireworks with only text? I have made a crude attempt below. ...
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How could I write my name, for example, to look like the \LaTeX logo?

How could I write my name, for example, in a \LaTeX style? It is just interesting, as in Google all other things pop up when I try to search for an answer!
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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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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 we make a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, or other halloween spirit, ghoul, or skeleton?

We have questions about Christmas trees and Hearts for Valentines but we have no questions that specialize in Halloween or Dia de los Muertos art. Here it goes: Using TikZ or PSTricks or any other of ...
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December challenge: Create an Advent Calendar

While thinking about creating an own Advent Calendar for the beloved people around me – instead of buying a boring one with chocolate in it – a thought came to my mind: "How would I draw this in TikZ?"...
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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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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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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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How to include a Lenny face in a LaTeX document? e.g. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

How would one include a "classic" Lenny face in a LaTeX document? A paper is due tomorrow and I am curious. e.g. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) I have attempted to use the verbatim environment but it has proved ...
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I need a TeX-donkey

In my town there will be next weekend an exhibition with 7000 donkey images. It is related to a sculpture group with 7 donkeys called "donkey's way" which will be installed in the summer. I would ...
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How to show off TeX skills with a TeX-typeset CV?

Recently, I have been editing my CV, which is typeset with XeLaTeX. I realize that besides those trite TeX advantages, such as being neat and clean (and the TeX symbolic font of course), I am not ...
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How to produce the table flip emoticon (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻?

Oh man, I don't even know where to put this... or how to begin. As a joke, I'm trying to get the ascii art of the guy flipping a table in a question on an exam. I've tried verbatim but it won't ...
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Amusing exercise - ouroboros file - Output of TeX includes itself recursively ad infinitum

Clarification: The question may be related to the the quine fun question, but IMHO it is quite distinct. The question here to write an "ouroboros" in TeX, i.e., a file that includes itself as a ...
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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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TiKZ: “hand-drawn” explosion

Is there an elegant way to simulate a handdrawn explosion as shown in the following image using tikz?
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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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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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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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How to draw many crossroads?

(April Fools' Day joke) How do we draw something like this? I enclose a picture and a detail of it. Update: I enclose one more screenshot (with TeXs sitting at the crossroads) if somebody is actually ...