Tufte Style LaTeX

You might have heard of Edward Tufte. As a pioneer in data visualization, he also spent quite some time in book designs.

There is a great LaTeX project on GitHub dealing with this special design of Tufte’s books.

Example Book from tufte-latex

If you are just new to LaTeX or simply did not used it for a long time with it like me, this getting started tutorial will help you to get everything in place.

GitHub project: https://github.com/Tufte-LaTeX/tufte-latex
GitHub pages: https://tufte-latex.github.io/tufte-latex/
Getting started with Tufte-LaTeX: https://ajtulloch.github.io/2012/getting-started-with-tufte-latex/

Shark Tracker

Also, I barely swim in the Atlantic ocean, the Ocearch Shark/Turtle/Wahle/Dolphine and some other species Tracker shows you recent movements of individuals out of the above-mentioned species.

The probably coolest feature is the fact, the tracked animals are known by name and the fact…

…you can drill down into the travel activity (let’s ignore the GDPR for a moment) of each animal as well, keep a favourite list and so on.

Unfortunately, it looks like the data is not publicly available. I just think about some ideas of how to process the data and predict movements and so on using some nice algorithms. If you want to access the data, you need explicit permission to do so.

Galaxy Views and Wallpapers

If you are somewhat in astronomy and space, as I am, you might fall in love with the European Southern Observatory.

They provide an overwhelming library of images and videos. Many of them available as desktop wallpapers in various sizes.

Among, you find images like this 340-million pixel image from Paranal

or the 108 200 x81 500 pixels image from the milky way. You can download the 25 GB file or just check out the zoomable view.

In case you fall in love with any of the views you might want to order a mounted image in their shop.

Definitely a rabbit hole.

Overdue Theme Update

Unfortunately, during the last few weeks, I did not find a lot of time to update the blog. My backlog of interesting posts is increasingly growing, but I did not find the time to write them down. I also spend a ridiculous amount of time to browse through potential WordPress themes to find a suitable theme for a blog.

Most themes provide an insane overload of visuals – which does not come in handy when dealing with code snippets, screenshots and so on.

I also did not want to customize the theme as I did for our podcast site, where I had to write several hundred lines of CSS code to get the theme properly working with the content.

Eventually, I found a theme that provides a suitable set of features without a graphical overload with a clean layout, which is called Melos Minimal which is worth a try.

Link: https://wordpress.org/themes/melos-minimal/

Hack-the-Planet Podcast Episode 16

After a three week break, Episode 16 of our podcast went online…