Questions tagged [fun]

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

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LaTeX story/myth: Package with line made out of superimposed letters of author’s name?

I’m trying to track down and verify an amusing LaTeX anecdote that I read or heard a while back: There was some graphics/diagrams package, and some commonly-used command from it, where what looked ...
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Drawing a small steam locomotive with tikz

Currently I am writing my master thesis in operational research, where my topic consists of locomotive assignment optimization. Hence I would love to have a small tikz locomotive for the head line of ...
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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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Just for fun everything about the “befana” in LaTeX

Considering to end of the holiday time for Christmas I propose the creation of a befana (a good old witch who brings presents to the good children and not coal to the bad children). I propose this, \...
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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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Christmas tree QED symbol [duplicate]

I am looking to replace the \qed or \qedsymbol with a Christmas tree or a Christmas tree inside a box. I've done this already with a smiley by using \renewcommand{\qedsymbol}{\smiley}, but I don't ...
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Are there any (La)TeX Easter Eggs?

Given Donald Knuth's legendary sense of humor, one cannot help but suppose he would have succumbed to the temptation to add in a "special" command or two that did something unsuspected or unusual just ...
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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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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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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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Projectile motion: change an old code and make it more beautiful

Given this image, where a golf player throws a ball with a angle of 54.0° above horizontal and a speed v₀=13.5 m/s. Looking this excellent old answer Sketching a graph mapping projectile motion using ...
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How can we make a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, or other halloween spirit, ghoul, or skeleton?

We have questions about Christmas trees and Hearts for Valentines but we have no questions that specialize in Halloween or Dia de los Muertos art. Here it goes: Using TikZ or PSTricks or any other of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to draw the “logo” of the string theory?

I wonder whether it is possible to draw the "logo" of string theory with LaTeX. I think it is doable, but not sure how to do it. Any guru wants to give it a shot? Source: https://commons.wikimedia....
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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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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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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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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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“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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Using ConTeXts cow font with pdfTeX

So I have really become intrigued with the Cow font of context, however I really wish I would be able to use this with latex. I found a place, where it listed the steps on what to do, but it was ...
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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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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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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has the ...
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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.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...