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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What has been your most complicated TikZ drawing?

Share your most complex TikZ drawing and learning out of it.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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A more elegant version of the \ifnot macro

A TUGboat article of 15 years ago mentions an \ifnot macro by David Kastrup whose implementation is: \def\ifnot#1{#1\else \expandafter\expandafter\fi \iffalse\iftrue\fi} However, this macro ...
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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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“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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How can I make (some) $money$ out of my TeX skills?

I by no means intend to stop contributing what I can to TeX.SE, but a recent experience begs the question... After helping a friend designing a flyer for a telecom company (for which she got decent ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 – 15 ...
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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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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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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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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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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. How do you draw a red ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to produce the table flip emoticon (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻? [duplicate]

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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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.