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Showcase of surprising possibilities with TeX [duplicate]

LaTeX is more or less built to typeset books, particularly (but not exclusively) scientific literature. It is less obvious that LaTeX is also extremely good at producing Songbooks Play scripts Chess ...
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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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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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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 am ...
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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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All uses of LaTeX (I never use LaTeX except for …)

I am designing a comical T-shirt about LaTeX and I would like it to boast about all the purposes that one can use LaTeX for. I started with I never use LaTEX except for typesetting documents. and ...
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Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?

I have read that TeX is Turing complete. I was wondering if making TeX Turing complete gave raise to unwanted effects.
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In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production?

Most people use TeX and its many varieties to create printed documents, such as reports, books, flyer's, etc. Occasionally, I have found software that uses TeX markup for other purposes, for e.g., the ...
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What can't TeX do?

What are TeX's limitations in typography, book design and publishing? (and here TeX also includes all its derivatives, like pdfTeX, LuaTeX, and macro packages built upon it, LaTeX, ConTeXt etc.). ...
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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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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 to number slides with an increasing number of digits of pi?

How to number frames with an increasing number of digits of pi? Illustrative, I want the frame numbers to be like 3 (on the first slide) 3.1 (on the second slide) 3.14 (on the third slide) ... and ...
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Stop LaTeX compile with a command?

Is there a way to stop the compile process through the use of a command? Something like: \exception{This is a user-set exception. Compile halted.} So when performing the compile process, the ...
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Shortest code causing “Emergency stop.” error

This question is purely academic. TeXing a file containing \valign{\halign#\cr! causes an ! Emergency stop. error. Is that the shortest code which produces a fatal error in TeX?
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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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