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Pandoc md to pdf with better headings

I keep my notes mostly in one Git’d folder of markdown files, which is vastly quicker and easier than my old WYSIWYG word-processed noting system.  I write and navigate my md’d notes in gVim.  For wide convertablility across markdown engines, I only use markdown headings down to the 4th level.  This was working fine until I put some lyrics directly under a 4th level heading and converted the md file to pdf. Read more ›




Color-highlight selected letters in LaTeX

I intentionally produced my latex leaflet to promote myself as an actor with reduced coloration, but I had an idea to have some letters throughout the text coloured, just to amuse.   My first attempt was to replace all occurances of “et” (French for “and”…) in the text with \textcolor{Red}{et}.  This was fairly quick to do with the power of gVim, and I quite liked the pdf output result, but not the visual mess in the tex file.  I looked for a way to semi-automate it in LaTeX, and found Sh3ljohn’s helpful StackExchange question, which got me thinking that I could colour-highlight these letters throughout my leaflet: J H T j h t. Read more ›




a LaTeX leaflet

It took a while, but I’ve got the hang of LaTeX, such that it’s now my choice for documents that need more than a little formatting.  I also, somewhat to my surprise, use it occasionally to make up a pdf from a sequence of jpegs – no text, just page numbering. Read more ›




Concrete5 themes

I consider Concrete5 an excellent CMS for a less blog-oriented website, and it’s the one I chose for my first ever website, and I’m very happy with its quick functionality. There are some creases that I’ve not yet ironed out, like better control of spacing, but they’re not serious.  With Concrete5, everything’s in blocks of content that you can easily adjust to your liking just by logging into the page your on and making some changes in a visual way, a bit like in DTP. Read more ›




Whitespaces to_underscores

White spaces in file and directory names had never been much of an issue for me until I began doing two new things: using gVim as my note-management tool, and putting up websites.  gVim finds files better if all the paths are without whitespaces, and media files in websites work smoother in general if their names are without whitespaces.  So, I wondered how to create a better workflow for intelligently replacing whitespaces with underscores in Windows 7. Read more ›




Selecting a WordPress theme

This can take a lot of time, because there are so many, but you need one that will allow the kind of functionality that you want.  The more advanced route is to not use an end-user theme at all, but something like _s, and build up your own theme, which is what experienced developers do, sometimes even deciding to write their own frameworks to build onto.  Being way below that level of knowledge, like any WordPress newbie, I looked at a lot of ready built themes, both free and not. Read more ›




So you want a website

Write your own site, with HTML, CSS, PHP, and a bewildering choice of additional web software.  Or rather don’t, it’ll take you years to figure out.  Instead, use the mature tools and services that’re available. Read more ›




How much of a wizard?

When I describe myself as a “technical wizard”, I feel a little like the Wizard of Oz, but only because all wizardry is only really the possession of a little more skill in a certain area than others. Read more ›