12:02 AM
@AlanMunn I also starred that one. :)

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8:47 AM
Hello, anybody can find the question about MikTeX claiming a package is not installed even when it is installed, please?

9:45 AM
@pogo-otter That's a good question. :) It's about rewriting systems. :)

10:11 AM
@PauloCereda A system for rewriting theses?

@egreg ooh that could be an application!

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11:53 AM
@PauloCereda It sounds indeed like there'd be not that many plots :D so what's plot #1 showing?

@pogo-otter The progress of my thesis over time. It might be an exponential function. :)

@PauloCereda considering what an extraodinarily rude question it is when people ask about the progress of one's PhD thesis i'd say that's quite an unusual thing to visualise.

@pogo-otter There's a procrastination section in my plot. :)
It covers most of it. :)

12:08 PM
@PauloCereda i hear you. I assembled... THE AVENGERS .. eh.. a lot of the text parts that i wrote over time and now I am seriously procrastinating because i can't decide on the structure. it's so stupid, i'm constantly amazed. (and thereby further procrastinate, yay.)

@pogo-otter oooh
@pogo-otter: Martin wrote all of these packages while writing his thesis: ctan.org/author/scharrer

@PauloCereda wow, how long did it take him to finish his thesis? (at least he's got cool stuff to show for)

@pogo-otter Martin finished in record time, IIRC. He's German, so think of excelence. :)

@PauloCereda that's what people always expect of germans folks, yet here i sit (but thanks for linking his site, found helpful stuff already)

@pogo-otter Germans <3

12:22 PM
@PauloCereda yeah. we got the best food. everything's better with butter, y'know ;)

@pogo-otter I had German food on Tuesday while in São Paulo, but according to the blokes here the food is actually not German at all. :D

@PauloCereda it never is, and it's one of the best reasons for travelling. :) - actually it's nice here atm, we got something like summer.

1:11 PM
Is there a way to import variables from another file?
I want to put my resume on github in a public repo, but I don't want my phone number and email on it.
(and some other things)
elp elp!


that would seem to be able to work! Thanks!
:)
do you think that's all I need to know?
I'll try it and ask more questions if I run into problemos.

2:08 PM
@TorbjørnT. I did it on the train on the way to work, just as you suggested.
And it worked!
So now I can commit the resume and put it on github, and share it!
Although now it makes me a little worried that resumes nearly identical to mine are going to start floating around out there.

@TorbjørnT. ooooh clever :)

(I worry a little about the style though)

Maybe identity theft?
now I'm thinking about getting a private repo again...

(no one gets my musical references /sob)

2:15 PM
1337 is my number.

@StefanKottwitz @PauloCereda @JosephWright Ad domain: seems I'll make it tomh at the european domain.

@yo' :-)

@yo' oooh

I want to write an orgmode export for this resume thing, though.

@JosephWright now the hosting... :-)

2:20 PM
Why is it \documentclass[options]{style} instead of \documentclass{style[options]} - ? is that a Lamport thing or a Knuth thing?

@AaronHall LaTeX optional arguments are in square brackets

ok, fixed.

@AaronHall Mandatory arguments are in braces: that goes back to Knuth, the optional/mandatory business is from Lamport

@AaronHall Well, both. Knuth's thing is having mandatory arguments in {}. Lamport chose [] because it's the best available thing -- you don't want to confuse people with overloaing (). And having a parameter inside a parameter: sounds bad, looks weird :-)

@AaronHall LaTeX is pretty consistent with this (we are working to make it ever more so)

@AaronHall I thought it was about No Man's Sky. :)

& when we get there we find out we've already been there, but the radiation has died off to the point it's livable again.
(I also have that suspicion about Venus, but to rehabitate it would require shielding it, at least partly, from the sun, for years).
the shielding would have to be so large that we'd need to put it on the Sun's side of the gravitational LaGrangian point because of the solar wind.

@PauloCereda not good music to work by

that's the best theory I've got, anyways.

@pogo-otter Nope. :)
@AaronHall I have a theory that all species, including dinosaurs, are still around, they are just hiding. :)
Ducks aren't bright animals, I am afraid. :)

2:36 PM
well there's giant crocs, snakes, and lizards and such, but I would think any species that we consider real dinosaurs would have been spotted by now. They're too big not to be.

@AaronHall Giant crocs?

Yeah, that's what I'm talking about, we wouldn't consider those "real dinosaurs".

@AaronHall That's where I got my theory from. :)

@AaronHall you can't do that, I'm supposed to be working, not reading Dilbert!!!

2:53 PM
sorry, I tried to one-box it, but Scott Adams apparently doesn't like the idea. You can tweet your displeasure at him, if you wish.

Scott Adams has no strings on us. :)