Clowns in the Woods

The following links were collected by students in the American folklore course to continue our discussion about the dangers that lurk in the dark:

From JB:

From SM:

From HW:

doc to pdf (via cli)

Is there anything worse than getting a bouquet of Word documents in an email for review? I’ve got 7 as attachments to a single email, and what I’d really like is one PDF. Getting from 7 docs to 1 pdf is, however, no easy feat.

First, textutil does not convert to pdf — for some reason I thought it did, so I was bit surprised when I typed in:

textutil -convert pdf *.doc

and my system responded Nah ah!

My workaround was to convert to docx and then use pandoc, but I got one error after another … and there is nothing worse than trouble-shooting latex installation problems.

Oof … this is going nowhere.

Ready for Robots

This semester, Fall 2016, is a busy one, with two conference papers, one at the American Folklore Society and another at Social Informatics, and a book manuscript due, but being so busy also means I am looking forward to some down time, and spending that time with my daughter who has some interest in robots. So I’ve started collecting information — some tips here, some projects there — to keep us busy during the winter months.

Make magazine is always a good source, and I’ve come across a couple of pages worth holding onto for the time being: