The poison of academia.edu

All those working in academics or research have surely heard about academia.edu. It started out as a service for academics, in their own words: Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company’s mission is to accelerate the world’s research. But as with most of these platforms, they need to get money, and since some months now […]

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Calibre and rar support

Thanks to the cooperation with upstream authors and the maintainer Martin Pitt, the Calibre package in Debian is now up-to-date at version 3.4.0, and has adopted a more standard packaging following upstream. In particular, all the desktop files and man pages have been replaced by what is shipped by Calibre. What remains to be done is work on RAR support. […]

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TeX Live contrib repository (re)new(ed)

It is my pleasure to announce the renewal/rework/restart of the TeX Live contrib repository service. The repository is collecting packages that cannot enter TeX Live directly (mostly due to license reasons), but are free to distribute. The basic idea is to provide a repository mimicking Debian’s nonfree branch. The packages on this site are not distributed inside TeX Live proper […]

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Calibre 3 for Debian

I have updated my Calibre Debian repository to include packages of the current Calibre 3.1.1. As with the previous packages, I kept RAR support in to allow me to read comic books. I also have forwarded my changes to the maintainer of Calibre in Debian so maybe we will have soon official packages, too. The repository location hasn’t changed, see […]

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Signal handling in R

Recently I have been programming quite a lot in R, and today stumbled over the problem to implement a kind of monitoring loop in R. Typically that would be a infinite loop with sleep calls, but I wanted to allow for waking up from the sleep via sending UNIX style signals, in particular SIGINT. After some searching I found Beyond […]

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TeX Live 2017 hits Debian/unstable

Yesterday I uploaded the first packages of TeX Live 2017 to Debian/unstable, meaning that the new release cycle has started. Debian/stretch was released over the weekend, and this opened up unstable for new developments. The upload comprised the following packages: asymptote, cm-super, context, context-modules, texlive-base, texlive-bin, texlive-extra, texlive-extra, texlive-lang, texworks, xindy. I mentioned already in a the following changes: several […]

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山菜の終了:ウドのパーティー

金曜日の夜東京からの帰宅して、土曜日を山菜、特にウドに供えた:午前福井県の友人との集合で、山に向かっていた。雪が沢山残っているから、大丈夫だと思ったけど、やっぱりウドの時期は終わった。本気で探したけど、少しだけを見つけた。帰り道蕎麦屋によって、美味しい昼食を食べた。その後自宅で採った山菜をきんぴらと天ぷらにして、刺身を加えて、いろんな酒(スパークリングワイン、ビール、日本酒など)に合わせて、めちゃ旨いウドパーティーになった。 ウドのくき(?)のきんぴらはスタートだった。ちょっと辛くてビールとLo Spritzに合わせて、前菜ぽくてたべた。 ウドの天ぷらと刺身をメーンとして、つまみの魚(何だかな)。やっぱり山菜天ぷらと美味しい冷酒は僕の天国だ! 毎年一緒に山菜を楽しんでくれる友人のお陰様で、また素晴らしいウドディナーができた。これで今年の山菜季節が終わった。残念です!!和食の中一番珍しく、特色がある山菜は本当に僕に好物だ!好物より、山菜中毒かな?

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Calibre 3 beta for Debian

I have updated my Calibre Debian repository to include packages of the upcoming version 3, currently version 2.99.10. As with the previous packages, I kept RAR support in to allow me to read comic books. The repository location hasn’t changed, see below. Please report your experiences to the Calibre beta support channel at MobileRead. deb http://www.preining.info/debian/ calibre main deb-src http://www.preining.info/debian/ […]

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Running in the Kanazawa hills

Sometimes I needed a short break from work, and usually I go a bit running. Normally I run between five and ten km, just around our flat. But yesterday I somehow thought it might be a good idea to run through the hills near by. I usually drive up there to a climbing spot or a cafe, so it will […]

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TeX Live 2017 released

TeX Live 2017 has been released! CTAN mirrors are busy updating. Get out bottles of good wine, and enjoy a good long download 😉 Besides the huge amount of package updates due to the 2 month testing hiatus, I want to pick a few changes before copying the complete changelog entry: Additional TEXMF trees tlmgr got a new functionality to […]

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剱岳:源次郎尾根

もう2週間前やっと剱岳の源次郎尾根を登ってきた。これまでだいたいすべての剱岳の尾根を登ったのに、源次郎尾根はまだだった。そして、今回普通の登山じゃなくて、ガイド仕事としてお客さんを連れて行った。とっても天気で恵まれて最高の3日間だった。 技術的にはそこまで難しくないこの尾根のいい点が一杯ある:景色もちろん、その上剱岳の山頂までの一番直接な尾根だ。とってもキレイ! Short English summary: Climbing Geniro Ridge on Tsurugidake. Technically not too difficult, this ridge offers one of the best routes onto Tsurugidake. The views and the fact that one reaches directly to the summit, makes this ridge very popular. A GPS track (kml) is available at the end of the page.)

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Debian/TeX Live 2017 is ready

TeX Live 2017 is expected to be released next week, and the Debian packages for it are already uploaded to the Debian servers. Time to prepare for release parties and stack up prosecco! I have uploaded all the packages matching with the planned release of TeX Live 2017 to Debian/experimental, and most of them should be already available there. texlive-extra […]

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Gaisi Takeuti, 1926-2017

Two days ago one of the most influential logician of the 20th century has passed away, Gaisi Takeuti (竹内 外史). I had the pleasure to meet this excellent man, teacher, writer, thinker several times while he was the president of the Kurt Gödel Society. I don’t want to recall his achievements in mathematical logic, in particular proof theory, because I […]

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BachoTeX 2017

A week of typesetting, typography, bookbinding, bibliophily, not to forget long chats with good friends and loads of beer. That is BachoTeX, the best series of conferences I have ever been. This year BachoTeX was held for the 25th time, and was merged with the TUG Meeting for a firework of excellent presentations and long hours of brain storming, hacking, […]

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Leaving for BachoTeX 2017

Tomorrow we are leaving for TUG 2017 @ BachoTeX, one of the most unusual and great series of conferences (BachoTeX) merged with the most important series of TeX conference (TUG). I am looking forward to this trip and to see all the good friends there. And having the chance to visit my family at the same time in Vienna makes […]

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ピクニック、山菜、幸せ

春になると山菜の季節に入る。今年も福井県の友人と大野市の牧場へ行ってきた。目的が2つあった:ピクニックと山菜。その後自宅で豪華な山菜夕食を食べて、いっぱいの美味しいお酒を飲みながら遅くまで喋った。幸せな時間だ。 このような季節はずっと続いてくれたらうれしい。

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