• Reading List of 2019

    I had a wonderful year in terms of reading. I read some absolute classics and I reread some books I read about a decade ago. Next year I plan to read a bit more outside the fantasy and science fiction genre.

  • Reading List of 2018

    2018 was a wonderful year for reading. I think I read the most books ever in one year! This includes – for the first time – a lot of non-fiction books. I enjoyed most of the books a lot and learned about the world and the meaning of life. (Hint: it’s 42).

  • Belotten

    “Belotten” as a card game that is often played where I come from. Different variants exist, but this is the version I grew up with. Some of the conventions are also included. However, the rest of this post is in Dutch. In the future I might provide an English translation, but for now there will only be a Dutch version.

  • Designing a Curriculum Vitæ in LaTeX – Part 4: Cover Letter Design and Conclusion

    In this fourth and final part of this series on the design of a curriculum vitæ in latex, we are going to have a look at the cover letter. An essential part, that should be part of the same design as the CV itself.

  • Designing a Curriculum Vitæ in LaTeX – Part 3: Main Section Design

    This is the third blog post in a four-part series on the design of the limecv document class. In this third blog post, we will design the main content section. This part will contain information such as your previous experience and education. Placing elements in this part will be the most difficult part. To make spacing elements easier, we’ll wrap everything in a tikzpicture environment.

  • Designing a Curriculum Vitæ in LaTeX – Part 2: Sidebar Design

    This is the second blog post in a four part series on the design of the limecv document class. In this second blog post, we will design the sidebar. This bar will contain the basic information such as your name, position, contact details and language skills. This will be the simpler part of the document to design, so it’s a good start. First, we will draw the background and then go over each of the sections separately.

  • Designing a Curriculum Vitæ in LaTeX – Part 1: Concept and General Design

    About half a year ago, I posted a blog post on how I created my business card. This post was my most popular post to date. It was even the most tending post for a few hours on Hacker News. Lots of people were asking about my curriculum vitæ (CV) design, but to be honest, I was using the moderncv document class at the time. After finishing my dissertation and graduating, I’ve found the time to fully design my own CV and this is the result:

  • Designing a Business Card in LaTeX

    In 2017, I will graduate from Ghent University. This means starting a professional career, either in academia or in industry. One of the first things that came to mind was that I needed a good curriculum vitæ, and a business card. I already have the former, but I still needed a business card. Consequently, I looked a bit online and was not all that impressed by the tools people used to design them. I did not want to change some template everybody’s using, but do my own thing. And suddenly, I realised: what better tool than LaTeX to make it!

  • VPS Resources

    A few months ago, I decided to switch from shared hosting to a VPS based setup. This has much more flexibility, but requires a bit (read: a lot) more work to get things going. Three months later and I have deployed a number of services on it that were just not possible in a typical shared hosting environment (email, ownCloud and Gogs to name a few). Sometimes this was fairly straightforward to set-up, but other times it took more than a few hours. Below is a list of useful resources I used to get everything going.

  • Defining New LaTeX Macros

    LaTeX is a macro language on top of TeX; there are thousands of packages available that define all sorts of macros (commands) one can use in our documents. But sometimes they just don’t cover what we want or need. Often the solution is defining a new command. For very simple commands, this is straightforward, but if we want (or need) flexibility, things become more involved. We will take a look at good (and bad) approaches to define new macros in LaTeX.