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I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at Longwood University. My main interests are how biodiversity affects ecosystem function in aquatic sediments. You can find out more about what my lab is doing here: http://longwood.edu/staff/fortinok


Jun
10
comment Why are Beamer subsubsections evil?
I agree with what you are saying here but in this emerging era of slideshare, figshare, etc... having slides that can stand independent of the presenter on some level is an asset. Thus, the slides are not the presentation may no longer be a good rule of thumb.
Dec
21
comment Is there a way to configure pdflatex to make all but the .tex and .pdf files hidden files?
@Qrrbrbirlbel I don't have a lot of scripting experience but if it is something that could be understood by a relative novice and it works, then absolutely.
Mar
17
comment What is a good strategy for obtaining comments on a LaTeX document from non-LaTeX using collaborators?
@Memming huh. good to know. Thanks for the beta.
Mar
16
comment What is a good strategy for obtaining comments on a LaTeX document from non-LaTeX using collaborators?
@Memming I have not tried it but I have also heard great things about pandoc
Jan
26
comment Why doesn't TeX/LaTeX have reasonable defaults in certain cases?
This seems more like a rant than a genuine question.
Jan
22
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
cool, thanks for the suggestion. It's like the one ring!
Jan
21
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
@FaheemMitha thanks for the suggestion, I will take a look. So far I have not found it to be too clumsy. Although I did consider markdown as a possibility. I am not totally committed to LaTeX if something else would fulfill my needs.
Jan
21
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
@FaheemMitha thanks. I sympathize. I added an answer myself because I have begun writing things that I know will likely need to be in Word in html markup. Word just opens it and formats it without much fuss so it might be an option. So far I am pretty happy with it as a solution.
Jan
20
comment Barebones or Packages
I think that one of the greatest strengths of LaTeX over WYSIWYG word processors is the conceptual separation of content and formatting. When I was just learning LaTeX, it took a while to accept this and I would compile my docs constantly to see what they looked like. As I became more comfortable with LaTeX, I learned to focus on content when I was writing and now I rarely compile until the document is fairly complete. This isn't a specific answer to your question but I think it argues more for a stick to the basics approach and let LaTeX do what it does best while you focus on the content.
Jan
11
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
I got to thinking while looking into tex4ht (thanks @ienissei - that might be a solution), would writing directly in html be a viable option?
Jan
11
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
@DanVelleman I thought about that but there must be a reason no one seems to do that... I mean the version of emacs I use doesn't even come with an rtf-mode. That frightens me.
Jan
11
comment As a devoted LaTeX user, how do I most effectively use software which is *not* TeX-based?
@JosephWright, that is an obvious solution but I am not ready to give in yet. Remember the Alamo!!!! Also I work on a bunch of different computers (some pretty old) so I like to keep most of my files in plain text.
Nov
21
comment 19 simple tables giving “TeX capacity exceeded” / “Too many unprocessed floats”?
+1 I was thinking I have had this problem and now how did I solve it again... but this was it.
Aug
19
comment Is there a way to compile a LaTeX table into tab delimited text?
Perfect. Thanks for the additional info.
Aug
18
comment Is there a way to compile a LaTeX table into tab delimited text?
thanks for the answer. Can you briefly explain what your code is doing or point me to a place where I can read up on it. I don't really follow what you are suggesting. Thanks
May
28
comment What are the finishing touches you put to a document?
what are the advantages of replacing \today with the fixed date?
May
26
comment How to prevent text generated with `Sweave` from running off the right margin?
thanks for your answer and the link. This is the answer to the question I asked but my code was so ugly that it still couldn't break the lines. Once I cleaned up the code per @chl 's suggestion, it all worked well
May
26
comment How to prevent text generated with `Sweave` from running off the right margin?
thanks for answering the question I asked and for solving the problem I didn't know I had!
May
26
comment How to prevent text generated with `Sweave` from running off the right margin?
I was unsure if TeX or Stackoverflow would be the best choice for Sweave questions. Since it seems like the problem is with the typesetting and not the code, I chose here first but let me know if you think this would be better for SO.
May
20
comment What is a good strategy for obtaining comments on a LaTeX document from non-LaTeX using collaborators?
@Seamus - I think I would have had better luck achieving World peace than I would have at getting my committee members to use LaTeX.