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Questions tagged [fun]

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

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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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Share your favorite cover page design! [duplicate]

What is your favorite cover page which is designed in LaTeX? Share it to the community right now! Task Your task is to show here the image of your favorite LaTeX design of the title page of a book, ...
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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} \...
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Is it possibile to add a \vrule between the two parts of a gcard?

I'm writing some greetings cards using the gcard package. All works well, but I don't want to fold the sheet twice to make a card, I'd prefer to print it twice, double-sided, and then cut it in the ...
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First printed TeX example program?

I have a couple of question regarding the first ever TeX example program to be published. I hear that it may be the first program in the TeXBook (Page 24) Is this true? I wonder also what the name R. ...
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How can we draw a duck (in order to create a tikzducks package and store it in CTAN)?

This question led to a new package: tikzducks We have a scsnowman package but we don't have a ducks package, that's quite inexplicable since ducks are frequently used on TeX.SE (e.g., samcarter had ...
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Holiday present-ation vs. content contest

Need something to do during holiday break? Enter this holiday contest! Your challenge is to write a happyholidays class that will compile the following input document in the most creative, ...
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Numbering pages with numbers of different bases (binary, octal, hex, tonal, …)? [duplicate]

How would one change TeX's pagination numbering system from decimal to one that would number pages in binary, hexadecimal, octal, or any other number system (e.g., the tonal system, with specialized ...
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Use LaTeX to simulate old typewriter written texts

This question led to a new package: typewriter I'm giving my students an old exam and barely remembered to change the date at the top. A colleague and I joked about how long we could reuse the same ...
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Is there a library or a mechanism to create the visual effect of see through pages, or the bleed through of print?

I recently ran into this game manual that had the effect of being photocopied, with quasi-transparent pages. https://www.vidarholen.net/contents/junk/files/TIS-100%20Reference%20Manual.pdf It seems ...
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Why does CTAN now look like I'm on LSD?

It seems that the CTAN network has been updated to appear as if users are on hard drugs or in the twilight zone. The moving background is making me dizzy. This is not the same as What is CTAN.org now?...
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Seasonal Challenge (Contributions from TeXing Dead Welcome)

This question led to a new package: halloweenmath Update - 9th November, 2016 Many thanks to all the fantastic and imaginative answers! In a reflection of today's events, the winner ...
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How can one create a random GUID?

GUIDs (or Globally Unique Identifier) are usually stored as 128-bit values, and are commonly displayed as 32 hexadecimal digits with groups separated by hyphens, such as: 21EC2020-3AEA-4069-A2DD-...
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Make my infinite squares math-proof

I created a command that makes a square of text in ever-decreasing sizes to create the effect of infinite decrease. But if I increase the starting width, or change the scale factor, TeX has an ...
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Customizing \fill and line in TikZ

How I can draw these (flexible) nodes and arrow? (as in this presentation) A MWE: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{tikz} \usetheme{CambridgeUS} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \...
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Challenge: Shortest Infinitesimally Unlikely Document: “ordinary” document forever requesting: “rerun to get cross-references right”. t" [duplicate]

Stop reading here if you do not like stupid yet amusing challenges. Challenge: produces the shortest document yielding LaTeX Warning: Label(s) may have changed. Rerun to get cross-references right....
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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 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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How to create nonbreaking arbitrary length snakes for full-width justification?

This is a follow-up to the recent xkcd comic: Here is a simple version without justification: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[text={1.2in,3in}]{geometry} \raggedright \begin{document} \noindent ...