Archive for April, 2005

New Blogging Tools

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Last week I upgraded this blog to WordPress 1.5. I remain very impressed with this application, not for any particularly “killer” feature, but simply because it just seems to work so well. I recently helped my house-mate set up his own blog and he hardly needed my help at all, it was that easy. In […]

Thesis Submission!

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

I actually finished binding the third copy of my thesis at 15:55 yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, this being Cambridge, the Board of Graduate studies closes at 4pm so I had to wait until this morning to actually submit my thesis… but now it’s DONE! 🙂 I shall have to prepare for the viva at some point, […]

Highlighting “TODO” Items in LaTeX

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Several people have asked me how I make TODO appear in the margin of my thesis wherever I want to highlight an area that needs further work. The trick is to define a new LaTeX command called “todo” in your pre-amble: \newcommand{\todo}[1]{\marginpar{\textsf{\textbf{TODO}}} \texttt{\small{TODO:#1}}} (all on one line) TODO items can then be marked up in […]

Memories of Canada

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Looking through my home directory this evening I came across some notes I made about my experiences in Canada (sadly now over three years ago!). Here’s what I had to say: Vancouver A lovely city, very laid back, with “big city” amenities, without all the usual noise, dirt, etc. Places to stay: The downtown HI […]

S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System

Monday, April 11th, 2005

One of the problems of using LaTeX for presentations[1] is that positioning graphics is annoyingly fiddly. The web’s cascading style sheets — with it’s highly flexible and very powerful layout abilities — ought to be ideal for producing presentation slides, and indeed somebody has produced an impressive framework for doing so. [1] Don’t get me […]

TARDIS spotted in Monmouth

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Since I’m spending so much time thesis-writing at the moment, sadly Dr. Who is currently the highlight of my week. :-/ This week’s storyline was excellent — classic Dr. Who — and the exterior of the undertaker’s house was very recognisably filmed in Agincourt Square, Monmouth, where I went to school. What a pity the […]