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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TeX Live 2017 pretest started

Preparations for the release of TeX Live 2017 have started a few days ago with the freeze of updates in TeX Live 2016 and the announcement of the official start of the pretest period. That means that we invite people to test the new release and help fixing bugs. Notable changes are listed on the pretest page, I only want […]

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Gaming: Firewatch

A nice little game, Firewatch, puts you into a fire watch tower in Wyoming, with only a walkie-talkie connecting him to his supervisor Delilah. A so called “first person mystery adventure” with very nice graphics and great atmosphere. Starting with your trip to the watch tower, the game sends the player into a series of “missions”, during which more and […]

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Calibre on Debian

Calibre is the prime open source e-book management program, but the Debian releases often lag behind the official releases. Furthermore, the Debian packages remove support for rar packed e-books, which means that several comic book formats cannot be handled. Thus, I have published a local repository targeting Debian/sid of calibre with binaries for amd64 where rar is enabled and as […]

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Stella Stejskal – Im Mezzanin

A book about being woman, mother in a modern but still traditional society. About happiness and fulfillment, love and sex, responsibility and dependency, about life: Stella Stejskal‘s Im Mezzanin (in German). Written by a friend back from my old times in Vienna, Stella Stejskal, like me an emigrant, I saw parts of this book during writing, and I was happy […]

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Planet Earth I – From Pole to Pole

In preparation for watching the new Planet Earth II (BBC page, Wiki) by David Attenborough, I re-watched the original 2006 BBC Planet Earth, episode one, From Pole to Pole, fortunately it is now available on Netflix. I have forgotten how great it is. I was moved to tears. This is now 10 years old but still top of the technique, […]

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Gaming: Quern – Undying Thoughts

I have been an addict of Myst like games since the very beginning. Solving mind boggling riddles by logical means (instead of weapons) was always my preferred gaming. And it seems 2016 had a great share of games fitting to my taste: Obduction, The Eyes of Ara, The Witness, and last but not least Quern – Undying Thoughts. Due to […]

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Ryu Murakami – Tokyo Decadence

The other Murakami, Ryu Murakami (村上 龍), is hard to compare to the more famous Haruki. His collection of stories reflects the dark sides of Tokyo, far removed from the happy world of AKB48 and the like. Criminals, prostitutes, depression, loss. A bleak image onto a bleak society. This collection of short stories is a consequent deconstruction of happiness, love, […]

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Debian/TeX Live January 2017

As the freeze of the next release is closing in, I have updated a bunch of packages around TeX: All of the TeX Live packages (binaries and arch independent ones) and tex-common. I might see whether I get some updates of ConTeXt out, too. The changes in the binaries are mostly cosmetic: one removal of a non-free (unclear-free) file, and […]

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