ah, latex

I thought I wanted to customize the layout of my document a little bit, so I started looking at the various styles that are available.

Then I came upon the memoir package (which is supposed to help with these things); the 550 page manual that comes with it has so effectively scared the crap out of me that I’m now looking at my crappy looking document and thinking: “heck, it looks good enough”.

I will gladly leave typography to the typographers.


I’m a frequent (some might say avid) user of the Vim text editor. I’ve been using it off and on for the past 15 years, and it’s frequently saved me quite a bit of time with the handy macro system.

Now, if you’ve ever used Vim before you’re probably familiar with this intro screen:


Somehow, amazingly, and I’m sure like everyone else, I had managed to go on for all this time without really ever typing :help uganda. Last night, while installing Vim on my new laptop, I finally did. I saw Bram’s visit report. I was really touched at how much they were doing with relatively limited resources. And so I finally made a small donation to ICCF; I even got a personal email from Bram in reply, which was nice.

Anyway, if you’re a Vim user, I encourage you to do the same.

kde desktop magic

Something miraculous that I just realized: middle clicking (aka pasting the X buffer) on the KDE desktop creates a “post-it” note with the contents of the clipboard.

Whether I will ever make use of this feature is unclear but it’s definitely the “right” behavior and a nice thought on the developers part.