I am supposed to be writing some more stuff for my PhD thesis, but this feels like a more legitimate way to procrastinate than others…
I have plotted the performance of a model of a multi-core processor system and, because it was something to do, applied a Fourier Transform to the data (the black plots in first chart):
So, my question is, what does the second chart mean? If it means anything of course.
I get that the real component is plotted on the x-axis and the imaginary component on the y-axis, but is there any information conveyed in the chart?
I have run 1,568,000 metres so far this year, in 556,440 seconds. But thanks to special relativistic time dilation (Lorentz factor is 0.999999999999996) this is, in fact, 556440.000000003926241 seconds of all you non-runners’ time.
So, yes, I have travelled 0.000000003926241 seconds into the future.
All of this information is out there, but it took me more than a few hours to successfully manage this on my Mac, so here are the steps, using LyX and TeXShop.
- Go to File->Export->LyX Archive
This generates a zipped tarball of your .lyx file and, crucially, all the other elements (such as graphics and bibliography) in a hierarchy of files.
- Unroll the tar ball (i.e.
tar -xvzf yourarchive.tar.gz) in a suitable place.
You now have all the files you need in a standalone hierarchy (best to place your tarball in its own directory before you do this as the subdirectories you create could go under your root directory etc)
- Convert the LyX file to raw LaTeX.
At this point all you have a LyX archive and if you really need LaTeX you need to convert the LyX file. On a Mac the easiest way to do this is to point LyX.app at the .lyx file in your archive and open it, then run another export – this time to LaTeX (pdflatex). This will create a .tex file in your archive. (I messed this stage up in the original posting – thanks, as always to Paul Rubin for putting me on the straight and narrow here.)
- Make sure your bibliography is in the right place.
Your bibliography needs to be in the same directory. So if your .tex file is in the bizarro directory, your bib file must be too. (I said before it should have the same name as your .tex file but that is not necessary.)
- Open your .tex file in TeXShop.
You may need to do some editing, for instance if your .tex file refers to your bibliography under some path, so for the example above you need to make your bibliography reference look like this:
- Run the following sequence of commands in TeXShop:
Hopefully you now have compiled a PDF file with all the correct references, which means if you package up your archive directory it will now contain the correct .tex file (it will also contain the PDF and .lyx file unless you delete them first).
Hope this is helpful – if I have missed anything, let me know in the comments.
I have, essentially, two sets of skills and experience.
One is as a political campaigner and communicator. I did well out of that for a while and more than that, did some things I am proud of and feel really privileged to have had a chance to be part of.
But it’s fair to say that road seems to have hit a dead end. If you want to run a serious, progressive, campaign then I am certainly still interested, but I am not sure there is much of that out there today.
So then there are the other skills – ones that I am told are in high demand.
Namely as a software designer/writer/developer.
I can do this and I am much better these days than I used to be: unlike, say, running I am still getting faster and sharper. C/C++/Embedded/Perl/Linux/Groovy/DSLs/R/Deep Learning – I can tick all those boxes.
But where to begin? The reputation of IT recruitment agencies is pretty grim, though I have no direct experience. I have registered with one, but I am being sent invitations to be a senior C++ engineer in Berlin on a salary of €150,000 per annum which even I think is probably a bit over-ambitious for someone with no commercial experience.
(NB: If you want to see what I have done have a look at https://github.com/mcmenaminadrian).