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12:21 AM
@PauloCereda Ha! I now have the shortest code for a question (with pdfetex), codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/3134/undulant-numbers . But Golfscript programmers haven't come yet, and they'll rip me to pieces.
 
1:18 AM
@BrunoLeFloch: wow, that code is sweet! TeX.SX should give you a badge just for being awesome on another SX site. =P
 
 
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7:58 AM
@PauloCereda Well, yeah, that's what I wanted to point out.
 
8:35 AM
Just figured out that that my last bug fix to adjustbox added a new bug!!
 
 
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10:00 AM
@MartinScharrer: The beauty of coding. =P
@HendrikVogt: Thanks for the insight. For now, I think it's better to leave the app as it is. =P I decided to freeze the "new features" and focus only in fixing eventual bugs. Found two yesterday. =P
 
10:30 AM
I HATE THE pt TO bp DIFFERENCE!
Why couldn't Knuth and Adobe use the same value for the point?!
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11:15 AM
I wrote a small package to add more kinds of enumeration possibilities. It allows you to use \Hex{ctr} \greek{ctr} and several more just like you would use \alph or \arabic It's essentially based on some tricks I learned from tex.sx...
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11:42 AM
@Seamus: Great job!
 
12:32 PM
@MartinScharrer You know TeX accepts capital letters for units. So you could have shouted all the way: "THE PT TO BP DIFFERENCE".
 
@MartinScharrer has overtaken @StefanKottwitz as top user! It was only a matter of time, I suppose...
 
12:57 PM
@PauloCereda thanks! It's nothing sophisticated but it may be useful.
 
@BrunoLeFloch Oh, yeah, I forgot.
graphics uses bp internally because it is required for most (all?) output drivers which read the external files (PS, PDF are in bp, no idea about JPG and PNG). This leads to some rounding issues for my adjustbox package, especially if you use big content as in tex.stackexchange.com/questions/22826/…
@Seamus Finally someone noticed it ;-) Let's see how long @egreg needs to go there.
 
I wrote my first shell script a few days ago. It was actually less complex that some zsh aliases in my .zshrc but still. It feels like I've gone up a level...
 
@Seamus Makes sure that you upload your package to CTAN as well.
 
@MartinScharrer I just did! I was going to check whether babel actually defines macros for "First,Second..." but I couldn't be bothered. Maybe for version 2.0...
@MartinScharrer Yeah wow. egreg is really shooting up the rankings.
 
1:14 PM
It's probably the T-shirt / mug effect. =P
 
1:34 PM
Ah. The memoir class has a \numtoname macro that takes a number and outputs the number in words. I wonder where it is defined...
 
@Seamus I remember hearing about that once, but I think it was an extra package, not babel itself.
 
@MartinScharrer It's quite unfortunate that Adobe chose 72 points to an inch; but it's Adobe's fault, of course. I don't know when Knuth added the bp unit, but it's been there since I started using TeX. Probably it was already in use before Adobe produced the first version of Postscript.
@Seamus There are a few packages that define a conversion from numbers to words; babel doesn't.
 
@egreg I kind of assumed there must be, but I couldn't find them. A quick google is fulle of results relating to counting words...
 
So, what will we do for July 26th?
 
Aha. engord does it!
No wait. It does something else that I was also looking for.
 
1:42 PM
@Seamus: beamer does it too: tex/latex/beamer/translator/dicts/translator-numbers-dictionary/translator-numbers-dictionary-German.dict
 
@MartinScharrer Thanks I'll check it out
 
A general number-to-word package with language support would be nice.
 
This is probably the easiest way to do it: ctan.org/pkg/numname
Yes it would be nice to pick up a language from babel or polyglossia and then define the relevant macros accordingly...
 
123456 => one-hundred-twenty-three-thousand-four-hundred-fifty-six
shouldn't be so difficult to program
123456 => ein-hundert-drei-und-zwanzig-tausend-vier-hundert-sechs-und-fünfzig
(dashes only for clarity)
Ok, on second thought, you hardly need that for such numbers :-)
 
@MartinScharrer No fair, I only learned to count until 23 in German.
 
1:58 PM
@MartinScharrer numname does a lot of the work for English. I expect it wouldn't be too much effort to make it multi-lingual and extensible.
(p.s. numname is just a chunk of code ripped out of memoir.cls...)
 
@Seamus There's Nicola Talbot's fmtcount that claims to do the job for many languages; Portuguese is included, but I don't know whether it actually works. Indeed it says that it supports Italian, but the results are very poor. So I wrote a different package, itnumpar, for my language which has peculiarities that don't fit in fmtcount's scheme.
 
@egreg Ah thanks. fmtcount is smarter that numname. (Although it is more complicated...)
IT wouldn't be too hard to swap out fmtcount for itnumpar if the language were italian...
 
Oh, no PT-BR for fmtcount.
 
2:18 PM
@Seamus Unfortunately they work in quite a different way. Nicola's macro are not completely expandable, while mine are. Well, with a small exception for the name of numbers ending in 3, which must take an accent; but ordinal names are completely expandable.
 
@egreg Ah right, I see. Well I might just leave off extra language support for now. It's hard and it's easier for native speakers to deal with it!
 
@MartinScharrer Just earned an "Epic" badge. :)
 
o.O
"Earned 200 daily reputation 50 times" - wow
 
@PauloCereda In 111 days of activity. :)
 
@egreg wow²!
 
2:58 PM
@egreg: Welcome to the club! I was surprised getting that badge before Herbert. I'm currently go for Legendary. 110/150 days done.
 
Soon there will be badges named after you all.
Like, "You won the 'Martin Scharrer' badge", "You won the 'egreg' badge", "You won the 'Herbert' badge"...
 
I just had a look: Registered 17th Jan, Badge received: 30th March => 73 days. And I had no real activity in my first week 17th-25th Jan.
@PauloCereda:
 
I have hit the rep cap a total of two days so far...
 
Feb 14 at 20:57, by Martin Tapankov
@lockstep: Here you go -- http://data.stackexchange.com/tex/s/957/herbert-voss-comparison-tex-se
 
@MartinScharrer: OMG!
 
3:13 PM
You can replace the user ID there if you want to run it against someone other. My ID is 2975. It is visible as part of the URL if you go to the users profile page.
BTW: I just found timeanddate.com which is cool to calculate date differences.
@PauloCereda: The election statistic page is still online: se.awio.com/election.html
 
Thankfully my ID returns an empty resultset, since Herbert/egreg and I had no disputing answers in questions in common. =P
 
Go there on "TeX.SX" and then you can also add any other user.
It gives you a very nice overview: average reputation per day, badges, meta activity, ...
 
@MartinScharrer Cool! I had no idea about the moderators election process. Will it be another election in the future?
 
@PauloCereda: Sure. Maybe every year, I guess. This was the first.
Before that there were appointed moderators chosen from the hi-rep beta-stage users (I think).
 
@MartinScharrer: cool, SE is really a neat framework.
 
3:28 PM
About the rep cap: I suggested once special colors for the rep graph:
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Q: Different colors for different rep types in the new reputation graph

Martin ScharrerThe new reputation graph is nice and the gray line at 200rep is also useful. However it would be great when the different forms of reputation (votes, accepted answers, bounties, ...) would be colored differently. Especially the two groups of capped rep (votes, +2 for wiki edits, ...) and uncapped...

to also display the lost reputation. It would be a nice feature.
I also like a badge for loosing more rep on one day as getting it (do to the rep cap):
 
@MartinScharrer: those are great suggestions, I hope the devs consider implementing them soon.
This is so addictive. =P
@Martin: btw, found you on Twitter. =P
 
@PauloCereda: I comparison graph between multiple users, including projections would be also nice.
@PauloCereda I saw that. I got notified about it. I however hardly tweet.
Did you joined Google+? I got in two days ago.
 
I did. But I'm still lost on it.
I read somewhere that Google+ will be "fixed" this week with the feedback users provided.
 
@PauloCereda: BTW: Do you know any cool, fancy fantasy symbol for my new symbol font? Maybe some sci-fi alien numbers :-)
 
@MartinScharrer hold on, I'm gonna find something for it. =P
Hm only found TTF fonts.
 
 
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6:50 PM
UK-TUG is running it's 'LaTeX for beginners' course again: uk.tug.org/2011/07/12
(If you are UK based, perhaps tell a LaTeX-newbie friend!)
@MartinScharrer No invite :-(
 
7:01 PM
@JosephWright Can't you join as moderator?
 
If anyone fancies looking at the slides we use for our LaTeX course: github.com/uktug/latex-beginners-course
@MartinScharrer ??? Google+ is run by Google, no?
 
Ah, sorry. You were talking about Google+.
I can invite you if you want.
 
@MartinScharrer Yes, sorry for the confusion
@MartinScharrer I get the feeling from the website that even people with invites can't get on!
And anyway, I've never really got the hang of social networking, so I'll probably stay as I am
 
That was the situation for me. I got invited but couldn't get it. However they doubled the max users a couple of days ago.
 
@JosephWright In fact you can, but the invites expire quickly. =)
 
7:05 PM
@PauloCereda Ah, I see
 
I friend of my invited me and it took 1 1/1 days to get the invitation. So at one point they were full.
 
7:21 PM
Have you guys tried GNOME 3?
 
@PauloCereda Not here: Ubuntu does not use it
 
@JosephWright Ah I see. Ubuntu uses Unity, I guess.
 
@PauloCereda Indeed it does
 
I'm eager to try Unity. GNOME 3 is way different from the 2.x generation. I'm using it on Fedora.
 

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