Monthly Archives: October 2015

Emacs for Creative Writers

Yesterday I wrote about Emacs for Social Scientists so it's only fair to mention how creative writers can benefit from Emacs too. I written about this before, of course, more than once but Balle over at I Love Emacs, has … Continue reading

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Emacs for the Social Sciences

Ista Zahn of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences is a long time Emacs user. A year or so ago, a user asked for an Emacs configuration with a specific set of features and Zahn realized that his configuration already … Continue reading

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Wrap Region

Ben Maughan over at the excellent Pragmatic Emacs has a nice post about the wrap-region package. The idea is that you can arrange to wrap highlighted text with beginning and ending characters. For example, if you're a C programmer you … Continue reading

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Remembering Dennis Ritchie

Jason Perlow over at ZD Net has a nice piece on Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie died a four years ago, about the same time as Steve Jobs. Everyone knows who Jobs was but most of the population—and sadly, some of our … Continue reading

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More Hydras

Speaking of hydras, as we did yesterday, Eric James Michael Ritz has a nice post on some of the hydras he uses. If you're looking to see some good ways of using the hydra package, Ritz's post is a worth … Continue reading

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Navigation Hydras

John Kitchin has a couple of nice posts on building hydras to ease navigation. In the first, he considers commands that might be classified as “gotos.” They are in the isearch mold. About half of these are from the Avy … Continue reading

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Emacs for Writers

Regular readers know I'm fascinated by the stories of professional writers who use Emacs. I've written in the past about Vernor Vinge, Tony Ballantyne, Randall Wood, Urpo Lankinen, and some non-prose writers who use Emacs for their writing. Now Jay … Continue reading

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Lisp Performance

One of the tiresome things that Lispers keep hearing from the misinformed is that Lisp systems are too slow for production work. Here's a very impressive counter example to that notion. JCG over at the Racket Users forum reports that … Continue reading

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Org Basics V

Ben Maughan has posted the last in his series of Org mode basics posts, Org Basics V. The final episode covers exporting. In the previous posts, Maughan showed the basics of Org markup and data manipulation for writing structured notes. … Continue reading

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Org Radio Buttons

John Kitchin has another great trick: how to implement radio buttons in Org mode. The idea is to take a normal Org checklist and arrange it so that only one item can be checked at a time. In other words, … Continue reading

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