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{fun} concerns questions primarily posed for entertainment or intellectual challenges, not necessarily for academic or professional purposes

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How can I create a lightbox/microfilm effect in beamer slides?

I'm putting together a beamer presentation, and in a moment of madness I had the idea to give it a sort of lightbox/microfilm/transparency effect, sort of like this or this or this. I tend to keep my ...
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Random WordSpacing

for demonstration purposes I'd like to set a paragraph with random wordspacing. I tried to adapt the solution for the chtulhu question (https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/29458/9666) but actually I must ...
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Can we draw Spikey?

"Spikey" is the logo of Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language. I thought it would be a fun experiment, to draw the various versions of "Spikey" in Tex.
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Bo Derek in texbook.tex?

texbook.tex contains a double-dangerous-bend exercise which starts at line 18198 : \ddangerexercise ^{Powers of ten}: The whole \TeX\ language has now been summarized completely. To~demonstrate how ...
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Drawing Super Mario Bros…in LaTeX

There are several questions about TeX.SE. that concern designs for recurrences such as fireworks, lunar calendar, the pi-greek, and into my mind I'm remembering a protagonist of an old video game: ...
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Draw arrows from reference to figure

I just fell over this gem of a figure reference system in the Danish on train magazine "ud & Se" (out and watch), and I wondered if there was a way of doing it in LaTeX. The idea is, that instead ...
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TeX Art Fun - Mandalas

I can't help but feel we need more fun coding contests here on TeX.SX, and since these seemed to do well in the past (e.g. TeX-mas, Groundhog Day) I thought I'd try my hand at putting together one of ...
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Creating tiles for an image with comments on each tile of the puzzle

Let's suppose that we have any image in .pdf, in .jpg in .png. Exist a package to break into the fragments of an image like a classic puzzle? I would like each piece of the puzzle to also have the ...
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Draw death star

How to add the typical grid cells (image modified from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Star) to the following sketch of the death star? This is what I have so far \documentclass{standalone} \...
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Aquatic animals in 2D or 3D

In relation to these beautiful questions and answers, "The duck pond": showcase of TikZ-drawn animals/ducks animal icons in Tikz in this period I'm searching if exists between the ...
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A collection of the actual smartphones

Considering the recent excellent questions that I've really enjoyed Welcoming 2019 Pi day: How to draw the letter π? and What has been your most complicated TikZ drawing? I have carefully observed ...
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Welcoming 2019 Pi day: How to draw the letter π?

First of all: don't forget that exactly 140 years ago, Albert Einstein was born; but exactly one year ago, Stephen William Hawking passed away. What a special day for science! Question How to draw ...
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What has been your most complicated TikZ drawing?

Share your most complex TikZ drawing and learning out of it.
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Permutations of squares

Consider the following problem: Imagine you choose 3 squares out of a 3x3 field. So you can have a line upwords or downwords, two squares downwords and one to the right etc. So let's number every ...
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Fun with Tikz Dogs

I am aware of the many fun uses of LaTeX such as the ever growing tikzlings package. Is anyone aware of any package to depict dogs? Edit 1 This may be quite selfish, any idea how to draw a simple ...
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Welcoming 2019 Lunar New Year: How to draw a (lovely) pig?

Chinese Zodiac and Lunar Year can be called very close friends. In Eastern cultures, each lunar year is assigned to one of the twelve animals in Chinese zodiac. The animal (or rather a mascot) of this ...
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TikZ-Roulette: Make animation more realistic

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \definecolor{filz}{RGB}{56,114,73} %\pagecolor{filz} \newcommand{\roulette}[1]{ % \pgfmathsetseed{3} \...
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A colored pattern but a little change to the random function in TikZ is required

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=0pt,tikz]{standalone} \definecolor{elila}{RGB}{186,85,211} \definecolor{zlila}{RGB}{138,43,226} \definecolor{dblau}{RGB}{30,144,255} \definecolor{...
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Improvements for conveyor belt in TikZ

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \foreach \n in {0,-10,...,-720} { \begin{tikzpicture} \useasboundingbox (-3,-3) ...
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Making motorway with TikZ

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \tikzset{ car/.style={ scale=.5,minimum width=.1cm,minimum height=.5cm,fill=#1 } } \begin{...
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Improvements for code to decrease compilation time

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{pgfplots} \usepgfplotslibrary{polar,colormaps} \pagecolor{black} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[ ...
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Making a working neuronal network

I've got the following two MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} %%% %%% %%% %>> We are building a perceptron ...
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Improvements for Lissajous curve

I was working on following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{bookman} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \tikzset{ io/.style={ fill=black,circle,inner sep=.5pt }, ...
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Connecting nodes in a proper way

How can I connect the $n$-th node with the $n-1$ node? \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \tikzset{ io/.style={ fill=black,circle,inner sep=.1pt } } \begin{document} \...
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Making a command for drawing diagrams

I know that there are other solutions for creating diagrams in LaTeX, especially in TikZ, but I've got the following problem. Consider this MWE with the output: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{...
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Making skydiving more realistic

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[export,border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.text,calc} \begin{document} \foreach \n in {0,1,...,10} { \begin{tikzpicture} \...
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How to type the Arara logo?

I may deserve a silly duck for this. I have successfully implemented the comfy arara (from Paulo Cereda) system for automating the typesetting steps of my master thesis, and I want to cite it in the ...
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The TikZ Game Package – A TeX.SX Project

I was wondering if it is possible to write a very simple game in TikZ; e.g. (very simple) Super Mario Bros. Here is Mario: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{...
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Typeset dedication page of thesis as if scribed on a Thaliyola by a Narayam [closed]

I would like to dedicate my PhD thesis for the dear ones who unconditionally supported to see me through to the other side. I intend to do the honours through the ancient keralite tradition of ...
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TikZ and FIFA WorldCup 2018: Flags of Nations

I am a kind of TikZ addict, and also be a fan of football. This time - WorldCup 2018 - is nice change of relaxing by drawing flags of 32 football teams by pure TikZ or TikZ-based codes. Some are easy (...
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World Cup wall chart in LaTeX

Calling all LaTeX & football fans! The FIFA World Cup is fast approaching and I've been trying to make a wall chart for the tournament in LaTeX. This is what I've managed to create so far: My ...
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How to properly typeset a rolling r

To my greatest surprise, LaTeX does not provide any means to properly typeset rolling r's. (OK, neither Word nor pages do any better, but this is hardly a valid criterion.) I am talking here about the ...
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\pi day riddles for LaTeX users

This is a maybe not too serious question, but in order to honor \pi day I'd like to collect a set of LaTeX riddles. The aim is to encourage newcomers to learn some very basic LaTeX commands. Here is ...
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Getting ducks in example images

This question led to a new package: duckuments There are lots of cool example pictures in LaTeX. As far as I'm aware there aren't any good example duck images ;-( Having ducks in the example ...
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Problem with interesting recipe format

I was wandering through the internet and came across http://graphicalcooking.co. An attractive format, and I said to myself, "TikZ can do that!" And so it can. I wrestled with this this morning and ...
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Linden leaf as dedication closure symbol

This is quite common phenomenon of 1950 to 1970 (proof?) books, at least in the Czechia region. "To my wife" It seems to me it represents linden tree leaf with bloom (?) which can be considered as ...
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What is the impact factor of TUGboat?

Wikipedia defines the impact factor as follows: The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent ...
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Package `listings' has mysterious documentation

In the listings package documentation, there is this: 1.4 Seduce to use Is that a programmer's in-joke, or am I missing something?
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Where to install a .tex file in TDS?

This is a follow-on from How to get latest version of xii.tex?. From the comments to that question (many thanks) it appears the the two remarkable files from David Carlisle xii.tex and xii-lat.tex are ...
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How to get latest version of xii.tex?

In the latest TUGboat (v38, no. 3) David Carlisle presented XII take II saying that the plain TeX file xii.tex could be downloaded from https://ctan.org/pkg/xii. On going there one statement was that ...
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Improve positioning of transformed characters (duodecimal numerals)

As a sort of follow-up to these two questions, I'm interested in trying to fine-tune the output of transforming characters so they don't look too out-of-alignment. The main use-case of this (at ...
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How to make the next compilation longer?

My question is an extension of How to prolong compilation time while engaging in leisure activities?. I would like to make consequtive compilations longer, for example: \newif\ifpaid \everypar{\...
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“The duck pond”: showcase of TikZ-drawn animals/ducks

We have tons of nice TikZ-drawn pictures on this site. Among them some great pictures of animals like cfr's cat code. But they are distributed all over the site. As we definitely miss a place to ...
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Can a LaTeX formula output its own source code? [duplicate]

There was recently a featured question which about designing a t-shirt using a LaTeX-inspired design. On that question, there was one comment in particular which caught my attention. Perhaps you ...
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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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Coffee package puts coffee stain behind pictures

The coffee package is great fun, however on documents with figures the coffee is placed behind the figures. It seems improper to do this on a printed version. How do I get my coffee on top of the ...
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Color in Love Heart

I would like to use the Photo Clipper shape of kiss my armpit that they provided as an answer to Can we make a love heart with LaTeX?. However, I would like to have the background around the heart in ...
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Distorting tikz picture to look like it's a picture from a book?

Can a tikzpicture be distorted to look like it's a picture from a book in an easy way (not exporting to pdf, printing, taking picture and using said picture)? something like: \tikz[distorted=jpg] \...
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Can one use the Potrzebie unit system in (La)TeX?

Inspired by a comment to this answer (and some wasted but entertaining time on the internet), I was wondering if somebody has implemented the use of the Potrzebie unit system in (La)TeX, as a tribute ...
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How to draw a fish?

I would like to draw an image like the following. This is what I've done so far (I used tikz, but any other package is welcome): \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \...