I love my fountain pen, and I love LaTeX, but I think it's as well that I haven't found a way to combine them...
Just bought a new Progress Pen. Here's what the advertising brochure says:
Congratulations on your purchase of the Millennium Progress Pen. This state-of-the-art fountain pen has a built-in typesetting engine based on the popular and powerful LaTeX program. Bring the typeset beauty of LaTeX to your handwritten documents!
Just booted my new pen. Waited an hour while it dialed up and downloaded all the latest security patches. By that time, I forgot what I was going to write.
I've decided to install Linux on the pen. Hope it goes well.
It didn't go well. Turns out that my pen nib is only supported by an experimental kernel version, and it took some time to cross-compile the kernel on my desktop (I didn't want to install the Pen version of gcc). I'm going to try again this evening.
Hello World! It took me a while to figure out that I
had to specify the document class before I could actually start typing,
though. Also, my pen kept complaining about a runaway argument the
first time I tried to make my document.
Today, I wrote a Makefile for my pen, so that I don't have to remember as long a sequence of Morse code to be tapped into the button at the top of the barrel in order to get the ink to start flowing.
With the help of The LaTeX companion, I figured out how to adjust the margins when I write lists with my pen. I still haven't figured out how to place figures, though.
I wrote a letter to a friend today. Won't she be surprised at how clear my handwriting has become! I can produce neat documents so much more quickly with my Progress Pen!
- Currently drinking: Coffee